Lord MacLeod of Fuinary receiving his Freeman of the City certificate from Lord Provost Susan Baird, in a photograph in the June 1991 issue of Glasgow City Council's newspaper The Bulletin.
George MacLeod was born in Glasgow. He served in the First World War and was ordained a Church of Scotland minister in 1924. He was minister of St Cuthbert's in Edinburgh (1926-1930), then minister at Govan Old Parish Church (1930-1938). Disappointed by what he perceived as his church's tenuous relations with its parishioners, MacLeod left his ministry in Govan and in 1938 he founded the Iona Community, a multi-denominational religious community on the island of Iona, with unemployed workers and fellow clerics. Well-known as a writer and broadcaster, he held strong left-wing political views and was a pacifist. He was dedicated to the view that the church should be closely involved in political and social issues and he served as moderator of the Church of Scotland in 1957-1958. In 1967 he was created a life peer as Baron MacLeod of Fuinary.
Reference: Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs
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