The Scottish Federation of Organists

Redundant Organs

In these days of closing churches pipe organs become redundant even although the instuments themselves have plenty of life left in them.  Please look at the following details of those instruments that have been advised to us and consider if they might be given a home in your location.


Keithhall, Aberdeenshire

1907 Lawton of Aberdeen (ex-Wadsworth). One manual and pedal Manual: Sub Bass 16 (bass only), Open Diapason 8, Stop Diapason 8, Dulciana 8, Principal 4, Fifteenth 2. Pedal: Bourdon 16. Keys to Pedal. Key action mechanical. Pedal and 16 bass pneumatic. Measurements: 4 feet deep plus 3 for pedalboard, 8 feet wide plus maximum 3 for Bourdon pipes, 13 feet high. Manual key action in good condition, and bright clear sound. 16 stop requires modest restoration. 

Contact the property convener at Keithhall, Mrs. Pat Lawie

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Paisley, Saint James' Church of Scotland

Following the congregation's dissolution, Paisley Saint James' Church of Scotland is for sale.  As at 23rd July 2018 no time scale for the sale has been set but the schedule of sale states that the organ and organ angel may not be included in the purchase price.

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The organ is a "Father" Willis of 1884, 2 manuals and pedals 23 stops enlarged in 1903 by Willis II to 3 manuals and pedals 39 stops and rebuilt in 1967 by J W Walker as 2 manuals and pedals 36 stops.  At the time of the building's closure the organ was in working condition although recently it may have suffered from damp.

Specification: Great: 16, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2 2/3, 2, III, Tpt 8;  Swell: 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, II, III, 16, 8, 8, 4;  Pedal: 16, 16, 16, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, IV, 16, 16, 8, 4.

If you are interested in acquiring this organ and/or wish further details please contact Ms Judith Roebuck, Mission & Discipleship Council Committee on Church Art and Architecture, The Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN; 0131 225 5722 ext 2435;

Advice and requests for information may also be available from the author of Organs in Scotland: Mr Alan Buchan, The Manse, Newtonmore, Highlands, PH20 1DG, 01540 673238, or the Convener of Organ Advice, Scottish Federation of Organists: Mr Matthew Hynes at

[Entry uploaded Monday 23rd July 2018]