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Rev Charles Robertson
Rev Charles Robertson
Minister
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Rev John Cowie
Interm Moderator
Mr Graham D. Maclagan
Mr Graham D. Maclagan
Director of Music
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More About St Cuthbert's Church
Edinburgh. . .


On This Page :

Rev Charles Robertson, Minister
Rev John Cowie, Interim Moderator
Mr Graham D. Maclagan, Director of Music

More About St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh . . .

Our Vision and Values
Our Place in the Community
The Historical St Cuthbert's
 

Links To

Pastoral Letter from the Minister
St Cuthbert's on facebook
Contact Details
 


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Rev Charles Robertson, Minister


Rev Charles Robertson

Until November 2005, I was Minister of Canongate here in Edinburgh where I served for over twenty-seven years. Before that, I was for nearly fourteen years Minister of a parish near Dingwall in Ross-shire, the lovely parish of Kiltearn (Evanton). I married Alison, who then taught geography in St Margaret's School, just before my ordination and induction to Kiltearn, where we had three children, all now very grown up: Duncan is a business consultant in London, Mary is a barrister, also in London, and Margaret, who lives and works in Bath, is the editor of a monthly journal called Edge which reviews the most highly sophisticated video games.  

I am a Chaplain in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, and also serve as Chaplain to various Edinburgh bodies, such as the Merchant Company, the Edinburgh 603 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and the High Constables and Guard of Honour of Holyroodhouse.  

For many years I was involved in liturgical matters: I was a long-time member and then Chairman of the Joint Liturgical Group (a United Kingdom inter-Church committee); was Secretary of the committee which compiled The Church Hymnary: Fourth Edition; and, before that, for many years the Secretary and then Convener of the General Assembly's Panel on Worship. I also had the privilege of serving as a founder member of the Broadcasting Standards Council and as a member of the Historic Buildings Council of Historic Scotland. For more than twenty years, I was a Governor of St Columba's Hospice, and a member and then Chairman of Queensberry House Hospital. 

My wife Alison, and I are both keen on classical music: she plays the violin in the New Edinburgh Orchestra, and enjoys playing the piano. She also founded and runs the Scottish Stained Glass Symposium. 

You will see from all this that we have had and are still leading full and fulfilling lives. They are even more filled and fulfilling now that we have come to be associated with St Cuthbert's, and we are looking forward to getting to know as many of you as possible in the time we will be with you. 


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Rev John Cowie, Intermin Moderator


John Cowie grew up in Edinburgh and after gaining an honours degree in Chemical Physics at Edinburgh University, spent two years teaching science and music at Murree Christian School (MCS) in Pakistan. Following that he studied for the ministry at Edinburgh University, before a third year teaching at MCS and an assistant minister’s post at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh. He married Gillian and they began a ministry which took them for 6 years to Kirkcaldy in Fife and then 23 years in the English Reformed Church (ERC) in Amsterdam.

The ERC is part of the Church of Scotland’s Presbytery of Europe and during John’s time there it grew to become one the largest congregations in the presbytery with 40 nationalities in worship on a Sunday from over 20 different Christian background. It was also one of the ‘youngest’ congregations where more than half of the worshippers who came together on Sundays were under 45.  

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Returning to the become minister of Stockbridge Church in 2013, he is now settled back in Edinburgh and enjoying the multicultural environment of Stockbridge and looks forward to what the future will bring. His wife Gill is also enjoying being back in Edinburgh after 30 years away. After growing up in the Netherlands all three of their children returned to the UK for study and have remained here, in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London. 

John enjoys music and the digital world. 


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Mr Graham D. Maclagan, Director of Music


Mr Graham D. Maclagan

I am Director of Music here at St Cuthbert's with responsibility for all aspects of the musical life of the church. I have been involved in the music here since November 2005 having begun my musical training in the Highland village of Kingussie, where I was appointed as Parish Organist and Choirmaster in 2000. 

Following secondary education, I read music at the University of Edinburgh, where my interest in choral and liturgical music grew; the history of music in Christian worship formed part of my honours degree. I graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2007, and went on to complete teacher training (PGDE) at the Moray House School of Education. 

