HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Bagpipes rang through the air in Huntington on Sunday, as local Presbyterian congregations marked the annual Scottish tradition, Reformation Sunday and the Kirkin’ of the Tartans.
At Enslow Park Presbyterian Church, the yearly service kicked off with music by bagpiper J.D. Lowman and a procession of clan tartans, represented by members of the congregation. “Kirkin'” is a Scottish word for blessing, and tartans celebrate Scottish family heritage.
It’s fitting for the Huntington church, and its sister church, Second Presbyterian Church from West Huntington, to honor their Scottish heritage, as many Scotch-Irish families were the earliest settlers of the Appalachian region, said the Rev. Chris Perkins, pastor of Enslow Park Presbyterian.
“We really do have a very strong Scottish heritage in West Virginia,” he said.
The Presbyterian Church is the official church of Scotland…