Dedication to influential Gourdon man’s legacy

Dedication of artifacts at the Maggie Law Maratime Museum  in Gourdon. The family of the late Roy Souter a staunch supporter of the recently refurbised museum are seen with Carol Kinghorn Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire and Viscount Arbuthnott. Mrs Lizzie Souter  seated left and her son Jack behind are seen with one of Roy's publications. Dave Ramsay Project Director on right arranged the ceremony.
Dedication of artifacts at the Maggie Law Maratime Museum in Gourdon. The family of the late Roy Souter a staunch supporter of the recently refurbised museum are seen with Carol Kinghorn Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire and Viscount Arbuthnott. Mrs Lizzie Souter seated left and her son Jack behind are seen with one of Roy's publications. Dave Ramsay Project Director on right arranged the ceremony.

An area of the Maggie Law Maritime Museum has been dedicated to a local man who was instrumental in establishing it.

On Friday December 13, the Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn, Viscount Arbuthnott and Reverend Dennis Rose dedicated the area to the memory of the late Roy Souter.

Roy’s widow and immediate family and friends were part of the ceremony, where a small area for a reference library has been set aside to commemorate the contribution which he made to his native Gourdon.

Roy was instrumental in securing a permanent home for the surf boat, the Maggie Law, and establishing the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in 1997.

Perhaps his greatest achievement and gift to Gourdon came through his detailed research and writing.

His newspaper contributions to the Gourdon Gleanings, and his publications of “Call Out,” the history of the Gourdon Lifeboats, and “A Wild and Rocky Coast” have provided a tremendous breadth of knowledge and detail about the rich maritime heritage of Gourdon and the Kincardineshire coastline.

Dave Ramsay, project director for the museum, told the Leader how Roy’s contributions to the area and to the Heritage of Gourdon will never be forgotten.

He said: “Roy’s record of service is worthy of mention. His service to his country, to the Gourdon lifeboats and to the preservation of the Maggie Law and the village of Gourdon, is something which we should honour and celebrate.

“It is here that Roy’s books and writings will hold pride of place, so that the major contribution which he has made to the heritage of Gourdon will never be forgotten, and future generations and visitors from across the world will benefit from the major legacy he has left for us all.”