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Memorial to Former Moderator Dedicated

Tuesday December 13

A memorial to the late Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev Professor Robin Barbour, has been dedicated in Perthshire.

The dedication took place after a service at Tenandry Church near Pitlochry, a church which Professor Barbour kept going for over 20 years after his retirement.

The memorial, a stone dyke and seat built by a local farmer Ian Harris, was dedicated by another former Moderator, the Very Rev Dr James Simpson.

Dr Simpson said: “The memorial plaque makes no mention of the many degrees and honours bestowed upon Robin by universities, the church, the Armed Forces and her Majesty. Only the name Robin Barbour appears on the simple brass plaque. I believe Robin would have approved.  No one knew better than him that ‘the rank is but the guinea stamp, the man’s the gowd for a’ that’.”

Professor Barbour, who was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of his service in World War 2, was ordained in 1954. He lectured in divinity at the University of Edinburgh and was Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen from 1971 to 1982 and was elected Moderator of the General Assembly in 1979. He died in 2014.

Pictured (from left): Professor Barbour’s sons Andrew and David, Dr Simpson, Robin’s widow Margaret, daughter Alison and Ian Harris.


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