George Milligan (Church of Scotland)

George Milligan (2 April 1860 – 25 November 1934) was a Scottish minister of the Church of Scotland who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1923.[1] He was professor of divinity and biblical criticism at the University of Glasgow.


He was born in Kilconquhar in Fife,[2] the eldest son of Annie Mary Moir, daughter of physician and writer David Macbeth Moir, and the renowned Rev Prof William Milligan.[3] The family moved to Aberdeen in his first year.

He was educated at Gymnasium at Aberdeen before going on to study divinity at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with an MA in 1879.[4] He followed this with postgraduate studies at the universities of Edinburgh, Göttingen and Bonn. From 1910 to 1932 he was professor of divinity and biblical criticism in succession to his father.[5]

He was Moderator from 1923 to 1924 and was succeeded by David Cathels.[3][5]

In 1891 he married Janet Simpson (d. 1898), daughter of John Rankine, the minister at Sorn in Ayrshire, and together they had one son. After Janet's death and in 1902, he married Margaret Catherine, daughter of William Ellis Gloag, Lord Kincairney, Senator of the College of Justice. They had one son.[3]


  • Men of the Bible (1904)
  • The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament (1914)


  1. "Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland genealogy project". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. University of Edinburgh Journal 1935
  3. Matthew, H. C. G.; Harrison, B., eds. (23 September 2004), "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, pp. ref:odnb/35025, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35025, retrieved 13 December 2019
  4. Morrison G. H., Wind on the Heath 1994, p. 49.
  5. George Milligan (note: multi-tab page). University of Glasgow

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