Glasgow City Scotland
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New Kilpatrick is by far the oldest church in Bearsden and Milngavie. Bearsden is in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. It lies on the northwestern fringe of Greater Glasgow, and is effectively a suburb of Glasgow. It is approximately 6 miles from Glasgow City Centre, on the site of the Roman Antonine Wall. Bearsden should present no difficulty as far as pronunciation is concerned but Milngavie is pronounced ‘Mol-guy'
The Parish was created as a result of an act of the Scottish Parliament of February 1649 and it divided the former parish of Kilpatrick (which stretched from near Dumbarton to what is now the west end of Glasgow) into Wester, or Old, Kilpatrick and Easter, or New, Kilpatrick. The original tiny church was built on the site of the present building and lasted for over 150 years. Nothing of it now remains, although a group of 17th century gravestones can be found in the south-east corner of the churchyard. By the beginning of the 19th century, the original building had become dilapidated and the heritors (local landowners) decided to build a new church. From outside, the 1808 building, which like its predecessor faced east and west, can be easily identified by its crow-stepped gables. As surrounding areas became built-up, New Kilpatrick became the 'mother church' to a number of congregations: Milngavie Parish Church (later St. Paul's); Temple Parish Church (now demolished); Drumchapel Old Parish Church; St. Margaret's Parish Church, Knightswood; Killermont Parish Church; and Westerton Fairlie Memorial Parish Church.
(text by Geoffrey Gillon)