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St Columba's Church
The Parish Church of Saint Columba
Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Chille
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St Columba's Church, St Vincent Street, Glasgow
Location Glasgow
Country Scotland
Denomination Church of Scotland
Website Church Website
Status Parish church
Dedication St Columba
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Tennant and Burke
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 17 September 1904
Number of spires 1
Spire height 67.06 m (220 ft 0 in)
Parish St Columba's
Presbytery Glasgow
Listed Building – Category B
Designated: 15 December 1970
Reference #: LB33168

St Columba's Church is a Church of Scotland Parish church that serves a Gaelic congregation in 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.

Shortly before leaving Scotland to emigrate to South Africa in 1903, the poet Duncan Livingstone carved the inscription Tigh Mo Chridhe, Tigh Mo Gràidh ("House of My Heart, House of My Love") on the lintel of the main door of the church.

The current church building in Glasgow's St Vincent Street was opened on Saturday 17 September 1904, 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. 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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