Friends of Kilfinan Parish Church

Vault Project : Completed


After much extra negotiation with the relevant authorities work began on, 23 November 2015,  on the lowering of the floor of the Vault so that  a damp proof membrane  and sub structure could be prepared for the laying of stone slabs.  

Later that same morning work had to be halted temporarily following the discovery of some disarticulated human remains.  The relevant authorities were informed and work suspended to await the mandatory police inspection.

The current position as at 12.30 pm  on the  24th is that  permission has been given for work to be resumed very  carefully  with any new discovery being left in situ  pending the arrival of the police.

There will be regular updates below:

Update 12 October:  All work is complete and the Stones are now mounted in their final positions  in the vault.  Information boards have been mounted in the Gallery.  Permissions for the return of the Inveryne Sheela are in place and she will be mounted in the Gallery very soon.  See the Vault Page of this site.

Update 21 September:  All building and electrical work is now complete and work on the return of the Stones will commence on Monday 26th September.

Update 29 July:  Building work  on the vault is almost complete. (Pictures above).  Just waiting for a date for the return of the Stones.

Update 19 June:  Still awaiting wooden kerbs and iron railings for steps and top of gallery balustrade.  Wood lining to upper gallery is complete.


Update 15 May:        Floor laid in vault with cutout for prostrate stones..  Awaiting wooden kerbs.

Update 8 May:         Progress is being made with wall panelling of Gallery and flooring of the  Lapidarium in lower vault.  Date of coffins is now confirmed as 17th Century and taking into account the initials SCL and DBS carved on the lintel of the vault it is likely that they are those of Sir Coll Lamont and his wife Dame Barbara Semple.

Update 24 April:   Coffins  are now re-interred as are the bones collected earlier.  Work on the lining of the walls of the gallery is progressing.

Update 21 April:  Archaeologist spent the day  yesterday supervising  the excavation of the coffin reported above.  When we carefully dug down we found that it was in fact one coffin resting on a larger one.  We believe them to date from the 17th Century.  If that date is confirmed then they are likely to be the coffins of Sir Col Lamont and his wife Dame Barbara Semple.  Further investigation would be very expensive and is unlikely to provide conclusive proof.   We have, therefore, decided to let them rest and re-cover them.

Update 16 April:  While starting to re-inter the bones referred to earlier  the end of a lead coffin was discovered.  An Archaeologist will be on site  on Wednesday  to supervise further excavation which we are hoping may give us some clue as to whose coffin it is. Picture above.

Update 5 Feb:       Gallery Floor is now complete.  Studs to fix  tongue and groove wall boards are being fitted to wall of the gallery.  Pictures above taken from the gallery entrance.  The concealed window to the lower floor is now opened to the interior.

Update 31 Jan:    Two thirds  of the gallery floor is now in place.  Unfortunately I was unable to get into the upper floor so pictures show them  from below.  More from above later in the week.

Update 20 Jan:   Beams to support the gallery floor have been installed.  The bones discovered during excavation of the lower floor have been examined and returned.  Some will be re-interred and we are planning to display the more  interesting examples in a case mounted on the gallery.

Update 12 Dec:  Scaffolding has been erected inside the Vault and wall boards to support the beams for the gallery are being fitted .


Kilfinan  Parish Church News Letter

Last updated: 12 October 2016


3.50 p.m.

Lamont Gathering

On Sunday 3 September we will be  visited by  representatives of the Clan Lamont who are attending their annual gathering taking place this year at Portavadie.

The church service will be followed by a short talk outlining the stages of the Lamont Vault Project and a  visit to the vault which   is  now complete.  A  Lunch will be provided in the Hall opposite the Church.


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War Grave

We recently found out through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that one of the graves in the Churchyard is a designated War Grave from WW 1

It is that of Alexander Weir (Plot 135) who was an Able Seaman with the Mercantile Marine Reserve who died on 19 October 1915 in the service of his country.

Kilfinan Parish Church


Services are held every Sunday at 12.15pm


All are welcome to join us.

Minister:  Rev David Mitchell, West Cowal Manse, Kames, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21 2AD

Telephone:  01700 811045


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Christmas Services

As is our custom we will be two special services at Kilfinan over the Christmas period. The first of these is the Christingle service on Sunday 18 December at 3.00 pm.  This is specially suitable for children. The other service is on Christmas Day  at 11.00 am.  We trust that both services will be as well attended as we have come to expect.

Remembrance Sunday

The Service of Remembrance in the Church and the laying of a wreath at the War Memorial will take place on Sunday 13th November.

Thrift Shop

The Charity Shop in Tighnabruaich had been leased by a an organisation called the Friends of West Cowal.   It has been such a success that the Churches have purchased the premises outright.

All proceeds from the shop will be used for the benefit of the four churches of the Parish.  In the first full year a total of £10,000 was distributed to the three congregations.

Service of Remembrance

The Annual Service of remembrance will be held at 12.15 PM  on Sunday  13 November.

After the service there will be a laying of  wreaths at the War Memorial.

All are invited to a Soup and Sandwich Lunch in the Village Hall afterwards.  All proceeds will go to the Erskine Hospital.