This is a personal link from my great grandparents to the story of Archbishop Cosmo Lang who spent his formative years in Glasgow (1865-1881), and the abdication of Edward VII.
My maternal great grandparents, James Semple* (canal boatman) and Jane Kerr (domestic servant), were married in 1874 in Barony Church, Glasgow by John Maxwell Lang
, Minister of the Barony Church in Glasgow. Marriage Certificate attached.
John Lang, a Church of Scotland minister, had moved with his family from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire to Glasgow in1865, first as minister in Anderson, later to Edinburgh and, in 1873, back to Glasgow where John Lang became minister of the historic Barony Church.
The third son of John Maxwell Lang and Hannah Agnes Lang was Cosmo Gordon Lang
who was born in 1864 at the manse in Fyvie. Educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities, Cosmo Lang decided to become an Anglican. His ordination in the Church of England was a big disappointment to his Presbyterian father. Cosmo Lang rose through the Anglican hierarchy to become Archbishop of Canterbury. In this role he was closely involved in the affairs of state and seems to have had a crucial role in (precipitating the?) abdication of Edward VII. There is a recent Channel 4 documentary “Edward VII, the plot to topple a king”. Much more can be found on Cosmo Gordon Lang in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmo_Gordon_Lang
Footnote*James Semple had a son William "Billy" (1886-1965), who played for Celtic 1907-09), Millwall and Southport, where he later served as trainer and other roles. Another son, James, was killed aged 14 in a coal mining accident at Uddingston 30th August 1895.http://www.scottishmining.co.uk/355.html