As you enter the church, you will notice the many distinctive features which have been retained and give the church such a unique feeling.

The Lighting

The paraffin lamps inside and outside the church were installed in Rev Johnson Oliphant’s time 1904 -1908. They were provided by Mr. James L. Milne of the Comers Shop.

Paraffin Lamps

The lamps on the pew ends are original and still in working order. The brass work is delicate and each lamp design varies slightly. The lamps have beautiful glass shades that are etched with flowers and patterns and when lit provide a beautiful ambience. The paraffin is poured into the brass bowl and a wick made of cotton is submerged in the paraffin and then lit.

It is unusual to find lamps intact and still in their original positions, and even more unusual to find people who clearly remember them being used! 

I can remember coming to the Harvest Festival one dark Sunday night in the late 70's. The church still had no electricity, so the resourceful farmers had parked their tractors with the engines running, so that their headlights shone onto the church yard guiding everyone into the church.

The vestibule was packed with bags of neeps and tatties and other harvest gifts.

Inside the paraffin lamps were lit, casting an amber glow all around the kirk. They were supplemented by a Tilly lamp that was strung up to the ceiling with rope.

I sat with the choir, next to the organ. We all thought the church looked beautiful, but the reality was a bit less attractive…

…The gloomy lighting made it quite difficult to read the hymns and unfortunately the lamps were very smelly and the fumes caught in your throat as you sang. That was the last lamp lit service that I remember!

Jenny Abel

In December 1985, during Rev George Robson's ministry

the church was connected to the electric power supply and Midmar could then boast lighting and under pew heating.

Midmar saw the light!