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New era for Cowal Church

A historic local church has been taken over by a charity

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By Gill Wollers
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New era for Cowal Church

Registered charity Historic Kilmun has recently purchased St Munn’s Church in Kilmun in order to increase community involvement, improve access arrangements and generate funds towards preservation of the buildings.

The ceremonial handover took place in front of an invited audience in late August with Reverend Janet MacKellar, Moderator of the Argyll Presbytery, handing over the church key to Dinah McDonald, a founding member of Historic Kilmun.

The Grade A listed church features an incredibly rare water-powered organ, stained glass created by renowned artist Stephen Adams, the Argyll Mausoleum that serves as the burial place for Dukes and Earls of Argyll dating back 500 years as well as the burial place of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the UK to be on the General Medical Register.

Dinah McDonald explained: “There has been a church on this site since the 7th century and we’re delighted that Historic Kilmun now has control of this remarkable historic and cultural asset from the Church of Scotland with a view to preserving it for generations to come.

“Historic Kilmun was founded in 2009 and is based at the church along with projects such as Faith in Cowal and the ECHO Trail,” added Dinah.

The church is open from March through to October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (10am to 4pm) as well as by appointment.

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