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30 April 1997:  Officially, St. Giles has not been a "cathedral" (i.e. the seat of a bishop) "except for two periods during the 17th century (16351638 and 16611689), when episcopalianism, backed by the Crown, briefly gained ascendancy within the Kirk. In the medieval period, prior to the Reformation, Edinburgh had no cathedral as it was under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of St. Andrews, whose episcopal seat was St. Andrews' Cathedral. For most of its post-Reformation history the Church of Scotland has not had bishops, dioceses, or cathedrals. As such, the use of the term cathedral today carries no practical meaning. The 'High Kirk' title is older, being attested well before the building's brief period as a cathedral."