Church minister literally marries off all five of his daughters as he performed each ceremony after walking them down the aisle


Church minister literally marries off all five of his daughters as he performed each ceremony after walking them down the aisle

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17:26 GMT, 9 May 2012

A church minister is celebrating after performing each of five of his daughter's wedding ceremonies, after walking them down the aisle.

Proud Reverend James Munro, 64, started the tradition in 2001 when he decided to marry
off his first daughter Eilidh,

But now his duties are finally complete, after giving away his youngest daughter Kirsteen, 25, last month.

James Munroe with his daughter Eilidh on her wedding day

James Munroe with his daughter Dolina on her wedding day

James Munroe with his daughter Ishbel on her wedding day

Three down… two to go: Reverend James Munroe with his daughters Eilidh (2001), Dolina (2001) and Ishbel (2002) on their wedding days

The grandfather-of-four is now gearing up for retirement as he feels his 'job is done'.

James, who runs Hamilton-Bardrainney Church in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, said: 'I think it’s probably very rare for a
minister to not only walk his five daughters down the aisle but perform
the ceremony as well.

'I’m very proud and I’m
pleased that all five of my daughters have found husbands and are
settled, which means my job is done.'

James, who lives with wife Irene, a nurse and midwife, first took the decision to perform the
ceremony of his daughter Eilidh, now 33, to accountant Iain MacDonald, 32, at
their wedding in Fort William in June 2001 and it's become a ritual in the Munroe household ever since.

In September that year James married off
his second daughter Dolina, 33, also in Fort William, to businessman
Stephen Miller, 38.

James Munroe with his daughter Anna on her wedding day

James Munroe walks his daughter Kirsteen on her wedding day

James with his forth daughter Anna at her wedding day on the Island of Skye in 2011 (left) and giving away his fifth daughter Kirsteen last year (right)

In December 2002 James stepped up to the altar a third time to perform the ceremony of his middle daughter Ishbel, 31, to history teacher Derek Campbell, 34 in Mosspark, Glasgow.

Seven years later it was the turn of his fourth daughter Anna, 28, to marry council worker Christopher Deplano, 31, on the Island of Skye.

James performed his final family ceremony, at the wedding of his daughter Kirsteen, 25, to pub manager Alasdair MacKillop at Bishopton Parish Church near Erskine on April 14.

James, a Church of Scotland minister of 33 years, said: 'When I walked one down the aisle and performed the ceremony, the rest expected it as well.All my daughters have a very close bond and they are looking for no less treatment then their sisters.

'It feels like an achievement to have completed all five marriages and I hope they will all have many happy years with their husbands.

'It was very emotional during the last wedding. There was a great sense of occasion. It makes it all the more special that I have managed to do it just before I retire.'

The Munroe family (From left): Eilidh, father James, mother Irene, Iain MacDonald, Ishbel, Dolina, Kirsteen and Anna

The Munroe family (From left): Eilidh, father James, mother Irene, Iain MacDonald, Ishbel, Dolina, Kirsteen and Anna