Motion S5M-14705: Passing of Reverend Laurence Whitley

12 Nov 2018

That the Parliament notes with sadness the passing of Reverend Laurence Whitley, the former Church of Scotland minister of Glasgow Cathedral, at the age of 69; understands that Reverend Whitley was born in Port Glasgow to a family experienced in church service, with his father, Dr Harry Whitley, being minister of St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh; further notes that Reverend Whitley stood as a candidate for the SNP in the two 1974 General Elections, contesting the Dumfries seat and increasing the SNP share of the vote by 7%; understands that, after graduating in arts from the University of Edinburgh, he moved to St Andrews to study divinity; recognises that his probationary year was spent as minister of St Andrew’s Church in Dundee before taking over the linked charges of Busby West and Busby East; notes that he spent 10 years in Busby, which is where he met his future wife; understands that he then moved on to become the minister for Montrose Old, spending more than 20 years there before being called to service at Glasgow Cathedral in 2007; welcomes the efforts made by Reverend Whitley to improve the representation of the Kirk Session of the Glasgow Cathedral through the introduction of women to the membership; further welcomes his efforts to improve ecumenical relations, with Archbishop Mario Conti giving him praise for his work, and sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.