We recently took down the flag pole from Scorrybreac for some much needed care and repair. After being removed, it was stored indoors to give the wood time to dry out. As you can imaging it rains now and again here on Skye, so the wood is a little damp! It will then get a couple of coats of paint, some new rope and cleat, and then returned back to Scorry, where the St Andrews Cross will fly on it once again.
On Sunday at 11am the country will stop for two minutes to remember those that have fallen in conflict.
Murdo Nicolson, BEM, was born in Bayfield in Portree and lived in the town until he left to join the Marine Commandos during WWII. After the war, he spent several years at sea, then joined the Highland Light Infantry, where he rose to the rank of Colour Sergeant-Major. Over his 25 years in the regiment he served in many countries. Murdo was fiercely proud of the Clan’s purchase of the land of Ben Chracaig, and worked on it tirelessly until his untimely death in 1997.
He built the cairn at Scorrybreac, and also built the well in memory of his uncle and all those who fell in service of their country.
Today we place a remembrance cross at Murdo’s well.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon - "For the Fallen"