Rev Dr Laurence Whitley

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

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Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley was educated at Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities and later graduated with a PhD from St Andrews University in 1991. 

He was 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 Andrews. 

Dr Whitley was inducted into Glasgow Cathedral in 2007. 

He is minister of Glasgow Cathedral, which is the premier charge within the Presbytery of Glasgow and is known as the High Kirk of Glasgow. It is described by Historic Scotland as the finest building surviving in Scotland from the 13th Century. 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 the 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.

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