A distinguished visitor
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