St. Andrew's Scots Church, Malta

St Andrew's Scots church
The church of St Andrew the Apostle
Il-knisja ta' San Andrija
St. Andrew's Scots Church
St Andrew's Scots church
35°53′51.4″N 14°30′35.3″E / 35.897611°N 14.509806°E / 35.897611; 14.509806Coordinates: 35°53′51.4″N 14°30′35.3″E / 35.897611°N 14.509806°E / 35.897611; 14.509806
Location Valletta
Country Malta
Denomination Church of Scotland (Presbyterian)
Methodist Church of Great Britain
Website Website of the Church
Status Active
Founded 1824
Architect(s) Giuseppe Bonavia
Architectural type Neo-gothic
Completed 1857
Minister(s) Kim Hurst

St. Andrew's Scots Church, sometimes known as the Church of Scotland, is a 19th-century church in Valletta, Malta. The church was built to the neo-gothic design of Maltese architect Giuseppe Bonavia.[1] It is still an active church today, as a joint congregation of the Church of Scotland, as part of the Presbytery of Europe, and the Methodist Church of Great Britain.[2]


Casa Torrensi

The site was previously occupied by Casa Torrensi, built during the Order of St. John in the 17th-century, and carried the address number of 60. The site is located in the proximity of the Demandolx townhouses, of which two from three survived the war. The remaining two are today occupied by the Ministry of Finance.[1]

The church

The site was bought by Reverend John Keeling in 1824 in order to build the first non-Catholic church in Malta.[3] It is the first Neo-Gothic building on the Maltese islands.[4] Initially the church was built for the Methodist community, only to be later acquired by the Church of Scotland and used by the Presbyterian community. Since the turn of the 20th-century it has a mixed congregation that includes presbyterians, methodists, other protestants/reformists and some Catholics.[3]

The church was built in 1857 by Reverend Dr. George Wisely. He ministered a small methodist congregation from the year it was built till 1896.[5]

It was the first neo-gothic church to be built in Malta, on the designs of Maltese architect Giuseppe Bonavia.[6]

Wiseley was minister of St Andrew's and Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces in Malta from 1854 to 1914. The current minister is Kim Hurst from the Methodist Church. Previous Ministers were Rev Doug McRoberts, a Church of Scotland minister, who succeeded Methodist Rev David Morris, who in 2002 had followed Rev Colin Westmarland (minister from 1975 onwards) who was the first minister not to be a UK military chaplain.[7]

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  1. 1 2 F. Denaro, Victor (1963). "Yet more houses in Valletta" (PDF). Melita Historica. 3 (4): 15–6.
  2. Gill, Robin (2002). Changing Worlds: Can the Church Respond?. A&c Black. p. 113. ISBN 9780567369390.
  3. 1 2 "Valletta". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  4. Mahoney, Leonardo (1996). 5000 years of Architecture in Malta. Valletta Publishing. p. 309.
  5. Borg, Malcolm (2001-01-01). British Colonial Architecture: Malta, 1800-1900. Publishers Enterprises Group. ISBN 9789990903003.
  6. Schiavone, Michael J. (2009). Dictionary of Maltese Biographies Vol. 1 A-F. Pietà: Pubblikazzjonijiet Indipendenza. pp. 220–221. ISBN 9789993291329.
  7. Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "150th anniversary of St Andrew's Scots Church". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
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