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Elements of the moral conduct of the late Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell were contrary to the Bible, according to the Western Isles Presbytery of the Free Church.

Allegations claimed the minister and four female church members were involved in inappropriate relationships.

Kirk sessions - ruling elders - in the women’s congregations have completed their investigations.

One woman has been cleared. Three are being disciplined by the church as a result, including one woman who is suspended which means she will not be permitted to take communion during the suspension period.

Rather than sexual affairs claimed by the tabloids, the accusations were based on alleged inappropriate relationships.

Much of the speculation and claims in mainland newspapers is exaggerated and wrong, stresses the church.

Mr Campbell took his own life at the end of January, aged 53 years.

Western Isles Presbytery - the governing body of ministers and elders responsible for the denomination’s congregations within the islands - met in Stornoway on Tuesday.

Rev James Maciver said a thorough investigation was carried out into “serious allegations about the conduct of the late Rev. Dr Iain D Campbell prior to his death.”

He added:“The presbytery has now sadly concluded that elements of Dr Campbell’s moral conduct were contrary to, and censurable by, the Word of God (Bible), and seriously inconsistent with that expected of a Christian minister.

"Following the investigation, each local kirk session has carried out appropriate disciplinary action, according to guidelines laid down in the Practice of the Free Church of Scotland.

“Bearing in mind that the church has a duty of care to all parties, this has been carried out in private.

"The presbytery will continue to consider how to bring this sad episode to a conclusion and what we may learn from it.

"The last few weeks have been a deeply distressing time for all concerned. The presbytery would appeal to everyone within the Free Church of Scotland for unity and prayerfulness.

“The presbytery wishes to particularly remember Iain’s wife, Anne, and the rest of the family.

“We urge the church to pray for them, and for all those affected by recent tragic events, that God will provide comfort and healing for them.”

Church concludes investigation over Rev Dr Iain D. Campbell

25  April 2017