St Ninians Old Parish Kirk

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The St Ninians Old Parish Kirk is a ruined church in the Scottish city ​​of Stirling in the council area of the same name . In 1965 the building was included in the Scottish monument lists in the highest monument category A. The surrounding cemetery is classified separately as a Category A structure.


It is an early Christian site in Scotland that was probably used since the 10th or 11th century at the latest. The St Ninians Old Parish Kirk, dedicated to Ninian von Whithorn , probably dates from the 12th century and has been documented as the Parish Church of Eccles since 1150 . Fragments of older buildings at the same location have been detected in its masonry. It was not until the 13th century that the church, like the surrounding village of St Ninians , which is now part of Stirling , was referred to as St Ninians Parish Kirk.

During the Jacobite Uprising in 1745 , the church building was used as a gunpowder warehouse. When the troops withdrew the following year, there was an explosion, which largely destroyed the church. Only the bell tower built by Robert Henderson and Charles Bachop in 1734 survived almost unscathed. In addition to this, fragments of the apse from the 16th and a pillar of the nave from the 15th century have been preserved.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  3. Entry on St Ninians Old Parish Kirk  in Canmore, the database of Historic Environment Scotland (English)

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Coordinates: 56 ° 6 ′ 9.6 ″  N , 3 ° 56 ′ 15.8 ″  W.