Tag: 4th/5th Fraserburgh


Ruary McDonald, 4th Fraserburgh was awarded his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award this morning at the Joint Church Service at Fraserburgh West Kirk.

Congratulations to Ruary in gaining the award for which he volunteered for 12 Months within the Brigade ⚓️, did Cooking/Baking 🥧for his skill and Badminton 🏸for his Physical for 6/12 Months, did his Gold Expedition in Glen Clova, Cairngorms ⛰️for 4 days/3 nights and a residential on a yacht ⛵️with Ocean Youth Trust on the West Coast for 5 days/4 nights.

Ruary will attend the Gold Presentation at Holyrood, Edinburgh in July where he will be presented with Certificate by Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh


Friends of the Battalion will know that a new Championship Shield is to be presented to the Battalion this year in memory of the late Henry Duthie. On Wednesday his own Company, 4th Fraserburgh, also presented a trophy in his honour.

The Memorial Trophy is presented to the best boy in Company Section and its inaugural winner was Logan Thomson. Whilst Logan will not have known Henry, the poignant photograph of Logan and a friend paying their respects at Henry’s funeral was the one that made the paper, so perhaps it was meant to be! Congratulations to Logan!

It is wonderful to see both Henry’s Company and Battalion have honoured him.

PRESIDENT’S BADGES – 4th & 5th FraserburghPRESIDENT’S BADGES – 4th & 5th Fraserburgh

Well done to the six young men from the 4th & 5th Fraserburgh Boys’ Brigade who were presented with their President’s Badges last night.

The badge, the second highest in the BB, was presented to Sawyer, Harvey, Connor, Christopher, Wayne and Dylan by Battalion Secretary, Yvonne Duthie.

The Boys are now eligible to begin their journey towards the King’s Badge! Well done all!


Last night the 1st Fraserburgh, 4th Fraserburgh and 1st Rosehearty Juniors came together to celebrate #BB140 with their 140 Sleepover!

As you can see it was a busy night with three teams of Boys taking part in three stations! First it was team games in the hall; then pancake making with Mrs Duthie and Mrs Bruce in the Kitchen; and the assault course run by the 1st Fraserburgh Seniors.

Thanks to Mrs Leel who donated medals for the assault course competition with every members getting either a gold, silver or bronze depending on their teams performance.

It was a late supper of Pizza before bed, the idea being the Boys would fall asleep watching a movie! Nearly worked, but all quiet by 1.45am!

After breakfast this morning all Boys were presented with their 140 Sleepover Badge! Well done all for taking part!

Thanks to the 1st Fraserburgh for hosting at the OPC Centre Halls and thanks to the Leaders and young men for giving their time to ensure it could happen!


Well done to the the 4th Fraserburgh Juniors who have retained the Syd Newlands Trophy – the Battalion Championship award for Juniors!

This means they scored the most points combined from across the Battalion competitions which this year included football, chess & draughts, unihoc, and the Quiz.

Final Scores were:

1st Place: 4th Fraserburgh – 12 Points

2nd Place: 1st Rosehearty – 9 Points

3rd Place: 1st New Pitsligo – 2 Points

3rd = : 1st Fraserburgh – 2 Points

3rd = : 1st Strichen – 2 points

6th Place: 1st Sandhaven – 1 Point

7th Place: All other Companies – 0 Points.

Well done to all for taking part and well done to 4th Fraserburgh for retaining the championship trophy!

TOMMY WHYTE 1934-2023TOMMY WHYTE 1934-2023

The President, Executive and all in the Buchan Battalion were saddened to learn of the passing of Tommy Whyte, one of our long-standing Honorary Vice-Presidents, at the age of 89 years.

Tommy was a popular and hard-working officer of the Battalion who always strived for the Battalion’s betterment and for what was best for the Boy. Tommy enrolled as an Officer of the 5th Fraserburgh Boys’ Brigade (Congregational Church) in 1977, immediately taking on the role of Officer-in-Charge of the Junior Section. Joining under Captain Alex Bruce, Tommy looked after the Junior Section whilst the new Company Section was in its infancy and his success ensured the steady flow of boys to the older section. He remained as Officer-in-Charge until he stepped down in 1991, ever keen for the younger generation to take the BB forward.

At Battalion level Tommy quickly made his mark in the Junior Section Committee at first working alongside Sid Newlands until the latter’s sudden death. Tommy then became the Chair of the Junior Section Committee in 1984, his dedication seeing the Committee and its competitions and trips flourish. Tommy is still fondly remembered by some of our more senior officers for the work he undertook in organising the Officer’s Dinner Dances, which were always a highlight of the BB year in Buchan. They were also extremely profitable, his work helping to keep the Battalion in the black for many years.

The high esteem in which Tommy was held was proven in 1988 when he was elected to the post of Vice-President of the Buchan Battalion, a role he undertook whilst still attending to his roles in the Junior Section Committee. He served a full five-year term as Vice-President but made clear he had no interest in taking on the Presidency.

The Battalion were not, however, prepared to let an asset like Tommy Whyte disappear. Soon after the end of his term as Vice-President, Tommy was elevated to the role of an Honorary Vice-President. For thirty years Tommy held this distinction, being reappointed by each consecutive Battalion Council to this honorary post. Many Presidents were lucky to receive his wise counsel as he rarely missed a meeting. This was until about 10 years ago when frail health began to take its toll; at this point the Battalion Council continued to reappoint Tommy to the Executive as reward for his great and loyal service to our Battalion.

The President sends the Battalion’s condolences to Tommy’s family at this sad and difficult time and we pray that they will find some comfort that Tommy’s life was a life well lived.


Companies in the old Fraserburgh District of the Buchan Battalion are invited to attend the Fraserburgh Remembrance Sunday Parade and Church Service.

This will take place on Sunday, 12th November. Boys and Girls should meet at the Fraserburgh Royal British Legion (Hanover Street) for 10am, the parade leaving at 10.15am for the Old Parish Church.

The service is expected to take about an hour (10.55am-12pm), after which the parade will march to the war memorial for a wreath laying ceremony. After this the parade will then return to the Legion building for approximately 12.45pm.

The Companies of the old Fraserburgh District include 1st, 4th, 5th Fraserburgh, 1st Sandhaven and 1st Rosehearty. Companies are parading under Battalion colours.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th November.

Companies who normally attend commemorations at their own villages are encouraged to do so again this year, if commemorations are proceeding.


Well done to Martin Dunbar, Captain of 4th & 5th Fraserburgh, who this evening is in London celebrating 140 years of the Boys’ Brigade!
He can be seen in the photo with Speaker Lindsay Hoyle in the State Rooms, The Speaker’s House, at the House of Commons.
It must be great to know your work is appreciated by the Boys’ Brigade! It certainly is by us folk in Buchan!
Well done Martin!