St James’ Episcopal Church (a Grade A listed building) houses a fascinating permanent interactive Exhibition, ‘Priests and Pipes’, representing over three centuries of intriguing church history. The highlight is a display of the Burns Bible dated about 1716 and bought for use in the original Episcopal Chapel in the High Street, Stonehaven. The Bible was once owned by Anne Cushnie, a cousin of Robert Burns, and is full of family scribbles. Full details are shown, too, about the imprisonment of the Rector of St James, Revd Alexander Greig, in 1748, in Stonehaven’s Tolbooth, and other controversial events in the church’s history.
The Exhibition also celebrates the achievements of John Wardle, who came to Stonehaven in 1881, built the church’s historic pipe organ, and went on to serve as Organist and Choirmaster for 58 years, and to build over 140 Wadsworth organs in Scotland.
Whilst there you can use the St James App on your smartphone to have an Augmented Reality trip round the important architecture of this beautiful building.