NT0077 : St Michael's Parish Church Linlithgow

taken 10 years ago, near to Linlithgow, West Lothian, Great Britain

St Michael's Parish Church Linlithgow
St Michael's Parish Church Linlithgow
On 22nd May 1242, the Church of St Michael of Linlithgow was consecrated by David de Bernham, Bishop of St Andrews. The ecclesiastical masterpiece which resulted was much favoured as a place of worship by the Scottish monarchs, most notably Mary Queen of Scots who was born in Linlithgow Palace on December 8th 1542 and was baptised in St Michael’s church. The year 1646 saw the arrival of the roundhead troops of Oliver Cromwell. St Michael’s found itself incorporated in the general defences of the town with horses stabled in the nave and soldiers billeted in the triforium. By the time the Cromwellian army left Linlithgow the church had deteriorated and the heritors estimated that £1000 Scots was required to repair the roof and windows.

The 18th century church of Linlithgow followed the general Scottish pattern. In 1885 the splendid centre window of the apse was fitted out with stained glass in memory of Charles Wyville Thomson, the locally born oceanic explorer who died in 1882. It features a fleet of ships such as that which accompanied the explorer on his charting of the world’s oceans in HMS Challenger from 1872-76. In 1992 the Society of Friends of St. Michael's Church celebrated the church's 750th anniversary with the installation of a new stained glass window in the St. Katherine's Aisle.
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Monday, 2 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 3 August, 2010
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WGS84: 55:58.6694N 3:36.0526W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 001 771
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