Rothesay man retires as presbytery clerk

L-R: Dr Chris Brett, the new clerk to the Presbytery of Argyll; retiring clerk Ian Maclagan from Rothesay; and the Rev David Mitchell, presbytery moderator.

L-R: Dr Chris Brett, the new clerk to the Presbytery of Argyll; retiring clerk Ian Maclagan from Rothesay; and the Rev David Mitchell, presbytery moderator.

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Tributes have been paid to Bute resident and retired solicitor Ian Maclagan, who has retired as the clerk to the Church of Scotland’s Presbytery of Argyll after ten years.

Mr Maclagan, who has held the post since the presbytery came into existence in January 2004 as a union of the former presbyteries of Dunoon, South Argyll, and Lorn and Mull, has already been succeeded by Dr Chris Brett, a regular worshipper at Kames Church in Tighnabruaich, whose appointment was announced earlier this year.

A statement issued by Marilyn Shedden, convener of the presbytery’s business committee, said: “Ian’s diligence, energy and commitment were matched equally by his sharp legal mind and quick insight. He was expected to answer every question he was asked about church law - and usually he did.

“For ten years Ian kept us right on all matters ecclesiastical, while delighting us with his quick wit and humour.

“Ian was renowned for his love of Latin, and no meeting was a true Presbytery gathering without some reference to the phrase ‘in hunc effectum’.

“After ten faithful years, Ian has decided to hang up his copy of ‘Practice and Procedure in the Church of Scotland’ to enjoy the gentler pastimes of retirement.

“We will all miss him immensely and we thank him for all he has done in the service of his Lord, for his church and for each one of us.”