Maryburgh Social

Maryburgh Community Collage
Preparation .... 








Tom Thomas at work.



















Eilidh Green and Tom.


Eilidh still working.


Eilidh still not inclined to pose for photograph!
[All photos courtesy of Liz Sinclair]









A few photos of the memorial garden ready for the formal opening.  [Photos RCHS]

Events - Opening of Memorial Garden

On 20 June 2017 Lieutenant Colonel Andy J Mackay, MBE, returned to his home village in the week before his retirement from the Army after 38 years' service.

Lt Colonel Mackay had left Maryburgh as a 16 year old to join the Army and worked his way through the ranks without going to Sandhurst for officer training.  Another Ross-shire man following in the footsteps of Major General Sir Hector Macdonald.

The event was the opening of a special community garden honouring all war dead.  This was the idea of Tom Thomas, a member of Maryburgh Community Council, to turn a neglected piece of ground close to the Amenities Centre into a memorial garden.  In this Tom had the practical support of volunteers, including Sean Mackenzie, David Robertson, Ian Gray, Carol Harvey, Eilidh Green and Liz Sinclair.  Plants and compost were funded by donations from Dingwall and Beauly branches of the Royal British Legion, as well as Santander.

Villagers were piped to the garden by Neil Mackay, and Lt Col Mackay took the salute during a minute's silence, prior to Rev Alec Stewart, Free Church minister in Maryburgh, conducting a short service of dedication. 


Villagers gather.  [Photo RCHS]



Plaque in situ.  [Photos RCHS]


Guest of honour Lt Col Andy J Mackay, MBE.


Lt Col Mackay and Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen.


Rev Alec Stewart, piper Neil Mackay, Lt Col Andy Mackay.


Royal British Legion representatives Morris Colven, Bob Coburn, Trevor Carnall


Neil Mackay, Lt Col Mackay, Tom Thomas, Rev Alec Stewart


Piper Neil Mackay playing.


Lt Col Andy saluting during minute's silence.


Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen, Councillors Angela Maclean, Margaret Paterson, Alistair Mackinnon and Mrs Colven.


RBL (Scotland) members Bob Coburn (left) and Morris Colven (right) present Tom Thomas with cheques to cover the cost of the memorial garden.
[Except where otherwise stated, all photos courtesy of Liz Sinclair.]
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