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Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey met with representatives of Rutherglen Old Parish Church to discuss ways to attract more people to the place of worship.

The MSP is campaigning to promote places of interest within her Rutherglen constituency to increase visitor numbers and boost the local economy.

Rutherglen Old Parish Church is one of the most historical sites in Rutherglen, dating back over 1400 years. According to the history books, it was the place where William Wallace was ultimately betrayed to the English, and it also hosted a meeting of the Scottish Parliament in 1300.

To discuss the church’s historical significance, as well as its current work, Ms Haughey met with the church’s Session Clerk, Hugh Millar, and Clerk to the Congregational Board, Alison Bennet.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:

“Rutherglen Old Parish Church is one of the real gems of my constituency.

“From its links to William Wallace, which are commemorated by plaques in the Church, to hosting a sitting of the Scottish Parliament, it has unsurpassed historical significance.

“Situated only a stone’s throw away from my constituency office, I would encourage anyone to spare the time to visit the wonderful church, and attend one of their services.”

Session Clerk, Hugh Millar added:

“Although a site of true historical importance, both locally and nationally, Rutherglen Old Parish Church is still a functioning place of worship.

“We hold services every Sunday at 11am, and among other mid-week events, we have a coffee morning on the second Saturday of every month between 10am and 12pm, and a ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ event every Thursday at noon.

“All are welcome to visit, and pray at, our wonderful church during our opening hours.”



Hugh Millar can be contacted on sessionclerk@rutherglenold.com.

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP outside Rutherglen Old Parish Church.

Clare Haughey MSP - Rutherglen Old Parish Church


Date published: 20th December 2018

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