EVIE AT NINETY-EIGHT On her 98th birthday, Evie Strath, a retired headmistress and the longest serving resi- dent at Abbeyfield House Carradale, had a visit from two of her former pupils - Ann MacDougall of Tarbert and Iain Macaulay of Dunoon. She was delighted they had trav- elled all the way down to Carradale to cele- brate her 98th with staff, friends and the other residents. While everyone nibbled away at the afternoon tea laid on by the housekeepers, music and entertainment was on hand from Alec McKinnon, Janette McKinnon, Isobel Williamson, Ann MacDou- gall her former pupil and Margaret Camp- bell, who also wrote the attached poem. Evie was thrilled and thanked everyone for an enjoyable day. Evie, today’s your birthday, Many events I’m sure you’ve seen, In your travels throughout Scotland, Various places you have been. Think of all the children, In the places you have taught, And to get them hidden extras, With authorities you fought. In retirement you were not idle, Classic hats, you then did make, They’ve graced the heads of many, With your own original take. So today, since you are special, We all have gathered here, To wish you Happy Birthday, And to give you a great big cheer. Photo and report from The Carradale Goat courtesy of web-master Johnny Durnan. THE SECRETARY IS MARGARET RICHARDSON, 2 OLD SCHOOLHOUSE, CARRADALE PA28 6QJ. TEL: 01583 431788 FURTHER INFORMATION IS ON PAGES 7 & 9. CARRADALE GOLF CLUB THE TWO ANTLER HARBOUR WEDDING? Following reports of rubbish being thrown over the sea wall of Carradale harbour, it seems that either a wedding party had their ceremony on the pier or an erstwhile landscape artist has decided that, in the absence of flower troughs on the edge of the quay, it was desirable to beautify parts of the quay with small squares of torn newspaper. If you picked up one of these droppings, and can identify the source, please send it to Argyll & Bute Council’s Environmental Health Department so that the artist/perpetrator can be given the recognition he so richly deserves. NO PALMS FOR EASTER? The winters of 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 have cer- tainly played havoc with local ‘palm’ trees. Tradition- ally snow in the crown causes damage but this year prolonged cold winds have had an equally devastat- ing effect with leaves falling on a daily basis and whole tops being snapped off. Fortunately trachycar- pus fortunei has not been affected as badly as cor- dyline australis, but with the latter’s ability to ‘rise again from the dead’ there is hope that later in the year the trunks will begin to sprout leaves and bloom in 2012; it is certainly known that CA palms knocked over will eventually produce leaves along the length of their trunk - ‘hope springs eternal’. CAMPBELTOWN MOTOR COMPANY Snipefield Industrial Estate, CampbeltownTelephone 01586 553200 IN THIS ISSUE P.2 Those were the days; Three stories. P.3 Marie Campbell & Donald Macalister. P.4 Grammar School 1872-1972. P.5 Drama, RNLI & Planning applications. P.6 Wind-farms and stained glass. P.7 Marcus, The Guild, Eddie & wood. P.8 Hot Gossip and Potted progress. P.9 Holes in the ground, course & pocket. P.10 Wilma Watts & £1,000,000. P.11 ABC: School review & ACHA IT. P.12 Brackley lairs: Ritchie to Young. CARRADALE CAMERA CLUB AGM NETWORK CENTRE ON MONDAY 9 MAY AT 7.30PM. New members welcome. Agenda items to the Secretary. 01583 431788 margaretrichardson1977 @live.co.uk Ripe for a Community take-over ? See page 9. EKCC SERVICE MINUTES MARTIN, GUINNESS & GREY MIST: See ‘Those were the days’ on page 2. NETWORK CENTRE & TEA ROOM Open 10am to 5.30pm Closed Thursday FROM 1st APRIL
EVIE AT NINETY-EIGHTOn her 98th birthday, Evie Strath, a retiredheadmistress and the longest serving resi-dent at Abbeyfield House Carradale, had avisit from two of her former pupils - AnnMacDougall of Tarbert and Iain Macaulay ofDunoon. She was delighted they had trav-elled all the way down to Carradale to cele-brate her 98th with staff, friends and theother residents. While everyone nibbledaway at the afternoon tea laid on by thehousekeepers, music and entertainmentwas on hand from Alec McKinnon, JanetteMcKinnon, Isobel Williamson, Ann MacDou-gall her former pupil and Margaret Camp-bell, who also wrote the attached poem.Evie was thrilled and thanked everyone foran enjoyable day.
Evie, today’s your birthday,Many events I’m sure you’ve seen,In your travels throughout Scotland,Various places you have been.Think of all the children,In the places you have taught,And to get them hidden extras,With authorities you fought.In retirement you were not idle,Classic hats, you then did make,They’ve graced the heads of many,With your own original take.So today, since you are special,We all have gathered here,To wish you Happy Birthday,And to give you a great big cheer.
Photo and report from The Carradale Goatcourtesy of web-master Johnny Durnan.
THE SECRETARY IS MARGARET RICHARDSON,2 OLD SCHOOLHOUSE, CARRADALE
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HARBOUR WEDDING?Following reports of rubbish being thrown over thesea wall of Carradale harbour, it seems that either awedding party had their ceremony on the pier or anerstwhile landscape artist has decided that, in theabsence of flower troughs on the edge of the quay, itwas desirable to beautify parts of the quay with smallsquares of torn newspaper. If you picked up one ofthese droppings, and can identify the source, pleasesend it to Argyll & Bute Council’s EnvironmentalHealth Department so that the artist/perpetrator canbe given the recognition he so richly deserves.
NO PALMS FOR EASTER?The winters of 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 have cer-tainly played havoc with local ‘palm’ trees. Tradition-ally snow in the crown causes damage but this yearprolonged cold winds have had an equally devastat-ing effect with leaves falling on a daily basis andwhole tops being snapped off. Fortunately trachycar-pus fortunei has not been affected as badly as cor-dyline australis, but with the latter’s ability to ‘riseagain from the dead’ there is hope that later in theyear the trunks will begin to sprout leaves and bloomin 2012; it is certainly known that CA palms knockedover will eventually produce leaves along the lengthof their trunk - ‘hope springs eternal’.
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IN THIS ISSUEP.2 Those were the days; Three stories.P.3 Marie Campbell & Donald Macalister.P.4 Grammar School 1872-1972.P.5 Drama, RNLI & Planning applications.P.6 Wind-farms and stained glass.P.7 Marcus, The Guild, Eddie & wood.P.8 Hot Gossip and Potted progress.P.9 Holes in the ground, course & pocket.P.10 Wilma Watts & £1,000,000.P.11 ABC: School review & ACHA IT.P.12 Brackley lairs: Ritchie to Young.
