Falkirk Old Parish Church

Falkirk, United Kingdom

medieval Old Parish Church is located in the centre of Falkirk, and may have been founded as early as the 7th century. The church was largely rebuilt in the 19th century, though the 18th-century steeple was retained.

Some time after the sixth century the speckled church or Faw Kirk was founded, it is from this church that the town of Falkirk takes its name. Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland, is also said to have established a church here in 1057. In 1166 the church was given to Holyrood Abbey. The earliest parts of the present building date to around 1450, and indicate that the medieval church was on a cruciform plan, with a tower at the centre.

The tower was rebuilt between 1738 and 1741 to designs by the architect William Adam. Proposals for renovation or extension of the church were put forward from the 1790s, and lengthy disagreements ensued. In 1810 the matter came before the Court of Session, which ruled that the tower should be retained, but the remaining medieval building should be demolished and replaced. The proposals of James Gillespie Graham were adopted, and the contract was awarded to William Black, wright and Henry Taylor, mason. By autumn 1811 the works were completed. A session house was added on the south side in 1893, designed by Wardrop & Anderson.

A number of medieval carved stones are preserved inside the church, including effigies of nobles, which formerly crowned tombs which presumably stood within the medieval church building, and a 12th-century cross-head.

Notable tombs in the churchyard include Sir John de Graeme, who was killed at the Battle of Falkirk on 22 July 1298. His gravestone has been replaced twice over the centuries.



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Founded: c. 1450
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Linda Marshall (2 years ago)
Enjoyed singing with Strathcarron Singers!
Pauline Killen (2 years ago)
Lovely church and a lovely cafe run by friendly volunteers
ScottishExplorer (2 years ago)
Very nicely situated church with plenty of history, lots of events held here and is lovely inside. Parking a bit more if an issue as town centre so walk may be required. 1 side to area does have wheelchair access other two entrances is via steps which can be a bit steep
MegaMandolinman (2 years ago)
First visit to weekly folk meeting...songs tunes and poetry. ...every Monday at 10.00. Lovely gentle way to start the week.
Caroline Macfarlane (2 years ago)
My church family meet, worship and and praise here. The building is many 100s of years old but recently renovated inside in a sympathetic contemporary way it's at the the hub of Falkirk and generally busier and more vibrant than the High Street ( which is not a happy reflection )
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