St. Mary's Roman Catholic Chapel, Slamannan.
NS 6653 7038; NS 8536 7300
1881: Mass said in a private house in Slamannan.
1883: Ground purchased for a chapel.
1885: Church building completed at Barnsmuir near the Black Loch, named St. Mary's, to serve the mining community which had arisen in that area. Designed by George Fortune of Duns. Opened on 11th October, the chapel-school could accommodate 400 for mass or 180 children.
1888: Slamannan became a separate charge.
1923: Charge entrusted to Longriggend.
1930: Charge returned to Falkirk.
1939: Slamannan became a separate charge again.
1959-1960: New church built in Bank Street, it is a low structure with white rendered walls carrying angled buttresses to support a low-pitched felted roof. The south gable fronts Bank Street and contains the double-door entrance over which was a simple belfry. Cost £4,600.
1968: The building was badly burnt in an arson attack.
1970s: Mass also said in Avonbridge Welfare Hall on Sundays.
1989: Church closed.
2003: Occasional masses held.
2010: Church sold.
1958: 15 Binniehill Road used as manse.
1960: Built on the same plot as the new church, to its north-east.
1960: To seat 128.
PRIESTS OF ST MARY'S
1885 Mackenzie, C.C. (St. Francis Xavier) 1887
Mullen, George Nov 1889
O' Carrall, Thomas 1895
1895 Mason, George 1898
1898 McOscar, James 1903
1903 O'Brian, Francis Dec 1906
1907 McDonald, James Sep 1912
1912 Hart, Dominic 1913
1913 Burns, Peter John 1914
1914 Rattrie, Robert J
Delaney, Richard May 1919
1919 Morrison, Edward 1923
1923 –1929 Served by the priest at Longrigend.
1931 –1940 Served by the priest at Falkirk.
Feb 1940 McGloin, Patrick Apr 1940
Apr 1940 O'Leary, Patrick 1943
1943 McGeown, John 1947
1955 O'Donnell, Bernard G 1962
1962 Jackson, Michael 19
Gallacher, Peter 1968
1968 Neilson, Angus 1969
1969 Foley, Daniel
Geoff B. Bailey (2016)
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