Church Organ

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The church organ in St Michael’s Church, Linlithgow, west Lothian, Scotland.

The organ was installed in 1877 and enlaged in 1977.

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.

It was a grim church which emerged in the early 19th century and they were grim times. On February 19th 1819 a Linlithgow Mortsafe Society was established to hire out a huge metal cage which was placed over a recent grave to deter the grave robbers from resurrecting the body and selling it to the anatomy lecturers in Edinburgh. In addition, a watchman’s hut was erected in 1823 against the south wall of the churchyard and a watch of three men was appointed to prevent any nocturnal activities.

St Michael’s church is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 37499).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.7.


Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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