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After the Disruption in 1843 when the Free Church of Scotland split from the parent body of the Church of Scotland, a number of its ministers came at irregular intervals to London to conduct Gaelic Services. Similarly, Church of Scotland ministers also took services when visiting London. However, in 1886, a co-operative effort was made by certain Highlanders to seek the unity of consensus and gradually centralise their endeavours under the auspices of one non-denominational committee. So began the legacy which continues to the present day.

In these early days, names revered by Highlanders irrespective of denominational affiliation were invited South such as The Very Rev. Dr. Norman MacLeod, Rev. Dr. Gustavus Aird and Rev. Dr. Cameron Lees etc.

The Secretary of the National Liberal Club, the Son of a Highland Manse, was Mr Donald Murray who, with organising gifts and tireless devotion, greatly helped the cause to prosper. A Trust Fund was inaugurated, a governing committee enlarged and monies were raised in the form of an Endowment Fund where £1000 was deposited to support the ongoing costs of the services.

By the kind courtesy of the Kirk Session of Crown Court Church of Scotland, the quarterly Sunday afternoon services began to be held in Crown Court Church and this continues to the present day.

The services are not ecclesiastically under the charge of the Kirk Session of Crown Court Church but, although our services are separate, the close ties with this particular building over so long a period deepens a collective feeling that this is where Gaelic religious services in London belong.