A Renfrew church where Queen Victoria used to worship is one of eight churches to share in more than £1m for repairs from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.
Sitting on a site of religious importance dating back to medieval times, Renfrew Old Parish Church has a dedicated pew where Queen Victoria used to worship on her visits to see Lord Blythswood.
It also houses a 19th-century burial vault for the Ross family, the Earls of Glasgow, and two A-listed memorials – a 17th-century decorative font with effigies of the Ross family, and an altar-tomb for John Motherwell probably dating back to the 15th century.
Noted for its tall, slender stone steeple, the church will use its £260,000 funding for urgent repair work, to include rebuilding the steeple, re-slating the roof and repairing damaged masonry and open joints currently being ruined by water seepage.
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