Rev. William Perry, M.A., B.D. (1903-1905)
Rev. Coldwell’s immediate successor was Rev. William Perry, Rector of St John’s, Alloa, who was appointed early in September 1903. Rev. Perry was a native of Buckie, where his father was initially a joiner, but evenually became a house architect.
This would have seemed a promising appointment, but unfortunately Rev. Perry was taken ill soon after coming to Stirling and, after a year of critical uncertainty, felt obliged to resign, believing he would never regain the strength necessary for the work required of him. His “locum”, Rev. Robert Percival Brown, scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge and later headmaster of Warwick School, was then offered the incumbency. Rev. Perry recovered and became Rector of St John, Selkirk, in 1906. He later enjoyed a glittering career as Dean of Edinburgh, Principal and Pantonion Professor of the Theological College of the Episcopal Church, Canon and Chancellor of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and author of standard works on the Scottish Liturgy and the Oxford Movement in Scotland. He continued to keep in contact with his charge that might have been.
His most famous book, The Scottish Liturgy: Its Value and History, published in1922, can be accessed on-line by following this link.
Photo courtesy of Paul Laxton, University of Liverpool.
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