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What’s in a name?

William Menzies was one of Oban’s greatest benefactors but it could be argued his work has not been given the acclaim it deserves
Glencripesdale House which once stood proudly on the Morvern peninsula.
Photograph: Edward Towers


THE NAME William Menzies was once known in every household in Argyll, especially in Oban where it was a byword for employment, honesty and public spiritedness.

Today his Christian name is to be found only on a small sign set high above the entrance to the short and insignificant back road which links Corran Esplanade with George Street. He was one of Oban’s greatest benefactors and had he lived anywhere else he would have merited a main-square statue or had a municipal building named after him for all his good works.

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