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Lord High Commissioner in region

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Lord High Commissioner in region

THE Lord High Commissioner, the Queen's representative to the Church of Scotland, paid a special visit to Annandale and Eskdale this week.

He met congregation members and listened to an organ recital at St Andrew’s in Gretna; met schoolchildren and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Scottish Women’s Institutes at All Saints, also in Gretna; and attended St John the Evangelist Church, Eastriggs.

It topped off an exciting year for the three churches, who are all celebrating their centenary.

The final appointment of the day was to meet residents at Dowding House in Moffat.

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry is this year’s Lord High Commissioner, which is a role dating back to 1603.

The office is largely ceremonial and the holder has a distinguished record of public service and a connection to the Church of Scotland.

Accompanying him were the Purse Bearer, Thomas Murray; the Chaplain, the Revd. Neil Gardner; a lady-in-waiting, Sarah Lukas; and an ADC, Flt Lt. Ali McCon