DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

Campbeltown Courier - - DOWN MEM­ORY LANE - Spon­sored by Camp­bel­town Her­itage Cen­tre

A man with Camp­bel­town con­nec­tions has un­cov­ered a copy of the Courier’s cen­te­nary sup­ple­ment be­long­ing to his mother, who is ap­proach­ing her own cen­te­nary. Martin For­rest, from Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, found the com­mem­o­ra­tive sup­ple­ment, pub­lished on July 5 1973, among items be­long­ing to his mother, Nan­cie, aged 97. The 20-page broad­sheet pub­li­ca­tion, cost­ing 10p, came out 100 years af­ter the Camp­bel­town Courier was founded by Robert Wilson in 1873. It in­cludes mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions from var­i­ous Camp­bel­town busi­nesses, many of which are still in op­er­a­tion, as well as from the pri­vate sec­re­tary at Buck­ing­ham Palace. A ‘past, present and fu­ture’ sec­tion and a dou­ble page pho­to­graph spread take read­ers down mem­ory lane, while a ‘Courier to­day’ piece shows the news­pa­per’s staff in 1973. Mr For­rest told the Courier: ‘There is a fam­ily con­nec­tion to Camp­bel­town, which ex­plains why the edi­tion was re­tained. ‘My great grand­fa­ther, Archibald Fullar­ton, was with the Customs and Ex­cise In­spec­torate for the Camp­bel­town dis­til­leries in the late 1800s. He and his wife had three daugh­ters.’ Mar­garet Sil­lars Fullar­ton, born in 1885 and died in 1962, was the post­mistress near the har­bour, ac­cord­ing to Mr For­rest. Sarah Mor­ton Fullar­ton, born in 1882 and died in 1970, mar­ried farmer Thomas Ral­ston in 1915. In 1894, Mr For­rest’s grand­mother, Agnes El­iz­a­beth Fullar­ton, was born. A son, Wylie Fullar­ton, was also born but died at a young age. Mr For­rest said: ‘My grand­fa­ther, Wil­liam Whit­ter, born in 1889 and died in 1951, moved to Camp­bel­town from Ash­ton-in-Mak­er­field, near Wi­gan, to work in the Customs and Ex­cise In­spec­torate with Archibald. ‘Be­ing of a sim­i­lar age to his youngest daugh­ter, they be­came friends, mar­ry­ing in 1918.’ Fol­low­ing the de­cline of Camp­bel­town’s dis­til­leries, the fam­ily moved to Glen El­gin, Mo­rayshire, where Mr For­rest’s grand­fa­ther worked at Glen­dronach and Glen El­gin dis­til­leries. The cou­ple had two chil­dren: Mr For­rest’s mother, Agnes (Nan­cie) El­iz­a­beth Whit­ter, born in 1921; and Austin Fullar­ton Whit­ter, born in 1924. Nan­cie and Austin served in the Wrens and RAF re­spec­tively, be­fore re­turn­ing north and qual­i­fy­ing in medicine. ‘My un­cle, who pi­loted glid­ers into Arn­hem, com­bined his love of fly­ing with his de­gree and em­i­grated to work for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice of Aus­tralia,’ said Mr For­rest. ‘My mother was a plot­ter at Har­wich and was very proud to have pat­ted Win­ston Churchill on the back on VE Day. ‘On her re­turn to Aberdeen, she met my fa­ther at a med­i­cal meet­ing and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.’ Mr For­rest is look­ing for some in­for­ma­tion about his great aunt, Sarah, who had two sons, Thomas Mil­lar Ral­ston, born in 1917, and Wil­liam Ral­ston, born in 1919, with her hus­band, Thomas. ‘I would imag­ine that Ral­ston is not too com­mon a sur­name, and there are two Ral­stons that fea­ture in the cen­te­nary pub­li­ca­tion - J Ral­ston as a lo­cal dig­ni­tary in a photo of vol­un­teers go­ing off to the Boer War, and the fore­man printer at the Camp­bel­town Courier in 1973, R. R. Ral­ston,’ said Mr For­rest. ‘If it is pos­si­ble that there may be rel­a­tives still alive in the Camp­bel­town area, it would be great to share this in­for­ma­tion with them.’

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Con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages from Camp­bel­town busi­nesses.

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The front page of the Camp­bel­town Courier’s cen­te­nary sup­ple­ment.

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