Duthil Church, Carrbridge

Duthil Church, Carrbridge

Opened in August, 1909. In 1976 it underwent a transformation with the completion of an extensive renovation scheme costing £7,609.

It included the remodelling of the chancel to house the pulpit, Communion table and chair, from the disused OLD PARISH CHURCH AT DUTHIL. The pulpit is a memorial to the Rev. William Grant - an ancestor of Lady Turnbull, Reidhaven, Grantown - who had a long ministry in Duthil. The Communion table is in memory of the Rev Patrick Grant, minister of Duthil in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. From him were descended through his daughter, a number of distinguished people who are commemorated by Duthil memorial tablets. They include Field Marshall Sir Patrick Grant and General Sir Henry Fane Grant. 


These tablets were "rescued" and placed in the Duthil Chapel - formed in what was the rear of Carr Bridge Church - also on display there are the memorial tablets and rolls of honour which were previously elsewhere in the Carr Bridge building.

The transept, was closed off to form a church hall A feature of the renovation is the panelling at the back of the chancel, which is floodlit, and the cross which is lit from the rear.

The Woman's Guild provided a red carpet in the chancel.

Oil-fired central heating was installed, boosted by radiators from Old Duthil Church.

The renovated church was dedicated by the Rev Dr Horace Walker, Secretary of the Church of Scotland Home Board.

The opening ceremony, was performed by the Moderator of the Presbytery of Abernethy, the Rev. James Boyd, Nethybridge.

Old Parish Church - Duthil

The first recorded Church at Duthil was built about 1400 (probably on the site of an earlier building).

The present church was built on the same site in 1826. The first of the two Grant of Grant Mausoleums beside the Church was built in 1837. The first Chief of Grant to be interred at Duthil was James Grant, third of Freuchy whose Last Will & Testament, dated 1553. ordered that he be buried in the Parish Church of Duthil.

He died and was interred here in 1585.

The first Protestant minister, William Fraser, was inducted at Duthil in 1614, 54 years after the Reformation. The Church which was dedicated to St Peter has been rebuilt on several occasions; it was renovated just before World War I by Dr Macgregor Chalmers.

In 1843 came the Disruption - the breaking away of the Free Church from the Established Church. After this the "Men of Duthil" - Presbyterians and their followers, worshipped in the open woods at Duthil for three hours every Sunday for seven years, Summer and Winter until the Free Church was built in 1850. Its first minister was a Rev John Logan. Other sections of the church broke away from the Free Church in 1893 and a Union of the Free Churches was effected in 1900

In 1909, the United Free Church built a church and manse in Main Street, Carr Bridge.

In 1930 the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches united.

The Free Church was sold in 1963 and services were held in the church hall which is situated on the road up to the old church (now Fairwinds Hotel)

Old Duthil Church closed for services in 1967 and from 4th March 1969 Duthil Church was deemed no longer in use. It was sold in 1974.

19th & 20th Centuries' Religious Conduct

In 1880 Conduct on a Sunday was a serious business......

To read Shakespeare or Scott on a Sunday was an unforgivable sin - however to indulge in charitable gossip with your neighbour was allowed.

It was permissible to cut tobacco with a knife, but NOT to cut string or stick or vegetable for the broth. You daren't peel potatoes on a Sunday before cooking them.

You might wash your face on the Lord's Day but you were heading straight for perdition if you shaved or cut your nails.

If boots were left unpolished on Saturday night, then unbrushed they had to remain over Sunday if you wanted to escape eternal punishment - but you might brush your beard without risk.

There was no sin in taking horses to water to drink, but you might not take water to the horses. 

In 1916 a call from the heads of the church for a total prohibition during wartime and until demobilisation was given support by the Kirk Session in the hope that the Government would at once close the doors from which this terrible evil came forth. Then and only then might we deservedly expect to win the war.

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