Church Elder Jamie Stewart Steals Show at Parliament

Anne McTaggart MSP and Jamie Stewart

The Debating Chamber at the Scottish Parliament has witnessed many performances over the years; some more memorable than others. However, on Tuesday (2nd October) 94 year-old great grandfather and Queen’s batonbearer Jamie Stewart provided one that Parliament will not forget in a hurry with a stirring reading at Time for Reflection.

Mr Stewart, an elder in the Church of Scotland High Carnytne Parish Church in Glasgow and author of ‘A Glasgow Bible’ and ‘Proverbs in the Patter’, is a former champion amateur athlete and professional actor. He was invited to speak at the Parliament by Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart who was delighted to hear Mr Stewarts address, a reading from 1st Corinthians on the theme of love but with a uniquely Scots twist.

Ms McTaggart said:

“It was an absolute honour and privilege to be able to host Mr Stewart at the Parliament. He is a truly remarkable man and I know my fellow MSPs who witnessed his performance were as roused by his address as I was. His unique reading of this powerful biblical passage, which is all about love and forgiveness, was very pertinent in this particular period of Scottish Politics. All too often the Chamber is a place of anger and conflict but I am certain that many left on Tuesday feeling uplifted and in better spirits.

Mr Stewart’s books also make for fantastic reading and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the Scottish language to have a read, and would also like to thank Mr Stewart for coming along to Parliament and to my fellow MSPs who came to hear his address.”

Watch it here.

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