The following article is taken from "Clach A' Choilich" The Magazine of the Clan MacThomas Society of Scotland.
Thomas Bentley Stewart Thomson, eldest son of Rev. William Stewart Thomson, M. A., was born in Aberdeen on 8th December 1889, and educated at Robert Gordon's College and Aberdeen University (M.A. with Honors, and B.D.) He afterwards went to Canada but, after working as a missionary on the prairies for several months, returned to Scotland and, in 1914, became Assistant Minister at Glasgow Cathedral until the outbreak of war when, having previously served as a Sergeant in the 4th (Territorial) Bn., Gordon Highlanders, he was commissioned into the 9th Bn., Highland Light Infantry with whom he served in Ireland, during the Sinn Feinn rebellion, and on the Western Front, where he won the Military Cross in 1918, reaching the rank of Captain.
After the war he was ordained and inducted to Dalziel Parish Church, Motherwell, in1919, when he also rejoined the Territorial Army as a Chaplain, becoming in turn Senior Chaplain, 5th (Lowland) Division, and Senior Chaplain, Scottish Command. He was translated to St. Stephen's, Edinburgh, in 1923, in which year he became Chaplain to Fettes College; an appointment he was to hold until 1939, having in 1938 become Moderator of the Presbytery of Edinburgh. He was then translated to Govan Old Church, Glasgow, but rejoined the Army on the outbreak of war, becoming Deputy Assistant Chaplain General, X Corps, in 1940. The following year he was invalided out of the Army with the Territorial Decoration. While at Govan he became the first Shipyard Chaplain appointed by the Church of Scotland, being attached to the famous yard of Harland & Wolf.
In 1946 he became a D. D. of Aberdeen University. He was translated to Dunbarney Parish, Bridge of Earn, in 1948, becoming Moderator of the Synod of Perth and Stirling in 19544, and of the Presbytery of Perth in 1956. He was appointed Chaplain to H. M. King George VI in Scotland, and afterwards Chaplain ( latterly Extra Chaplain ) to Her present Majesty in Scotland.
An active Freemason for half a century, Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Royal Order of Scotland; Past Chaplain-General, Societas Rosicruciana, and ex-Vice-President, British Legion (Scotland), he has been a keen Rotarian, long distance swimmer, hill-climber and golfer, author of many books, magazine editor, and contributor to various periodicals.