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The Church at Kilbride: A past too rich to have no future

Welcome to the website of Friends of Kilbride Kirk in Argyll, Scotland.

In 1249 Alexander II “granted the see of Argyll the Parish Church of St Bride the Virgin in Lorn”.

There are some 319 known graves at Kilbride, dating from as far back as the 13th century to the present day. But its history goes much deeper…

Located three miles south of Oban in Lerags, Kilbride Kirk has played an important part in Scotland’s history and is connected to figures such as Robert Bruce, Alexander II and the Clan MacDougall.

For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years this has been a special place for prayer, contemplation and gathering, and Kilbride Kirk continues to play an important part in the community. Burials still take occasionally place in the graveyard, but this serene and sacred space also plays host to joyous congregations, such as weddings, historic re-enactments and family gatherings.

Kilbride was abandoned in the 19th century and left to ruin, but since 2000, a small, but plucky, group of volunteers have donated time, money and labour to rescue this important historic site from oblivion.

We are asking for your help. Won’t you join us in saving this precious piece of Scotland’s history from oblivion?

 

 

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