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MORE MEMORIES FROM TORONTO FROM JOHN MACMILLAN.
My first several days in Canada seemed like adream that would be ending soon and I wouldreturn to my former lifestyle. I was not ‘homesick’,but the sheer abundance of everything after yearsof rationing was overwhelming.
The convenience of electricity and the differenthouse designs were probably the greatest chang-es. From lighting Aladdin lamps to flipping a switchfor light, cooking on an open fire with soot encrust-ed pots and pans to the regulated clean heat of anelectric cooker, using an electric toaster instead ofholding sliced bread on a fork in front of hot coalsin an effort to make toast, lighting the fire everymorning to heat the house and make breakfast.There was no fireplace in my Uncle’s house; in-stead heat came from a coal fired furnace in thebasement that was gravity fed through a series ofpipes to the various rooms. Without the fire whichwas the focal point of most activities such ascooking and sitting around during the evenings,the cozy feeling of home seemed to be missing.
From a scrubbing board to washing clothes ina machine was another big change. The gyratorwas driven by an electric motor but the wringersection was turned manually. There was only onespeed and no timer, just an on/off switch. Howeverit made washing clothes much easier and moreefficient. Using an ice-box to extend the life ofperishables such as milk, butter etc, was anotherinnovation. It was an insulated wooden box six feettall and three feet square with two insulated doors.The top door eighteen inches high covered the icecompartment which held up to one fifty poundblock of ice. The bottom door covered the perisha-ble section. Water from melted ice dripped througha tube into a container that was emptied regularly.Ice was harvested from Lake Simcoe, 50 milesnorth of Toronto, by horse and sled. It was storedin long, low sheds and covered with sawdust forinsulation until required to be delivered to varioustowns by rail. Horse drawn wagons then distribut-ed the ice door to door. Houses in need of iceplaced a card in the window visible from the streetto indicate the size needed twenty-five or fiftypounds.
Horse drawn wagons delivering ice, bread,milk and coal were seen regularly on the streets.
The change in currency from Pounds, Shillingsand Pence to Dollars and cents was not difficult, butevaluating purchases in Dollars took some time.
New words describing various things seemedstrange for a while, streetcar-tramcar, sidewalk-pavement, hydro-electricity, buck-dollar, radio-wireless, gas-petrol, lumber-wood products, andflashlight-torch. Car parts: windshield-windscreen,boot-trunk, hood-bonnet.
Most sports were new to me also, baseball,basketball, football and hockey. Football, knownas soccer here, was almost unknown then. Duringthe winter outdoor ice rinks were set up in mostlocal parks for hockey games and public seating.To make the ice rink the parks were flooded duringthe night by local municipalities that maintainedand supervised the ice rinks.
The same parks traditionally contained a base-ball diamond, football field for summer use, bas-ketball courts and running tracks. Football fieldswere also located in some school yards, spacepermitting. I enjoyed watching baseball games in alocal park which brought back memories of playingrounders in the Square.
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MARTIN MEARS IN THE MED‘After the war my father bought the ‘Grey Mist’ from theAdmiralty for £4000. Before the war it belonged to theGuinness family and in the war it was used as a ‘danbuoy’ layer, marking cleared channels through mine-fields. I worked with my father for two years and thenwe took it to the Mediterranean and ran charters beforeselling it in 1950. The pic above is me aged 17! ‘
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MARIE CAMPBELL21st August 1921 - 10th February 2011
It is my honour to pay thistribute to Marie today. Shewas born Mary Fisher onthe 24th of August, 1921 atBarmollach, Ford, Mid Ar-gyll. She was one of 10children, who have all pre-deceased her. When Marie was veryyoung her mother died andshe, with her younger sisterChrissie, went to live with her aunt and uncle, who wasshepherd at Barmollach, Carradale, at that time. Theythen moved to Crossaig, staying at Allt Roman andthen went to Sunadale always having to walk to theschool at Sperisaig which was 3 miles each way.There were very few cars on the road in those daysbut on a Monday they often got out of school early toget a lift on the fishermen’s bus going to Tarbert. When Marie was 14 in the spring of 1936 shecame to Dippen to work with my mother, who wasexpecting Hazel at the time. Marie became a very bigpart of all our young lives at Dippen, as she was awonderful servant and also a great friend of the family,which continued till her death. One of my earliest memories of Marie was whenshe lived in Church Cottage. I used to go up throughthe wood to a great welcome and of course sweetiesor baking. In 1947 she married Davie Campbell, a fisherman,they went to live at the Stables on Carradale Estate;she was happily married for almost 50 years. At thattime Marie also nursed her aunt and uncle until theydied. In 1950 their son John James was born, and theybought Woodcroft, which was their home for the restof their lives. In the mid 1950s, on the death of her mother,Nanette made her home with Marie and Davie untilshe got married; her family always made Woodcrofttheir second home. Although Marie was very busy withboarders, Woodcroft was an open door for friends andvisitors who always got a warm welcome. Marie was avery caring and helpful person never more so than tomy father and our family when my mother died, thatwas Marie’s style – she helped people whenever shecould all the days of her life. When she was at Dippen my father taught her todrive and she never forgot his teaching, because I canstill hear her revving up the blue Hillman Imp, just likethe way he drove. After John James married Vanessa in 1974, theyproduced two grandsons for Marie and Davie, Davidand Barry, of whom they were very proud and fond of;it gave them great pleasure to watch the boys grow upand go their own ways. Marie made Woodcroft a wonderful home for herfamily, and as I said already, an open door for visitors,never more so than on a Saturday night when WillieService and Lachie MacLean were regular visitors,augmented sometimes by ourselves and others –what happy memories. In latter years, when JohnJames met and married Viv, what a help that was forMarie as Viv was so kind and caring and did so muchfor her and made her last years much more comforta-ble. Marie was also a great attender and supporter ofthe church when she and Davie were fit, it was veryseldom that they were not in the second back pew ona Sunday. I would like to thank John James for allowing meto pay this tribute to his mother and also for sharingMarie with us all for all those years. Wum Semple.
