His Grace Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL, FSA, FRSE, who was appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, was invited to address the Assembly this afternoon by Moderator Rev. Donald G. MacDonald.
In his opening statement, His Grace made mention of the gifts he received from last year's General Assembly and commented on how much he enjoyed them, saying of one book on the Apostle Paul he said, "it was almost transformational."
In his address, he thanked the Assembly on behalf of HM The Queen for their continued work and commitment. His Grace was "extremely happy" to assure Her Majesty of the Free Church of Scotland's "loyalty and affection".
The Moderator then presented His Grace with several gifts from the 2019 Assembly and asked His Grace to pass on the Church's prayer support.
The Lord High Commissioner first addressed the General Assembly in 1925. The position has a reduced role within proceedings, largely maintaining a symbolic connection between the secular and sacred through the adherence to the Establishment Principle by the Free Church.