There has been a church on this site since at least 1244. The present kirk was built in 1805, probably by the architect Robert Burn. It is in the form of a cross, one arm occupied by a Gothic-style tower and another by the Lairds’ Aisle, under which is the Fletcher Vault. Outside this is a memorial plaque to Andrew Fletcher, the Scottish Patriot. General John Fletcher-Campbell added the spire, ‘as a monument to the virtue of his ancestors, and an example for posterity to imitate’. Saltoun’s most famous incumbent is Gilbert Burnet, who went on to become Bishop of Salisbury. He never forgot the parish ‘which had the first fruits of my labour, and among whose people I had all possible kindness and encouragement’. He left a bequest which, among other things, provided education and clothing for thirty poor children, and for adding further volumes to the already-established library. This is one of the oldest private libraries in the country and is now in the safe-keeping of the National Library of Scotland. Burnet also donated two silver communion cups, still in use today.
Sunday: 11.00am, alternating with Bolton and Yester
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