Charles William Gray Taylor

Charles William Gray Taylor CBE (5 February 1879 – 21 September 1950) was a 20th-century Scottish minister who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1942.

Charles William Gray Taylor

Moderator of the General Assembly
Depiction of CWG Taylor on a memorial plaque
ChurchChurch of Scotland
In office1942 to 1943
Personal details
Born(1879-02-05)5 February 1879
Died21 September 1950(1950-09-21) (aged 71)


Taylor was born in Edinburgh in 1879 to mason Alexander Taylor and Jane Davidson Taylor.[1] Before the First World War, he was minister of Uddingston church. In the First World War (1916/17) he was an Army Chaplain. In 1918, he was translated to St George's Church, on Charlotte Square in Edinburgh's New Town.

In 1928 he became Convenor of the Foreign Mission Committee to the Church of Scotland. In 1933 the University of Edinburgh awarded him an honorary doctorate (DD).[2]

One of his most important roles as Moderator was his presence at the re-inauguration of St Paul's Cathedral in London in September 1942 alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, following the cathedral's bomb damage in 1941.[3]

In 1945 he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. In 1946/47 he was Chairman of a Committee looking at Rehabilitation of Young Offenders and was also involved in reforms in the Scottish Prison System in 1948/49.[4][5]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1950 Birthday Honours[6]

He died in 1950.


  1. "1879 TAYLOR, CHARLES WILLIAM GRAY (Statutory registers Births 685/1 341)". Scotland's People. National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon.
  2. "Rev C W G Taylor". Great War Forum.
  3. The Living Church , vol 105, October 1942
  4. Vermont, Freemasons Grand Lodge of (7 November 2017). "Proceedings of the M.W. Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Vermont". The Lodge via Google Books.
  5. "Scotsman Archive: Progress in penal reform, 1 December, 1948".
  6. "No. 38929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1950. p. 2775.

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