The Kirk History

Kirk History

We are the family of the Clan Chief and are proud to unite with Clan Guthrie USA to save our heritage; not only save it but to be truly successful, we need your help!

The Guthrie Kirk is a historical church that is currently owned by the Church of Scotland and as of 31st March, 2024 will be listed on the open market for sale. The Guthrie Clan Chief would like to purchase the church and ensure we retain its priceless heritage.   By joining forces with all our Guthrie Cousins in Clan Guthrie USA, we have a unique opportunity to maintain and operate this piece of history for all Guthries to enjoy.  Therefore, we aim to buy the Kirk before it reaches the open market and would like to establish a joint Foundation to fund the establishment and ongoing operations as a Guthrie Historical Center.

The Kirk was built in 1826 and is one of the last historical structures available, which is why it’s so important to unite to make this a reality - not just for us but for future generations of all Guthries.

While the Kirk structure was built in 1826, the Church itself has been a place of worship in the Village of Guthrie for over 1,200 years, surviving devastating wars, radical policy (Reformation), extreme weather and clan feuds.  There have been many incarnations of this special place of worship and the current parish church is an attractive building with a belfry in the simple Scots tradition and some fine stained glass by William Blair and John Blythe.

By buying the Kirk we have the opportunity to retain this history and offer it as a place to gather and learn about the history of our clan and our ancestors.   Together, we will establish a Foundation that will help maintain and operate this historical building as a newly formed Guthrie Historical Center open to visitors.   It will also remain a place of worship.

As stated by Cuthbert Graham (journalist, historian and poet) on Guthrie, "it is not the mere survival of structures from the remote past that gives these places their special charm, it is the way in which the old has been lovingly blended with the new, the way in which succeeding generations have enhanced what was already wholesome".

It has been a real joy reuniting with our global cousins of Clan Guthrie USA and we are excited to be able to do this together.  By donating to this Foundation, you will help preserve the Guthrie Kirk for future generations.

So please join our fight to unite and Save the Guthrie Kirk by donating today!

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