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Rev Dr. Thomas Maxwell


It was a severe shock to his many friends to hear of the sudden death on 5th May, 1967 of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Maxwell at the early age of 37 years, after recording an address in Glasgow as Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Nation Committee. Dr. Maxwell was the much beloved minister of St. Catherines in Grange, Edinburgh, to which he was inducted from Musselburgh, Millhill in 1941. He was born in Stranraer, educated at Cattle Duuglas and Lanark Grammar schools, and became an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh, graduating M.A., B.D. and Ph.D. His doctoral thesis was on the controversial pamphlet material of the late 17th and early 18th Century, and it was to this period particularly that he directed his historical ability. But he read widely and was very well informed on the whole range of Scottish Church history.

It is however right to set on record here especially his long and faithful service to the Scottish Church History Society, of which he acted as Hon. Secretary from 1938 until 1959. During these years he did the editorial work and saw to distribution of Records in addition to arranging the Syllabus, and writing the minutes. In 1962 he was appointed President, which office he filled well, as he did so many other things well in his full, useful and gracious life. He contributed several papers at meetings of the Society and these are available in the Records of the Society.

The Society is deeply thankful for all his many services and mourns his passing away in the prime of life. Sincerest sympathy is expressed to his widow and his son.


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