At their meeting by teleconference on 14th April, the Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) recorded their sadness at the death of their senior member, Rev. Malcolm MacLean (retired), which occurred on 18th March.

Mr MacLean was born in 1931 and brought up in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis.

After his studies at the Free Church College, he was ordained by the Presbytery of Lochcarron in 1965, Lochcarron being his first charge.

In 1973 he was translated to North Tolsta in the Presbytery of Lewis, where he remained until his retirement from the pastoral ministry in 1996, living thereafter in Shawbost.

Mr MacLean remained active, preaching God’s Word throughout the Western Isles and beyond, and overseeing a weekly prayer meeting in Bragar on the west side of Lewis.

"We are thankful for Mr MacLean’s labours in the Lord’s vineyard over more than fifty years," said the Presbytery statement. 

"Our condolences are with his widow, daughters and grandchildren and also his surviving brother and sisters.

"May Jesus Christ, the great King and Head of the Church, raise up other men who will also serve Him faithfully in proclaiming the glorious Gospel."