THE ARBROATH roots of the first Salvation Army commissioner were commemorated on Friday with a plaque unveiling ceremony.
George Scott Railton was born in the town and became the pioneer leader of the Salvation Army in the USA and other countries around the world.
And on Friday, Major Deborah Sedler, the under secretary for the Americas and the Caribbean territories unveiled a plaque at St John’s Methodist Church along with Angus Provost Helen Oswald.
Railton was born in Wesley House, the manse for ministers of St. John’s Methodist Church in Ponderlaw, where his father was minister.
He became a close confidante of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army and his influence on the organisation was immense.
The plaque is a gift from the Army’s USA eastern territory based in New York where in 1880 Railton, along with seven ‘ Hallelujah Lassies’ first established the army’s work.
It reflects another memorial to Railton’s work sited in Battery Park, New York City.
Salvation Army officers from all over Scotland as well as invited guests from the community were invited to the ceremony and they enjoyed a civic reception from the provost afterwards.