It was with great sadness that on Wednesday 27th January the Strathpeffer community learned that Allan MacDonald (‘Young Allan’) had passed away the previous day at the age of 93 years.

Allan was born at The Smiddy, Blairninnich, Strathpeffer on 26th December 1927.   His father, also Allan, had been the local blacksmith.   In his early working life Allan had been employed by the Board of Agriculture and worked for them throughout the 2nd World War.   He then worked as a lorry driver before being employed, initially, by the Roads Department of Ross and Cromarty County Council and then the Highland Regional Council ending up as the local Roads Foreman.

Allan had a number of interests outwith his work.   He was a keen fisherman and was a member of the Loch Achonachie Angling Club.   He also had been a long time member of the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering Association and spent many years as a judge of the Heavy Events as did his father before him.   For his services to the Gathering he had been made an Honorary Life Member.

One of his main interests was in his membership of Caberfeidh Shinty Club.   He had first played for the Club when they started up again after the War in 1946 and was involved in the friendly matches held against Oban Celtic at that time.   He continued to play until the mid to late 1950s.   After he retired from work he spent many years attending to the shinty pitch at Castle Leod, doing the grass cutting and lining.   He was proud to see his grandson, Jonathon, play for the Club.   His nephews Rod and Iain (‘Tumba’) and his great nephew’s, Allan, Brian (‘Denzil’) and Iain also played.

Allan, who was pre-deceased by his wife Anna some years ago, will be very much missed in the community and our sympathies go out to his son Angus, daughter-in-law Margaret-Ann and grandsons, Daniel and Jonathon in their loss.