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Blackfriars Church

The rear view of Blackfriars Parish Church, also known as the Old College Church, c 1840.

In 1246 a community of Dominican Monks (the Black Friars) built a convent on the east side of High Street. After the Reformation it was gifted by Mary Queen of Scots to the University of Glasgow and served as a parish church until it was struck by lightning in 1670. It was rebuilt in 1699-1702. Pews were reserved for the Principal, professors and students of the University.

The church was demolished in the 1870s, after the University moved to Gilmorehill. A new parish church was subsequently built in Dennistoun.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 941.435 GOR

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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