Want to read more?
We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.
technical support? Click here
As the centenary of armistice day 1918 drew to a close more than 1,000 beacon were lit across the UK.
Kintyre had two, a fire in an oil drum at the Esplanade memorial and a huge blaze on a hillside near Kilmashenachan Farm, Southend.
The Kilmashenachan beacon was a joint collaboration between Argyll and Bute’s Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart and Robin Dixon of RDS Forestry Ltd.
The pallets were supplied by AM Transport and CS Wind, the bonfire built by RDS’s Denis McGarrie and prepared for lighting by Derek Robertson, on Sandy Ronald’s land.
During a short trek to the fire site, up the drive he walks every day, Mr Ronald’s uncle, James Ronald, 91, spoke of two uncles, he never met, who were killed during the First World War.
At first, in the strong southerly wind, the fire struggled to catch but once it took hold, in the star lit night, the beacon should have been visible from the Lieutenancies of Ayrshire, Wigtownshire and County Antrim.
Waiting for the fire to catch from left were: Robin Dixon, David Robertson, Isobel McGarrie, Chloe McGarrie, Sandy Ronald, the Lord lieutenant Patrick Stewart, Mary Anne Stewart, Denis McGarrie senior and junior. 25_c46beacon03_composite