The wedding of Captain John MacKinnon and Elizabeth Lamont
Photograph of the wedding of Captain John MacKinnon of Vaul and Elizabeth Lamont in Glasgow in the 1930s.
Courtesy of Mrs Anneen Black
Captain John MacKinnon (Teònaidh Dhòmhnaill Bhig) of Vaul, one of MacBrayne’s legendary captains, worked for many years as master of the ‘Lochearn’ and ‘Claymore’ on the Oban-Tobermory-Coll-Tiree-Castlebay-Lochboisdale run.
In January 1953 a ferocious gale swept across Scotland causing the tragic loss of the Stranraer to Larne ferry. The ‘Lochearn’, however, under the command of Captain MacKinnon made safe passage from Castlebay to Oban.
He married Elizabeth Lamont (Lìosaidh Bhàn) of Ruaig in the 1930s, and the couple had one daughter. Captain MacKinnon was awarded the MBE in 1957 and died in 1975. He was well known for his kindness to passengers and is remembered with affection and respect.
Black and white photograph of the wedding of Captain John MacKinnon and Lizzie MacDonald in the 1930s.
The wedding of Captain John MacKinnon (Teonaidh Dhomhnaill Bhig) from Vaul and Lizzie Lamont MacDonald in the 1930s. John was Commodore of the MacBrayne fleet before he retired.