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After weeks of dull, miserable and wet weather, this was a brief couple of hours of very welcome spring-like sunshine which I found when I visited Dalserf Church two days ago.

Dalserf is a tiny village with a population of only about 50 people and lies close to the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, only about eight miles northwest of Lanark. The name of the village comes from the Gaelic dail, meaning field, and Serf, the name of a 6th-century saint who might, perhaps, have passed by here. Saint Serf (c 500 - 583 AD) was indeed a Scottish saint though the centre of his cult and his activity was more probably in south Fife where it is believed that he founded the settlement of Culross.

The small Dalserf Church is a rather uninspiring oblong building whose only real interest is its tall bell-cote graced by elegantly slender cast-iron posts. Outside stairs lead to three galleries and two large memorial windows on either side of pulpit are by stained-glass artist Douglas Hogg. The building, however, dates from 1655, just prior to the notorious "Killing Time" when many Scottish Presbyterian Covenanters, rebellious to the restoration of episcopacy in Scotland in 1660, suffered dreadfully at the hands and swords of the forces of Charles II and James VII. As well as gravestones from that time, the churchyard also has a fine Covenanting memorial.

But two days ago I was not going to think on the grim sufferings of the Covenanters, but rather enjoy this brief period of glorious sunshine!

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