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Archibald Hamilton Charteris

1835-1908. Scottish minister. Chaplain successively to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, and moderator of the Church of Scotland general assembly in 1892, he ranks with Norman Macleod as one of the two outstanding leaders of his church in the post-Disruption era. Highly successful in three widely different charges, he was appointed in 1868 to the chair of biblical criticism at Edinburgh University, and one year later became first convenor of the church's new Christian Life and Work Committee. He was the founder of both the Woman's Guild of the church, and the Young Men's Guild, revived the Order of Deaconesses, and launched both the Deaconess Hospital and the church's influential magazine, Life and Work.