McPhate was educated at the University of Aberdeen, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, the University of Surrey and the University of Edinburgh. After a spell as a tutor in Physiology at Clare College, he was ordained in 1979. He later held lectureships at Guy’s Hospital and the University of St Andrews. He was an honorary curate at Sanderstead, then an honorary Minor Canon at Southwark Cathedral and an honorary chaplain at St Andrews, before his elevation to the Deanery.
- Burke's Peerage
- Debrett's People of Today London, Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
- ‘McPHATE, Very Rev. Gordon Ferguson’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
- Who's Who 2012 – McPHATE, Gordon Ferguson
- exploring surrey's past
- Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
- ”Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000” Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
- London Gazette
- Anglican communion
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