Enjoyable talk at Acorn Club

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Acorn Club president Anne Mitchell welcomed Sandy Dolan, from Montrose, who was to give a talk about Quarter-Master James Coull of Ferryden/Montrose.

This was a most interesting and enjoyable insight of this very talented individual. He started his sea-faring days as a cabin-boy at a very young age and eventually after completing an apprenticeship in navigation skills over the years he rose to the rank of quarter master.

He served with Admiral Nelson in two battles and also fought in the War of 1812 on board HMS Shannon where he received severe injuries which resulted in the loss of his left hand.

He had to retire from active service but was given a pension. This led to him sailing with the Montrose whaling ships for many years.

On his death in 1880, at the age of 95 this popular man was given a funeral with full military honours.

Marchia May gave the vote of thanks to our speaker, Sandy Dolan, who himself has family links with Quartermaster James Coull.