Little Church, Big History
This is Biggar kirk. It’s pre-reformation and was built in the mid 1500’s, parts of the original 12th century church which stood on the site were used in it’s rebuilding.
In 1560 The local people embraced the Reformation and it became a Protestant place of worship, all idolatry being removed.
When the National Covenant came to the town in 1638, over 200 locals signed it inside this Kirk, many of them then joined the Covenanter army.
in 1659 the famous Covenanter minister Rev Sandy Peden preached at the Kirk on Colossians 2:12, it was inside this building he was then licensed.
When the persecution of the Covenanters came, the local minister Alexander Livingstone was ejected for refusing to come under control of Charles II’s bishops. He preached in the fields and moors with many of the congregation following him. The Kirk than had one of the King’s curates forced upon it until he was removed by the locals at the Glorious Revolution in 1688.