Rev. Donald Charles Campbell GOLLAN

Royal Army Service Corps  

Rank & Number:    
2nd Lieutenant  

25 January 1874;  Kilmonivaig, Inverness  

                      07 February 1931; McAlpin Nursing Home, Glasgow  


was born 25 Jan 1874 in Kilmonivaig, Inverness, to parents Donald, an estate factor and Elizabeth Macdonald (who were married in Kilmonivaig, Inverness on 22 Dec 1850).  He died suddenly on 07 Feb 1931 in McAlpin Nursing Home, 121 Hill Street, Glasgow, shortly after a duodenal ulcer operation (aged 56, married, clergyman, of West Manse, Fort William)  

He married Christian Margaret Brander in Kilmallie, Inverness-shire in 1928.   He became Minister at Fairlie United Free Church in 1911, and was Scoutmaster of Fairlie Boy Scouts from the troop’s formation in 1912  

In the 1881 Census, aged 7, he is living Glenfintaig, Inverness-shire with parents Donald (67, b. Knockbain, ground officer) and Elizabeth (53, b. Urquhart) and siblings Mary (22), Kenneth (17) and Donella (13)  

In the 1901 Census, he is aged 27 and a student of divinity, living Glenfintaig House Farm, Lochaber, in the household of sister Mary J. Gollan (40)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 37, he is UFC Minister, living Nigg Manse, Nigg, Ross & Cromarty with his sister Mary   In the 1915 and 1920 Valuation Rolls, Rev. Donald C.C. Gollan is the tenant/occupier of St. Margaret’s Manse, Fairlie    


26 Feb 1918        Enlisted Army Service Corps (aged 44; Clergyman)
25 May 1918       Commissioned 2nd Lt., Army Service Corps            
17 Jun 1918        Posted Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Supply Duties
16 Jul 1918         Arrived Cyprus; attached Base Horse Transport Depot
22 Aug 1918       Arrived Palestine; attached 3rd Lahore Div. Train
29 Oct 1919        Embarked for demobilization 
10 Nov 1919        Demobilized                                    

Having tried on several occasions to enlist and been turned down because of his age, it was only when the age limit for volunteers was raised to 50 in 1917 that he was successful. On 5 Nov 1917 he applied for a temporary commission in the army, and on 15 Nov 1917, the Dowager Countess of Glasgow wrote asking for his application to be looked upon favourably.  He received the British War and Victory medals.  

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

9 January 1915
Fairlie Boy Scouts:  Fairlie Boy Scouts left last Saturday afternoon to take up duty for a month at Garmouth, Elginshire.  The patrol is made up of  Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, John Miller, William Newcombe, David Boyd, Robert Miller, Fairlie; D. McLachlan, West Kilbride.  On New Year’s Eve, the Troop was entertained to supper at Fairlie Craig by Lady Glasgow.  Her Ladyship and Mrs Cunninghame presented Cardigan jackets and mufflers, and Mrs Chevalier Parker, Mrs Chichester and Miss Parker, The Gondola, kindly presented helmets and extra blankets to the boys and also comforts to the Scoutmaster.  

8 May 1915  
Fairlie Boy Scouts:  At a meeting of Fairlie Boy Scouts committee last Thursday evening, Mr. Tennant presented the members of the local Scouts who were on duty at Garmouth with war service badges:  Scoutmaster Gollan, Scouts John Miller, D. Boyd, Wm. Newcombe, D. McLachlan and R. Miller.  

24 July 1915   
Rev. D.C.C. Gollan left the village on Wednesday for the north, where he takes up duty as Chaplain to the naval and military forces.  

2 December 1916  
At the St. Andrew’s parade of the local Boy Scouts to the Parish Church, the Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, scoutmaster, occupied the pulpit and preached an eloquent service from the text of “A Citizen Of No Mean City”.  The scouts Roll of Honour was read, and disclosed the fact that thirteen former scouts are now serving their country.     

2 March 1918
Fairlie Ministers And War Service:  The Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, St. Margaret’s Church, Fairlie, intimated to his congregation on Sunday last that he had been called up for a army service and would be leaving for a camp in England on Wednesday.  Although over military age, Mr. Gollan volunteered for service a considerable time ago, feeling it was his duty to do so, but it was only last week that he received notice to join the A.S.C.   

1 June 1918
Two of our local officers have been on leave during the weekend.  2nd Lieut. D.C.C. Gollan, A.S.C., and 2nd Lieut. C.H. McNair.  They are both looking very fit.  The former left for France on Tuesday night, and the latter expects to cross shortly.  The best of luck to them both.  

