Inception of the Kirk Cross, Paris

Inception of the Kirk Cross, Paris

Published on 6 March 2019

On Sunday 7 April, a wooden Kirk Cross will be unveiled during an inauguration at the Scots Kirk in Paris.

The beautiful cross was gifted to the new Scots Kirk in Paris, the only English speaking Presbyterian Church of Scotland in France, in 1959 by the pupils of George Watson’s Boys College following a school collection whereby each boy donated “thrupence” (three pennies).

The cross was chosen by Dr Donald Caskie, the “Tartan Pimpernel”, who was then the Kirk minister at rue Bayard, Paris. He had long been a good friend to Watson’s boys who participated in an annual exchange programme with the “Lycée Henri IV”, Paris. This programme started in 1947 and lasted for more than 50 years.

The placing of the cross is part of a wider look at the life of Donald Caskie who will be remembered in the Kirk with a permanent presentation of his life and work.

Watsonians are invited to join Principal Melvyn Roffe at the inauguration of the Kirk Cross at 11am on Sunday 7 April at the Scots Kirk in Paris.