Livingston Old Parish Church

(Livingston Village Kirk, Kirk of Livington)

Kirk of Livingston, Livingston Village
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Kirk of Livingston, Livingston Village

Located on Kirk Lane in Livingston Village, on the left bank of the River Almond, Livingston Old Parish Church (also known as Livingston Village Kirk or the Kirk of Livington) is a simple oblong building with a louvred bird-cage belfry above one gable and a chimney above the other. There has been a church on this site since the 12th C. and possibly earlier. The date of the present building is uncertain, although it is possibly as early as the 16th C. and it is inscribed as "rebuilt 1732". The building was B-listed in 1971 and benefited from a significant refurbishment and a new roof in 2010. The congregation is now linked with St. Andrew's Deans.

The interior has been greatly modified; pews date from the 18th C., a Laird's Loft had been removed, and the pulpit is Victorian. Pewter communion cups, which remain in use, date from 1696 and were gifted by Patrick Murray of Eliburn. A plaque in the church commemorates Covenanters from the village who were drowned off Scarva Taing in Orkney in 1679. The kirkyard features some interesting 17th and 18th C. headstones.

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