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Obituary – Murdo MacLeod

Murdo MacLeod

ARGYLL lost one of the region’s true characters with the sudden death of Murdo MacLeod.

Murdo was a man full of enthusiasm and passion who lived life at 100 miles per hour - on land and at sea.

He is best known for being a founder, with his identical twin brother Kenny, of M&K MacLeod in Lochgilphead more than 40 years ago, and the family has strong Mid Argyll roots.

Murdo and Kenny were born in Glasgow in August 1947 at a time when the family was living at Tiroran on the Isle of Mull.

The family moved from Mull to Lochgilphead where the boys attended school. On leaving school they trained as joiners with D & J Carmichael Ltd of Lochgilphead and were often sent on jobs to islands, for example Mull and Tiree.

The bright lights of London, however, beckoned and the brothers started working for Laing Construction in the late 1960s. London was to be their home for the next five years, but a national construction industry strike in 1972 meant that work in London became scarce and the boys headed home to Lochgilphead, where they soon negotiated their first contract, building Lochgair Parish Church Hall.

The construction partnership of M&K MacLeod was incorporated in 1975. Murdo and Kenny had experienced the use of timber frame construction while working down south and were certain that use of that method was ideal for the construction of houses in the west coast of Scotland.

Timber frame construction remains one of the company’s specialities to this day. The original company has, of course, grown and has its subsidiary companies MacLeod Construction Ltd and MacLeod (Riverside) Ltd.

The history of MacLeods’use of timber frame construction does go back to 1976 when they built their first bungalow using this method at Tullochgorm, near Minard.

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