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Recalling a road-mender and scholar


THOSE who travelled along the highways and byways of Sunart on the Ardnamurchan peninsula 60-odd years ago may recall seeing a man at the roadside with a wheelbarrow and accompanied by a blackand- white collie dog.

His name was Alastair Cameron and he was a road-section man employed by Argyll County Council to clean the drains and cut the verges of the eight-mile stretch of road between Strontian and Salen, Loch Sunart.

Alastair, or ‘Sandy’ as he was known locally, was a scholar, a tradition-bearer and a gifted historian, as much at home around the ceilidh fires of his native Sunart, as he was alone with his books and papers.

He was a member of the Royal Celtic Society, an honorary fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, writer and the holder of the honorary degree of Master of Arts of Edinburgh University. He was a fluent Gaelic speaker and a perfect example of Highland tradition and of a generation that overcame all difficulties in achieving an intellectual goal.

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