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Our History

As far back as 1643 there was a need for a church for Scots people living in Rotterdam, involved in the textile industry, the military and sea-faring. Since then many ordained ministers from Scotland have served here. After our previous building was destroyed in a bombing raid in 1940, the Church of Scotland agreed to rebuild the ‘Scots Kirk’ after the war.
In 1996 - the same year the Erasmus bridge was completed, linking the two sides of the city - our church adopted an international identity to be a bridge to people of all cultures. On our gallery page you will find historic photos.
Indexes of Baptisms, marriages and members between 1643 and 1899 can be found below.
Our Ministry   >   History

Historic Photo's

Our church, founded in 1643, has a rich history
A short photo-history of our church from 1643 till now.
(Includes "A brief history" by Rev. J. Muir Haddow of 2 September 1952.)
Photo pages of the building of the new church in 1951/1952.
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Our Heritage

Indexes of baptisms, marriages and church members 1643-1899:
(Provided by one of our current members, George Ross)