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Note the illuminated ‘Burning Bush’, the symbol of the Church of Scotland, above the vestry door. This was a gift to Callander Churches all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, from where a group of Americans came in 1982 on a Presbyterian Pilgrimage. The carved chair behind the communion table was a gift from the Norwegian troops stationed in Callander during the Second World War, who worshipped here at that time.


The stained glass windows above the choir were dedicated on Sunday 15th May 1921 to commemorate the local men who made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War – the theme was Love and Sacrifice and the text of the sermon on that occasion was 1 Chronicles, 11.19, “Shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy?”

(For further information on the themes in the windows, please see the specially produced leaflet with the information, written by the Rev. Dr. R M Macdonald, who was present at that Service of Commemoration.) More details and pictures.


We welcome you to CALLANDER KIRK today and trust you find refreshment from your visit. The Text on our beautifully-designed banner in the entrance foyer wonderfully expresses Christ’s word for us all (Matt. 11. 28-30) – “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…..”.


As you leave the Church and turn right up South Church Street, note our Hall built in 1849. It was the merchant banker Donald McLaren who gave the money for its building, being used by the Free Church as a ‘comprehensive’ school, teaching English, Maths, Sciences, the Classics etc., as well as Religious Knowledge. Virtually it was the forerunner of the McLaren High School, established in Callander through the Trust, set up by the same Donald McLaren in 1892.


Go down the slope to the right a few yards further on and note the bell of the original Parish Church, later St. Kessog’s. It was used in St. Kessog’s from 1784 to 1985 and was placed here in the garden when the Kirk Hall was redeveloped and opened by Michael Forsyth, M.P., in March 1991. The Kirk Hall is used by the Church and more widely by many groups in the Callander community.

being used by the Free Church as a ‘comprehensive’ school, teaching English, Maths, Sciences, the Classics etc., as well as Religious Knowledge. Virtually it was the forerunner of the McLaren High School, established in Callander through the Trust, set up by the same Donald McLaren in 1892.


Go down the slope to the right a few yards further on and note the bell of the original Parish Church, later St. Kessog’s. It was used in St. Kessog’s from 1784 to 1985 and was placed here in the garden when the Kirk Hall was redeveloped and opened by Michael Forsyth, M.P., in March 1991. The Kirk Hall is used by the Church and more widely by many groups in the Callander community.

A Brief History of the Church in Callander continued