General Assembly 2020

The General Assembly will meet in Edinburgh from 16th -22nd May. The Moderator Designate is The Rev Dr Martin Fair. Dr Fair has been Minister of St Andrew’s Parish Church in Arbroath since 1992. He has said he hopes to highlight addiction and mental health issues during his year in office. Dr Fair will be the first Moderator from Arbroath to serve as the Kirk’s ambassador at home and abroad during what will be the 700th  anniversary year of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Born in Glasgow, Dr Fair has said ‘There is a wonderful opportunity for the Church right now to rediscover its meaning and purpose for the people of Scotland and beyond in the here and now. I am totally fired up as a Minister, and as Moderator, I want to communicate that excitement and positivity’.

Prince William has been appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of 2020.

The Lord High Commissioner is the Sovereign's personal representative to the annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

During General Assembly week Prince William will attend on behalf of the Sovereign.

He will make the opening and closing addresses to the Assembly, as well as carrying out official visits across Scotland.

Last year His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch attended the General Assembly as the Lord High Commissioner, serving in the role for the second time.

Her Majesty The Queen came in person to the General Assembly in 1969 and 2002.

Previous members of the Royal Family to be appointed to the role include HRH Prince Charles, HRH The Earl of Wessex and most recently HRH The Princess Royal in 2017.

Rev Dr George Whyte, the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said: "We are honoured that her Majesty has appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner.

"We look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to the General Assembly."

‘Heart and Soul’, an event that celebrates the life and work of the Church will be held from 1-6pm in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh on General Assembly Sunday, 17th May.