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BEATON, David (1494 – 1548) Cardinal

Effectively the last Archbishop of St. Andrews. Opposed by John Knox, murdered by Protestant reformers in the same year as he executed George Wishart.

CASKIE, Donald (1902 – 1983)

The Tartan Pimpernell. Minister of the Scot’s Kirk in Paris. During World War II he moved to Marseille where he helped British servicemen escape the Nazis to freedom. Eventually arrested, badly treated and sentenced to death, he was released following the intervention of a German clergyman. He returned to the Scot’s Kirk which was rebuilt after the war.


DAVIDSON, Randall (1848-1930) Archbishop of Canterbury

Born Edinburgh, Scotland. Enthroned in 1903 and served until 1928. He was the longest holder of the post since the English Reformation and was the first to retire, his predecessors having all died in office.

LANG, Cosmo Gordon (1864-1945) Archbishop of Canterbury

Born Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Educated Glasgow University and Oxford. Became the Oxford Union’s president in 1883 and was a co-founder of the Oxford University Dramatic Society in 1884. In 1908 he became Archbishop of York. He was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1928.

RUNCIE, Robert Alexander Kennedy (1921-2000) Archbishop of Canterbury

Diaspora. Both of Runcie’s parents were from Ayrshire, Scotland.

Saint Ninian

Scotland’s first saint, active from 397AD.

TAIT, Archibald Campbell.(1811 – 1882) Archbishop of Canterbury

Born Edinburgh. Educated at the High School in Edinburgh, then at Glasgow University. He then proceeded to Balliol at Oxford and in 1833 graduated BA with a first class in classics. He was appointed fellow of  Balliol in 1834. Following a successful fellowship, in July 1842 he was appointed headmaster at Rugby school.

In 1856 he received a letter from Lord Palmerston offering him the bishopric of London. He accepted, and was consecrated at the chapel royal, Whitehall, on 22nd Nov 1856. In November 1868 the then PM, Mr Disraeli wrote offering to nominate him for the primacy. Tait agreed to the proposal and in February 1869 he was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.

The New Testament In Scots

Translated by William Laughton Lorimer and published by Penguin Books.

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