Symington, Church of Scotland
Symington Kirk, Lanarkshire
The lovely little church stands at the head of Kirk Brae in the charming Lanarkshire village. There is another Symington Kirk in South Ayrshire and they shouldn't be confused with each other, though Symon Loccard is believed to have founded both communities.
Church of Scotland,
Kirk Brae (Kirk Bauk)
The Norman church in Symington is amongst the oldest in Scotland and is certainly one of the most beautiful.
The church was founded in 1160 AD by Symon Loccard, a local landowner who owned land in both Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. It is understood that the village and parish derived its name (originally "Symonstown") from him.
The original building consisted only of the main section of the current church and would have had a mud floor with people bringing their own seating to services. In 1750 during the ministry of Richard Cunningham the church underwent extensive repairs and was furnished with new pews. The walls and ceiling were plastered, thus covering the magnificent oak beams that towered above. In 1797 the then minister William Logan had the North side of the building extended to form a transept with gallery above.
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