Falkirk St. Modan’s Parish Church

(SMR 208)

  •  NS 8888 8002
  • NS 8870 7964

TIMELINE

1896: The minister of the Meek’s Road Evangelical Union Church and several of his congregation had a difference.   He and nearly 100 of his congregation were admitted into the established church in May the following year.   They held services in the Masonic Hall, the Old Baptist Church in Melville Street and were then offered the old Free Church building free of charge.

1897: The new congregation bought the old Evangelical Union building in Bank Street for £1,300 and named it St. Modan’s in honour of the sixth century saint.

1915: New church built in Cochran Street to the design of P. MacGregor Chalmers in the grounds of Rosehall.  First sod cut in March 1914 by Graeme Whitelaw; foundation stone laid by Lord Glenconner October 1914; and the church dedicated in December 1915 by Rev D. Paul, moderator of the General Assembly.    The style is distinctly Norman.   It is well executed in a cream coloured stone set in courses, snecked rubble with ashlar dressings externally and dressed inside the building.  The nave is aligned N-S.   Large columns dominate the interior and separate the nave from the aisles. Each pillar is differently carved.    The clerestory supports an open timber barrel-roof. Over the four doorways into the nave are carved texts from the Bible, and others occur below the clerestory windows.   At the north end an apsidal recess contained the communion table and seats for elders. The arches in the sedilia of the apse are not true arches.   A smaller apse, at the northern end of the west aisle, contained the baptismal font.   The choir stalls, pews and other furniture were of oak, including the pulpit which had a freestone base.  The builder for the work was John Gardner. Cost £5000

1923: Quad sacra parish created.

1929: Hall completed according to a design by Jeffrey Waddell, Glasgow, who had worked with MacGregor Chalmers on the church building.

1986: United with Falkirk Old in October.

1990: Hall demolished.

1991: Church building converted into flats.

MANSE

1921: Purchased using a legacy.

FITTINGS

1915: Communion table given by the ladies of the congregation;  baptismal font by the children, collecting bags by the Rambler’s Club; engraved alms plates by Mr and Mrs Pryde; clock by Nicolson, jeweller; brass vases by the bible class.

1936: Pipe organ installed by Hill, Norman and Beard Ltd.

WINDOW

See separate entry for Stained Glass.

WAR MEMORIAL

See separate entry for Falkirk Old & St. Modan’s Church War Memorial (page 4)

SEATING

1915: Designed for 750.

MINISTERS OF ST. MODAN’S CHURCH

Nov 1897 Jackson, Robert Winchester1899
Aug 1899 McLean, John D.Jan 1905
Apr 1905 Simpson, WilliamAug 1909
Oct 1910 Pryde, John Marshall1916
Nov 1917 Spence, John1921
Jun 1921 Watt, Thomas Meikle1926
1926 Brown, William R.1932
Dec 1932 Scott, James PringleOct 1945
 Campbell, NeilSep 1972
Jan 1973 Foster, Graham Watson 
Jan 1979 Smith, Ronald W.1986

Geoff B. Bailey (2019)