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St Bride's Collegiate Church, Bothwell







Bothwell Church, 1880  Interior showing Forfar coats of arms  Hamilton monument Coat of arms on Hamilton monument 
Bothwell Church, 1880  Interior showing Forfar
coats of arms 
Hamilton monument  Coat of arms on
Hamilton monument 
Coat of arms - 1st Earl of Forfar Coat of arms - 2nd Earl of Forfar Cecilia & Gilbert memorial Cecilia & Gilbert memorial
1st Earl of Forfar 2nd Earl of Forfar  Gilbert & Cecilia
Douglas memorial
Bothwell Church, 2018
Gilbert & Cecilia
Douglas memorial
Cleanly Meg The quire, 2018  




St. Bride's Collegiate Church, Bothwell, was founded by Archibald "the Grim," Earl of Douglas b , in 1398, for a provost and eight prebendaries. He endowed and added a choir to the existing parish church.
The present church is a fine Gothic building. erected in 1833 with a massive square tower to the height of 120 feet. East of this tower is the choir of the old collegiate church, of the Middle Pointed or Decorated period; it is a simple oblong chamber with a sacristy on the north side. The church, externally divided by buttresses. has four bays with a series of pointed windows in the south wall, and three windows in the north wall, The arch of the entrance doorway in the south wall is elliptic in form, The roof of the church is covered with overlapping stone slabs. which rest on a pointed barrel vault-one of the earliest examples met with. In the sacristy there are a piscina and a locker, and in the south wall of the choir the remains of a triple beautifully carved sedilia and a eisclna. The sacristv is roofed with overlapping stone flags supported on a vault.

Monuments to the two Archibald Douglases. Earls of Forfar, are in the church. In this church David, the hapless Earl of Rothesay, wedded Marjory, the founder's daughter, ill 1400. and one of its provosts was Thomas Barry, who celebrated the victory of Otterburn in Latin verse. Two memorials, inside and out, commemorate Gilbert and Cecilia Douglas, who lived nearby at Douglas Park.

"It has been recently (1901) restored and made worthy of its great past. "  Further restoration was completed in 2017.


Above each of the windows, on the outside, are two figures of local personalities. Cleanly Meg was the proprietrix of the adjacent Douglas Arms, known for the cleanly condition of her public house.


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