February 1931; McAlpin Nursing Home, Glasgow
DONALD CHARLES CAMPBELL GOLLAN 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)
married Christian Margaret Brander in Kilmallie, Inverness-shire in 1928.
became Minister at Fairlie United Free Church in 1911, and was Scoutmaster of
Fairlie Boy Scouts from the troop’s formation in 1912
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)
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)
the 1911 Census, aged 37,
he is UFC Minister, living
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
SERVICE RECORD 26 Feb 1918 Enlisted Army Service Corps (aged 44; Clergyman)
25 May 1918 Commissioned 2nd Lt., Army
17 Jun 1918 Posted Egyptian Expeditionary Force,
16 Jul 1918 Arrived Cyprus; attached Base Horse
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
Extracts from the Largs &
Millport Weekly News:-
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
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.
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
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.
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
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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