DONALD NEIL MACALISTER17th August 1929 - 16th February 2011
Donald Neil was bornon the 17th August1929 at Seaview,Grogport, the young-est child of Donald andCatherine MacAlisterand the well thought ofyounger brother ofDuncan, Flo and John. As a young teenager,he went to the fishing
aboard the Paragon with Donnie Mclntosh andthen aboard the Thalassa. After his brief time atthe fishing, he started working for the ForestryCommission where, after a while, he was called todo his National Service in the Military Police,working his way up to the rank of sergeant. Whenhis National Service ended, he returned to his jobwith the forestry where he remained until he re-ceived his long service work recognition of 46years. During his retirement, he enjoyed life in Grog-port looking after his beloved garden, growing hisown vegetables and tending to his flowers. DonaldNeil led a simple and quiet life, especially enjoyinghis sport on T.V. As an uncle, he always showedan interest in his nieces and nephews and alsotheir families, always pleased to hear any newstories about their lives. Donald Neil held his own council, bothering noone and asking for nothing in return. He will bemissed by those who knew him best. Driving down past his house last Sunday, Ithought, the way you used to see his washingblowing out the back, the line taken in after eachuse, perhaps he would put many a woman toshame. Most folk know the latter years when notfit to do as much, his niece Brenda took over thewashing and ironing and many other chores be-side which he became grateful for. The family would like to thank very much,Tony and Margaret Leighton for all the kindnessand help given to Donald Neil over the past fewyears, also the newer residents in Grogport fortheir friendliness towards him. Matthew Ramsay.
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CAMPBELTOWN GRAMMAR1872 - 1972
‘Scotland's superiority in the field of education isbased on the notion of giving equal opportunity toevery child irrespective of background. Following theScottish Education Act of 1872, an elected BurghSchool Board was given immediate responsibility forCampbeltown Grammar School, and elementaryeducation was made compulsory, though not free.More money was made available to the school, butcompared with present day, school life in the 1870'swas hard. The following could be an extract from theimaginary diary of a typical girl attending Campbel-town Grammar School a hundred years ago’.
JANUARY 6th, 1873‘I had to leave the farm early this morning in order toreach school in time, because the weather is verydisagreeable. It took me an hour and a half to walkthe four miles against the- prevailing winds. Our firstday back at school was quite eventful. After the bellrang, we marched into the school and waited theaddress of our Rector, Mr. Zachary Ross. He intro-duced us to a new teacher, Mr. Glover, bringing thetotal number of staff to four. School attendance wasnot very high because of the bad weather and I haveheard there are a few cases of diphtheria in thetown. After Assembly, I paid my quarterly fee, whichthis term is 12 shillings and 6 pennies. I am payingmore this session because I am now studyingFrench, as well as Arithmetic, Latin and EnglishLiterature. A new timetable was established and wenow receive daily religious instruction between 10a.m. and 10.30 am’. ‘It was so cold in the school room today that wehad to keep our coats on to keep warm, and at lunchtime were forced to stay indoors to eat our bread andcheese. In the French class this afternoon, Mr. Rosstold us that we would need a new grammar book andpaper. I had to ask father this evening for money tobuy these in the town at Robert Wilson's stationaryshop tomorrow’.
JANUARY 13th, 1873‘Diphtheria is now rife in the town and as a resultthere is poor attendance at school, and already twoor three pupils have died. However, the school isstill open. This morning we had a visit from theChairman of the School Board and Mr Donald Ross,a government inspector. They examined the schooland paid particular attention to the roof which hadbeen leaking for some time. The Rector complainedit was difficult to teach in such conditions and it ishoped that repairs will be made soon. The inspectorthen turned his attention to us, and tested our knowl-edge in our various subjects. He seemed quitepleased with our progress’.
JANUARY 20th. 1873‘There was a heavy fall of snow last night and it wasvery cold this morning on my way to school. WhenI reached the school, there was great excitement asCrosshill Loch was frozen over for the first time for afew years. To celebrate the occasion, the Rectorannounced a half holiday, enabling us to go skatingin the afternoon. My long skirt hindered me, but it didkeep me warm when I fell down, which was quiteoften!’.
JANUARY 27th, 1873‘For the first time I was made a pupil-teacher in theInfant Grammar School today. Mr. Ross said hethought I would be capable of helping in an infantclass. Some of the children were very poorlydressed and were barefoot but this did not seem todampen their enthusiasm, or for that matter, playingpranks. I began by asking questions on the Bibleand then gave them a few simple Arithmetic sums,but they enjoyed singing and drawing more. In theafternoon, the teacher was driven to give two boyswho refused to stop talking, two squites of the tawsewhich soon silenced them! The little girls were learn-ing how to take up hems while the boys did mat-plating. The Reverend MacNeal of Lochend FreeChurch examined the children on their religiousknowledge in the afternoon, and told me he had setan exam for the senior classes’.
FEBRUARY 3rd, 1873‘The Rector has introduced the new subject of Sci-ence into the school, but at the moment equipmentis very limited. It is hoped we can obtain some morechemicals and flasks quite soon. The weather wasquite fair today, and for the first time this year weplayed outside during break. We played peever,pitch and toss, quoits and skipping on Stuart'sGreen, while the boys played rounders and jarries inthe field behind the jail. At the moment I am workinghard at school and at home for the quarterly examsand dux medal awarded at the end of the year.Having enjoyed my experience as a pupil-teacher, Iwould like to sit the Bursary Exams which would helpme to continue my studies after school, in order tobecome a certificated teacher. However, one or twoof my friends, having reached the age of thirteen,are leaving school to work in the local net factory’.
As you can see, school life in the 1870's wasrestricted and no time was allocated for leisure. Thepupils went to school for the sole purpose of learning,the teachers' attitude being totally authoritarian. It wasan age of repetitive learning, but gradually the curric-ulum widened and more attention was given to exper-imental subjects, e.g. Science and handcrafts such asneedlework, woodwork, cooking and even gardening.
Progress in education in Campbeltown Gram-mar School was slow, but almost every improvementpossible has been made. Today the school catersfor a very wide range of tastes, and there are at leasta few subjects which interest every pupil. Educationis not confined to the classroom. There are frequenttrips to see orchestras, ballets, plays and universi-ties. Even educational holidays have been arrangedto such distant countries as Germany, Austria, Spainand even Russia - a far cry from the school trip toArdrishaig in 1911!
There is great emphasis on sport in school to-day, and every encouragement is given to the pupilsto participate in some form of this activity. For thepast few years, on Friday afternoons, time has beengiven to leisure and pupils have the choice of suchactivities as swimming, orienteering, tennis, sailing,photography and bee-keeping.
Also there are a variety of clubs after school,which were unheard of in the 1870's. Since 1963,there has been annual County Sports in whichCampbeltown Grammar School usually met withgreat success. However, this year witnesses thebeginning of the County Games. Athletics are givingway to team events such as sailing, golf, netball,football etc.
