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This morning I visited one of Glasgow’s most historic buildings, namely the Tolbooth Steeple at foot of the High Street. This dates back to the early 17th century ( 1625-7) when it part of a much larger multi-purpose building whose functions included:

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This evening I am posting some images consequent upon my visit to the above-captioned church which is located in the vicinity of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

The castle was demolished in 1727 but the ruins of the Collegiate Church still stand. These date from 1504.The function of the Church was to provide perpetual prayers for the souls of the founder ( John Semple) and his family. Catholic worship took place in the church until 1675 at which time the Protestant 8th Lord Semple inherited the estate. In the 18th century the church was modified for agricultural use.

Inside the church is John Semple’s magnificent tomb. Also, a stone memorial recording the death of “Gabriel Semple brother to Robert Semple”.

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This evening, I am posting a short video of an extensive patch of snowdrops in bloom as found on the banks of the River Clyde.