ST AUGUSTINES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 2a High Street, Dumbarton, G82 1LL
ACCESS : Easy access for all. Check opening and service times.
Located just as the High Street sidesteps every so slightly into Church Street and on into Castle Street, St Augustines Church has a prime position in Dumbarton.
It was designed by the Edinburgh architect Robert Rowand Anderson of Edinburgh. The date of 1873 was recorded on the parsonage. Stylistically, it is an 8-bay, aisled, Gothic church. On entering you will find it quietly elegant and peaceful; a good place for contemplation.
Internally we find a delicately and elaborately carved, cusped and traceried chancel screen with central gable. The altar rails have carved angels on gate posts. The altar and reredos were dedicated 1893. There is a war memorial by R M MacNaught of Denny & Blain, circa 1923. Some leaded glass windows are well worth a visit. In the eastern aisel is aisle, window by W Gibbs and a window by Stephen Adam, 1897 in the western aisle .
A small modern timbered office building has been added in the rear where it is reached from St Mary's Way.
Charles Rennie Mackintish, the famous architect, married the artist, Margaret Macdonald here on the 22nd August 1900. The records show him as being 32 and she as 35. The ceremony took place at the Episcopal Church in Dumbarton after banns according to the forms of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The entry in the statutory register of marriages for Dumbarton gives his address as 120 Mains Street, Glasgow and hers as Dunglass Castle, Bowling. The entry is signed by W Stephen DD, rector of St Augustine's, and their siblings, E E Mackintosh and Charles Macdonald, witnesses. [NRS].
Look for : Angels.
The High Street frontage.
St Mary's Way with the modern community hall.
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SCOTLAND website for listed buildings : http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB24890
NATIONAL RECORDS OF SCOTLAND (NRS) : https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/learning/hall-of-fame/hall-of-fame-a-z/mackintosh-charles-rennie
ST AUGUSTINES EPISCOPAL CHURCH website : https://staugustinesdumbarton.co.uk/contact/contact-us/
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE HERITAGE TRAIL : DUMBARTON : https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/2619068/dumbarton.pdf