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CLYNE - Kirkton (CL-C)

Clyne Kirkton Burial Ground, Clyne
Our code CL-C
© Christine Stokes 2007
The available church records begin only in 1834, but it is known that a church was built in 1775 at Clynekirkton, on the site of a former church. This church was dedicated to St. Aloyne and according to a minister writing in 1908, it had to be enlarged in 1826 and the enlarged church had three aisles and three galleries and could seat nearly 1000 people. At the disruption in 1843, the great majority of the congregation left the parish church so the galleries were removed and seating for 300 was ample for those who remained.
In 1889/1890 Mr Houston of Kintradwell Farm offered to present a harmonium to assist with the service of Praise, but the congregation rejected the offer. However , the new minister, the Rev. J. Spark, persuaded them to have a meeting of the congregation in the public school and after some discussion it was agreed to accept Mr Houston's offer. Mr Spark was so pleased with the decision that he wrote in bold lettering in the Kirk Session minute book - May 4th 1890- Instrumental Music introduced to the services.
At the beginning of the century the church at Clynekirkton was found to be too remote for the population. Strath Brora had been so tragically cleared and now the majority of people lived in Brora village. Clyne Kirkton closed it’s doors for the last time in 1906. The minister at the time, the Reverend J. Spark, contributed greatly to the smooth passage of the worship and the congregation to the new church in Victoria Road. The new church was dedicated in June 1907.

Christine Stokes has visited and photographed all stones at Clyne Kirkton during 2002, 2003 & 2004. I have to say that this is the most difficult burial ground I have covered. The first visit more so than later ones after the burial ground was cleaned up by Clyne Heritage with help from POSH members. Biggest problem was photographing over so many years, waiting for stones to be brought out of the mess but hopefully now have most of them recorded.

Carole McBeath, Glasgow, has kindly helped with checking the transcriptions from photographs - a difficult job! Iain Sutherland, Yorkshire, & Grant Forsyth, Fife, helped with manual work during the big clean up plus Ron Patrick, Ontario, painted the old gates. POSH also paid money for the necessary tools as well as a substantial donation at the close of POSH.

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