Our last day in the far south. In the old colonial buildings we find the marriage register of one Elihu Yale. He went on to settle in America and establish an educational establishment that still bears his name. In the church next door a memorial stone laid by an American ambassador.
The heffer in the Hindu temple is pregnant. A cause for much joy and celebration. The arrival of calves in such a place considered to be a most propitious event.
The multi-tasking professor with the three mobile phones has arranged for us to met an elder of the Church of Scotland. In 1947 the elders father met a Scottish missionary, a Reverend Trotter, who had discovered a group of villages that had ancient gospels and maintained an oral link to St.Thomas that went back 70 generations. As far as he is aware the villages are still out there amid the vastness of southern India.
Before we leave a chance to tour the church. St.Andrews Chennai. A little touch of Scotland in India. A tombstone to a Mr. William Gordon. His address : The Manse of Birnie N.B. The N.B stands for North Britain. A piece of high Imperial snobbery when all mention of Scotland was dropped and to be Scottish , rather than North British, was decidedly non-you .
The church a most un-Presbyterian place. Much laughter and light. An old fashioned Scottish emphasis on doing things rather than arguing amongst themselves. They run hospitals for the poor (3) and schools (3). The minister tells ' the font ' of future plans to establish a school for blind girls with leprosy and a hospice for abandoned children . Angus feels that we may be visiting southern India again.