Pitlochry Parish Church

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    A rather brilliant church designed by the Dundee architects Charles & Leslie Ower - accordingly category A listed.

    As always, I delight in the ecclesiastical history of parish churches like this: it was built in 1884 as a chapel of ease for the parish church located up the hill at Moulin, and became a second parish church in its own right in either 1923 or 1934 (depending on whether you read the listed building report or the church website). As a result of the merger of the United Free and the Church of Scotland in 1929, the former United Free became known as the East Church, and this the West Church. Its elevated position was the source of yet another name: Mount Zion Church.

    With the closure of the original Parish Church in Moulin in 1989, this became the principal parish church, further consolidated with the closure of the East Church in 1992. Henceforth, it became the Pitlochry Church of Scotland.

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