Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Argentinians fight to save Scottish kirk

The Scotland in Argentina (SIA) group, along with locals from the village of Florencio Valera, is fighting to save the 160 year old Scots built St. John's Kirk, which is in dire need of restoration having been almost completely destroyed by fire in 2009.

Argentina is increasingly acknowledging the role Scots played in the foundation of the state, and the SIA group believes it has now traced the earliest Scots in the country back to their arrival from Leith aboard the Symmetry in 1825.

For the full fascinating story, see the Scotsman article by Kurt Bayer at http://heritage.scotsman.com/heritage/Argentine-village-asks-Scots-to.6741030.jp

Chris

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