St Ninian's Church, Lamington LMW

Grid reference

NS 977 309 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

297700 630900

Latitude

55.56102777638999

Longitude

-3.62216821842646

Altitude (metres)

210

County

Lanarkshire

Nearby places

Lamington, former parish, Lamington & Wandel (0 miles)

Lamington & Wandel, parish (0 miles)

St Ninian's Well, Lamington (0.5 miles)

Wiston & Roberton, modern parish (1.11 miles)

St Ninian's Chapel, Wiston & Roberton (1.11 miles)

Object Classification

Ecclesiastical

Is linear feature?

No

Notes

Seems to be known now as St Ninian's Church, so the name is warranted. OS 6 inch 1st ed has "Church on site of St Ninian's Church". In fact this is probably an extrapolation going back to OPS i, 173, related to the "Saint Innian's Well" located nearby, named as such in OSA, vi, 550. OPS goes on to suggest that this "indicat[es] probably that the church was dedicated to Saint Ninian...or perhaps to Saint Inan, a confessor in Scotland whose feast was kept on the 18th of August." By the time of NSA, this has solidified into a dedication to St Ninian, and the well is now St Ninian's Well. It is presumably this which is represented on the OS 1st ed 6" data. NMRS says of this church: Lamington church was built in 1721, renovated in 1828 and again about 1880. Its N wall incorporates the doorway of the original church, built in the 12th century and dedicated to St Ninian. An iron staple for the jougs is fixed to the E side of this doorway. G Hay 1957; New Statistical Account (NSA, C Hope) 1845; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1896. Good photos of Norman work and and church in general on: http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/biggar/stninians/index.html The dedication to Ninian must be held to be fairly doubtful, if nothing can be found going back before OPS. Forbes, whilst noting the well under Ninian, places the parish dedication under Inan. It is not impossible, I suppose, for the OSA notice of the well to be a misprint for Ninian.

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Relationships with other places

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