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.
Arbroath Knox’s Church

The organ is by Peter Conacher of Huddersfield and was built for Brechin West Free Church in 1895. It was moved here in 1948. The church has now closed and may be sold within weeks.

Great: Open Diapason 8, Gamba 8, Dulciana 8, Clarabella 8, Principal 4, Harmonic Flute 4, Fifteenth 2, Clarinet 8
Swell:  Lieblich Bourdon 16,Opene Diapason 8, Stopped Diapason 8, Viola da Gamba 8, Voix Celeste 8, Gemshorn 4, Horn 8, Oboe 8, Tremulant.
Pedal: Bourdon 16, Bass Flute 8.
Action to manuals mechanical. Action to Pedal and stop tabs exhaust pneumatic.

Dimensions about 25 feet high, 15 feet deep (could be reduced if pulpit removed and trackers shortened), 9 feet 2 inches wide.


Contact at Church: Mr. Bill Clark w467clark@btinternet.com

[Uploaded 9th July 2019]
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Eyemouth

This church has not closed, but they would like to dispose of the organ to make way for a door. It was built for this church in 1908 by Cousans of Lincoln and unusually has slider chests and mechanical action.

Great: Pedal Bourdon 16, Open Diapason 8, Dulciana 8, Harmonic Flute 4.
Swell: Pedal Bourdon 16, Gamba 8, Lieblich Gedeckt 8, Voix Celeste 8, Gemshorn 4.
Swell to Great, Swell Octave to Great.
Action to keys mechanical, bass notes to Dulciana and Bourdon charge pneumatic.

The proposal to dispose of the organ has still to be approved by the Church of Scotland, but enquiries meantime may be addressed to Ian Hankinson at the church: ich2@btinternet.com  

[Uploaded 9th July 2019]
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Howgate, Midlothian

This church closed recently and is not architecturally listed, so the organ can be removed without fuss to a good home.
It is a small organ by James Bruce of Edinburgh dating from the 1830s. It came here in 1951 when it was installed by Willis. Its previous whereabouts are unknown.

Manual: Stop Diapason 8 (treble & bass), Dulciana 8, Principal
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Contact at the church: Sheena Dawe sheenadawe@outlook.com

[Uploaded 9th July 2019]
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Keithhall, Aberdeenshire

This church closed in 2017 but has not yet been sold. The organ is by Ernest Lawton of Aberdeen, who trained with Brindley & Foster in Sheffield and then worked with Wadsworth in Aberdeen before becoming independent in 1898. His early organs are of high quality and reliable. As this building is architecturally listed, planning permission to remove the organ is required and this takes about twelve weeks once a firm expression of interest is received.

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 thelawies@btinternet.com

[Updated 9th July 2019]


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LIff Church, Angus

After a long spell trying to dispose of this organ, the Church of Scotland now wishes to dispose of the church, with organ still in situ.

The organ is by Alexander Young of Manchester and dates from 1880 and has two manuals and 17 stops.  The action is mechanical, and some work is needed to the reservoir. There is also some asbestos to be removed under the organ. This said, it is apparently a fine instrument well worth relocating.

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; jroebuck@churchofscotland.org.uk

[Uploaded 9th July 2019]
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Paisley, Saint James' Church of Scotland

This church has now been sold to a building contractor for storage. The organ could not be removed, as it is a listed building, but the local authority is apparently not averse to its removal if a firm offer is made.
The organ, which was designed for what was a new building in 1884, was a two manual by Father Willis but was increased to three in 1901 but rebuilt by J. W. Walker as a two manual again in 1967.

Great: Double Open Diapason 16, Open Diapason 8, Principal 8, Stopped Diapason 8, Octave 4, Quintadena 4, Twelfth 2 2/3, Fifteenth 2, Mixture III, Trumpet.
Swell: Open Diapason 8, Lieblich Gedeckt 8, Viola da Gamba, Voix Celeste 8, Principal 4, Suabe Flute 4, Flautino 2, Sesquialtera II, Scharf III, Contra Fagotto 16, Cornopean 8, Oboe 8, Clarion 4.
Pedal: Open Diapason 16, Violone 16, Bourdon 16, Octave 8, Violoncello 8, Bass Flute 8, Fifteenth 4, Nachthorn 4, Mixture IV, Trombone 16, Fagotto 16, Posaune 8, Schalmei 4.
Key action electro-pneumatic.

Although not used since 2016, this organ could probably be revived without too much difficulty in a new location.

Photographs on the NPOR. .

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; jroebuck@churchofscotland.org.uk

[Updated  9th July 2019]

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