Charles Warr

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Rev. Charles Warr (right) with the Duke of York (centre) and Sir Francis Grant, Lord Lyon King of Arms (left) and proceeding to St Giles' Cathedral in 1933

Charles Laing Warr[1] GCVO[2] was a Church of Scotland minister[3][4] and author [5] in the 20th century.[6]

Warr was born into an ecclesiastical family[7] on 24 July 1892 and educated at Glasgow Academy and the University of Edinburgh. He was commissioned into the 9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1914 and served during World War I.[8] When peace returned he was an assistant minister at Glasgow Cathedral. Later he was the minister of St Paul’s Greenock and then St Giles' Cathedral. He was Dean of the Thistle[9] and the Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland from 1926 to 1969. He was appointed an Extra Chaplain to His Majesty in 1926[10] and Chaplain-in Ordinary in 1934.[11] He was a sub-prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem[12] and an Honorary Chaplain to the King[13][14] (and later an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen).[15] He died on 14 June 1969[16] and was interred at Warriston Cemetery, but also has a panel on the family memorial in Rosneath Graveyard.[17]

Warr was the guardian of the Scottish sculptor Elizabeth Dempster.[18]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ London Gazette
  3. ^ MCOE Archived 12 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ National Library of Scotland
  5. ^ Amongst others he wrote “The Unseen Host”, 1916; “Alfred Warr of Rosneath”, 1917; “Principal Caird”, 1926; “The Call of the Island”, “The Presbyterian Tradition”, 1933; and “The Glimmering Landscape”, 1960 > British Library website accessed 19:18 GMT 11 March 2011
  6. ^ Open Library
  7. ^ He was the second son of the Reverend Alfred Warr, sometime minister of Rosneath, “Who was Who” 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 071363457X
  8. ^ Historic Scotland
  9. ^ Dean Of The Thistle, The Times, 27 February 1926; pg. 12; Issue 44207; col G
  10. ^ "No. 14214". The Edinburgh Gazette. 16 March 1926. p. 319. 
  11. ^ "No. 34110". The London Gazette. 4 December 1934. p. 7759. 
  12. ^ Order Of St. John, The Times, 22 January 1943; pg. 2; Issue 49433; col E
  13. ^ His Majesty's Household Appointments By The King, Full List Of Officers, The Times, 21 July 1936; pg. 11; Issue 47432; col A
  14. ^ His Majesty's Household Appointments By The King, Full List Of Officers, The Times, 2 March 1937; pg. 9; Issue 47623; col A
  15. ^ The Times, 20 April 1953; pg. 4; Issue 52600; col C University News
  16. ^ Very Rev C L Warr Dean of the Thistle, The Times, 16 June 1969; pg. 10; Issue 57587; col F
  17. ^ Stone 78
  18. ^ Ewan, Elizabeth; Innes, Sue; Reynolds, Siân; Pipes, Rose, eds. (2006). Dempster, Elizabeth Strachan. The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. p. 94. ISBN 9780748632930. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Andrew Wallace Williamson
Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland
Succeeded by
James Boyd Longmuir
Dean of the Thistle
Succeeded by
Henry Charles Whitley