Tag: 1st New Pitsligo


The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion send their congratulations to Connor and Brandon Mowat, twin brothers, who were presented with their Queen’s Badge on Friday evening. As remarked on Friday, both brothers far exceeded the requirements for the badge.

It was a ‘proud mam’ moment for Company Captain Elaine Michie too, who was chosen by the twins to present them with their badges – the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade.

In his remarks as Inspecting Officer the Queen’s Badge Advisor noted that these Queen’s Badges were historic for two reasons. First, it is understood that Connor and Brandon are the very first Queen’s Men of the 1st New Pitsligo Company. In the same breath, if the award changes with the new reign as anticipated, the twins will be the last in the Buchan Battalion to be presented with a Queen’s Badge.

Well done Connor and Brandon! The 1st New Pitsligo is a Company with a very bright future!


With a month to go until our first ever Queen’s Badge and President’s Badge celebration we are delighted to advise that Iain Hamilton, Aberdeen Battalion, has accepted our invitation to be Chief Guest.

As Training Convener for the North Scottish Area his face will be a familiar one to Queen’s Badge Recipients whilst those who attend the NSA residential courses will get to know him over the next two years.

A reminder that all recipients of the Queen’s and President’s Badges are invited to attend this celebration which should see representation from 1st Fraserburgh, 4th & 5th Fraserburgh, 1st New Pitsligo, 1st Rosehearty, 4th Peterhead and 1st Strichen.

All Officers from across the Battalion are invited to attend but numbers must be forwarded to the Battalion Secretary for catering provisions.

Company Management TrainingCompany Management Training

Buchan Battalion was well represented at the Company Management Training hosted at Aberdeen & District Battalion HQ today!

Well done to the 9 Captains and Officers-in-Charge who attended from Buchan representing the 1st New Pitsligo, 4th Peterhead, 1st Fraserburgh, 4th & 5th Fraserburgh and 1st Rosehearty.

Thanks to Iain, David and Martin for running the course. And thanks to Martin for driving the mini-bus through.

Great to meet up with other officers from across the North and further afield, including Phillip from 2nd Turriff!


Well done to Ethan and Kyran who were presented with the President’s Badge earlier today at 1st New Pitsligo!

The Company recently celebrated having their very first Queen’s Badges. Here’s hoping these young men take the chance to be their Company’s first Kingsmen!


Image: Capt Elaine Michie (Company Captain), Ethan, Kyran, Lt Marc Wilson (OIC Company and Seniors).

Queens Badge Completion Course – CONGRATULATIONS!Queens Badge Completion Course – CONGRATULATIONS!

Well done to all 8 candidates from Buchan Battalion who have now successfully achieved their Queen’s Badges following the North Scottish Area completion course at Kincraig.

We look forward to seeing the six young men from the 1st Fraserburgh and two young men from 1st New Pitsligo receive their Badges in the very near future!

Thanks to our Battalion Secretary Yvonne Duthie for driving the minibus to and from Kincraig and thank you to Iain Hamilton and all course staff for delivering a great course!

Well done all!


We had a great time at New Pitsligo tonight with the Anchors Quiz! 6 teams took part from across the Battalion.

It was a very close run thing but the winners were as follows:

1st Place: 1st Strichen

2nd Place: 1st Rosehearty

3rd Place: 1st New Pitsligo

The certificates were presented by Lynne Bruce, Chair of the Anchors Committee.

Thanks to Elaine and the leaders at 1st New Pitsligo for organising another excellent competition!

Well done to all the boys who took part. It was the most fun we have ever had at a quiz!


Last night the 1st New Pitsligo Company hosted the Junior Section Unihoc Competition. Six teams participated representing 4 companies.

It was a very close run thing with all participants being in contention for medals – goal difference and penalties were required to determine the winners who were as follows:

1st Place: 4th Fraserburgh (3 points)

2nd Place: 1st Rosehearty (2 points)

3rd Place: 1st New Pitsligo (1 point)

The medals were presented by Elaine Michie, Captain of 1st New Pitsligo. Thank you to Elaine and her team for organising and running this last competition of the session and thank you to everyone for coming to support it!

STUART PRATT 1952-2022STUART PRATT 1952-2022

The President, Executive and all in the Buchan Battalion have been extremely saddened to learn of the death of Stuart Pratt.

Ex-Captain Pratt gave 45 years service to the 1st New Pitsligo Company, only retiring from the Company earlier this summer.

A long-time Captain of the Company, Stuart started volunteering with the then minister Rev. Ralph for 2 years from 1977 before becoming an officer in 1979.

Last year Stuart took the decision to step down from the captaincy of the Company after a considerable number of years as Skipper. On stepping down Stuart continued with the Junior Section.

Just a few weeks ago we reported that Aberdeenshire Council had recognised his 45 year voluntary service with the BB with a Pride of Buchan Award.

The President and Executive send their condolences to Stuart’s wider family as well as to his BB family at the 1st New Pitsligo.