A warm welcome to the Cleish Parish Church website. Here you will find information on how to find us, details of worship, upcoming events and some of the 800 year history of the Church.
to Cleish Church and to the beautiful village of Cleish nestled in the lee of the Cleish Hills.
Situated in Perth and Kinross, Cleish lies 2 miles west of the M90 Motorway and 3 miles southwest of Kinross close to the border with Fife. Its fuller name, the Kirkton of Cleish, describes its location adjacent to the parish church.
Granted by the Earl of Fife to the Church of the Holy Trinity of Dunfermline in the early 13th Century, Cleish Kirk was redesigned in 1775 by the architect John Adam of nearby Blairadam.
In 1832 the Church was totally rebuilt after a fire and the tower was added in 1897 to celebrate the jubilee of Queen Victoria. The churchyard contains the remains of a 9th century cross slab, an alms house and sanctuary crosses.
Also in the churchyard are the graves of Ebenezer Michie (d.1813), a friend of the poet Robert Burns, and the parish minister the Rev W. Wallace Duncan whose wife Mary Lundie Duncan penned the 'Cleish Hymn' -"Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me". Visited by Sir Walter Scott and other members of the Blairadam Club, the church is the 'Kirk of Cleish Bothan' featured in the introduction to Scott's novel The Abbott.
At present the Church is a "vacant charge" and,over the next few months, we will be going through the process of looking for a new Minister. In the meantime, for any information concerning the Church, please use the "Contacts" page.
Services: Sunday 11.15am
Junior Church: 11.15am
Creche: 11.15am in the Village Hall