Angus Macmillan. Photographed by Kim Ayres www.kimayres.co.uk
This year’s Angus Macleod memorial lecture will take place on the evening of Thursday 8th November in South Lochs, a few days before Remembrance Sunday which will mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War.
The speaker will be Dr Angus Macmillan from Lemreway, a member of ‘The Lochies’ and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Dumfries, where he lives.
He is a published poet and co-editor of the literary magazine Southlight.
As successfully pioneered last year, the lecture will be broadcast live to other locations and over the internet. Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend.
In his lecture, which will be given in English, Angus Macmillan will reflect on the life of his relative and namesake (Angus Macmillan 1886-1961), whose bravery with the 15th Scottish Infantry Division in helping to repel a German advance at Buzancy to the north of Paris in July 1918 earned him the nickname ‘Hero of Buzancy’ and resulted in his becoming the most decorated Lewisman in the 1st World War, including the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre.
As well as reviewing the military and subsequent religious career of the ‘Hero’ – he became a Minister of the Church of Scotland – Angus will explore the concept of bravery in the context of the times and consider the wider economic, social, and psychological impact of the 1st World War (including the Iolaire disaster) on Lewis. It is expected that poetry and Gaelic song will be included in the programme.
Donnie Morrison, chairman of Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc (who in association with e-Sgoil, the Islands Book Trust, and Angus Macleod’s family organise the annual lecture in honour of the late Angus ‘Ease’ Macleod MBE of Calbost, South Lochs) said: ‘We are delighted that Angus Macmillan has agreed to give this year’s lecture on the evening of Thursday 8th November on a subject which is of such great importance and relevance to our islands as we approach the centenary of the end of the 1st World War. It promises to be a most moving and memorable evening.
"Further details will be announced nearer the time but please make a note of the date in your diary now.’