Of course the above mentioned excursions re-quire transport, and this was not introduced until1948. Free buses are provided for country pupilswho no longer have to trudge miles to school everyday. The Education Authorities, who took over fromthe School Boards in 1919, pay a large proportion ofthe money for these trips. They also pay for all
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books and jotters as well as providing free medicaland dental inspections annually, which if introduceda hundred years ago, might have lessened thespreading effect of the frequent measles, diphtheriaand scarlet fever epidemics. School meals, intro-duced during the war in 1944 helped to providenutritious food for less fortunate pupils, and pres-ently, there is a wide variety of menus during theweek and free meals are given to some pupils’.
‘The present day building, which was occupiedin 1969, marks another step towards better educa-tion. In contains a modern well-stocked library (agreat improvement on the first library, a small roomused for this purpose since 1956), extremely well-equipped science and home-craft departments, twogymnasia and a large assembly hall where dances,plays and prize-givings are held. Obviously thepupils of today are much more fortunate than theirpredecessors a hundred years ago.
Not only have conditions changed, but also theattitude of teachers and pupils. Since Rector Mc-Donald's time, appointed senior pupils have beengiven the responsibility for minor disciplinary ac-tions which indicates growing faith in the pupils bythe teachers. Discussions now take place betweenteachers and pupils, each listening to the other'spoint of view, whereas in the 1870's the teacher'sword was final and brooked no argument.
It is difficult to foresee how teacher-pupil rela-tionships will alter in the future. When one reads ofpupil demonstrations and the 'Blackboard Jungle' ofless enlightened areas, one hopes a balance will bestruck between the reasonably-free expression ofopinion and the basic discipline so necessary forthe proper functioning of a school.
Researched and written by:-Alison Wallace, Alexander Kennedy, Maureen Lav-ery, Katrina McArthur, Catriona Robertson - all 5thYear Students of History in 1972. Sources: SchoolLog Books, Old copies of ‘The Campbeltown Couri-er’ and conversation with elderly former pupils
This exercise was undertaken in the interimperiod between the departure of one History teach-er and the arrival of another. The work, therefore,was almost totally unsupervised and reflects greatcredit to the scholars.
CARRADALE DRAMA CLUBNUMBER 1 TEAM AGAIN!
Congratulations once again to Carradale Drama Clubon their recent win at Kintyre Division's Drama Festi-val where they received two cups - 1st overall andbest production. For the third time in the past fiveyears they will be heading off to the West of ScotlandDivisional Finals which this year is to be held inKilmarnock.
Our talented team took to the stage on Thursday17th February with a highly entertaining play called‘Little Box of Oblivion’ by Stephen Bean. The curtainswent back on a fabulous set which the adjudicator,Brian Marjoribanks, had expected to be received withrapturous applause from the audience. Being the firstplay of the festival perhaps the audience were ratherreserved. The Carradale contingent who werepresent certainly felt like applauding but thought thatmight seem too "pushy"!. Travelling incognito in Kil-marnock will be quite a different story however!
The play is set in a park where Mr Cool (DonaldMacalister Hall) is sitting reading his newspaper whenThe Woman (Pauline Burrows) arrives carrying a boxwhich she asks Mr Cool to keep an eye on. Shequickly runs off leaving a bewildered Mr Cool whothen has to deal with Neuro (Sue Stansfield), Doom(Mary Macalister Hall) and The Sleuth (Joanne Pater-son) who all have their own hilarious theories as tothe box's contents. The Woman finally returns and allis revealed.
The adjudicator was most impressed with thisproduction by Tony Leighton and, as aforementioned,the stage setting which our multi-talented producerhad created. The cast were all praised for their actingskills and their interpretation of the character they hadplayed. Mr Marjoribanks on summing up his thoughtson the Festival said he had wished that there hadbeen Oscars for Best Male and Best Female actors ofthe Festival. Had there been, he would have had twonominees for the Best Male one of whom would havebeen our very own Donald Macalister Hall!! So welldone Donald and well done and good luck to Car-radale Drama Club. They will be performing on FridayMarch 25th at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock.
Oh, what was in the box? You'll just have to waitand find out!! Come along to the Village Hall for anight of superb entertainment when the Club willperform the play probably along with another localclub's production. Watch this space for date and time. Morag Allan.
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QUIZZLE 10 RESULTFollowing the publication of the answers to the 2010Quizzle in last month’s Antler, and the report that thehome-based Macalister Hall family and ChrisChantler from Bath had all-correct entries, a decidingtoss of the coin has given victory to the MacalisterHalls. Generously they decided not to take the prizeof £44.80 so the whole of the £224 takings were verythankfully received by the Village Hall Committee.
‘In a pioneering move, communities across Scot-land will have the chance to invest in wind energyprojects as part of a new scheme to promoterenewables on national forest land. The new movewill also ensure leading edge payments could bemade to communities – £5,000 per MW installedper annum – which could result in a £2.5 millionannual windfall if the full 500MW potential is rea-lised for this programme. The communities could,if they wish, use this money to reinvest in futureschemes and could top it up with their own cash toget a greater stake in any wind-farm development.All wind energy projects will be handled in anenvironmentally sensitive manner and will be sub-ject to stringent planning consent process. TheCommission works under a policy to replant anytrees that need to be felled for wind-farm develop-ments. This new programme of work could resultin hundreds of jobs being generated during theconstruction phase of wind-farms. The Commis-sion will work with developers to explore schemesgreater than 5MW.’ ‘Lots 3 and 5 - West and North-west Scotland,covering West Argyll, Lochaber, Invernesshire,and the Northern Highlands - EON Climate &Renewables UK Developments Ltd’. ‘Today's announcement follows a similaragreement back in October 2009 with Partnershipfor Renewables, a subsidiary of the Carbon Trust,to investigate projects in Lowland Scotland/ Bor-ders. Also last year, as part of the overall drive toincrease renewables on national forest land, theCommission announced that the small Scottishcompany Green Highland Renewables and a con-sortium of Broadland Estates and Gordon Gilkes &Co would look to develop small scale hydroschemes. Environment and Climate Change Min-ister Roseanna Cunningham today visited the newoffices of Green Highland Renewables, in Perth’. Ms Cunningham said:"Generating energy from clean sources is a keypart of the Scottish Government's strategy in tack-ling climate change. Forestry Commission Scot-land is to contribute in this area by entering intonew partnerships with energy companies. Nationalforest land covers nearly a tenth of the country andhas great potential for wind energy development.All these projects will of course be handled in anenvironmentally sensitive manner and will need togo through the proper planning processes. Anyfelling to make way for wind-farm developmentswill be offset by compensatory planting. I am par-ticularly pleased that communities have the poten-tial to benefit from these projects. Communities inthe vicinity will receive a leading edge annualpayment which can be reinvested into the develop-ment. In addition, these same communities canadd their own funds to get a greater stake in theschemes." ‘Developers will now spend eight months work-ing up a list of suitable wind sites in their allottedlocations. If agreed by the Commission, the devel-opers will take the proposals through the planningprocess and, if successful, construction and oper-ation phases. As a result of this agreement an-nounced today, it is estimated that some 500MWof additional wind capacity could be installed onthe national forest land in Scotland. This mayequate to around 200 new turbines.’
