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JOHN W KEDDIE
Born in Edinburgh in 1946.
Educated in the city and began training as an Accountant after leaving School in 1965.
Competed in athletics and rugby, becoming Scottish Junior triple jump champion in 1965 and represented a Scottish team that year. Competed for Edinburgh Southern Harriers and Mitcham A.C. Played senior rugby for his former pupils club [Boroughmuir], 1966-1970. Won blue in athletics at Heriot Watt University, 1968.
Moved to London, 1971 and qualified as a member of the Association of Certified Accountants. Worked in London up to the end of 1982, including a spell as Commercial Manager of the marketing section of Dunlop Sports Company.
Long had a close interest in Eric Liddell, both as an athlete and a Christian/Missionary. (Influential in his becoming a Christian in 1965). Assisted the writer of screenplay (Colin Welland) for Chariots of Fire in depicting the character of Eric Liddell. A character named 'Col John Keddie' was included in film as 'thanks'.
Wrote the official centenary history of the Scottish Amateur Athletics Association, published in 1982 [Scottish Athletics]. Subsequently wrote two biographies of Eric Liddell: Running the Race [EP Books, 2007 - 2nd Edition, 2012]; and Finish the Race [for younger people, Christian Focus, 2011]. These books have gone through several printings and have been widely acclaimed.
Writer of an outstanding biography of a Scottish minister and theological Professor, George Smeaton [EP Books, 2007] as well as an influential popular book on the singing of Bible Psalms in worship, Sing the Lord's Song [2nd Edition, Crown & Covenant Publications, 2003]. John Keddie has written widely for sports and Christian papers and magazines.
Entered the ministry of a Presbyterian Church in Scotland in 1987. Served at Burghead (Morayshire) and Bracadale (Isle of Skye) before retirement in April 2012. He continues to act as lecturer in Church History in the denomination's Seminary in Inverness.
Married to Jean (since 1971) with 4 children and 11 grandchildren.