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main image Parish kirk, Orwell, Kinross-shire

This building replaced an earlier kirk by the side of Loch Leven. It was built in 1729 and has a plain, T-shaped structure. The ornate bell-cote (at the far end) dates from the 17th century and was salvaged from the old kirk.

There are more than 900 parishes in Scotland, each with its parish kirk. Divisions involving many sects and denominations meant that, by the late 19th century, most parishes had additional churches or other meeting places.

The area in front of the kirk is used as a graveyard. The parish minister was supplied with a house (the manse), an area of farm land (the glebe) and associated buildings (the glebe steading).

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