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Morebattle parish church or "Mereboda" is noted from being in the diocese of Glasgow from approximately 1116. It stands on a prominence overlooking the Kale water. This church is very near to Linton Kirk, only a mile as the crow flies, this is due to the fact that when these church sites were first founded there was a loch between Morebattle and Linton. The building was engulfed by fire in 1544 and rebuilt. The present structure dates mostly from the 1750s with extensions being erected in 1899 and 1903. It is an oblong shape, with additions of the chancel, porch, and vestry.


The parish is most substantial and was united with Hownam for a generation. It incorporates the ancient parish of Mow adding the Bowmont Valley to the village and the surrounding farmland. It has a strong generous community and a remarkable number of activities. The Annual Morebattle Games is now preceded by a Festival Week. A quality farming presence is still a very strong feature of the area. The village has a shop and a butchers, The Primary School is quite large by rural standards. Bordernet maintain full details of Morebattle history and activities online.

Morebattle Kirk

This is a very attractive and well maintained country church rich in internal features. Inside, on the north wall, are wall hangings of the Lords Prayer, the Westminster Confession of Faith and three new testament texts. The chancel is built over the burial sites of the Pringles of Clifton and marble plaques in the chancel tell of this. The gallery used to be occupied by worshippers but in 1984 some of the pews were removed to make way for a new organ which was built by Ronald Smith using several reclaimed parts from old organs and it has Great, Pedal and Swell sections.
The church is illuminated by some stained glass windows from the early 20th century. Those in the chancel show the Good Shepherd, the Last Supper and Sowing the Good Seed- these 3 came from Ballantine and Gardiner of Edinburgh.
Worship is at 11.15am every Sunday other than every 1st Sunday when Morebattle joins Linton at Linton Kirk to Worship at 11.15am.
Wheelchair access and a loop system.