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Scots in Argentina

In his preface to this little volume of inspiring sermons and instructive lectures addressed to Scots in Argentina, the Author seems to me to have more especially in mind the members of the large Scots community who live and labour in the far flung corners of the great Republic in the very varied conditions which life in those distant places presents.

Of these it is indeed true to say that they are Scots in exile. Some of them are called upon to lead a solitary existence in the sense that the only companionship they have is that of men of another race, speaking another tongue and belonging to another Church. Like the old Scots engineer depicted in Rudyard Kipling’s poem "McAndrew’s Hymn" who elects to stand the middle watch up here alone wi’ God and these

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they have to rely on themselves, on their moral training and character to help them faithfully to discharge the duties entrusted to them and successfully to withstand the temptations, the privations and the homesickness of a life of excile. To such as these this little volume will bring a flood of tender memories, a proud reminder of the Scot’s heritage and a happy message of encouragement and hope.

May I be allowed in the name of those of my compatriots who have had the privilege to hear the Reverend Douglas Bruce in the pulpit of St. Andrew’s Scots Church in Buenos Aires and on the lecture platform, as well as on behalf of those less fortunate ones who owing to distance from the capital or for other reasons have never enjoyed that opportunity, to thank him for his genial thought in publishing this little book.

Confident of the happiness and comfort which it will bring to its readers, I wish it Godspeed on its journey to the hearts of all loyal and Godfearing Scots in the Argentine.

Ronald Macieay.

Sometime His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Argentine Republic.

London, October 1933.

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