THE Rev. Professor Roderick Finlayson, theologian and former Moderator
of the Free Church of Scotland, has died at his home in Edinburgh at the
age of 93.
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Born in Lochcarron, Wester Ross, in 1895, he fought in France during
the First World War before studying divinity at the Free Church College
He was ordained to his first charge at Urray in the Black Isle in 1922
and was later minister of Hope Street Free Church in Glasgow before
being appointed to the Chair of Systematic Theology in the Free Church
College in 1945. He was Moderator of the General Assembly the same year.
Professor Finlayson combined his academic work with editing the Free
Church's Monthly Record, and built a world-wide reputation as an able
Noted for his searing wit, his outspokenness made him a considerable
force in the post-war Free Church.
Professor Finlayson retired from the Free Church College in 1966, but
remained in Edinburgh, writing and preaching until a breakdown in his
health six years ago. He is survived by a son and three grandchildren.