Rain cannot dampen unveiling mood

UNVEILING: Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Mike Taitt and Dana Linnet unveiling the restored graveslab. Looking on is Charles Burnett.
UNVEILING: Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Mike Taitt and Dana Linnet unveiling the restored graveslab. Looking on is Charles Burnett.

Despite the damp weather, the joint unveiling of the restored memorial commemorating the family of Hugh Mercer went smoothly.

The graveslab was restored in 2011 by the Pitsligo Castle Trust, with the assistance of the Pilgrim Trust, Aberdeenshire Council, Friends of Pitsligo Castle and the Forbes Lodge of Freemasons, Number 67.

Charles Burnett, the Chairman of the Pitsligo Castle Trust introduced the US Consul Dana Linnet who gave a short speech explaining the importance of the Mercer name across the United States of America.

This was followed by Major Mike Taitt, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, and Dana Linnet simultaneously lifting the American flag and the Scottish Saltire to unveil the restored grave slab of the Reverend William Mercer and his wife Anne Munro.

This was watched by a gathering of local dignitaries and interested parties which, amongst others, included MP Eilidh Whiteford and MSP Sterwart Stevenson.

Afterwards, Janet McLeman, author of ‘The Auld Kirk and the Kirkyard’ sold signed copies of her book, proceeds going to Friends of Pitsligo Castle and Fighting for Sight.

The successful afternoon was rounded off at The Masons Arms Rosehearty, with afternoon tea being served.