Fra’ Fredrik Crichton-Stuart, Grand Prior of England, has died at his home in Edinburgh after a long illness.
Fra’ Fredrik joined the Order of Malta in 1962 and, in 1993, on the restoration of the Grand Priory of England, he was appointed Chancellor, becoming Grand Prior in 2008.
For many years he was also Delegate of Scotland and the Northern Marches for the order, and was a tireless worker for the sick and the needy, assisting in the weekends for the handicapped held regularly at Kielder, as well as being an effective and long-standing chairman of Dial-A-Journey in mid-Scotland, an organisation he served devotedly up until his death.
Freddy, as he was always known, was born in 1940, the eldest son of Lord Rhidian Crichton-Stuart. He was educated at Ampleforth and brought up in Scotland and North Africa, where his father had business interests. His long career included spells in industry and farming and he was a chartered accountant with his own practice until his retirement. He was an officer in the Territorial Army, and a trustee and later chairman of Una Voce Scotland and he sat on the boards of a number of charities in Scotland.
Fra’ Freddy Crichton-Stuart was a man of prayer whose love of and commitment to the Order of Malta, its traditions and works, was exemplary and inspirational.
The condolences of the many members of the Grand Priory of England and the British Association of the Order of Malta are extended to his family and his many friends, both within and outside the order.
Requiescat in pace.