Having taught in various schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife, I am now member of the Music Department at George Heriot's School here in Edinburgh. At Heriot's I teach music pupils of all ages from 3 to 18, and I have the opportunity to combine teaching with choir direction and playing the organ for school assemblies, services and concerts. I have accompanied the school's Chamber Choir in concerts here in Edinburgh in St Giles' Cathedral and the Usher Hall, and on their tours of the Northern English Cathedrals, the Scottish Highlands and Paris (including L'église de la Madeleine). A tour to Prague with performances in St Vitus' Cathedral is planned for October 2016. 

It is wonderful to be involved in the superb liturgy here in St Cuthbert's, and to be curator of the magnificent St Cuthbert's organ, one of the finest in Scotland. 


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Details of currently planned organ recitals HERE 

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More About St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh. . .

Our Vision and Values


Watch a short video reflecting on St Cuthbert and St Cuthbert's, by Rev David Denniston.
(Originally produced as Day 33 of the Church of Scotland/Christian Aid Lent Journey for 2016)



Our Vision 

Our core vision in St Cuthbert's is : Living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of our city as God's people
     Nurturing heartsfor God
     Offering a home to friend and stranger
     Providing a hub to equip the people of God for the mission of God

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Our Vision 

Our core vision in St Cuthbert's is : Living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of our city as God's people
     Nurturing heartsfor God
     Offering a hometo friend and stranger
     Providing a hub to equip the people of God for the mission of God

Our Values 

Faith : Our Christian faith is rooted in tradition, recognises our heritage, is alive in the present, and looks to the future
Worship : We seek to worship God with reverence, dignity, diversity and within our strong musical tradition. Prayer and listening to God are essential aspects of our understanding of worship.
Community : The church is people- a community which is open, generous. diverse, welcoming, hospitable, healing and caring.
Mission : We respond to the call to communicate the faith in care, service, healing, concern and witness; locally, ecumenically and globally.

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Our Place in the Community

The present Church building, lying below Edinburgh Castle and amidst the trees, was dedicated in 1894.  

Our members come from all parts of the city, as well as the parish itself - which takes in the community from Princes Street to West Tollcross and High Riggs.  

St Cuthbert's has a long tradition of caring involvement, with current examples being our active ministry among the business community - OASIS -and our working to help relieve HOMELESSNESS in the city.  

A Parish Residents' Team is working to establish links with people who live in the area and we are ecumenically linked to our neighbour, St John's Scottish Episcopal Church.  

The area is the hub of the international financial centre and a magnet for thousands in search of entertainment in cinema, theatre, pubs and clubs. Around two thousand people live within our parish (SEE MAP)and we play host to a steady procession of tourists from all over the world.  

We serve a community on the move: a river of people swirling around the ancient rock on Edinburgh's skyline. As a Christian Church we are trying to learn how to ride the rapids of the Spirit and point to the Rock who is Jesus Christ. You'll find a bit of both on your visit."  


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The Historical St Cuthbert's

The history of St Cuthbert's is fascinating. According to tradition, in the 7th century, St Cuthbert - the famous Northumbrian Saint - built the first church on the site, made of mud and wattle.  

However, our first definite landmark is a Charter of King David I in 1127 which refers to 'The Church of St Cuthbert, hard by the Castle of Edinburgh.' This is the oldest manuscript in Register House, Edinburgh.  

In many ways, St Cuthbert's can rightly be called the Mother Church of Edinburgh in that its parish once encompassed most of the present day city.  

With a history spanning 1000 years and more, St Cuthbert's has been, in turn, Celtic, Roman, Episcopalian and Presbyterian. For the last 300 years it has been a congregation of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Presbyterian family of churches.  

It is reckoned that over the centuries there have been at least seven church buildings on this hallowed spot below Edinburgh's Castle Rock. The church's close proximity to the Castle meant it was often caught in cannon crossfire between opposing armies and, as a result, sustained either severe damage or was destroyed. Such was the resilience of our forebears, however, that they immediately set about the daunting task of rebuilding.  

The present church of 1894, built in an Italian Renaissance style, possesses a magnificent interior. It is unusually ornate and sumptuous for a Presbyterian church and is acclaimed for its beauty, atmosphere and sense of 'presence'. It is well worth a visit!  


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Pastoral Letter from the Minister

Read the latest letter from the Minister HERE 


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Contact Details

Our contact details are: 

The Parish Church of St Cuthbert
5 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH1 2EP
Scotland, UK 

Telephone : 0131-229 1142
Fax : 0131-221 0899

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A comprehensive list of all contact information, can be found HERE 


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