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End of an era as Dornoch Cathedral minister leaves after 23 years

By Caroline McMorran

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Dornoch Cathedral minister Rev Susan Brown is heading to pastures new after more than 23 years in the Sutherland pulpit.

Rev Brown is taking up a new position as a worship adviser with Greenlaw Parish Church and Presbytery in Berwickshire.

Rev Susan Brown.
Rev Susan Brown.

Her husband, Rev Derek Brown, a chaplain at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, is set to retire at the end of October, and will be joining her.

The Cathedral congregation said an emotional farewell to the popular minister at her last service on Sunday.

Elder Donald Goskirk presented her with a painting of Dornoch beach by artist Moira Savage of Tain.

One of Rev Brown’s favourite spots, the beach often featured in her Thought for the Day videos.

Rev Brown, who headed south this week, succeeded Dr James Simpson to the pulpit and during her time at Dornoch served as Moderator of the General Assembly.

She will also be remembered for her role in setting up the Dornoch Firth Group, which supports activities that bring people together around the Dornoch Firth.

She said: “It has been such a privilege to be part of people’s lives at the best and worst of times.

“It’s hard leaving so many friends in and around the community and the county but the fresh challenge of a very different role, is one I am looking forward to.

“I am so grateful for the love, support and friendship of people over the last two decades and will carry so many warm memories with me.”

Depute session clerk Morag MacAskill said local ministers were providing the Cathedral with cover until Christmas

In the meantime the Presbytery of Sutherland is drawing up a plan for the recruitment of a new Cathedral minister.

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