St Columba Church of Scotland, Glasgow

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St Columba's Church, St Vincent Street, Glasgow

The Church of Scotland congregation of St Columba in Glasgow dates back to 1770. It was established to cater for the spiritual needs of the large number of Gaelic speakers from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland settling in Glasgow in search of employment. The church still has a service in Gaelic every Sunday, as well as weekly services in English.

The current church building in Glasgow's St Vincent Street was opened on Saturday 17 September 1904,[1] and is built in the Gothic Revival style. It was designed by architects Tennant and Burke and is now protected as a category B listed building.[2] Because of its size and association with Gaeldom and the Gaelic language it is also popularly known as the Highland Cathedral.

Past ministers have included two former Moderators of the General Assembly: the Very Rev Dr Norman Macleod (Caraid nan Gaidheal) (minister 1835-1862) in 1836; and the Very Reverend Dr Alexander MacDonald (minister 1929-1954) in 1948.

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  1. ^ Rev. Donald N. Macdonald (1985). St. Columba Gaelic Church Glasgow. A History of the Place and its People. p. 23.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "300 St Vincent Street, St Columba's (Gaelic) Parish Church, Church of Scotland  (Category B) (LB33168)". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

Coordinates: 55°51′46″N 4°16′00″W / 55.8629°N 4.2668°W / 55.8629; -4.2668

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