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Duncan Mackinnon of Ronachan

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Duncan Mackinnon of Ronachan Reply with quote

Thanks to Harold A Ralston and Muriel Adam for the information and for the photos. The memorial is situated in the New Cemetery at Clachan just behind the Churchyard.
The house where they lived is now a hotel ( Balmakill)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is this memorial? Does it mean there is a memorial park there?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duncan Mackinnon warrants an entry in Wikipedia. He won gold for rowing at the 1908 Olympics and was in the winning Oxford boat in three Boat Races.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Mackinnon

Duncan Mackinnon (September 29, 1887 October 9, 1917) was a British rower who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He was killed in action during the First World War.

Mackinnon was born in Paddington, London, and was educated at Rugby School and Magdalen College, Oxford. He rowed for his college and the Magdalen College Coxless four won the Stewards' Challenge Cup and the Visitors' Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1907 and 1908.

The Magdalen crew was chosen to represent Great Britain rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics, and Mackinnon was in the four with Collier Cudmore, John Somers-Smith and Angus Gillan. The crew won the gold medal for Great Britain and defeated a Leander crew.

Subsequently Mackinnon rowed for the winning Oxford crews in the Boat Race in 1909, 1910 and 1911. Mackinnon was also in the winning crew in the Grand Challenge Cup twice and in the Wyfold Challenge Cup once, losing only two races in all his Henley appearances.

After Oxford, Mackinnon became a partner in the family business in Calcutta. He returned to England on the outbreak of World War I and was commissioned into the Royal North Devon Hussars. He transferred to the Scots Guards and serving with them as a lieutenant he was killed in action at Ypres in the Battle of Passchendaele. His remains were not recovered and his name is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial nearby.

Mackinnon left a legacy of 80,000 to establish scholarships at Magdalen College which became effective by reversion in 1938.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luckily there is this extra information about Mackinnon available because there is very little in his CWGC listing.

MACKINNON, D
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 09/10/1917
Regiment/Service: Scots Guards 1st Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 10.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
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