Welsh, Rev James Oswald – MC BD was a minister of Blantyre Old Parish Church for 6 years between 1951 and 1957. During his term, he witnessed the closure of the last coal pits in Blantyre and the emergence of many businesses at High Blantyre Industrial Estate.
He had been a hero of WW2 Tank Corps.
When he left Blantyre, he went to Malawi in Africa and this started a link between Blantyre Old Parish and Ekwendeni.
He was much respected by the entire congregation. James was preceded by Rev Archibald MacKenzie and was succeeded by Rev.George M Dale.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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