Carmunnock Parish Church, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Carmunn0ock Parish Church, an 18th century building in the conservation village of Carmunnock, near Glasgow.

At Carmunnock there is a long Christian tradition. Records of a church date date back to the 12th century although it is possible a much earlier Christian site started in the 6th century. During this long period the site would have witnessed a transition from the Celtic church to Roman Catholic and, finally, from 1560 Presbyterian Protestant.

The present building was constructed in 1767 and cost GBP365.00. Substantial improvements were effected in 1871. The architecture is more functional than elegant. The external stairways lead inside to the old family galleries of Castlemilk, Dripps and Cathkin. There is a family vault of the Stirling Stuarts, former Lairds of Castlemilk, on the south side of the church.

Carmunnock Parish Church, Scotland

The church interior contains two fine stained-glass windows by local artist, Norman McLeod MacDougall from 1922. These were installed as a memorial to  to the thirteen local men who fell in WW1. The nine men who died in WW2 are recorded on a brass plaque on the baptismal font.

At the entrance to the churchyard is a gate-house dating from 1820 where guards were stationed to prevent body snatching.

Carmunnock Parish Church, Scotland

In common with similar country churchyards, can be found the graves of locals stretching back to the 17th century. In many cases, occupations of the deceased are recorded, e.g. weavers,  which helps visitors to understand the evolving local economy.

A site to be visited, but preferably in context of a tour of the entire village  and its extensive connections with the past.

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