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Old Scotch Church Old Scotch Church, Hillsboro Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church
30685 Scotch Church Road Hillsboro, Oregon97124
Hillsboro  locality
Oregon  state
United States  country
North America  continent
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45.572700° N, 122.994285° W
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Usually locked, but cemetery and grounds are always open.

Historical Timeline of the Old Scotch Church

16 November 1873
Twelve settlers from Aberdeenshire in Scotland gather in the Columbia Academy, a four-room schoolhouse in Hillsboro, Oregon, to establish the Tualatin Plains Church. The founders nominate Rev. George Ross as pastor and William Chalmers and James Smith as elders. The congregation meets in the schoolhouse until a dedicated church building can be constructed.
The congregation of the Tualatin Plains Church buys a two-acre site from Jacob Hoover on which to build a church. Mr. Hoover donates one of the acres and sells the other for only $25.
28 May 1876
The first member of the congregation to be laid to rest in the burial ground is Margaret Smith Chalmers, the six-year-old daughter of William and Catherine Chalmers.
11 May 1878
At another meeting, the congregation approves a design submitted by Mr. Balantyne, which is expected to cost $2,120 to build.

Description of the Old Scotch Church

The Old Scotch Church occupies a scenic location in the countryside a few miles outside of Hillsboro. The little white chapel is designed in the Carpenter Gothic style, with a tall octagonal steeple, side buttresses, a steeply-sloping roof and small stained glass windows. It is oriented north, with the burial ground extending to the west and east.

The burial ground contains the graves of eight of the founding members of the church as well as Colonel Joseph Meek, mountain man and first U.S. Marshall of the Oregon Territory. He died in 1875 and was buried at his nearby homestead. When the land was sold, his remains were moved to the east cemetery of the Old Scotch Church.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011

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