Who is owner of en­graved stick?

The Oban Times - - News -

A MAN from Con­nel who stum­bled upon an en­graved stick while walk­ing his dog is ap­peal­ing for the owner’s de­scen­dants to get in touch, writes David McPhee.

Alan MacGre­gor was walk­ing at the sports pitch in Con­nel, where up­grades are tak­ing place, when he dis­cov­ered the item. He said: ‘It caught the cor­ner of my eye. I kicked it and thought, “What’s that?” And the sil­ver bit ap­peared.’

The en­grav­ing on the stick reads: ‘Pre­sented to Mr J Mur­ray as a mark of much es­teem by staff at Park­more Dis­tillery 08.02.1930.’

Mr MacGre­gor added: ‘It was cov­ered in mud so I cleaned it off and read it, and thought that seems pretty in­ter­est­ing.

‘The thing that has gripped me is how did it get there? How did it get from Dufftown to Oban? It would never have been un­earthed if the boys had not dug up the park.

‘If a de­scen­dant comes along and says that’s my fam­ily mem­ber, they can have it.’

Mr MacGre­gor says he has been of­fered a bot­tle of whisky for the stick by Dufftown Whisky Mu­seum, but is would pre­fer it went to a de­scendnt of Mr Mur­ray.

Park­more Dis­tillery, in Dufftown, hasn’t been in op­er­a­tion since 1931.

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the stick or Mr Mur­ray, contact The Oban Times on 01631 568000 or email editor@ oban­times.co.uk.

Alan MacGre­gor with the stick he found.

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