Canon Mackay retires

A special service was held in St Paul's Cathedral on Sunday evening for retiring Canon Douglas MacKay. Pictured berofe the service are, from left - Richard Holloway former Bishop of Edinburgh, Canon MacKay, The Right Rev Dr Nigel Peyton Bishop of Brechin and Jeremy Auld provost of St Paul's.

A special service was held in St Paul's Cathedral on Sunday evening for retiring Canon Douglas MacKay. Pictured berofe the service are, from left - Richard Holloway former Bishop of Edinburgh, Canon MacKay, The Right Rev Dr Nigel Peyton Bishop of Brechin and Jeremy Auld provost of St Paul's.

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A FORMER Carnoustie Citizen of the Year has retired from his position of vice provost of St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee.

On Sunday night, a special service was held in honour of Canon Douglas Mackay, who held his post at St Paul’s for the past 12 years.

Canon Mackay had served in the Diocese of Brechin for 40 years, spending 27 of those years as rector of the Church of the Holy Rood in Carnoustie.

And he was an active member of the Carnoustie community chairing the Community Council and being president of the Carnoustie British Red Cross and president of Carnoustie Rotary Club.

He also founded the Carnoustie Community Helpline with Dr Sandy McKendrick.

Also during his time in Carnoustie he was convener of the diocesan social service board and diocesan joint board.

In 1981 he was elected synod clerk, which conveyed on him title of Canon.

He had also previously been bestowed as Canon of Inverness Cathedral in 1972.

In his spare time he enjoys both golf and snooker.

Canon Mackay will now be assisting the Rev Angela Hughes in her ministry as rector of the Church of the Holy Rood.