James Longmuir

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James Longmuir

Dean of the Chapel Royal
ChurchChurch of Scotland
In office1969 to 1973
PredecessorCharles Warr
SuccessorHugh Douglas
Other post(s)Moderator of the General Assembly (1968-1969)
Personal details
James Boyd Longmuir

(1907-04-26)26 April 1907
Died22 October 1973(1973-10-22) (aged 66)
EducationDalziel High School

James Boyd Longmuir CBE, TD (26 April 1907 – 22 October 1973) was an eminent Church of Scotland minister in the 20th century.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Longmuir was born on 26 April 1907. He was educated at Dalziel High School, a secondary school in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. He studied at the University of Glasgow.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Longmuir was ordained to Swinton Parish in 1934 where he served until 1952. During World War II, he served with the Royal Army Chaplains' Department and was awarded the Territorial Decoration.[4] After that he was Minister at Chirnside.

He was a member of the Kilbrandon Commission.[5]

He was Dean of the Chapel Royal[6] and Chaplain to HM Bodyguard for Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers) from 1969 to 1973. He was an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.[7]

He served as Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1973 New Year Honours.[8]

Longmuir died on 22 October 1973. He was aged 66.[9]


  1. ^ The Times, Thursday, 17 July 1969; p. 12; Issue 57614; col F New Scottish Deans
  2. ^ "National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives". Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  3. ^ Who Was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 071363457X
  4. ^ "No. 44837". The London Gazette. 29 April 1969. p. 4481.
  5. ^ "No. 44837". The London Gazette. 29 April 1969. p. 4481.
  6. ^ "No. 44902". The London Gazette. 22 July 1969.
  7. ^ New Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland The Times Thursday, 31 January 1957; p. 10; Issue 53753; col G
  8. ^ "No. 45860". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1972. p. 8.
  9. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 24 October 1973; p. 21; Issue 58921; col E Very Rev J B. Longmuir
Religious titles
Preceded by Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland
1969 –1973
Succeeded by