William Alan Macpherson  


Blairgowrie & Rattray branch President Sir William Macpherson of Cluny, the 27th Chief of the Clan Macpherson, has died aged 94. He was a highly respected High Court Judge between 1983 and 1996 and also enjoyed a distinguished military career. 


For many years William led the branch’s annual parade on Remembrance Sunday and latterly, despite failing health, was very determined to attend, using a Zimmer frame or wheelchair to do so.   


The members of the branch will remember him not only for his support and guidance, but as a charming, witty and engaging personality. 


Dr Lockhart Edward Robert Batchelor Frain-Bell


Born in Dundee in 1921, Lockhart was posted to Burma with the Royal Army Medical Corps and served with the 82nd Royal West African Frontier Force, providing an auxiliary nursing team, setting up casualty clearing stations and transporting the wounded.

 After repatriation, he returned to the UK to gain medical and surgical experience before being appointed consultant radiologist to south-west Scotland at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

 He gave much time and thought to the local branch of the Royal British Legion, becoming President for some years.

 Lockhart died on 2 September 2020 and is survived by his wife, Anne (née Cruikshank), son William and two grandchildren.



Joseph Reid


Joseph retired from the family firm at the age of 92, in March 2020. After a short illness he passed away peacefully on 7 September 2020.

 He was a member of Peterhead branch until it closed, then paid his dues to Edinburgh headquarters. When they could, he and his wife enjoyed dancing in the Peterhead Legion.

 On reaching National Service age he trained at the Bridge of Don Barracks and served his time in the Highland Light Infantry from 1945–1948, in Jerusalem and Thessaloniki, Greece.

 Joseph took a huge interest in army vehicles and even restored a K9 lorry. It was his pride and joy and he felt privileged to drive it down Union Street, Aberdeen, at one of the victory parades.



Sarah (Sadie) McGougan


Sadie passed away very suddenly on 11 January. A staunch member of the Royal British Legion, she served on the Tain branch committee for a number of years. She will be sadly missed in the community for all her activities. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family at this very sad time.

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