Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille / St Columba Gaelic Church (in English)

Closed 6 Apr 2022

Opened 16 Mar 2022

Feedback updated 30 Jun 2022

We asked

From 16 March to 6 April 2022, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) sought views on our proposal to change the category of listing of this building from B to A and to add a Gaelic translation to its listing address.

Built in 1901-04, Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille / St Columba Gaelic Church is an ornate and prominent parish church designed by William Tennant and Fred V Burke to cater for the Gaelic-speaking community in Glasgow. It is of special interest for listing for its wealth of carved stonework detailing, its largely complete interior, its prominence on one of Glasgow’s main streets, and for its cultural and historic interest as a focal point for worship in the Gaelic language.

Further details can be accessed on our Heritage Portal.

You said

We received one response to consultation which raised no objections to the listing of the church. The response from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland, as owners of the building, noted that the building was to be marketed for sale and that the issue of how Gaelic services will be provided within Glasgow, and whether this will be linked to a specific building, has not yet been determined. The General Trustees also provided some corrections to the text of the report.

We did

After considering the comments received during the consultation, we have now changed the category of listing of Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille / St Columba Gaelic Church to category A.  We have also changed the listing address to include the Gaelic name of the building, and corrected two factual errors within the Report of Handling. 

The listed building record is available on our Heritage Portal and the final Report of Handling is also available. 

Our historic environment is always changing. Listing does not prevent change, but it does allow for a structure’s special character to be taken into account when changes are proposed. 

Listing does not mean that Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille / St Columba Gaelic Church should stay as it is forever, or even that it must always remain a church - many buildings can be repurposed for different uses. 

You can find out more about listing in our booklet, Scotland’s Listed Buildings or find out more on our website:  

Our website also has more detail about the Listed Building Consent (LBC) and Conservation Area Consent (CAC) processes, as well as information on how to apply. There is additional guidance in our Managing Change series of publications. 



St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow is currently a category B listed building.

We are proposing to:

  • Change the category of listing from B to A to recognise its outstanding architectural and historic interest as an ornate and prominent church built specifically for the Gaelic-speaking community.
  • Add a Gaelic translation to its listing address.

Large red sandstone church building against blue sky background.

We have launched this public consultation to gather views on our proposal to amend the listing of this important building. We are confident that it is of special architectural and historic interest and our initial view is that category A is appropriate. Find out more about listed buildings.

Members of the public are encouraged to send in their views and comments. We welcome responses in both English and Gaelic. 

Email your comments about this case or contact us via the Heritage Portal

Find out what comments we consider and what happens next in our guide and the video below.

For a version of this video in British Sign Language, please visit our Youtube channel.