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The Lych Gate

THIS LYCH GATE was erected by W. D. Graham Menzies, Esq., of Hally­burton. A brass tablet bears the inscription :-


"To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Beatrice, Mrs Graham Menzies, this Lych Gate is erected by her son, W. D. Graham Menzies of Hallyburton, 1902."


"I looked and behold a door was open in Heaven." Rev. IV. I.


The erection of lych gates is of continental origin. Translated literally from the German the word means "Corpse gate" - the gate through which the dead are conveyed to the grave. Such gates are comparatively rare in Scotland - connected with our parish churches there are no more than four, of which that at Kettins was the third to be erected, the others being at Blackford in Perthshire, Logie in Stirling­shire and Kenmore in Perthshire. Their purpose was to shelter the coffin while a short prayer and a few words of a devotional nature were uttered by the officiating clergyman prior to the graveside ceremony.


The lych gate of Kettins has been described as the most chaste of its kind and is indeed a most beautiful structure. It was designed by Mr J. H. Fowler Jones, architect, York, and the building work was carried out by Messrs. David Reid and Sons, Elmslie. The under structure, rising to a height of 4 ½ feet from the ground, is of substantial, well finished mason work. beautifully proportioned to carry an upper structure of dark English oak secured from demolished buildings in York. The whole structure is surmounted by a sloping ridge of brindled Staffordshire tiles, which gives the lych gate a full height of fourteen feet. The gables are filled in with moulded uprights of oak and tracery work in the style of the 15th century. The gates too are of dark English oak, simply designed and hung from the stone bosses by means of ornamental, wrought-iron band hinges.


The lych gate is pleasingly set at the eastern entrance to the churchyard and adds much to the picturesque beauty of a delightful spot.


THIS LYCH GATE was erected by W. D. Graham Menzies, Esq., of Hally­burton. A brass tablet bears the inscription :-


"To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Beatrice, Mrs Graham Menzies, this Lych Gate is erected by her son, W. D. Graham Menzies of Hallyburton, 1902."


"I looked and behold a door was open in Heaven." Rev. IV. I.


Lych Gate Brass Tablet.....