A good visitor to the sick and elderly

In this picture, from the 1970s, Margaret Mitchell at the front was celebrating, possibly her 100th birthday. Behind are: George McMillan, Reverend Andrew Thomson, tourist officer Lachlan McKinnon, Jim Allan, Eva MacDonald, convenor of the Auchinlee local committee Archie Clark, Chris MacDonald, Eva's late husband and superintendant of Auchinlee, an unknown minister and John McCorkindale.

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Sir,

I was interested, as often, by the Down memory lane photo in this week’s June 23, Courier.

Among the dignitaries come to wish Margaret Mitchell a happy birthday, is listed an unknown minister, second right.

He is James(?) Callan, who was the former minister of Lochgilphead Parish Church: sadly now deceased.

Whilst his sermons were not highly rated, he was reckoned to be a good visitor to the sick and elderly.

On at least one occasion, he was said to have arrived at the home of an elderly parishioner, and produced from his briefcase a pair of carpet slippers, which he proceeded to put on. He was not afraid to stay as long as it takes!

Peter Simson,

Clachan.

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