St. Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the historic church of St. Michael’s in Linlithgow, Scotland.

Linlithgow is an ancient town situated about twenty miles due west of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The key visitor attraction is Linlithgow Palace at the entrance to which sits St. Michael’s.

The church is one of Scotland’s most important medieval churches. It rose to prominence due to proximity to the Royal Palace. Over the centuries the Church’s fortunes waxed and waned in tandem with the turbulent history of England and Scotland together with the Reformation in 1560. A historical chronology is as follows:

  • Located on an ancient Christian site but re-built between 1426 and 1531 owing to fire damage of predecessor.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots was baptised here in 1542.
  • Alters and statues were destroyed/removed after the Reformation in 1560.
  • During plague epidemics in Edinburgh, the church was used for classes by Edinburgh University.
  • During the 17th century the church was used as a timber store by Linlithgow Town Council.
  • Closed for restoration between 1896 and 1898.
  • In 1964 the crown was fixed atop the church tower. This replaced an earlier stone cross and is intended to represent the Crown of Thorns.

The church is built in a cruciform shape with nave and chancel of same width. There is also a North Aisle, South Aisle, Queen’s Aisle and important stained glass windows.

Worship at St. Michael’s follows the Presbyterian style within the Church of Scotland.

Inside St. Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, Scotland

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