James Stott

House and Years at Fettes:
Kimmerghame 1950-1956

Qualifications & Career:
MA (Aberdeen); BD (Edinurgh); Teaching qualification in English and R.E. (Moray House, Edinburgh).

Church of Scotland Minister 1965-70; Farmer 1972-73; Evangelist – 1979; Assemblies of God Pastor (Derbyshire 1979-85) and Kent 1985 to the present.

Family:
Married Anne (née Esslemont) 1964
Children - Rachel 1968 and Matthew 1970
Grandchildren - Rebecca & Naomi (to Rachel and John) and Jessica & Jasmine (to Matthew and Mildred)

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
It was during my last few weeks at Fettes that I felt God call me into his service, while reading Father Trevor Huddleston’s book – Naught For Your Comfort – about the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. That experience turned me from preparing for a farming career to ministry in the Church.

And your least?
That I’d rather forget, but can’t…telling a lie to Housemaster Mr Cole Hamilton – when on a Sunday he asked if I’d been to church in the morning – I said Yes, but had played billiards in house instead. When I considered the implications of the lie, I felt so terrible, I had to go and confess it to him in the evening. What a weight off my conscience that was!

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
Headmaster Crichton Miller – a magisterial figure whom I greatly respected. His reading from Ecclesiastes 11 and 12 in Chapel at the end of every term was unforgettable.

Were you a conscientious student?
Average.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Free time? We were so busy with games and prep there didn’t seem to be such a thing as free time. Latterly I did enjoy reading – books, newspapers and magazines – and playing the piano, and once or twice the fine pipe organ in the gym.