Inchinnan Parish church

One of the earliest known sites in the area, Inchinnan Parish Church has a history that dates back earlier than Paisley Abbey and Glasgow Cathedral  With links to the Knights Templar and the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, Inchinnan Parish Church offers a serving of symbolism steeped in history that you wouldn’t expect to find in such a small parish.

 

Paisley Abbey – St. Mirin’s Frieze

On the east wall there is a remarkable sculptured frieze, 1ft. 8in broad.  There is a gap in the stones towards the north side.  The stones probably formed part of an altar reredos in some other part of the Abbey before the fire of 1408.  The work would seem to be of a fifteenth century date.

It used to be thought that they were of much earlier date, and that the carving represented the seven sacraments of the Roman Church. ‘The reredos contains a range of sculptured images – those at the south side are three Priests standing and one sitting, and others in the attitudes of confessing, and others kneeling; next another Altar; next, a Priest standing administering Extreme Unction to a sick man; next are three Priests at Mass – Celebrant, Gospeller, and Epistler.  In the centre of this Reredos or Altar-piece, there is a small vacancy, and a little North of this is the Holy Babe, with His Blessed Virgin Mother, Joseph, and the rest of the Holy Family, a man reading a book, and another holding by the Horns of the Altar. Some opine that the Seven Sacraments or the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy are hereon depicted. ‘ Gordon’s Monasticon, p. 563

The obvious subject is, however, Incidents in the Legendary Life of St. Mirin. (Lees, P.211) These as given in the Aberdeen Breviary, can be readily identified in the ten sculptured panels.  Proceeding from left to right we see –

  1. Mirin’s mother bringing him when a child to St. Congal at Bangor.
  2. Conga vests Mirin in his monastic dress.
  3. Mirin takes up his work as Prior.
  4. Mirin, having gone on a mission to the Irish King, is driven away by a servant from the palace door.
  5. The King is punished by having to suffer the pains of labour instead of the Queen.
  6. The Queen in bed and a nurse holding the infant.
  7. The King begs Mirin’s forgiveness.
  8. The reconcilement of the King and Queen with Mirin.
  9. Mirin in his cell, illuminated with heavenly light, is seen by a brother monk through the key-hole of the door.
  10. Mirin restores a dead man to life.

From Paisley Abbey: It’s History, Architecture & Art by The Rev. A.R. Howell, M.A.

 

 

 

Pictures from Paisley

I’m going through all the photos I’ve taken over the last few years and can hardly believe how many there is.  I’ve been clearing out and cataloging for what feels like an eternity and still have loads more to go! So, I decided to break the monotony I’d add a little creating to the mix and make some more videos.  This one is a compilation of some of the many pics I have of my home-town, Paisley.

Wishing you all the best for 2015.

From the city that never was…..

yet……Rx

 

 

 

 

Neptune’s Staircase

On a recent journey to the Isle of Skye my friend decided to take me a detour to see Neptune’s Staircase. I had no idea what Neptune’s staircase was until we got there but I was lucky enough to arrive while it was in use so I took this little video to show the kids. Hope you enjoy it too 😀