What a Christmas gift Rob & I received yesterday. We had a call from a neighbour to say they had found this model in the storerooms for Muthill Kirk and thought it should come back to Culdees. The beautiful and intricate model is believed to have been modelled on a design from the architecture at Culdees. It’s suffered some damage but nothing that I won’t enjoy repairing. If any locals have any memories of this fabulous piece I’d love to hear about it. 🙏🏻 Muthill Kirk is steeped in history and a high status building in the 1100’s a fabulous place to visit to this day. Here’s a bit of history: The tower, originally free-standing, shares some features with the tower at Dunblane, notably the decorative lozenge pattern on the belfry. A similar pattern can be seen in the Dunblane tower’s altar recess, of similar date.
A small community of secular priests was established here in the later 1100s, possibly by the bishops of Dunblane. Muthill became a parish church before being granted to Lindores Abbey in 1199. The grant was contested by the Bishop of Dunblane and by the mid-1400s the revenues of the church were entirely in the hands of Dunblane Cathedral.
The body of the church dates to the 1400s. The aisles on each side of the nave and the arcade are traditionally attributed to Michael Ochiltree, Dean of Dunblane (1419–29, later Bishop of Dunblane).
The church remained in use, but was changed substantially after the Protestant Reformation of 1560. Galleries and reordered seating focused attention on the centrally located pulpit and away from the east end of the church where the altar had formerly stood.
A new parish church was built in 1826–8. Its architect, James Gillespie Graham, (who also designed Culdees Castle) produced designs for the old medieval church which would convert it for an Episcopal congragation. Instead of this, a new Episcopal church was built nearby in 1836 and the old medieval church was quarried for building materials. #culdeesrenovation #historylovers #kirkuk #minaturevintage #culdeesmansionhouseandcastle ...