A good visitor to the sick and elderly

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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,