Master of Arts, Edinburgh University, Scotland, 1939. Bachelor's Degree with distinction in systematic theology, Edinburgh University, 1942. Doctor of Philosophy, Edinburgh University, 1955.
With Tullis Russell Paper Mill, Fife, 1942—1944. Scottish secretary Student Christian Movement, Edinburgh, 1945—1948. Minister Church of Scotland, Rosyth, 1948—1960.
Founder, warden Scottish Churches House, Dunblane, 1960—1969. Executive staff World Council Churches, Geneva, 1969—1975. Dean, head department Selly Oak College, Birmingham, 1973—1982, retired, 1982.
Consultant European Small Christian Communities, Brussels, since 1983, Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Dunblane, since 1990, World Church Council Committee on Laity, Geneva, 1961—1969, Scottish Churches Council, Dunblane, Scotland, since 1964.
Married Margaret Davidson Dow, July 27, 1943 (deceased March 1987). Children: Margaret Anne Kirkley, Keith Stewart, Ian Macleod.