STAINED GLASS CLASS ATGIGHA GALLERY
Recently, Gigha Gallery hosted a stained glass classover a weekend when 11 people learned how to makeglass panels using colourful glass and either lead orcopper foiling to create a masterpiece! Briefly, copperfoiling involves using copper-tape which is attached toall edges of each piece of glass and then fluxed to allowsolder to join each section to the other. Leading usespieces of lead channel, putty and soldering at eachcorner where one piece of glass meets another. Horse-shoe nails are used to keep the panel in place until allthe soldering has been done and the glass is secure.
Eilidh Keith from the Glasgow School of Art was thetutor for the weekend. She is a renowned professionalstained glass artist who trained at Glasgow and Edin-burgh Schools of Art and then completed a Masters inHot Glass and Sculpture at Ohio State University. Sheset up the Glass Art Studio in Glasgow in 1988, and hastaught at Glasgow School of Art since 1990.
Her work can be seen in many Scottish historicchurches. (This information can be found on the web).Her excellent tuition ensured that all students, somewith no previous experience, managed to producecompetent results. Everyone agreed that it was afantastic 2 days, with staff at the gallery and hotel sofriendly and helpful. Gigha Hotel provided a good deal for the weekend,with accommodation, breakfast and dinner for £50.This was the third time the class was held, and it ishoped that there will be future classes. I can definitelyrecommend the experience! Margaret Richardson.
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PHOTOGRAPHER?It is well-known that the genial hostof the Carradale Hotel has hiddentalents. Ever since the Kintyre Waywas mooted he has played an im-portant part in ensuring that thosevisiting this relatively unknown andunappreciated part of Scotland,enjoy the experience and make fulluse of its facilities - not least itshotels and bed & breakfast provi-sion. Now it seems that someone ofthe same name had made his markin Royal circles. This cutting, taken from the‘HOT TIPS - The Knowledge’ sec-tion of Saga magazine’s Marchissue, leads one to suppose thatsince Adam is thought by some tobe the name of the first man onearth, and as the name Markcomes from Mars, (Marcus is acombination term derived from thename of the Roman god of war, andthe adjective 'mas' meaning ‘male,virile’) those endowed with thename Marcus Adams are undoubt-edly destined to attract positivecomment in both Royal and localaffairs..
Carol Abernethy opened the lastmeeting of the winter, prior to theAGM, with a reading and prayer,and made a plea for more mem-bers to join the committee and fortwo representatives to attendpresbyterial meetings in Tarbert. Carol then introduced theguest speaker, Eddie Maguire,warden of Machrihanish Bird Ob-servatory, who has been involvedwith the observatory since itsopening in 1993. Eddie described the observa-tory and its unique position underthe flight path of migrating arcticbirds with rare sightings of thoseblown off course from Canada. Heshowed a delightful DVD of birdsand animals, all with identificationand an accompaniment of tradi-tional music. Copies of his DVD were onsale to help fund an extension tothe observatory; books on birdswere also available. Mary Donnelly thanked Eddieon behalf of everyone for a veryinteresting set of video slides andfor answering the many questionsput to him throughout the showing.The meeting closed with cups oftea and home baking - enjoyedequally by members of the Guildand by a few male supporters,
To read all about Eddies worknot only at Machrihanish but allover Kintyre, where he gives manya lecture and slide shows, go towww.machrihanishbirds.org.ukAn adapted report by J.D. & M.P.
Photo by Johnny Durnan
Homes and businesses acrossScotland are being encouragedto get the ‘Fuel Good Factor’ andtake advantage of the carbonand financial benefits of switch-ing to wood-fuel. With the wood-fuel economyexpanding rapidly a new‘usewoodfuel’ web-site offersthe best advice available on allthings wood-fuel in Scotland. Step by step guides make iteasy for consumers and suppli-ers to access up to date adviceand guidance on a range ofwood-fuel topics and issues.You can find out what type ofboiler is right for your situation,find out who supplies boilers andwood-fuel anywhere in Scotland- and even find out how to goabout supplying yourself andothers with wood-fuel. Welcoming the new site, En-vironment and Climate ChangeMinister, Roseanna Cunning-ham, said: “Making the switch to wood-fuel is a long-term investment inthe future. It’s about makingmonetary and carbon savingsand benefiting from a local, re-newable resource that offerscost effective heat generation. Italso offers the opportunity togenerate income from existingunder-managed woodland. In-stalling a wood-fuel system isnot as daunting a prospect asyou might think and this web-siteshows how easy and straightfor-ward it can be. It provides all theinformation that individuals andbusinesses need to make aninformed decision. Wood-fuelsystems are increasingly beingadopted by more and more cus-tomers – from local authorities,tourism businesses, the foodand drink industry as well asfarm businesses and individu-als. And it’s a brilliant opportuni-ty for rural businesses todiversify and ‘branch out’ intosomething new.” The site also offers optionsto join regional wood-fuel forummeetings and provides casestudies of successful schemesthat you can arrange to visit tosee wood-fuel in action. ‘Usewoodfuel Scotland’ is apartnership between ForestryCommission Scotland, ScottishGovernment and Forest Re-search, Glasgow Clyde ValleyGreen Network Partnership, TheBiomass Energy Centre, Scot-tish Enterprise and is part fund-ed by the European Union.
