Stobo Kirk in the Beautiful Borders
Nestled amongst stunning countryside lies Stobo Kirk. Most of what you see dates from around 1120, but the lower wall below the little window of the wee building you see attached to it possibly belonged to the ancient Christian cell that was founded by St Kentigern around 585.
Fast forward to the Pre Reformation period and the corruptions of the Roman Catholic church at that time becomes evident. This church in particular acquired great wealth and the the priest in charge of it (despite his vow of celibacy) passed on the privileged position to one of his sons on retirement.
Post Reformation and the Kirk is used as a Protestant place of worship, and as education of the young is extended to all children it is also used as the village school until 1633. Covenanter times saw Patrick Fleming, the minister, suspended in 1667 for his Covenanting sympathies and a William Bollo was imposed on the unhappy parishioners by the Bishop. After the Revolution Settlement Bollo was sacked for refusing to pray for William and Mary. Also the first Presbytery in Scotland after the Revolution Settlement was constituted in Stobo Parish in 1688, William Russell was ordained as the Minister.
There is lots to see and a lot more history in this little Kirk. Another possible addition to an ever growing Reformation Tour of the Scottish Border’s area.