Reverend William James Morris was born in Cardiff on 22nd August 1925, Educated at Cardiff High School. Later he studied at the University of Wales, Graduating in Arts in 1946 and divinity from the United Theological college of Aberystwyth in 1949. He later did post graduate work at New College Edinburgh where he took his Phd in 1954.
He also trained for ministry and from 1949 to 1951 was assistant at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh to Ronald Selby Wright. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Glamorgan in 1950, Ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Wales. He had a short ministry at Barry Island and Cadoxton before returning to Scotland in 1953 as minister of St David’s Buckhaven.
In 1957 William moved to Peterhead Old Parish Church (or Muckle Kirk) spending 10 years in the church and also being chaplain to Peterhead Prison at the same time. In 1967 he was on the move again. Taking up the call to succeed The Reverend Neville Davidson as Minister for Glasgow Cathedral.
Taking over in Glasgow he not only was the minister in Glasgow Cathedral, he was chaplain of Strathclyde Police, The Trades House, Glasgow Academy and The Royal Scottish Automobile Club, also honorary president of the Glasgow Council of Social Service.
Other Honours were. He was Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland 1991-1996, an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen from 1969, Chaplain to the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers) from 1994 to 2007.
A Royal Chaplain, he conducted the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and then Golden Jubilee when she chose to come to Glasgow Cathedral.
William Morris retired from ministry in 2005 aged 80 just a few weeks after his wife Lady Jean Morris Passed away.
Reverend William James Morris died on the 31st October 2013
William James Morris was a Master Mason of The Lodge of Glasgow Saint John 3bis
Initiated 8th January 1974
Passed 18th February 1974
Raised 19h March 1974
Mark Ceremonial 3rd December 1974