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Angus Blue Learns Gaelic

Tha Aonghas Gorm ag Ionnsachadh Gàidhlig
Inspired by a review in iScot magazine issue 59

Of course, Gaelic buffs will know that the title actually means ‘Blue Angus is Learning Gaelic,’ but I’m sure you get the point.

DI BLUE SAT in his office on the ground floor of Oban Police HQ, considering the passing of the Reverend Dr. Zedekiah McGillivray, who had suffered a fatal cardiac infarction some four days previously. There seemed nothing amiss about the old man’s passing - he was after all seventy-six years old, and had been recovering from a serious chest infection, which had seen him hospitalised for three weeks. As a former minister, he received a respectful obituary in the Western Gazette. It pointed out that he had been one of the foremost members of the True Presbyterian Church of Scotland (Reformed), and had been Moderator of the General Assembly of the TPCS(R) for seventeen years, from 1985 until 2002. The writer referred to his many publications, including his major work The Idolatry of the Organ, in which he argued strenuously against the use of music in worship. In this magnum opus, based on his 745-page doctoral thesis for an online American evangelical university, he persuaded himself, and possibly his readers, that all references to musical instruments in Scripture were to be interpreted as metaphorical condemnations of the employment of music in orgiastic Dr. McGillivray’s death would not have been a matter for police involvement at all, had it not been for the complaint made by his daughter, a Mrs Jessell, a former army nurse, who’d come up from Paisley to Dalmally to look after him at home after he’d been discharged from the hospital. He seemed to be making a good recovery during the first week she was there. However, two days into the second week, just after a visit from his GP, she had found him in a bad way.

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issue 60 of the award-winning iScot Magazine featuring an exclusive interview with the SNP's Dr Philippa Whitford