Union was eventually renamed Glencaple, from an ancient site at the
center of the new Parish.
had previously been linked with Lowther (Leadhills and Wanlockhead.).
This arrangement continues still, and the full title of the new
parish bears both names, Glencaple linked with Lowther. The present
Minister is the Rev Margaret Muir.
are Church services held weekly in the churches at Abington and at
Leadhills. All the
other buildings have been sold, some to form dwelling houses, and one to
be the home of the Heritage Venture Museum Trust at Crawfordjohn.
In all, six churches were sold: Roberton, Wiston, Lamington, Crawfordjohn, Crawford and Elvanfoot during the years leading up to the creation of Glencaple Parish.
the Crawfordjohn Church was put on the market, some regrets were voiced,
and a challenge was flung at the individual who spoke. “Do something about it then “ was the reply.
some time a trust was formed which purchased the building in 1988, and
the Museum began in the early part of 1991. A second Trust leases the
premises from the original Trust, and manages the Museum. There is also
an Association of Friends which raises funds as needed to run the
museum, organising social events and classes. This adds some extra
interest to life in the community.