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.

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?

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.