Cherished memories – Rev. Lindsay Thomson

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Edward Peter Lindsay Thomson was born in Edinburgh on March 17, 1938. His school days at George Watson’s were followed by six years in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity at Edinburgh University where he graduated with a Master of Arts Degree.

Having served as assistant minister in Edinburgh’s Palmerston Place Church from 1962 to 1964, he was ordained and inducted to the charge of Balornock North in Glasgow, his only charge before moving to Hawick.

From the outset, he revealed a very genuine interest in people, ever ready to devote endless time and effort to bringing whatever advice or comfort might be needed.

A gifted preacher who believed passionately that the Christian Gospel had a practical relevance for day-to-day living, his wonderful way with words, evident in any article he wrote or address that he delivered, ensured that what he said from the pulpit would be readily understood by those in the pews.

His enduring interest in politics and current affairs enlivened many a conversation and anchored in reality many a sermon.

His move to Hawick was to prove inspired, and he became minister of Trinity church on April 6, 1972. He quickly grew to love the town, its people, its traditions and its institutions. He retired from Trinity in 2008.

The Common-Riding, the Callants Club and the Probus Club are just three areas of the town’s life where his passing is felt keenly. Very shortly before his sudden death in March he was thrilled to be invited to say the Grace at the Callants Club’s annual dinner.

Lindsay’s personal interests and hobbies were many. He enjoyed poetry, he had a great love of classical romantic music, with Brahms his favourite composer, and over the years he entertained himself and countless others with his repertoire of Scots fiddle music. His family circle and his closest friends also speak of the pleasure he found in extemporising on the piano, conjuring up in the process some very attractive melodies.

His infectious sense of humour never deserted him, brightening, for example, many a committee meeting.

Lindsay married Brenda Shanks in 1964. Their family circle was blessed with the birth of their sons Stuart and David and daughter Helen, and with the arrival of Brenda’s youngest brother, Gordon, who, orphaned when he was just 11 years of age, became a much loved member of the Manse family. It was an indescribable blow when Brenda died in 2001.

The congregation of Trinity, many of the townspeople of Hawick and many ministerial colleagues will long cherish memories of him and remember with undying gratitude all that he was and all that he accomplished.