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Galston, Bentinck Street, St Sophia's Roman Catholic Church

Church (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Galston, Bentinck Street, St Sophia's Roman Catholic Church

Classification Church (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Roman Catholic Church Of St Sophia

Canmore ID 181213

Site Number NS53NW 80

NGR NS 50284 36510

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Galston
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kilmarnock And Loudoun
  • Former County Ayrshire

Summary Record (15 February 2012)

The church and presbytery were designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson 1885-6 and paid for by the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Bute had sponsored research into Byzantine architecture and is recorded as having wamnted to build a church with a dome. Initially he proposed building a new church in Troon but the Catholic community there refused so a site was chosen in Galston. The dedication to St Sophia refers both to Hagia Sophia, Istanbul which the Marquess had visited and in memory of his mother Lady Sophia Hastings of nearby Loudoun Castle.

Information from RCAHMS (STG)

Architecture Notes


Architect: Sir Robert Rowand Anderson 1885-6


Photographic Survey (5 May 2008)

St Sophia Roman Catholic Church was recorded by the Threatened Buildings Survey prior to proposed alterations including removal of pews etc.

Information from RCAHMS (STG)


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