Church Site, Balquhidder

Church Site, Balquhidder, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on  Balquhidder Church in Stirlingshire, Central Scotland.

1855 Church, Balquhidder

1855 Church, Balquhidder, Scotland

Firstly, the unusual place name derives from the Gaelic for ‘fodder village’.

Both place and church are perhaps best known for association with Scottish legend, Rob Roy MacGregor. The latter, together with some family members, is buried in the churchyard and as such attracts a steady stream of visitors.

Rob Roy's Grave, Balquhidder Church

Rob Roy’s Grave, Balquhidder Church, Scotland

In addition to MacGregors, Balquhidder has a long association with Clan MacLaren whose name derives from Abbot Labhran of Cuilt who administred a religious community around the 1200s. The MacLaren chiefs had first right of burial within the church.

On the site of the present churchyard can be traced a progression of no less than three churches, viz:

  • Eaglis beag (or little church) some of the foundations of which can be seen beside the eastern gable of the ruined 1631 church. Part of this first church structure was incorporated in the 1631 building.
  • The now ruined 1631 church was built by David Murray, Lord Scone
  • The present Church was built in 1855 by David Carnegie. Architect was David Bryce. Key features of this church are:
    • Plaque in porch commemorating gathering of 200 MacGregors from U.S.A. in 1975.
    • Beautiful wooden ceiling.
    • Historic stone font which was found in the walls of the 1631 church when being dismantled.
    • Large bell above entrance to friendship room which dates from 1684.
    • Upright stone known as the ‘St. Angus Stone’ or ‘Clach Aonghais’. This is very old and features a carving of an ecclesiastic figure bearing a chalice.
      Interior, Balquhidder Church

      Interior, Balquhidder Church, Scotland

      Historic Font, Balquhidder Church

      Historic Font, Balquhidder Church, Scotland

The Balquhidder church site is full of history and is deserving of a visit. The church is usually open.

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