A brief history of St Colm’s Missionary College, Edinburgh

Chapel at St Colm’s College, Edinburgh

In 1963 my mother Rosalie Jean Brydon attended St Colm’s Missionary College, Church of Scotland in Edinburgh ahead of working for four years as a midwife in India. (You can read about her Indian adventues in her book Rosalie: In her own words.)

St Colm’s was a hugely important and spiritually forming experience for Mum. She often spoke fondly of her time at Colm’s and throughout her life would attend reunions and keep up with the other missionaries she met there.

Mum was delighted when I started my studies at the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church (TISEC) in 1997 which for the first few months was housed at St Colm’s, before it moved to Old Coates House next to St Mary’s Cathedral on Palmerston Place. I got to worship in the same wee chapel that Mum did 34 years before me.

While sorting through some of Mum’s papers recently, I found a booklet written by Jean Fraser, printed in February 1962 giving the reader a brief history of St Colm’s as well as a practical tour through the building.

I thought this information would be better in the public domain for any interested in the history of this predominantly women’s missionary college.

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Twenty-three years ago today

Standing outside St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness after my ordination to the presbyterate with Jenni (my wee sister), Jane (my then wife), Eddie (my wee brother, Rebecca (his wife), and in the front Benjamin (my sister’s son)

Twenty-three years ago today I was ordained a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church by Bishop John Crook at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness.

It feels like a lifetime ago, and I may have moved out of full-time, stipendiary ministry in 2006, but, praise God, I am still here. And after the five years I’ve just had, I am grateful for that.

Here’s to the next twenty-three years.


I couldn’t find a stock image of stars on my PC but this looked pretty and festive

This is the sermon that I preached at St Mary’s, Newport-on-Tay on Sunday 2 January 2022 when they celebrated the feast of the Epiphany (which is today, 6 January).


When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

— Howard Thurman

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What are we going to do with St Stephen this year?

Scottish Episcopal Church Calendar and Lectionary

Each year I prepare a digital copy of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s calendar and lectionary which I then import into my Google Calendar. It allows me to easily see where we are in the church year, plus bible readings and this year for the first time the collect (prayer) of the day.

This year there has been a bit of a controversy about what we do about the feast of St Stephen (26 December).

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