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Principal Clerk Appointed Queen's Chaplain

Monday May 20 2019

The Rev Dr George Whyte. Picture by Andy O'Brien


The Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been appointed as one of the Queen's Chaplains.

Rev Dr George Whyte, who is based in Edinburgh, will formally join Her Majesty's Household as a Chaplain-In-Ordinary.

He said: "I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen and will attempt to repay the trust which has been placed in me."

Originally from Barrhead, Dr Whyte has been Principal Clerk since the retirement of the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers in 2017. He previously served as a parish minister at Kilchrenan and Dalavich with Muckairn in Argyll and Langside in Glasgow.

He then became the minister of Colinton Parish Church, before serving as the Presbytery Clerk of Edinburgh Presbytery.

Dating back to the 15th century, the role of Chaplain-in-Ordinary is largely a ceremonial honour with chaplains taking part in formal state occasions and conducting services at significant national events.

There are a total of 10 chaplains to the Queen in Scotland and Dr Whyte will hold this post for ten years.


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