The Town Crier has for many, many years been an integral feature of the Ferry Fair and in recent years a number of weel-kent local characters have performed this important role with distinction but each in his own inimitable fashion.
These have included in the early years of the current Fair format Willie Lamond, better known as “Killiecrankie” and Kate Mackay following whom the role was dormant until it was revived and performed by Johnny “The Rogue” Robertson for some years until ill health forced his retirement. Johnny sadly passed away in 2008, a tribute from his family can be seen here. He was succeeded by William “Wuggy” McPhillips who also sadly passed away but whilst still in office. The role was then taken by Lindsay Munro who will be doing his duty once again at this year’s Fair.
Tribute to Jock – Written by his family.
Read on the occasion of his funeral at South Queensferry Parish Church
on Monday 26 May 2008
The challenge in writing a tribute to a husband, a father and a grandfather with such a huge personality as Jock the Rogue is what to leave out? If he could speak to us now he would sum himself up as “a very good soldier.” He was born a soldier and he died a soldier. He was a fighter throughout his life and he fought solidly right to the end. Even just a few weeks ago he hit a very low point and we thought that was it. The following day I told him “it had been touch and go” and asked him if he had any plans for “shooting the crow”. He just turned and looked at me with that indignant ‘what the hell are ye talking about’ look and said, “No! Canny have that!” But it was with Madge, or ‘Irish’ as he liked to call her, that last Tuesday afternoon they agreed the battle was over, “it was time to give up the fight.”