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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.

St. Michael’s Church is the most complete surviving example of a large late medieval ‘burgh kirk’ in Scotland. Its western tower originally had a distinctive stone ‘crown spire’, of the type seen also on St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, or St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle-on-Tyne, which was removed in the early 19th century as it had become unsafe. In 1964 a replacement, the present aluminium spire, was added. The choice of spire was controversial at the time and the town was divided about it.

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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    great shot,,the spire looks out of place

  • The spire caused considerable talk in the town when it was erected, with half the town in favour and half not in favour. I was a teenager at the time, so not really interested, but even I remember the controversy it caused …

    – Tom Gomez

  • mohammed
    mohammedover 6 years ago

    thats nice tom i love it!!

  • ebonyjane
    ebonyjaneover 6 years ago

    i love this pic so much

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 6 years ago

    beautiful church !

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    Wow, lovely old church, Tom!

  • Maureen Bloesch
    Maureen Bloeschover 6 years ago

    ya’ll got some great lookin’ construction where ya live!
    Beautiful shot!

  • Andrew Ness - www.nessphotography.com
    Andrew Ness - ...over 6 years ago

    very interesting shot, never been there myself………might go now :) Want to check out the spire!

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    A beautiful church. Churches are such wonderful buildings.

  • Mayina
    Mayinaover 6 years ago

    Stunning

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneover 6 years ago

    Have they caught the vandals who smashed the windows yet?
    Beautiful church

  • I don’t think so Jen. I will never understand this type of mindless vandalism …

    – Tom Gomez

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