Church of Scotland Laggan

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Service arrangements are in the latest Church newsletter (November 2021 and is posted below. 

In 2021 - The routine Church worship service arrangements are as follows.  In Laggan, at 0930 each Sunday in an appropriate socially distant manner which include the wearing of masks and 1m distancing. 

On the last Sunday of each month a joint service is being held at 1030 at one of the churches, Laggan, St Brides in Newtonmore or Kingussie. Details of which location each month will be published on the Church website. The Sunday service is also available in written form on the website (see below). The end of November 2021 service is being held at Kingussie Parish Church at 1030am. The end of December 2021 service is being held in Laggan Parish Church on Sunday 26th at 1030am.

Interim Moderator: Mary Stewart - Tel 01479 810368; E-mail: maryes@btinternet.com

Locum Minister: Rev Mary Ellen Thomson.

The present Parish Church in Laggan was built in 1785 and the Duke of Gordon acted as patron. The Minister at the time was Rev. James Grant and the manse was the house at Gaskbeg Farm and he was allowed £20 in lieu of a manse and his stipend was £70. It was however his wife Mrs Anne Grant who is celebrated and remembered for her writings especially "Letters from the Mountains". Her comments reveal the nature of life in the Highlands at the end of the eighteenth century.


In the 1800's there was a fire in the church and the interior was rebuilt as it is today. The pine was taken from local forests and the eight pine pillars that hold up the roof are reputed to be unique. The high pulpit and Precentors pulpit below are very distinctive. This put the minister on the same level as the local Lairds, whose pews were upstairs In the gallery, Cluny Macphersons facing the pulpit and Glentruim on the left hand side. It is interesting to note the width of the seats, how they diminish towards the back, where it was standing room only for the coachmen. The stained glass window was also put in at this time.


A minister of note was the Rev. Neil Ross who was the minister from 1923 until his death in 1943. Dr Ross was a famous Gaelic and Celtic scholar and was created a C.B.E. in 1938 The organ was donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1911, The church is very active today, its members taking part in all facets of community life.

 

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Church of Scotland Laggan

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Tel: 01540 661772