Our Minsters Through the Ages
In the past, five ministers of St Leonard’s have served as Moderator of the General Assembly, plus one who became Moderator after transfer to Edinburgh.
The date of the founding of our parish is unknown. The first mention is in 1413. It appears to have been served by clergy from the Cathedral until the foundation of St Leonard’s College in 1512. Thereafter the church had its own incumbent.
The following are the names of the clergy who have served St Leonard’s parish from 1512 to the present day. (M) and the given year indicates that they were Moderators of the General Assembly.
1512-1550 Thomas Fyffe
1550-1562 John Fyffe
1578-1590 James Wilkie
1591-1611 Robert Wilkie (M) 1600
1611-1629 Peter Bruce DD
1630-1647 Andrew Bruce DD
1648-1662 Walter Comrie MA
1662-1689 James Wemyss DD
1691-1695 William Tullideph MA
1696-1697 George Hamilton MA (M) 1699 (in Edinburgh)
1697-1708 John Anderson MA
1708-1738 Joseph Drew
1739-1777 Thomas Tullideph (M) 1742
1778-1781 Robert Watson LL.D
1782-1799 Joseph McCormick DD (M) 1782
1800-1819 James Playfair DD
1820-1824 Francis Nicoll DD (M) 1809
1825-1845 James Hunter LL.D
1845-1863 John Cook DD (M) 1859
1864-1898 Matthew Rodger DD
1898-1932 Robert W. Wallace MA
1933-1959 William L. Coulthard BD HCF
(1939-1945 George Higgs M.A. Locum Tenens)
1960-1979 Andrew B. McLellan MA BD
1980-1997 Lawson R. Brown MA
1998- Alan D McDonald DD Dlitt (M) 2006
Rev Robert W Wallace must have baptised my mum in 1929 at your church. She is still alive and living with me in South Africa. Oh, how I love finding my roots in your lovely church! Praise our wonderful King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the soon coming King!