Ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on fi­nal year of war

Show fea­tures poignant per­sonal trib­ute to un­cle

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lynsey.gair@reach­plc.com kirsteen.brown@trin­i­tymir­ror.com 0141 309 4312 The cul­mi­na­tion of a fouryear-long ex­hi­bi­tion to mark The Great War is on dis­play at Pais­ley Abbey.

As the town pre­pares to fall silent on Ar­mistice Day on Sun­day, peo­ple can visit the 12th-cen­tury church to see the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is now fo­cus­ing on the fi­nal year of the First World War.

It has been mounted by abbey elder Cathy Craig, 75.

She said: “This is the fi­nal dis­play that I’ve done for the end of World War I.

“It starts with the last 100 days of­fen­sive and goes on to peace and the ar­mistice and the end- of- war cel­e­bra­tions through­out the world.

“There is a lit­tle bit about the bag­pipers in World War I and the chap­lains.

“Robert Gor­don Mil­lar, who had been an as­sis­tant min­is­ter at the abbey, was on of the sol­diers who served in that war.

A sil­ver tray that was pre­sented to him when he left the abbey forms part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“He left here in 1913 to go to St Mary’s, in Dumfries, and he was given the tray and a purse full of sovereigns as a part­ing gift,” Mrs Craig said.

“When he was killed, he had no fam­ily. Whether or not the tray was left in the church, we don’t know.”

Full of pho­to­graphs and arte­facts, the dis­play also fea­tures Mrs Craig’s own per­sonal trib­ute to her un­cle who died in the war, Ge­orge Scott.

“He was my fa­ther’s elder brother, and he joined the Gor­don High­landers in 1915,” she said. “He served through­out World War I. “He was from Whiteinch, in Glas­gow, and served in all the ma­jor bat­tles.”

Mrs Craig will be present at Pais­ley Abbey on Sun­day when the con­gre­ga­tion re­mem­bers the dead of both world wars and other con­flicts.

“I al­ways think of all the sol­diers,” she said.

“Par­tic­u­larly, my un­cle, be­cause this year is the 100th an­niver­sary of his death.

“I went over to France to mark the cen­te­nary, along with my hus­band, el­dest son and his wife and their daugh­ter.”

The chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tion has been be well vis­ited over the four years of its ex­is­tence, Mrs Craig added.

“A lot of peo­ple have com­mented on it,” she said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Ad­vent at the start of De­cem­ber.

This is the fi­nal dis­play that I’ve done to mark the end of World War I Cathy Craig

■■■■ david.david.camp­bell01@camp­bell01@reach­plc..trin­i­tymir­ror.com­com■■ Fit­ting trib­ute Cathy Craig’s ex­hi­bi­tion at the abbey

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