Crow Road Free Church celebrates 200 year anniversary

The congregation celebrated 200 years of God’s goodness and faithfulness with a weekend of well attended special services.

Crow Road Free Church, in Partick, celebrated 200 years of God’s goodness and faithfulness with a weekend of well attended special services in June. 

The guest preachers were Rev Dr Derek Thomas, former Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina and the Rev Neil MacMillan, Cornerstone Free Church, Edinburgh and a former member of the congregation. Five previous members spoke warmly of their time in the congregation.

As part of the celebrations, a new history of the congregation, A Family We Belong To, written by Evan G Macdonald, retired Session Clerk of Crow Road Free Church was launched to much praise.

An exhibition of photographs and archive material was on display for members past and present and visitors who joined the congregation over the weekend.

There was much discussion from all about the faithfulness of the Lord throughout the history of the congregation, through many locations, names and challenges, while looking forward to the future.

The congregation originated as Hope Street Gaelic Chapel in 1824 to cater for the growing number of Gaelic speakers crowding into Scotland’s largest city at the beginning of the 19th century. At the Disruption of 1843 the congregation joined the Free Church and became one of the city’s biggest churches of that denomination. Following a change in location in 1971 its name was changed to St Vincent Street Free Church. In 1994 it united with Milton Free Church and in 2023 with Partick Free Church when it became known as Crow Road Free Church.

God willing, the congregation will embark on a multi-phase building project and plans for the phases as outlined by drawings and plans on display from the architects – Wellwood Leslie Architects, Glasgow. Phase one of the project was already in evidence in the newly painted and lit sanctuary. The phases allow the congregation to progress as funding allows, and the congregational history – A Family We Belong To – will be sold with all proceeds contributing to the building fund. Please commit these plans and Crow Road Free Church’s future to the Lord, asking that His Good Will would be undertaken by God’s people in Crow Road and the area of Partick and Thornwood.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, contact [email protected]  You can find out more about the building project at