Education

Visits by Schools and Heritage Groups are always welcome at the church.

In addition to its ecclesiastical story, the church has a rich and varied history leading to an interesting learning experience for students of all ages. There are aspects of social history, architecture, industry and agriculture which have become interwoven over the centuries with the life of the building.

Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle

There are the historical links with Crichton Castle, situated approximately three hundred metres from the church. The castle, now in the care of Historic Scotland, was once in the possession of William Crichton, Lord Chancellor of Scotland, and later, the Earl of Bothwell, husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

The church overlooks the Crichton glen, a Site of Special Scientific Interest noted for its flora and fauna.

The traditional skills of stone masons, organ builders, woodworkers and stained glass artists are all finely represented within the church, and writers, poets and artists have been drawn to the place over the centuries. Turner and Sir Walter Scott both visited Crichton.

Music groups can use the church, with its fine Joseph Brook pipe organ, as a practice or performance venue.

Gravestone at Crichton

Gravestone at Crichton

The graveyard has many fine monuments and carvings, some dating back four hundred years, of interest to social historians and genealogists.

In addition to the interpretation boards and leaflets on display in the church, the Trust can provide a guide who will be able to explain the history of the church and answer any questions visitors may have.

To discuss your visit further, please contact the Trustees using the form provided.