8 June 1918   
2nd Lt. D.C.C. Gollan occupied his own pulpit on Sunday, and at the evening service he gave a most interesting account of his impressions of camp life in the Army and the men he had met there.  Lt. Gollan has been posted to somewhere in Egypt and expects to leave early next week.  

22 June 1918

2nd Lieut. D.C.C. Gollan left Southampton on Monday on his way to Palestine.  He travels via France and Italy.  There can be no harm in stating that the vessel he makes the passage in is our old friend “The King Edward” which did duty in pre-war days on the Campbeltown route.  

7 September 1918
2nd Lieut. D.C.C. Gollan, the esteemed minister of St. Margaret’s Church, who is on active service, is now in Palestine.  Captain Sloane, whose residence is in Fairlie, was in command of the transport in which he travelled part of his journey.  

23 November 1918
Sunday last being the first after the signing of the armistice, the services in both churches were of the nature of thanksgiving for the great success granted to our cause.  At St. Margaret’s, a letter was read from the pastor, Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, narrating his impressions of some of the historic places had had recently passed through in Palestine.  

13 September 1919
St. Margaret’s Church, Fairlie:  At the ordinary meeting of Ardrossan United Free Church Presbytery last week, the Clerk intimated that so far the Presbytery’s application for the release of Mr. Gollan, Fairlie, from the Army had not been successful.  It was suggested by Mr. Adamson that, as Mr. Gollan was very anxious to get back to his church and as the congregation was suffering through the lengthy absence of their minister, a further communication should be sent to the War Office, and it was also suggested that his Commanding Officer in the Army Service Corps should be written to.  The Clerk said he would ascertain the position of the matter from Mr. Gardner, Largs, who had been dealing with it and, if necessary, would make further representations.  

20 December 1919
We hear that 2nd Lieut. The Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, R.A.S.C., is on his way home from Palestine for demobilization.  

6 December 1919    
The Comrades of the Great War concert, held last Friday evening, was in every way a great success.  The Right Hon. The Earl of Glasgow was chairman, and in opening spoke of the good work the Comrades had done all over the country amongst ex-service men, and wished hearty success to all the efforts of the Fairlie Post.  The programme consisted of songs and variety, including a ventriloquist turn, all of which were greatly appreciated and heartily encored by a crowded audience.  At the close the Earl of Glasgow proposed a vote of thanks to the artists, all of whom had given their services free in the interests of the Comrades.  The meeting closed with a vote of thanks most heartily awarded to the chairman on the motion of the Rev. D.C.C. Gollan.

Extracts from other newspapers:-

Aberdeen Journal, 20 October 1910
Call To Ross-Shire Minister:  The congregation of Kinlochleven U.F. Church have decided to present a call to the Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, at present minister at Nigg, Ross-shire.  

Aberdeen Journal, 09 March 1911
Ross-shire Minister For Ayrshire:  The Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, Nigg, Ross-shire, has received a call to Fairlie United Free Church, Ayrshire, and has intimated to his congregation that he has decided to accept the call.  

Aberdeen Journal, 1 May 1925
At a meeting of the congregation of Dalmarnock U.F. Church, Glasgow, it was unanimously resolved to present a call to the Rev. W.R. Paterson to the charge rendered vacant by the translation of the Rev. D.C.C. Gollan to Fort-William.  

Aberdeen Journal, 24 March 1925
Inverness-shire, Results In Outlying Districts:  The results in several divisions forming part of the Inverness County Education Authority were announced yesterday.  The results were:- LOCHABER:  Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, Fort-William . . . . . . .   

Aberdeen Journal, 10 February 1931

Ordained At Nigg; Death of Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, Fort-William:  A popular preacher and educationist in Inverness-shire has been removed by the death of the Rev. Donald C.C. Gollan, B.D., of MacIntosh Memorial Church, Fort-William.   
In November Mr. Gollan contracted a serious illness and was removed to a Glasgow nursing home.  Three weeks ago he underwent an operation, but passed away suddenly on Saturday.    Born at Glenfintaig, Inverness-shire, 56 years ago, Mr. Gollan received his education locally and at Tain Academy.  Subsequently he studied at Glasgow University.  He was ordained at Nigg a few years prior to the war, and later went south as minister at Fairlie.   
Mr Gollan was an F.S.A. Scot., and a keen student of Egyptology.

                    Scoutmaster Gollan with Fairlie Boy Scouts, 1916

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Scout Group Image courtesy Robin Newton

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