Assynt Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

In Assynt (Lochinver and Elphin) the Rev Charles Gordon, the minister of the parish and almost the whole congregation 'came out' in 1843. The Duke of Sutherland refused to give a site for church or manse but eventually church and manse were built 14 miles from the old church. In 1878 a church was built in Elphin and then in 1893 a church and a manse were built in Lochinver. The minister in 1900, the Rev Norman MacKay, entered the Union and the congregation had no settled pastor until 1942.

In Stoer the Rev Peter Davidson and a large number of people joined the Free Church at the Disruption. A church and a manse were built. In 1900 the Rev Donald Finlayson entered the Union and the congregation was dependent on supply preachers until 1920 when the Rev Farquhar Matheson was inducted.

In 1962 Assynt and Stoer were consolidated into one charge.

The minister in 2000 did not associate himself with the Reconstitution.

The congregation currently worships in an informal arrangement with Scourie (Eddrachillis). Services are conducted by the Rev Allan Murray every third Sabbath and on a regular supply basis by Mr Richard Ross, the Scourie elder.


Sabbath Worship

Community Hall, Scourie 12.00noon; Community Hall, Lochinver Lochinver 5.00pm

Sabbath School Drumbeg 11.00am

Prayer Meetings

Assynt, Tuesday 7.00pm; Scourie, Thursday 7.30pm (others as intimated)


Assynt, last Sabbath in March; Scourie, 1st Sabbath in October.

Other Information

There is close co-operation with the congregation in Brora (Clyne).


The Congregation is vacant at present

Interim Moderator

Rev Allan Murray,
2 Col Bheinn Road
KW9 6NZ. Tel: 01408 621459

Session Clerk
Clerk to Deacons Court

Mr John MacKenzie,
307 Culkein,
Drumbeg, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4NL.
Tel: 01571 833258

Congregational Treasurer

Mr John Morrison,
Cnoc Uaine,
Culkein, Stoer, Assynt,
Sutherland, IV27 4JG.
Tel: 01571 855331

Sabbath School Superintendent

Mrs Mairi MacRae,
Drumbeg, Assynt, Sutherland, IV27 4NL.
Tel: 01571 833243.