Castle Semple Collegiate Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The chapel was probably created by rebuilding an existing structure, perhaps an earlier castle chapel. Sir John provided lands with enough income to support a college of six chaplains under a provost, with a sacristan and two choir boys. The residential buildings for the college members are likely lost underground in the area immediately surrounding the chapel.
The sole purpose of the college was to say mass for the souls of the founder and his family. The prayers were thought to help the speedy passage of the family's souls through purgatory and into heaven.
The roofless church measures just over 71 feet x 24'3" wide, with a striking square tower at the west end. The interior of the church is divided into three sections to create separate burial places. It seems likely that the building was used as a farm building after it ceased to be used for worship.
A short distance away is the RSPB reserve at the south end of Castle Semple Loch.
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About Castle Semple Collegiate Church
Address: Howwood, Strathclyde, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Two miles west of Howwood on the B787, then on to the B776. You can also reach the church from the country park by way of the Castle Semple Visitor Centre.
Website: Castle Semple Collegiate Church
Photo Credit: Philip Halling, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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