Rev Dr Alexander Lawson, who has died at the age of 92, was a minister in Clydebank for 33 years.
Alexander Lawson was born in Toronto but returned with his parents to Scotland where he was educated in a primary school in Stepps and then at Coatbridge Senior Secondary. He undertook training as an accountant until he joined the RAF in 1941 and saw service at home and in Egypt and Greece.
He was one of many ex-servicemen who decided to train for the ministry of the Church of Scotland. The number of them was so large that the Church had to appoint the St Andrews theological professor Donald Baillie to keep in touch with them and give advice to those who were hardly a normal group of trainees for the ministry.
Rev David Munro, formerly Presbytery Clerk of Dumbarton recalls: “Alex said that he came back to Clydebank in 1956 with a real sense of mission, to help rebuild life in Clydebank after the Blitz. And he did.”
Throughout his life, Dr Lawson had a keen interest in politics and even contested a regional election for the now defunct Strathclyde Region as an independent candidate.
He was never a member of any political party until after his retirement when he became a member of the Scottish National Party.
Alexander Lawson had a long-time interest in the European movement and in 1983 the Conference of European churches published his study of Churches at the Crossroads and two years later he produced an account of a conference in Holland, Towards a Lasting Peace.
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