A distin­guished visi­tor

The Oban Times - - News -

LORD Robert­son of Port Ellen, one of Scot­land’s most distin­guished states­men, spent sev­eral days in Morvern last week with his sons and grand­son in a lodge near Ra­hoy, their an­ces­tral home on the shores of Loch Teacuis.

Lord Robert­son, who was born in Port Ellen, Is­lay, was sec­re­tary gen­eral of NATO and de­fence sec­re­tary for the United King­dom. He is a de­scen­dant of two broth­ers, John and Peter Robert­son, who, from 1866, had the ten­ancy of the once-pro­duc­tive sheep and cat­tle farms of Ra­hoy, Glen­cripes­dale and Kin­lochteacuis. Both broth­ers were well known stock judges and are buried in Kiel above Locha­line vil­lage.

Lord Robert­son, who is a Knight of The This­tle - Scot­land’s high­est hon­our - and Chan­cel­lor of the Most Distin­guished Or­der of St Michael and St Ge­orge, is a grand nephew of Miss Jessie Robert­son, who for many years was the pri­mary school teacher at Clag­gan on Ard­tor­nish Es­tate.

Dur­ing their hol­i­day Ge­orge and his fam­ily climbed Beinn Iadain, a spec­tac­u­lar hill on the old fam­ily farm, to ad­mire its alpine plants and the views over Ard­na­mur­chan to the Small Isles, be­fore vis­it­ing Kiel to pho­to­graph their an­ces­tor’s grave and its fine head­stone which they had re­cently re­stored.

It is al­ways a plea­sure to find a Morvern man hold­ing high of­fice and to welcome the fam­ily back to their old stamp­ing-ground.

HOL­I­DAY: Lord Robert­son of Port Ellen at his old fam­ily farm of Kin­lochteacuis, Morvern

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