SCOTLAND GETS THE‘FUEL GOOD’ FACTOR
‘Villagers don't need a megaphone tobroadcast their most intimate secrets. Anordinary phone will do. For a fault is allow-ing busybodies to listen in on privatephone calls in Carradale, Argyll - and it'sopen season for the village gossips’. ‘Locals are so incensed that they helda special meeting on Friday to demandaction from British Telecom. But, so far,BT engineers have been unable to sort outthe crossed-line chaos’. ‘Some villagers are complaining thatothers have been listening in to privatecalls and telling tales. Now victims arethreatening to withhold phone bill cash inprotest until the fault has been rectified.’ ‘East Kintyre Community Councilchairman, Geoffrey Page, said yesterday:"This has been going on for two or threemonths. Some-times, people can't get aphone call out of here - even to Campbel-town which is just 15 miles away. At othertimes, there is a serious problem withoverlapping calls in which three peoplecan be on the line at the same time. Solic-itors and doctors have grumbled that peo-ple are listening in to confidentialconversations. A call to CampbeltownHospital was overheard involving some-one who had died. Unfortunately a patientin a ward with a similar name was thoughtto be the person in question and it wentround that this patient had died when, infact, this was not the case”.’ ‘Somehow, as a result of the overlap-ping phone calls, some residents werefinding their quarterly bills had gone up byas much as 90 per cent. BT have reducedsome bills and others are in the process ofstill being looked at.’‘A BT spokesman said "We apologise to allcustomers who are having difficulties".’
The following news item appeared on theCouncil’s web-site on 17th February.
‘ELECTRIC CAR HITS ARGYLL ROADS’‘Argyll and Bute Council’s going the extramile to support green energy. A member ofstaff from Argyll, Lomond and the Islandsenergy agency (ALIenergy) is determinedto drive an electric car from Dunoon toOban. The council will provide chargingpoints along the route at some of its depots’. ‘The drive will be a total of a hundredmiles with stops in six different places tocharge up on the journey which takes placeon the 22 and 23 February’. ‘Councillor Neil Mackay, spokespersonfor enterprise, energy, culture and tourismsaid electric cars are increasing inpopularity’. ‘He added “There’s now a need to curbgreenhouse gas emissions and oil pricesare increasing all the time. Argyll and ButeCouncil is a leading rural authority and isalways looking at ways of reducing itscarbon footprint. All members of the public,staff and officers interested in seeing theelectric car on its journey are invited to findout more at specially arranged drop inpoints”.’ ‘For interested members of the publicthe car will be available to view at the Co-opcar parks in Lochgilphead on Tuesday 22February at 3.30pm, Oban on Wednesday23 February at 9 am and at 2pm in Dunoonon the same day’. ‘On Tuesday 22 February the car will beavailable for fleet managers and councilofficials to view at the Lochgilphead councildepot between 12 and 2pm. At 5pm it’ll bein the Oban depot for viewing. OnWednesday 23 February you’ll get thechance to see the car at 4pm at theHamilton Street depot in Dunoon.’.
When the Antler went to print on Thursdaythe 10th of March there was no indicationthat the car had arrived at its destination -no flag-waving event recorded at Oban orpictures of an inspection being carried outby an independent engineer to see if thesuspension had been damaged or whetherthe tyre had suffered cuts during its journeyon some of the better roads in the County. If a different route between all the maintowns of Argyll had been chosen, and overminor roads, one wonders if the car wouldhave arrived at all, either through the lackof a continuous and usable road surface orbecause any council or garage rechargingpoints on route were affected by anotherno-electrical-power day. It was interesting to note that ALIenergyofficers were involved in this event whichwas certainly ALIEN to most Argyll roadusers whose environmentally friendly mo-tive needs are not catered for and presentlyexceed the range of most electric cars. Ifthe Council is prepared to champion similarevents, install recharging points in ruralareas and provide free over-night accom-modation while charging takes place, roadswill have deteriorated to such an extent thatthere will be nowhere to go.
.A HOLE IN THEGROUND
Semple’s shop and petrol stationhas served Carradale and its hin-terland well for over forty years.While the shop and post officecontinue to operate awaiting asale to a new owner, the supply offuel will be suspended once thepresent stock is sold. Selling liquid fuels has alwaysbeen a very marginal affair, evenin the heady days before the Su-ez affair disrupted long term fuelprice stability - inefficient Britishengines made oil more profitablethan petrol. Profits on the heavilytaxed commodity has rarely beenmore than a few pence a litre andwhen added to prepayment, cardfees and banking complications,any idea of a good business inproviding liquid fuel is laughable. Many years ago there werefour petrol stations in Carradale,and more than six in Campbel-town, now, with the County ga-rage petrol retailing at £1.36.9 alitre and diesel at £1.42.9, theonly choices left in Kintyre are atMcNairs in Campbeltown, the ga-rage at Clachan and even more-expensive fuel in Tarbert. Semple’s have always tried tomake their prices competitive butwith supply prices rising and cus-tomers opting to travel to Camp-beltown when prices seemedmomentarily lower in the town,trading patterns were erratic. Now, unless any new ownersare unwise enough to chancerestocking, the dangerous prac-tice of transporting fuel in cansfrom Campbeltown for lawnmow-ers, strimmers and chain sawswill become the norm. While we extend thanks to theSemple’s for their long and sym-pathetic service, we wish themwell in whatever they undertake.
On the day after this articlewas written, Shelagh Cameron,the Convenor of East KintyreCommunity Council suggested tocouncillors and a few residentsthat Carradale should follow theexample of another ‘remote’ vil-lage, Applecross in Ross andCromarty, and consider the possi-bility of a ‘community buyout’. But with the community coun-cil unable or unwilling to provideregular information about its ac-tivities, will the councillors be ableto attract support for yet anotherof many bright ideas which fail togo beyond the talking stage. Twogenerations of the Semple familyhave worked hard to maintain thefacility - has the community coun-cil the ability and will to providethe day-to-day organisational andadministrative expertise needed tokeep it open and free of debt ?
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A HOLE IN ONECarradale Golf Club would liketo congratulate Mr Bobby Neil-son who achieved a ‘hole in one’at the 8th on 1 March. This is afirst for him. Well done, Bobby!!
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‘NOT LOST WAX’?The article in last month’s Antlerabout Wallace Hunter’s break-through into the Rolls Roycemarket was a bit misleading inthat although the lost wax pro-cess is one used by a companyin Carradale, the Rolls Roycecontract in association with aLochgilphead company is one ofrefinishing, photo-etching, filling,cleaning and coating decorativestrips for 100 models of threeRolls Royce cars - all very hightech stuff in keeping with the rep-utation of Rolls Royce and thecompany concerned. Incidental apologies to thestaff of Wallis Hunter who haveno knowledge of a companycalled Wallace Hunter working inCarradale claiming to undertakework for Rolls Royce, unless it isa cover for one of its employeeson maternity leave, beaveringaway at Church Cottage with dis-carded metal strips to produceup-market decorations for babiesprams .
