Dorothy Brown 

Dorothy (Jean) Brown, nee Thomson, sadly passed away on 15 June. She was born in the local community and joined the Royal Army Corps in 1950 as a telephonist, with postings in Cyprus, Egypt and Kenya. Her service ended in 1954. 

Jean’s husband, Joe Brown, was a veteran of the Korean war. Their sons, John and Colin, brought great happiness. Jean and Joe joined the Dalbeattie branch in 1965, where she soon became known for her ability to organise large functions. Her husband passed some years ago, while Jean continued to attend tea dances and other events. She will be sorely missed.

Angus Robertson

Angus Robertson, sadly passed away earlier this year, was a very proud Scots Guard. Angus was always proud of his national service and time as a Scots Guard, although found it hard being away from his home and family. Angus served on the committee honourably for a an astonishing 20 years as President at Dalbeattie and will be forever missed. He was a life member of the Dalbeattie branch and always put the needs of the branch first. He will be sorely missed by all.



Janet Cessford


Janet Cessford passed away peacefully in St John’s Hospital, Livingstone on 15 February. Janet was a long-serving member of the Dunbar branch; in more than 40 years of service she collected over £100,000 for Poppyscotland. She was the chair of the Women’s Section, RBLS Dunbar, the area secretary of the Women’s Section, Lothian and Borders, and also a standard bearer. 

Janet was awarded a Poppyscotland Centenary Pin in 2022 in recognition of her dedication and loyalty to Legion Scotland. 


George Glass 

George Bertram Glass passed away peacefully at home on 8 April. George was a loyal member and office bearer of the Dunbar branch, serving variously as entertainment convener, assistant treasurer, treasurer and subsequently as president in over 40 years of Legion membership.



John Cowie 

John William (Bill) Cowie passed away peacefully in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, on 18 July. Bill served in the Royal Navy for many years and was a loyal servant to the Royal British Legion Scotland. He was the president of the Golspie branch for several years and a very active member of the branch. 

Bill was also a founder member of the Royal Naval Association Sutherland branch and will be sorely missed by all in both associations. May he rest in peace.


John Anderson

John Edin Major Anderson, president of the Invergordon branch for seven years, sadly passed away on 11 June 2023.

He reached the Territorial Army rank of major, late of The Highlanders (Volunteers). He was also a doctor of philosophy, bachelor of ecological science and held a diploma in rural practice surveying.

Mostly raised in Ohio, but also in California, John moved to Scotland in 1967 so he wouldn’t have to fight in the Vietnam War – a conflict he believed to be immoral.

John first joined the TA as a hobby, and for his love of shooting. As time went on and he was promoted into higher pay grades, and found even more opportunities for shooting and being paid for it, it become more of a part-time job and ultimately, of course, a full-time job during his operational deployments.