Union was eventually renamed Glencaple, from an ancient site at the
center of the new Parish.
Crawford had previously been linked with Lowther (Leadhills and Wanlockhead.) but this arrangement came to an end on 1st January 2013 with the closure of Lowther Church in Leadhills. The existing Glencaple Church is the place of worship of the united congregation, now know as ' The Upper Clyde Church of Scotland' and weekly services are held there. Rev Margaret Muir retired in April 2012 after 11 years in the parish, and until a new minister is appointed, services are currently being led by Locum minister, Nancy Norman.
In all, six churches were sold: Roberton, Wiston, Lamington, Crawfordjohn, Crawford and Elvanfoot during the years leading up to the creation of Glencaple Parish.
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.
the Crawfordjohn Church was put on the market, some regrets were voiced,
and a challenge was
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, organizing social events and classes. This adds some extra
interest to life in the community.