Conducted by The Rev. THOMAS MACKAY
Relayed from The Cathedral, Dornoch
Order of Service
Psalm c (Tune, ' Old Hundredth ') Prayer
Reading, Proverbs iv, 5-18
Hymn, Thou, whose almighty word
(Rv. C.H. 364)
Paraphrase No. 2 (Tune, ' St Paul')
Address by JAMES MACKINTOSH , K.C.,
LL.D., Professor of Civil Law,
Edinburgh University, and Sheriff-Principal of Sutherland Hymn , The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (Rv. C.H. 289)
Organist, W. H. INNES
Very early in his career Andrew Carnegie. the centenary of whose birth is being remembered in many countries this year, began giving organs to churches. It might be supposed that his generosity would have been appreciated everywhere, but this was not the case in the Highlands, where he was roundly accused of demoralising Christian worship. Yet one of the first organs he gifted is the one in Dornoch Cathedral, reconstructed in 1909 at the donor's expense, which Scottish listeners will hear this evening.
Skibo Castle, Carnegie's Highland home, is about two miles distant from the Cathedral, and he came here year after year from America, seeking refreshment for body and mind.
Dornoch Cathedral itself has had an eventful history. It was burnt in 1570 and lay in ruins until 1614, when the chancel and transepts were rebuilt. The nave was left in a ruinous condition until 1835. Two hundred and sixty-five years of exposure and neglect brought ruin and desolation to the nave, and it gradually became little better than a rubbish heap. In the first half of the nineteenth century the whole ruin west of the central pillars was cleared away and the present nave built without aisles or arches.