Buccleuch (pronounced ‘Bu-klew’) is part of the Free Church of Scotland which was established around 1843. The name ‘free’ is derived from the fact that the church wanted to remain ‘free’ of state interference and so left the established Church of Scotland to form a new church. Subsequently the Free Church grew significantly and, although smaller today, the original aim continues – to communicate the good news of Jesus to all without fear or favour.
The church is a Presbyterian and Reformed Church. It is governed in a democratic way in that its ministers, elders and deacons are chosen by the members of congregations, and representatives to local presbyteries and the national General Assembly are elected. Furthermore, the church follows a set of beliefs and principles outlined in the 17th century following the 16th century Reformation. For in-depth information about the establishment of the Free Church, visit www.freechurch.org.
Today, the Free Church of Scotland is totally committed to spreading the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ around the world. With that in mind, there are approximately a hundred congregations in Scotland, several in London and North America, and sister churches in India, Peru and South Africa.
The building in which we worship is B-listed and was constructed in 1856 by architects JW & J Hay from Liverpool. It is 88ft long and 44ft wide with a spire 174 feet high. Although the church officially opened its doors on Thursday 18th December 1856, the spire was not completed until December 1861.
Gothic in style, Buccleuch was fitted with solid pitch pine pews, which are still in use today. In fact, the church is filled with many original features including a large stained glass window and hammerbeam roof (typically Gothic architecture).
Find out much more about the church’s fascinating history – including its link to Alexander Graham Bell – by downloading our recent Doors Open booklet.