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This evening, and in context of upcoming Remembrance Day, I am listing names of World War 1 casualties as found listed on Campbeltown War Memorial, Scotland. Although extensive, this list is not complete. I will add the final batch of names when I next visit the area.

New Zealand Forces

Donald McConnachie
Archd. Huie McMinn
John Cameron
John Campbell
Peter Campbell
Donald Muir
Donald O’May
Robert A Reid
Gavin Reid

USA Forces

Alex McPherson


James Brown
Alex Ritchie
Neil F Duncan
Robert B Wallace
Dugald S Stewart
John McMillan
Peter Sinclair
James Coffield
Archd. Mackinnon
George Stewart

Royal Army Service Corps

William Johnston
John McAlister
Donald McCallum
Alex McMillan

Machine Gun Corps

John Brown
Duncan Cook
Andrew Hamilton
Chas. McMichael
Joseph McSporran
Donald Stewart

Labour Corps

Robert Kelly

Royal Air Force

Ian Ure McMurchy
William Mitchell

Australian Forces

Kenneth Johnston
Dugald McIntyre
Edward McMillan
Chas.A. McMurchy
John Paterson

South African Forces

John Strang
A. Henderson
Robert R Cameron
Ralph C.S. Gillan


Neil McArthur
Gilbert Blackstock
Duncan Wilson
Hugh Paton
Lachlan McGoag
William O’Hara
Chas McEachran
Thomas Urquhart
James Dunlop
Daniel Docherty
James McFadyen
John Stalker
John Taylor
Donald McPherson
Alex McMillan
Peter Carmichael
James Taylor
Allan Murray
John Rodgers
David Andrew
Peter Armour
Donald McIntyre
Thos.R Morrison
William Cook
Peter McCallum
Angus McKinnon
John Muir

Black Watch

Archd. Armour
Norman S Campbell
Alex Graham
Donald McAlpine
Robert Mclaig
Neil Mackay
Hugh Mitchell

Seaforth Highlanders

Fred J. Broom
Alex Henderson
James McEachran
Neil McKinven
Edward McKinnon
John McKinlay
John Morrison
William Speed

Gordon Highlanders

Archd. H. McMillan
Archd. McKinlay
Peter Campbell
Dugald Conley
Neil Currie
John McCallum
James McCulloch
Donald McDonald
Robert McNiven
William Morrison
William Paterson
Alex A Wilson

Cameron Highlanders

Malcolm McIntyre
Neil Campbell
Donald McMillan
John Brown
Richard Kelly
Charles Macgrory
James McQuilkan
Alex J.S.Rae
J.M. Stewart

Argyll Mountain Battery

Sgt Archbld Johnston
Cpl Archd Johnston
James F McLean
Charles Sheddon
James Ferreti
John Hamilton
High Kane
John McCallum
Proudfoot McIntyre
Thomas McIntyre
Robert McMillan
James Morrison
William Sheddon
William Mc G Taylor
William Wallace

Royal Field Artillery

D.Mc A Bowie
John Armour
Archibald Huie
James B Johnston
Duncan McCallum
William McDonald
William McIntyre
Thomas A Mutch
Dugald Shearer
Hector McMillan

Royal Garrison Artillery

William Gillon
Duncan Lang
Hugh McGuire

Royal Scots

Hugh M Crooks
Matthew C Reid
James Forrester
Malcolm Galbraith
Jas R McPherson
Peter Quigley


Donald M Macallum
Peter McIntyre
Angus K McKinven
Lachlan McKinnon
Neil Houston McLean
John McLean
Hugh McMillan
Peter McPherson
Thomas McPherson
Alex McSporran
Alex Mansfield
Hugh G Martin
John A R Martin
William Taylor Reid

If anyone in or visiting Campbeltown would like to complete this list please let me know.

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This evening, I am presenting images and a record of a recent visit to Campbeltown where Clan Currie is scheduled to hold a reunion in 2009.

Campbeltown is located at the southern tip of the long, narrow peninsula of land named Kintyre. This peninsula is about 40 miles fron north to south and some 6-8miles wide.

Firstly, here are some images from our tour of Springbank Distillery. In the 19th century Campbeltown boasted over 30 distilleries and was classified as a distinct whisky producing region.However, there are now just three distilleries of which only Springbank provides tours. Springbank is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland dating from 1828 and is unusual in that it carries out the full production process, including malting, on site. The distillery produces three different single malts, Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn using three different production methods.

On the day of our visit the distillery was not in operation.

Here is the tour guide at the whisky safe.

Maturing barrels of whisky. To qualify as Scotch, the product must be matured in oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years and 1 day in Scotland.

Malting floor

Victoria Hall in the town. This available for group events.

A Currie grave marker from the main cemetery

A Currie found on the town’s War Memorial ( WW1). I would guess there would be at least 100 names listed which must have impacted heavily on the local community.

Rural landscape between Campbeltown and Machrihanish

Just outside Machrihanish can be found the remains of Kilkivan Chapel which is accessed via a very rough and rutted farm track. This seems to date from medieval times.

Memorial to Janet Currie at Kilkivan

Medieval grave slabs at Kilkivan which would suggest the site was very important in the past.

View of Machrihanish from the air.

Beach at Machrihanish. This is not safe to bathe owing to strong currents.

Another rural scene near Machrihanish

Bar at Campbeltown

The Old Smoke House at Campbeltown

Centre of Campbeltown in the fall

In the centre of Campbeltown can be a large stone cross which may have been relocated from Kilkivan chapel (adverted to above) in the 17th century to serve as a market cross. The cross appears to date from aroun d 1380 and carries the inscription (in Latin) “This is the cross of Sir Yvarus MacEarchan, sometime parson of Kylkecan and of Sir Andrea his son, parson of Kilchoman (Islay), who caused this cross to be made.”

Lorne and Lowland Church
Main Street, Campbeltown

View from bedroom window at Ardshiel Hotel

Whisky Bar at Ardshiel. There are some 400 different malts available here. A delight for the whisky connoisseur

View of the Ardshiel which is under the management of Flora and Marion

Old cinema building. This is a heritage building and of historic interest owing to its status as the oldest cinema in Scotland still showing films.

View of Campbeltown Loch from the town.

Town war memorial

Another view of Campbeltown Loch

The following images are of a architecturally interesting building which is now a successful hotel. Craigard House Hotel was completed in 1882 in the Italianate style popular at the time. it was built as a private home for William McKersie, a local whisky distiller. The architect was Henry Clifford who also designed other local prominent buildings. To me, this design is redolent of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson of Glasgow.

Campbeltown has suffered from industrial decline and is obviously trying to regain its former prosperity. There is talk of re-establishing a ferry link which, if approved, should prove beneficial especially for the tourist industry.

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This afternoon, I am presenting an image of the Burns Monument located in Edinburgh’s Eastern New Town, between Calton Hill and Holyrood. Robert Burns is Scotland’s national poet.

This monument was designed by Thomas Hamilton and completed 1830.

It is a circular Greek temple with Corinthian peristyle.

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