Download the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts (year ended 31 December 2023)

Download the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts (year ended 31 December 2022)

Download the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts (year ended 31 December 2021)


The mid 19TH Century saw a growth in the coal, iron and steel industries in Britain. This included the Lanarkshire coal fields which saw Hamilton experience a rise in population from the influx of workers and their families. Consequently, there was a lack of housing, schooling and religious ordinances to accommodate the rising numbers.

Hamilton Old Parish Church created several churches which included Cadzow sited at the corner of Woodside Walk and Haddow Street in land granted by the Duke of Hamilton. The church was consecrated on 22 July 1877 and had a capacity of 839 sittings. The facing stone was a white sandstone from a local quarry on the west of Hamilton. Damage to the church from nearby mine workings occurred in the 1890s. Additional premises were built as extensions from the Sanctuary, the Session House with ancillary cupboard in 1925, the Top Kitchen and a lavatory at the same time as other work in the Sanctuary in 1939, and the Large Hall and ancillary rooms in 1961.

The parish area included the mining communities of Ferniegair, Eddlewood, and Low Waters and to serve them, mission churches were established – Low Waters in 1884 and in Ferniegair in 1902. Eventually, these buildings were sold, Low Waters in 1948 and Ferniegair in 2006. A Manse was built in Carlisle Road, Hamilton, and occupied in early 1912 by the then minister and his family.

Throughout the life of Cadzow, there have been times when repair and refurbishment has been required to maintain the fabric and structure of the church, halls and manse. Cadzow is a “B Listed” historic building, so works are conducted within those constraints. Presently, major work is required to repair the roof and windows of the church with an estimate cost of £500,000. This work is planned to start in the Summer of 2018.

In addition to the present incumbent, the Rev. Dr. John Carswell (2009-current), there have been 7 ministers of Cadzow — Michael Johnstone (1877-1888), Andrew Robertson (1888-1905), Kenneth McLaren (1906-1914), Douglas Bruce (1915-1919), Harkness Graham (1919-1951), Andrew Douglas (1952-1978), Arthur Barrie (1979-2007).

Further historical information can be found in the publications – “The History of Cadzow Parish Church (1877 – 2002)” and “The Centenary of Ferniegair Mission Church (1902 – 2002)”.

Chancel, font and organ pipes

Cadzow has been a part of the Hamilton community for over 140 years.

Originally established in 1877 as an outreach to the growing mining community Cadzow has played a central role in Hamilton ever since.

Check out the video for a more extended description of our history narrated by church member Mr. Harry Webster.

Our Minister

John CarswellOur minister was born in Scotland to Scottish parents who immigrated to the US when he was a baby. 40 years later John came back to Scotland with his wife and family of six children and has been our minister since 2009. John was a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for twelve years and served two congregations, one in Missouri and another in Texas before making the move to Scotland.

John earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas in 1990 before completing a Master of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MDiv) in 1996. He recently completed a Doctorate in Practical Theology at the University of Glasgow (DPT) in 2017, with a focus on adult baptism.

John enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including mountain biking, skiing and hill walking in the Scottish Highlands. John plays guitar, flute and bassoon, and he leads our church worship band, “J.C. and the Disciples.” He likes to travel, speaks a bit of French, enjoys a good novel and BBQs year-round (even in the dark of winter when it’s raining!).