Church of Scotland
The Church (originally a Free Church) was built at Griminish, (the 'walking centre' of Benbecula) in 1886, with an adjacent manse . There are about 70 members and about 150 adherents, supported by a Kirk Session of twelve elders, six male and six female, and a Congregational Board (all the Elders plus five elected and two co-opted members) using the 'Model Constitution'. We enjoy very good working relationships with the other denominations within the island.

Attached to the rear of the Church are the Session Room (or Vestry) and a Hall which is used on Sunday for Sunday Club, and after worship for tea, coffee and fellowship as well as for various events during the week, church-based and community-based.

Benbecula Parish Church
The Church buildings have been subject to a major refurbishment programme towards the end of 2001 and the first half of 2002: internal re-decoration of all the buildings, removal of some of the front pews, re-carpeting of part of the church, renewing vee-linings, electrical re-wiring, and a long-overdue upgrading and modernisation of the heating and lighting systems in all three adjoining buildings.

The considerable financial input required for these works was met from the congregation's very committed giving, over a number of years, through Sales of Work and other fund-raising ventures, a 'Gift Day', donations, etc.

Re-decoration of the exterior of the Church, Manse, garage and out-buildings, is scheduled for Spring 2003. Work is ongoing to enlarge and improve the off-road car-parking facilities to lessen the pressure on the limited space between the main Church buildings and the Manse.

The ancient Parish of Benbecula was united to South Uist (Kilpheatair) and Barra in, or before the sixteenth century.

The earliest church was most probably Teampull Chaluimchille (Columba's Temple) whose ruins still remain on the easterly outskirts of the village of Balivanich (Township of the Monk).

Church at Muir of Aird
The church at Muir of Aird was built in 1707 and was superseded by a new building in Griminish, in the centre of Benbecula, in 1886.

In 1900 the congregation entered the union with the United Presbyterian Church, and thus became the Benbecula Congregation of the United Free Church.

In 1929 the United Free Church re-united with the Church of Scotland, whose local parish church was half a mile to the west along the Griminish road, at what is now known as 'Church Hill').

The re-united congregation chose to use the former Free Church and Manse, still in use to-day. The surplus church building and manse were sold: the former is now a unit of flats - the Church Hill Flats ; the latter a private dwelling.

The Free Church, built in 1886 became the main place of worship following the union of the two churches in 1929.

To-day, Benbecula Parish Church of Scotland endeavours to continue the Christian witness and service started in this island by members of Columba's community from Iona in the sixth and seventh centuries……..

1724-25
1767
1769-70
1771-73
1773-79
1781-92
1792
1796-1813
1813-16
1819-22
1823-28
1829-30
1832
1834
1837
1848-52
1853
1855
1857-64
1865-
1869
1874-75
1878
1881-82
1882-84
1884-90
1890
1891-93
1892
1893
1895-1905
1906-07
1914-21
1922-23
1923-26
1932-35
1936-48
1949-56
1957-64
1965-73
1975-82
1983-97
1997-98

1998-2002
2002-2003

2003-2003

2006

  Donald MacLeod*
Donald MacKinnon*
Allan MacQueen
George Munro
John MacLeod*
Duncan Ferguson*
Duncan Robertson*
Alexander Nicolson
Roderick MacLean*
Charles MacAlister
Duncan MacLean
Donald MacRae
William Bethune*
Dugald Campbell*
Donald MacDonald
Hugh MacDonald
Donald MacKay*
James MacDonald*
Ewen Campbell
Duncan Clarke*
John MacPherson*
D J MacLean*
Duncan MacIntyre*
Neil MacKinnon*
Angus J MacDonald*
John MacPhail+
Hector MacAulay*
Lachlan MacKinnon*
Roderick MacLean*
John MacKenzie*
Murdo MacPhail
John Stewart*
Duncan MacGillivray
Donald MacPhail
Donald MacDonald
Murdo Smith
Neil MacKay
Donald A MacRae
William MacLeod
Angus Smith
Iain M Forbes
Adrian P J Varwell
Anthony Livesey
(Locum)
Kenneth J MacPherson
Angus J MacDonald
(Locum)
Paul R Read (Locum)
PCUSA
Andrew A Downie

Rev. John Sinclair MacPhail Mr J. Bain Rev. Murdo Smith
Rev. Neil MacKay Rev. Donald A. MacRae Rev. William MacLeod
Rev. Angus Smith Rev. Iain M. Forbes Rev. Kenneth J MacPherson
Rev. Angus J MacDonald
Rev. Anthony Livesey
Rev. Dr Adrian Varwell
Free Church of Scotland (1843)
1887 -
John Sinclair MacPhail
United Free Church (1900)
-1902
John Sinclair MacPhail
1902-10
Ronald C Kerr
1910-14
Donald MacAuthur
1915-29
Malcom MacDonald
Union of the Churches (1929)
* Not ordained (many were ordained after leaving) + Ordained 1889