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Donald Caskie

1902 - 1983

The Tartan Pimpernel. Born at Bowmore (on the island of Islay) and educated at the University of Edinburgh, Caskie left his first charge at Gretna to become minister of the Scot's Kirk in Paris. During World War II he moved to Marseille where he helped British servicemen escape the Nazis to freedom. Eventually arrested, badly treated and sentenced to death, he was released following the intervention of a German clergyman. He returned to the Scot's Kirk which was rebuilt after the war. He later completed a Doctorate in Divinity at the University of Edinburgh which gave some insight into his wartime work and the full story appears in his autobiography The Tartan Pimpernel published in 1957. Caskie ended his career ministering in Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay.

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