Retiral of popular minister Rev. David Jamieson

The Rev. David Jamieson (centre), who has retired, pictured with the Rev. Dorothy Anderson and Session Clerk Rod Bowman.
The Rev. David Jamieson (centre), who has retired, pictured with the Rev. Dorothy Anderson and Session Clerk Rod Bowman.

THE REV. David B. Jamieson has retired from Monifieth Parish Church.

Fittingly, as the culmination of his 37 years ministry in Monifieth, he conducted his final Communion Services on Easter Day.

After the Evening Service there was a buffet supper retirement celebration at which presentations were made by the congregation to Mr Jamieson, and to his wife, Valerie, in appreciation of their contributions over many years to the life of the Church and community of Monifieth.

Mr Jamieson was Ordained and inducted in January 1974 to the Charge of Monifieth:Panmure and served there until May 2008 when that congregation united with the other two Monifieth Kirks, South and St Rule’s. Thereafter he was part of the ministry team of Monifieth Parish Church initially with the Rev Donald Fraser, who retired last year, and, since 2009, also with the Rev Dorothy Anderson.

A son of the manse, Mr Jamieson was brought up in Stirling although he completed his schooldays at Fettes College in Edinburgh before heading to St Andrews University. He graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in History before deciding to study theology, thus following four generations of his family into the church.

After obtaining his BD he spent a year at Union Theological Seminary in New York and thereafter worked for a while in Canada as a locum minister. Back in Scotland, he was an assistant minister in Glasgow for a short time until accepting the call to Monifieth.

It was the church which brought Mr and Mrs Jamieson together and they were married in 1985, since when they have been an integral part of church life in the town – Mr Jamieson’s ministry being complemented by Valerie’s role as organist, first of Panmure and now of Monifieth Parish Church.

He is a keen fisherman, ornithologist and hillwalker. He follows rugby at local and international level and is a regular at both Mayfield and Murrayfield.

After retirement, Mr Jamieson intends to remain in Monifieth and, as well as having more time for his many interests and hobbies, will maintain his role as Chaplain at Ashludie Hospital as well as undertaking some pastoral work for Monfieth Parish Church.