Dennyloanhead Church

Dennyloanhead Church

(SMR 419)

NS 8100 8014

 

 

 

1746    Dennyloanhead Associate Presbyterian Church       1747

1747    Dennyloanhead Anti-Burgher Church                        1820

1820    Dennyloanhead United Secession Church                  1847

Dennyloanhead United Associate Congregation

1847    Dennyloanhead United Presbyterian Church             1900

1900    Dennyloanhead United Free Church                            1929

1929    Dennyloanhead Church of Scotland

TIMELINE

1738: At the induction of William Bennet to the Parish Church at Denny on August 22nd 117 people, elders and family heads left the Church.  The people of Denny, with others from Falkirk and Cumbernauld joined the Associate Presbytery and held a meeting in a barn at Lochgreen Farm owned by their first elder William Spiers.   The meeting place moved around and eventually the Erskine Church was built at Falkirk.   Some meetings were still held at Bridge End of the Water of Bonny.

1743: Temporary building erected at Dennyloanhead.   This was presumably the same size as the later building, ie. 60 ft by 45 ft.  An internal scarcement in the later building probably denotes the original height of the walls.  A plan of c1780 shows the meeting house at Loanhead as a 2-storey building, but also places it to the SE of the site of the known church (RHP 704).

1746: Branch of the Erskine Church formed at Dennyloanhead.

1751: First minister appointed.

1815: Church enlarged by raising the wall heads and inserting three tall lancet windows, then adding a gallery on three sides.  Rendered externally.  A panel, set high up in the middle of the south wall is inscribed “1743/ REBUILT/ 1815”.  There is a moulded eaves-course returned on the gables; plain tabling; with a bell-cote on the west gable and a finial on the other gable.

1888: New roof and panelled ceiling, cost £200.

1893: New memorial hall opened, the gift of Mrs Air, Broughty Ferry, and Miss Bain, Burnhead.   It was built on the west side of the church to accommodate nearly 300 people at a cost of £800.   The architect was J C Edmiston, Glasgow, and the builders were Mackie and Greg, also of Glasgow.   The memorial stone reads: “Muirhead Memorial Hall.  Family connection from 1765 to 1892.  Erected 1893.”

1904: Central heating installed.

1923: Electric light installed.

1932: Extensive internal alterations.   Two side galleries removed leaving only the gallery on the west wall.   Chancel constructed at the east end; pulpit transferred from the south wall to the north side of the entrance to the new chancel; between the hall and the church a new session room, annexe, kitchen etc.   The date 1932 now appears above the door.   The bell tower dates to this period.

1963: May 1st Linkage with St. Helens Church, High Bonnybridge.

1964: Extensive repair work needed due to dry rot and woodworm infestation.

1978: Link with St. Helens Church severed and new link formed with Haggs.

1990: Nov.  Link with Haggs dissolved.

1991: Church closed.

FITTINGS

1753: Two pewter communion chalices.

1929: Oak communion table gifted by the family of James Brand, Towerfield.

ORGAN

1912: Cost £20.

WINDOW

See separate entry for stained glass.

SEATING

1932: Horseshoe gallery replaced by an end gallery.

CHURCHYARD

1871: Few burials after this date.

1964: Landscaped and levelled.

MINISTERS OF DENNYLOANHEAD CHURCH

Jul 1751

Walker, John 1797

Aug 1797

Stark, James May 1850

Nov 1850

Stevenson, James May 1866

Feb 1867

Jerdan, Charles Dec 1878

Jul 1879

Keir, David Nov 1922

1923

Walker, Frederic Sydney Mess Nov 1925

May 1926

Cox, Thomas Loudon 1930

Sep 1930

Lovie, Peter Feb 1937

Jun 1937

Thomson, Alfred Edwin Moir May 1953

Oct 1953

Keiller, James Dennis Mar 1961

May 1961

Barrow, Peter Mar 1972

Sep 1972

Watson, John 1978

Jul 1978

Holland, John 1982

1983

Dean, Roger A.F 1990

G.B. Bailey (2019)