An­gus John MacDon­ald

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By then, hav­ing lived at Auchen­bothie and Kil­ma­colm, he had been set­tled in Glas­gow for some years. He re­tired in 1998.

An­gus John Macdon­ald had a wide range of in­ter­ests. His last home was in Partick, and he was a reg­u­lar at­tendee at the Crow Road Free Church around the cor­ner from his own street.

He was also known as an in­de­fati­ga­ble and highly knowl­edge­able col­lec­tor of Gaelic books and books on High­land his­tory and cul­ture, build­ing up a col­lec­tion that would be the envy of many an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion.

Es­pe­cially in his youth, he could com­pose Gaelic po­etry at the drop of a hat, as well as a trans­la­tion in the same me­tre!

When he was younger he also played the chanter, while his abil­ity to solve the most ab­struse cross­word puz­zles was leg­endary among his friends.

But per­haps the mem­ory of him that his friends will cher­ish most is that of his ex­traor­di­nar­ily hos­pitable and so­cia­ble na­ture, as he held court in his flat at No. 10 and gen­er­ously pro­duced sand­wiches, tea, bis­cuits and as much whisky as peo­ple were pre­pared to take.

In re­cent years he would reg­u­larly in­vite friends in af­ter the monthly Gaelic So­ci­ety meet­ings, and the talk – al­most al­ways in Gaelic – would flow un­til late, with much dis­cus­sion, rem­i­nis­cence and gen­eral fun.

An­gus John’s mother Christina was from Grim­say, and he stayed in Grim­say on his most re­cent trip to Uist, which was in 2012.

He had also more than once vis­ited Canada, where there are rel­a­tives, as well as South Africa, where de­scen­dants of his fa­ther’s brother John still live. And he him­self was vis­ited by both rel­a­tives and friends from those coun­tries as well.

He was a healthy man who of­ten walked into town in­stead of tak­ing a bus and whose ap­pear­ance be­lied his ac­tual age. It was there­fore a se­vere blow when he had his di­ag­no­sis last Oc­to­ber. Car­ers at­tended him, and, al­though sad­dened by his grad­u­ally wan­ing pow­ers, his friends did not ne­glect him. But the dis­ease was in­ex­orable.

His daugh­ter-in-law Janet

paid a grace­ful trib­ute at a well-at­tended funeral ser­vice held in his own church on Septem­ber 1, with some hav­ing come a con­sid­er­able dis­tance, and that was fol­lowed by in­ter­ment in the New Lamb­hill Ceme­tery in Glas­gow.

Our sym­pa­thy goes most par­tic­u­larly to An­gus, Janet and their son Cameron, and to An­gus John’s sur­viv­ing sib­lings, his older sis­ter Katie Mary in New Zealand and

his younger brother Neil in Falkirk, and to their fam­i­lies.

But many oth­ers will also miss An­gus John Macdon­ald, and it is hard to be­lieve that one will not en­counter him again, per­haps on one of his many walks along Dum­bar­ton Road, or see that shy, friendly smile of wel­come as he opens his door.

Bidh sinn ga ion­ndrainn iomadach latha.

AN­GUS JOHN MACDON­ALD: An­gus John in No. 10 with

his grand­son Cameron

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