William Robertson Nicoll

1851-1923. Religious journalist. Son of a Free Church of Scotland minister, he was educated at Aberdeen and subsequently entered the ministry, serving charges at Dufftown (1874-77) and Kelso (1877-85). Ill- health caused his demission. Moving to London, he edited The Expositor (1885-1923) and The British Weekly (1886-1923). He wrote also for the secular press and published many books-scholarly, expository, devotional, and literary. A friend of Lloyd George, he supported World War I, doing much to overcome Nonconformist pacifist inclinations. He was a formidable opponent of Erastianism and the Roman Catholic theory of “tactical succession” of bishops. He was knighted by Edward VII in 1909.