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“St Michael is kinde to strangers”. So runs the motto of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland.

St Michael is the patron saint of the town and, in the form of the ancient church of that name, he still stands guard above its inhabitants, both residents and strangers alike.

Although it is undoubtedly of earlier origin the first mention of “the great church of Linlithgow” is in a charter of 1138 in which King David I gifted it “with all its chapels, lands and other rights” to the Cathedral of St Andrews.

On 22nd May 1242, the Church of St Michael of Linlithgow was consecrated by David de Bernham, Bishop of St Andrews. Whether he was hallowing a new building or rededicating an established House of God, is not certain. What is clear is that the ancient kirk has for centuries been recognised as a place of worship and as an historical memorial without equal in Scotland.

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.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    a magnificant capture of this wonderful church-as always enjoy your info!!

  • rockinsue
    rockinsueover 6 years ago

    beautiful building

  • davidmilne
    davidmilneover 6 years ago

    Wonderful church,fab framing!

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 6 years ago

    Simply magnificent Tom, beautifully captured!

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    A very nice shot .

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...over 6 years ago

    wonderful

    love the unusual church spire

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    wonderful capture, great framing with the tree and fantastic church, lovely imagery and colours

  • flame7
    flame7over 6 years ago

    Lovely shot ! I like all the headstones in the foreground – really sets it off !

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneover 6 years ago

    Stunning shot Tom

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 6 years ago
    this is just a beautiful church .. love the architecture
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