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‘A vigorous community’

John R Hume considers the parish church of Drymen in west Stirlingshire.

WHEN I was a boy in the 1950s, with relatives in Balfron (also in west Stirlingshire), Drymen seemed a glamorous place.

This was largely on account of the Buchanan Arms Hotel, a fashionable destination for Glasgow people wanting a good lunch or dinner, or a weekend away. The centre of the village, even then had something of the air of a Highland clachan.

There was a plain little church near the centre, which I now know had been built as a secession church in 1819, for this was a part of Scotland where the 18th-century secessions had flourished.

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