Chapel Royal, Falkland Palace

Chapel Royal, Falkland Palace

Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Falkland Palace, Falkland, KY15 7BU
Local Authority: Fife
Listing: A

Church Overview

The Royal Palace of Falkland, built between 1501 and 1541 was the country residence and hunting lodge of the Stewart monarchs. The Palace was restored by the 3rd Marquess of Bute using John Kinross as his architect. The chapel in the south range dates from c1540 and was decorated in the 17th century: the ceiling with royal coats-of-arms, and the walls with Scriptural texts. The stained glass windows show heraldic badges of Scottish Kings and Queens associated with Falkland Palace. The chapel was restored by Kinross in 1896 and fitted out for Catholic worship. The altar, retable, and dais were designed by Robert Weir Schultz and were fitted in 1909. The 17th century tapestries in the tapestry gallery, and which were acquired in 1906, originally hung in the chapel. Entry to the chapel, during normal property opening times (see, is included with the admission ticket for Falkland Palace. Entry to the chapel for Sunday mass is free of charge.


Sunday Mass 9.00 am

Opening Arrangements

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Chapel Royal, Falkland Palace


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