George marks 60
years of ministry

Mary and George McCaskill have made many friendships at Carrick Knowe. Picture: contributed

Mary and George McCaskill have made many friendships at Carrick Knowe. Picture: contributed

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RETIRED minister George McCaskill is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

George, 88, has been an active member of Carrick Knowe Parish Church for 23 years.

Born in Charles Street, served in the RAF units in Italy where he and the rest of the members were occasionally persuaded to lead services of worship.

He graduated from Edinburgh University and was asked to serve in the Sunday school of St Cuthbert’s Mission on Morrison Street.

It was a service at St Cuthbert’s where George first laid eyes on Mary. On September 25, 1948, they were married in St Bride’s church, a church that Mary had grown up in and where the couple became involved in youth work.

Still studying and learning the ways of the church, George was ordained as an elder there in 1950. He went on to study for the bachelor of divinity.

In 1951, George was appointed a student assistant for the South Leith Church. During this time, Mary helped take a group of old ladies who lived in sub-standard Leith housing on trips to Tighnabruich.

In 1953, George was ordained and inducted to Spynie Parish Church, where the parish included a large part of Elgin.

After spells at St Margaret’s in Glasgow and Bridgend and Wilson churches in Perth, he moved to James Gillespie’s High as an RE teacher before going on to teach at Queensferry High.

George retired in 1990 but continued as an assistant at Carrick Knowe for another five years.

He has been married to Mary for 65 years and they have three children – Norma, Lindsey and George. The couple also have two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

He said of Carrick Knowe Church: “We have appreciated the many friendships in this friendliest of congregations.

“My five years here as assistant was a wonderful way to begin my retirement.

“We have moved around in our 60 years – but we do not want to move any more.”