Michael Scott (priest)

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Rev Michael Scott (centre left) beside Bertrand Russell leading an anti-nuclear weapons march in London

(Guthrie) Michael Scott was an Anglican Priest who joined in the defiance of the Apartheid system in South Africa in the 1940s - a long struggle for social justice in that country.[1] He was also an early advocate of Nuclear disarmament.

Scott was born in Sussex on 30 July 1907 and educated at King's College, Taunton. He was ordained by George Bell in 1932 and began his career with curacies in Slaugham and Kensington.[2] He was Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Bombay from 1935 to 1937; and then served at St Paul’s Cathedral, Calcutta. In 1943 he moved to Johannesburg where he was Chaplain to the St Alban’s Mission. While there he became the first white man to be jailed for resisting that country’s racial laws.[3]

He wrote his biography “A Time to Speak” in 1958[4] and in his later life was a friend of the philosopher Bertrand Russell. He died on 14 September 1983.[5] There is a memorial window to him at St Pancras, Kingston Juxta Lewes.[6]


  1. ^ All Africa
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN (invalid) 0108153674 alternate version: ISBN 0-19-200008-X OCLC 25885092 OCLC 59162245
  3. ^ Dictionary of African Christian Biography
  4. ^ British Library web site accessed 7 April 2012
  5. ^ The Rev Michael Scott. Pioneer Campaigner against Apartheid The Times (London, England), Friday, 16 September 1983; p. 14; Issue 61639.
  6. ^ Geograph