One of Scotland’s most respected politicians has been unveiled as the Honorary Chieftain of this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering.
The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, who was born on the Isle of Islay but spent most of his childhood in Dunoon, will accept the salute from the spectacular massed bands as well as present the trophies in the prestigious Highland Dancing and Pipe Band competitions.
The role of Chieftain is a far cry from selling souvenir programmes for the event, which is what Lord Robertson – a former pupil of Kirn Primary and Dunoon Grammar schools – did in his younger days.
‘It is a huge pleasure and honour for me to be Chieftain of the 2013 Cowal Gathering,’ he says.
‘Having lived for most of my youth a stones throw away from the stadium and been a Games programme seller in the streets in all weathers, it is a true career high point for me.
‘The Cowal Highland Gathering is one of Scotland’s premier events and known throughout the world for its stunning spectacles. To be at it is thrill enough – to be the Chieftain is to achieve a personal pinnacle.’
CHG chair Ronnie Cairns says: ‘We are obviously thrilled to have someone of Lord Robertson’s stature as this year’s Chieftain.
‘He has always been a great supporter of Dunoon and the surrounding area and is proud of his many connections to the town.
‘He remains one of its most high profile sons, and we all very much look forward to welcoming him back to Dunoon for what is shaping up to be a fantastic event.’
The 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st August in Dunoon.
For more information or to purchase tickets:
- visit the Gathering’s website here, or
- call the booking line on 01369 703206.
About the 2013 Games Chieftain
Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen began his political career in anti-Polaris demonstrations at the Holy Loch. Eventually, he became Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence, the 10th Secretary General of NATO, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and and then for Hamilton South.
He now serves as a Special Adviser to BP plc and Cable and Wireless Communications plc and is Senior Independent Director of the Glasgow-based Weir Group plc. He is also a Director of Western Ferries and a Patron of the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust. He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and on the Advisory Board of the Centenary Commemoration of World War One.
He is one of sixteen Knights of the Thistle chosen personally by the Queen and is Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George. He has senior honours from many countries including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian award. He has Honorary Doctorates from fourteen domestic and foreign universities and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy.
He is married to Sandra and has three children and four grand-children. His hobbies are photography and golf and he has published two books of photographs.