HC Deb 27 October 1884 vol 293 c253

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether there is a Presbyterian chaplain attached to the Black Watch at present in Upper Egypt; and, if not, whether, considering the large number of Scottish soldiers in that and the other regiments under Lord Wolseley's command, he will issue instructions that a Presbyterian chaplain be sent without delay to join the expeditionary force?


I am aware of the great interest which is taken in this subject in Scotland, and I have communicated with Lord Wolseley upon it. I have not, however, received any reply to the letter. So far as the War Office is concerned, all the Presbyterian chaplains who were considered necessary by the General Officer commanding the troops in Egypt have been sent. I have also authorized the employment of another Presbyterian clergyman, who is available at Alexandria, which would set free an additional chaplain to proceed with the Expedition if his services are required.