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History - page 3 of 5
Building Interior Kirkyard Ministers Balloch
The Kirkyard around the Parish Church
(many thanks to Jim Walker FSA (Scot) for the following text)


Picture of the Church from the southThe exterior of the church on the south side shows the various building stages in stone. At the southeast and southwest corners of the building the 13th century roofline is visible halfway up the wall.  

The original door is situated about three-quarters of the distance along the south wall from the east gable. At ground level the lower jambs are still in situ and bear the plain chamfer typical of the period.

Just west of the built-up doorway are the outlines of a mid-seventeenth century window, having a sundial of the same period built into its western jamb.


Section of wall showing '59'To the left of the front entrance to the church, on the wall beneath the external staircase, a stone bearing part of the date is clearly visible: the date being (16)59 when the North Aisle was added.




View of the KirkyardIn the churchyard the oldest visible gravestone is dated 1654. The earliest is a recumbent stone dated 1625 and is now grass-covered near the south wall of the upper kirk yard.





Gravestones against east wall of ChurchOf the four flagstones placed upright against the wall of the east staircase, three are worthy of mention:
  • M T S (Master / Minister Thomas Stuart) first minister of the kirk who died in 1667.
  • The Rev. Michael Robe who died in 1721 and was the fourth minister of the kirk.
  • The Wardlaw family stone bears details of various members of the family, hereditary Baron-Baillies of Cumbernauld and Biggar. The first and last dates inscribed are 1722 and 1773.



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