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There are about 10 millionpeople over 50 in the workforce. Pay them £1 millioneach severance for early re-tirement with the followingstipulations:1) They MUST retire. Tenmillion job openings - unem-ployment fixed2) They MUST buy a newBritish car. Ten million carsordered - Car Industry fixed3) They MUST either buy ahouse or pay off their mort-gage - Housing Crisis fixed4) They MUST send theirkids to school, college oruniversity - Crime rate fixed5) They MUST buy £100worth of petrol a week -there's your money back induty/tax etc6) Instead of stuffing aroundwith the carbon emissionstrading scheme that makesus pay for the major pollut-ers, tell these greedy peo-ple to reduce their pollutionemissions by 75% within 5 years or we shut themdown; it can't get any easierthan that!P.S. If more money is need-ed, have all members of par-liament pay back theirfalsely claimed expensesand second home allowanc-es. If you think this wouldwork, please forward to eve-ryone you know. If not,please disregard.
MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 10FEBRUARY 2011 IN THE SALVATION
ARMY HALL CAMPBELTOWNPresent: George McMillan (Chairman),Ian Teesdale (Secretary), Jean Miller,Emily MacDonald, Janet Russell, Marjo-rie Sillies, Catherine Mclntyre, JohnMclntyre, Ailsa Stewart. Apologies: Mar-garet Turner, Geoff Page, Judith Wagn-er.MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGThese were approved except that MrsTurner has pointed out that she had notoffered to undertake the duties of Secre-tary and has asked the minutes to beamended accordingly.ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT: The ex-press intention of the Secretary and theTreasury to resign their offices at theforthcoming A6M present a problem forthe continued existence of the forum.George McMillan told us he had askedMary Ann Stewart at the Volunteer Cen-tre whether there was any way in whichthe centre could help us in this situation.She told him the Centre was prepared toprovide secretarial and administrativesupport by taking minutes, typing themup, and posting them out, provided theForum were able to pay for the postage.SECURITY LOCKS: Catherine Mclntyrereported that security locks would beforthcoming, but that there would be adelay in supplying them. Two membersof the Forum related instances of seeingprowlers apparently trying to get intotheir houses.SPEAKER: Major Dolores Thomsonkindly gave us a talk and film showabout the Salvation Army. She told usthe Army had started off in the last quar-ter of the 19th century as a Christianmission to the East End of London, ledby William Booth who had a Methodistbackground. It grew and prospered andin 1879 adopted its present title of theSalvation Army. It is now a worldwideorganisation with a presence in 123countries. Interestingly it is shrinking inEurope but still growing elsewhere. Ithas provided Social Services since1978. Two films depicted the work un-dertaken by the Army's specialist homespromoting rehabilitation of those addict-ed to drink or drugs. It probably crossedthe minds of Major Thompson's audi-ence that at a time when statutory agen-cies working in this field are facingfinancial pressure and having to reducethe scope of their activities, the sort ofwork the Salvation Army undertakesbecomes ever more important and valu-able.We are grateful to Major Thompson inoffering us the hospitality of the Camp-beltown Centre and the presentation ofwhat the Army is, and does.DATE AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETINGThursday, 10 March at 2:00pm In Kin-lock Hall Campbeltown This meeting willbe our postponed Annual General Meet-ing.
EARLY OR LATE?The April Antler went to printon Thursday the 10th March;apologies to those who de-light in providing last minutesubmissions. The May Ant-ler is likely to go to print onTuesday the 12th of April.
SCHOOL REVIEWCOUNCIL AGREES ADDITIONAL
CONSULTATION FOR SCHOOL ESTATEREVIEW
Argyll and Bute Council agreed yesterday (3 March2011) to hold a series of pre consultation meetingswith ten communities that potentially would beaffected by its schools estate review. This innovative approach arose fromdiscussions with the Argyll Rural Schools Network(ARSN) and a wide range of groups and individualswho met with Councillor Ellen Morton, the council’sspokesperson for education, during a widespreadprogramme of visits to schools. The pre-consultation will ensure the council hasa full and complete understanding of the impact itsschool review will have on communities. Theopinions and information collected at the meetingswill be used when considering whether the councilshould progress its proposals to formal statutoryconsultation or to withdraw the proposals. Key community representatives, ARSN, parentcouncil members and school representatives will beinvited to the meetings, which will be conductedjointly between council officers and the affectedcommunities. Councillor Morton, spokesperson for educationsaid:“I want to highlight the positive involvement of theArgyll Rural Schools Network in discussions with thecouncil that has helped us develop our newapproach. I also want to thank all of the parents,staff and others with whom I met on my school visitsfor the courtesy I received from every quarter. Theagreed approach is designed to ensure that allviable alternatives are identified and assessed tobetter inform the council on the decisions it will face.” Informal consultation will take place betweenMarch 28 and 4 April, in the form of facilitatedworkshops, with the results helping to shapeproposals which will be presented to council on 19April. This is later than originally proposed to allowa minimum period of 25 days for preparation. Parent groups, teachers, community groups,elected members and the Argyll Rural SchoolsNetworks will be invited to take part in the discussionmeetings. Once the informal discussions are completedcommunity impact assessments will be preparedand discussed with community groups before theyare submitted to council. These assessments willinform decisions taken over which proposals will goforward for formal consultation. The council paperproposes pre-consultation meeting for the followingcommunities:
North Bute,Toward, Luss, Achaleven, Ardchattan,Minard, Rhunahaorine, Clachan, Skipness, andAshfield.
These potential options will be considered at pre-consultation meetings:
St Kierans to Castlehill, Ardchonnel to Dalmally /Kilmartin, North Bute to Rothesay Joint campus,Toward to Inellan, Luss to Hermitage PrimarySchool, Achaleven to Dunbeg, Achaleven toLochnell, Ardchattan to Lochnell, Minard toFurnace, Minard to Lochgilphead, Rhunahaorineto Glenbarr, Clachan to Tarbert, Skipness toTarbert, Ashfield to Lochgilphead and Ashfield toTayvallich.
You can find out more information on the schoolestate review on the education website.
