While on a visit to Falkirk in Scotland recently, I wanted to visit the parish church, Falkirk Old and St Modan’s, as I had read how interesting it was. Oh dear, the church was closed for the winter, but they cook dinners every day in the church hall, so I just asked very nicely if I could see the church. First the answer was no, but when I explained that I had come all the way from Norfolk to see their lovely church, the answer changed to yes. I had a guided tour with a lovely gentleman, whose wife is really interested in stained glass windows, really interested and had written a pamphlet on the windows inside the church………but thats for a later post. On the way to view the church from the gallery, we passed by these wonderful effigies, they were just standing in the corridor. What’s even more amazing is, they have history……not just some faceless tomb covers.
They are the worn effigies of a lord and lady and came originally from the crypt, which was in the south transept of the medieval church ( the present church was built in 1811) The crypt was the traditional burial place of the Livingstons, the family which these effigies portray.
The effigies are thought to represent James, first Lord Livingston, who was the Great Chamberlain of Scotland in the 1400’s and probably the man who brought about the re-building of the church (one of the many rebuilds) His wife Lady Marian is by his side.
There are two more effigies in another corridor and some flat tomb slabs, but again for another post.