Mearns Probus Club

The club met in the Crown Inn, Laurencekirk for their second meeting in November to hear a talk from Angus Whitson – the ‘Man with Two Dogs’.

This is the title of one of Angus’s books and is also the title of his weekly article in a national newspaper.

Angus is from Montrose originally but has lived for many years in the Angus countryside, having recently moved to Kincardineshire.

From an early life at home with his parents to the present day, he has been keenly interested in all things rural.

From insects, birds, trees and heather, to animals that inhabit our local landscape, Angus has studied their habits through all four seasons.

All this has been committed to paper and his amazing memory, so that he can hold his audience throughout his talks.

The two dogs, Inka and MacBeth, a black Labrador and a West Highland Terrier, get walked up to three times a day, with Angus always on the lookout for something new for his feature.

He spoke about sitting with his father at an early age, watching the many thousands of birds that descend every winter’s night around the Montrose Basin and how it has had a lasting impression on his attitude to life.

People also hold a big interest in his life too and his recollections of farm machinery and sales, where he watches the people rather than the sales items, are also recorded for posterity.

Angus is also the co-author of Bamse, the famous Norwegian dog with its Montrose and

Dundee connections, a book that anyone would enjoy reading.

This was an excellent talk; he says it is now more than 120 times he has given it to various

audiences, and he was warmly thanked by Past President Ian Bell on behalf of the club.