ACHA, ABC & ITACHA SIGN 3 YEAR CONTRACT WITH ABC
Norman Beaton Chairman of Argyll CommunityHousing Association (ACHA) met Council LeaderDick Walsh recently to sign a three year contractwhich will see the council delivering ACHA’s coreinformation technology service. ACHA’s IT department specified its needshaving considered the current and potential futureobjectives of the organisation for its tenants. Thecouncil IT Team were tested against thatspecification with national private sector suppliersthrough an EU compliant tendering process anddemonstrated a thorough understanding of thedemands faced by ACHA to provide a high qualityservice to its clients and its aspirations to be a leaderin the housing sector. The contract, which will generate almost £1.5mof additional revenue for the council, is one of its firstshared service partnerships. This partnership willgo some way to fulfilling this goal. ACHA will benefitfrom access to the Wide Area Network of theBroadband pathfinder installation and a Local AreaNetwork solution which includes the latest UnifiedCommunications and SharePoint technology fromMicrosoft, a virtualised server environment and anew contact centre solution from Clarity in the USA. These new and innovative systems will beinstalled by the council’s IT team who will ensureACHA’s IT needs are delivered to the higheststandards. The on-going services will be managedin conjunction with ACHA’s IT team. Following the signing of the contract CouncilLeader Dick Walsh said, “I am delighted that thecouncil has been given this opportunity to form thisshared service partnership with ACHA. We areincredibly proud of the Council’s IT service and Ihope that this initial contract period is the start of along relationship in the technology sector withACHA.” ACHA’s Chairman Norman Beaton said, “The ITdepartment of the Council is to be congratulated onwinning the contract to provide services to ACHA.We look forward to seeing the benefits of thispartnership rolling out to our tenants, other serviceusers and our staff over the next three years. Inthese difficult economic times we are delighted thatwe are able to work closely with the Council todeliver a mutual benefit.”
PLANNING APPLICATIONSReference: 11/00121/PP Proposal: External altera-tions relative to dwelling-house approved under07/01389/REM (Retrospective) Location: HighPluck, Saddell, Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute, PA286QS Applicant: Mr D & Mrs W Byford High Pluck,Saddell, Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute, PA28 6QSAgent: Diana MacLaurin Crinan Ferry, by Lochgilp-head, PA31 8QH Development Type 01 - House-holder Development Grid Ref: 178998 – 632670Reference: 11/00221/ Proposal: Alterations to exist-ing front porch Location: Rose Cottage, Shore Road,Carradale, Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute, PA28 6SHApplicant: Mr M Foy 41 Ballakermeen Drive, Doug-las, IM1 4HT, Isle of Man, Agent: John Gordon, 19Kinneddar Park, Saline, Dunfermline, KY12 9LEDevelopment Type 01 - Householder DevelopmentGrid Ref: 181529 – 638920 11/2/Reference: 11/00182/ADV Proposal: Erection ofmemorial plaque. Location: The Pier, Carradale,Argyll & Bute, Applicant: Duncan John McIntosh,Carramhor, Waterfoot, Carradale, Argyll, PA28 6QGDevelopment Type: 15 - Advertisements Grid Ref:181931 – 638694 18/2/.
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BRACKLEY LAIRSFollowing the publication of names in theFebruary and March editions of the Antler,the final section is now included. The list isa general guide to occupancy or future oc-cupancy and may be incorrect in the sensethat given names or familiar names may notbe recorded on gravestones. The Editor isnot an expert on the subject and any enquir-ies should be addressed to Harold A. Ral-ston (www.ralstongenealogy.com) or to aspecialist in genealogical research.RITCHIE, A., d.1919, 34 yrs 595RITCHIE, Alexander, d.1919, 34 yrs 596RITCHIE, Archibald, d.1910, 12 yrs 596RITCHIE, Cecilia, d.1882, 41 yrs 768RITCHIE, Dugald, d.1973, 87 yrs 884RITCHIE, Duncan 848RITCHIE, Duncan, d.1924, 36 yrs 625RITCHIE, Flora, d.1910, 21 yrs 596RITCHIE, George, d.1969, 75 yrs 621RITCHIE, John, d.1933, 79 yrs 596RITCHIE, John, d.1954 698RITCHIE, John, d.1983, 65 yrs 625RITCHIE, Kay, d.1980 597RITCHIE, Margaret, d.1975, 93 yrs 819RITCHIE, May 621RITCHIE, Robert, d.1963, 79 yrs 827RITCHIE, William, d.1941, 50 yrs 622ROBB, Ann, Mead 941ROBERTSON, Hannah, d.1995, 84 yrs 849ROONEY, Barbara McMorris, d.1970 888ROONEY, Mary, d.1999, 75 yrs 887RUSSELL, James, Thomson, d.1990, 36 yrs 928RUSSELL, Sandy 928RUSSELL, Shona 928RUSSELL, Stuart 928SAYER, Jean Audrey Marie, d.1996, 83 yrs 907SCALLY, Catherine, d.1970, 82 yrs 844SCOTT, Monica, Mary, d.1977, 59 yrs 893SEMPLE, Alice Maxwell, d.1894, 10 yrs 747SEMPLE, Alice Maxwell, d.1988, 93 yrs 706SEMPLE, Cathie 747SEMPLE, Dan 747SEMPLE, Duncan W., d.1996, 91 yrs 704SEMPLE, James, A.865SEMPLE, James, d.1935, 76 yrs 746SEMPLE, John Robt. Maxwell, d.1971, 74 yrs 747SEMPLE, John, Maxwell, d.1975, 6 yrs 747SEMPLE, Margaret, d.2002, 91 yrs 976SEMPLE, Marion Torrance, d.1945, 94 yrs 599SEMPLE, Mary, d.1904, 43 yrs 747SEMPLE, Richard, d.1913, 66 yrs 747SEMPLE, Thomas, d.1885, 72 yrs 746SEMPLE, Thomas, d.1989, 91 yrs 826SEMPLE, William, d.1931, 70 yrs 703SHARP, Helen Jane, d.1973, 94 yrs 602SHAW, Catherine, C., d.1988, 59 yrs 729SHAW, David, 723SHAW, David, Boyd, d.1964, 63 yrs 724SHAW, Donald, J., d.1956, 49 yrs 670SHAW, Isabella G., d.1996, 82 yrs 670SHAW, Janet, d.1805, 59 yrs 792SHAW, Margaret 762SHAW, Walter, d.1961, 50 yrs 723SILLARS, Jessie McAlister, d.1962 797SILLARS, John, M., d.1966, 79 yrs 655SIMPSON, Arthur, Robert, d.1996, 37 yrs 918SIMPSON, Janet, d., 36 yrs 800SIMPSON, Janet, d.1859, 36 yrs 797SMITH, Harry, Winchester, d.1992, 77 yrs 929SMITH, Margaret, Gillies, d.1971, 64 yrs 826STALKER, Duncan, d.1840, 14 yrs761STALKER, Grace, d.1838, 8 yrs 761STALKER, Janet, d.1924, 67 yrs 606STALKER, John, 771STALKER, Malcolm, d.1839, 39 yrs 761STALKER, Marion, d.1916, 93 yrs 772
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