Silcox, Rev. Jonathan R. – Minister of Blantyre Old Parish Church from October 1976 for 8 years until 1984. During this time his wife Lynda was a teacher at High Blantyre Primary School and the family lived in the manse with their 2 sons, the eldest of whom was also called Jonathan.
The Minister is fondly remembered as being accommodating, pleasant and helpful. He succeeded Rev. J.F Hart who had taken up a temporary position beforehand. Jonathan, in 1976 wrote in the Parish Church Magazine of how welcome he felt and how settled he was to be in the manse, thanking the previous minister for his efforts.
Whilst in Blantyre he held a Territorial Army Commission in the Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept. During his time as minister, Rev David Currie assisted him. When Jonathan left in 1984, Rev. Peter O’Price succeeded him, although some time after in 1985.
On leaving Blantyre, he became the Chaplain of Queen Victoria School, Dunblane and retired in 2010. Sadly, Johnathan (John) died on 17th September 2015, after a short illness.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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