Dingwall museum stalwart’s dedication earns royal reward


Ian MacLeod, of Dingwall Museum, receiving his British Empire Medal, for work at Dingwall Museum and wider community. Pictured are Ian MacLeod and his granddaughter Amber Winpenny. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 034048

Ian MacLeod, of Dingwall Museum, receiving his British Empire Medal, for work at Dingwall Museum and wider community.
Pictured are Ian MacLeod and his granddaughter Amber Winpenny.
Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 034048

We are delighted to include the following article from the Ross-shire Journal on our blog. Amber is one of our pupils and we thought you might like to share her Grandad’s amazing achievement.

 

A DINGWALL man “roped in” as a volunteer to be the curator of the local museum more than 35 years ago has been given the royal seal of approval for his efforts.
Ian MacLeod was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) at a special ceremony in the Lower Town Hall early this month in recognition of his community-minded work for Dingwall Museum. Mr MacLeod recalled how he was cajoled into taking the position of voluntary curator back in 1978 by the former Provost of Dingwall, Sandy MacRae. According to Mr MacLeod, Mr Macrae “was not a man who would take no for an answer”. He added: “I’ve been here ever since, it’s hard to believe.”

Mr MacLeod was recognised in the New Year Honours for voluntary service to the museum and local community and received his award last week. With around 60 friends and family members in attendance, Mr MacLeod received his BEM from Janet Bowen, the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, who is the Queen’s representative in the area. “I would like to thank the Lord Lieutenant and all my family and friends for turning up for the ceremony. It was an honour and a privilege to accept the award,” said Mr MacLeod.

He also paid tribute to the work done by other dedicated volunteers behind the scenes at the museum who deal with thousands of queries from people around the world looking to find out more about their family backgrounds. Local councillor Margaret Paterson, who attended the ceremony, said: “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the award. “Ian has given a lifetime of service to the museum, along with the hours of work he puts in. I’m absolutely delighted for him – he is a worthy recipient.”

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