For­mer Mon­trose min­is­ter Dr Lau­rence Whit­ley

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

For­mer Mon­trose min­is­ter the Rev Dr Lau­rence Whit­ley has died at the age of 69.

Dr Whit­ley was born in Port Glas­gow and his fa­ther was min­is­ter of St Giles’ Cathe­dral in Ed­in­burgh.

Dr Whit­ley was ed­u­cated at Ed­in­burgh and St An­drews uni­ver­si­ties and later grad­u­ated with a PhD from St An­drews in 1991.

He stood as SNP can­di­date in the two gen­eral elec­tions in 1974, as his mother had done against Sir Alec Dou­glas Home in what was then the con­stituency of Kin­ross and West Perthshire.

Dr Whit­ley served his pro­ba­tion­ary year in St An­drew’s Church, Dundee.

He was later in­ducted as min­is­ter of Busby East with West in 1975 be­fore mov­ing to Mon­trose Old Kirk in 1985, which was united in 2004 to be­come Old and St An­drew’s.

He was known for play­ing the bag­pipes in the coun­try­side dur­ing his time in An­gus.

Dr Whit­ley was in­ducted into Glas­gow Cathe­dral in 2007, which is the premier charge within the Pres­bytery of Glas­gow and is known as the High Kirk of Glas­gow.

He stayed there un­til he re­tired in 2017. He cul­ti­vated great friend­ships with col­leagues across the ec­u­meni­cal scene and con­sid­ered Glas­gow Churches To­gether mem­bers among his clos­est friends.

An elo­quent preacher, Dr Whit­ley played a key part in ma­jor events in Glas­gow in­clud­ing the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Ser­vice and the an­nual St Mungo Fes­ti­val.

In 2014, Dr Whit­ley re­ceived one of Glas­gow’s high­est hon­ours in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vice over many years.

He was pre­sented with the Lov­ing Cup – an award pre­sented to any per­son or group who has brought dis­tinc­tion or hon­our to Glas­gow – by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty.

He was hon­oured for pas­toral ser­vice to the city, pre­sid­ing at civic events such as Remembrance Sun­day.

As po­lice chap­lain, he also vis­ited the crash scene of the Clutha dis­as­ter, sup­port­ing in­jured and griev­ing sur­vivors and staff, as well as pre­sid­ing at a spe­cial ser­vice at the cathe­dral in the af­ter­math.

Dr Whit­ley is sur­vived by wife Cather­ine and his chil­dren Ed­ward and Hi­lary.

The Rev Dr Lau­rence Whit­ley.

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