St Kessog’s Church, Luss, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Luss Parish Church which is located on the banks of Loch Lomond, about 32 miles NNW of Glasgow.

The present church dates from 1875 but as a place of Christian worship the site is much older, dating back about 1500 years to the 6th century and the time of Irish missionary Kessog ( c AD 460-520).

Summary facts and information:

  • The name lus is derived from the Gaelic word for plant or herb.
  • Part of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian).
  • Contains a magnificent hammer-beam roof in shape of an upturned boat. This may commemorate the drowning of Sir James Colquhoun and his men on the loch in 1873.
  • In the east end of the Church is a medieval inspired statue of St Kessog dating from the late 13th or early 14th centuries when Roman Catholic worship was practised.
  • Image number five below shows an ancient stone christening font, made from a solid block of sandstone, and considerd to be about 1000 years old. This font is still in use.
  • The churchyard  contains many interesting head stones including a Norse ‘hogback’ from the 11th century, a time when the West of Scotland was under Norwegian (Viking) control.
  • The Church contains a ‘Laird’s Loft ( for the Colquhoun family) within which are hatchments (diamond-shaped panels) which display the heraldic arms of the Colquhoun family.
  • The Church features fourteen interesting windows, most of which are made of stained glass.
  • Very popular as a weddings venue with about 100 weddings each year.
  • Services are broadcast throughout the world via the internet.
  • Luss is the site of an international pilgrimage centre.

Viking era ‘Hogback’ grave-marker in Luss Church burial ground.

Landscape view of Luss Church, from Loch Lomond

Statue of St Kessog, Luss Church, Scotland

Inverted boat ceiling, Luss Church, Scotland

Ancient Font at Luss Church, Scotland

Inside St Kessog’s Church, Luss with statue of St Kessog

Pulpit, St Kessog’s Church, Luss, Loch Lomond