Tag: 4th/5th Fraserburgh

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!


Well done to the 3 teams from Buchan who took part in todays #BB140 Monopoly Challenge in Aberdeen.

1st Rosehearty Senior team took first place and 4th & 5th Fraserburgh took 3rd!

The important thing is that all participants enjoyed their day celebrating 140 years of the Boys’ Brigade with fellow members from around Scotland. Well done to all and thanks to the organisers!

Photo with Rosehearty B Team who came in 1st
4th/5th Fraserburgh Team who came 3rd


The President, Executive and all in the Buchan Battalion wish Martin Dunbar a very Happy Retirement!

Mr Dunbar retires from Scottish Water after over 40 years of service to the Company.

We wish him every happiness in his retirement and sincerely promise we have not put together a list of jobs he could take on for the Battalion with all this lovely spare time he has acquired!


Our President led a delegation of 8 members and 5 officers at the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games Centre yesterday, supporting Aberdeen & District Battalion – The Boys’ Brigade annual stewarding duties.

One of our members, Tayler (1st Rosehearty) had the distinction of being presented with the 140 Baton by His Majesty the King with two others, Ruary and Kaelyn, in the presentation party. A day to remember for sure and we look forward to meeting the baton again.

As can be seen in the photos, as well as meeting the King and the Queen some of our members bumped into a few famous faces!

TEAM BUCHAN – Queens Badge SkillsTEAM BUCHAN – Queens Badge Skills

Well done to the six young people who completed their QB Skills course over the weekend at Alltnachriche.

Well done to Harvey of the 1st Fraserburgh, Marcel and Raiko of the 4th Fraserburgh, and Finlay, Tayler and Kaelyn of the 1st Rosehearty!

Four Buchan officers were part of the staff team so thanks to Yvonne, Lynne, Martin and Michael for giving their time over the weekend!