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Sir Iain Richard Torrance, Kt, OStJ, TD, FRSE, born in 1949, he is a Church of Scotland minister, theologian and academic.

He is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen,
Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland since 2013,
Dean of the Order of the Thistle since 2014,
Honorary Professor of Early Christian Doctrine and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh,
President and Professor of Patristics Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, USA
Chaplain-in-Ordinary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland since 2001.
Awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1997
Officer of the Order of St. John, 2015
Fellow of the Royal Sociey of Edinburgh (FRSE) since 2013
Honorary Member of the Society of Scottish Armigers since 2016

He is a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He is married to Morag Ann MacHugh, whom he met while they were students at the University of St Andrews, and they have a son, Hew, and a daughter, Robyn.

Torrance was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the second and younger son of the Very Rev. Thomas Forsyth Torrance, MBE, also sometime Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Monkton Combe School, Bath England, then graduated with an MA from the University of Edinburgh, a BD from the University of St. Andrews, and a DPhil from Oriel College, Oxford.

Professor Torrance’s arms were matriculated as those of a second son in 1974 when Sir James Montieth Grant, KCVO was Lord Lyon. The blazon of these matriculated arms reads: Per pale Ermine and Or, two oars in saltire Azure, on a chief Gules a cross potent cantoned of four plain crosslets Or, between two closed books of the Last, within a bordure chequy Or and Gules

In 2016 Professor Torrance was granted Supporters on a compartment by Lord Lyon Rev. Dr. Joseph Morrow, CBE, something usually only granted to peers and Knights Grand Cross, but the Lord Lyon has the discretion to award supporters to persons of distinction. The Grant was presented to Professor Torrance in March 2016 by the Lord Lyon.

The award recognizes Professor Torrance's eminent service to academia, the Church of Scotland, and the Crown in Scotland. The two supporters are dachshunds Maud and Cassiopea, who were often spotted in and around Princeton Theological Seminary when he was President there.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, requested Queen Elizabeth II honour Professor Torrance as a Knight Bachelor (Kt.) for services to higher Education and Theology which the Queen did in the 2018 New Years Honours.

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The artwork is a rendition by John Hamilton Gaylor

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