A WELL known Arbroath man who always campaigned for the town and its history died on Friday.
Morris Scott passed away at Little Cairnie Hospital after a long battle with ill health.
Mr Scott was involved with establishing many groups and societies in the town, with most aiming to protect Arbroath’s proud heritage and history.
A fish merchant by trade ,he was at the forefront of the campaign to protect the fishing community in Arbroath, becoming secretary of the Arbroath Fishbuyers’ Association.
Mr Scott was also responsible for helping organise a triumphant parade, which saw the Stone of Destiny paraded through the streets of Arbroath and was a keen participant in the Arbroath Abbey pageant.
He founded societies honouring people such as James Chalmers, King William the Lion and James Bowman Lindsay.
Mr Scott was also known for being a season ticket holder at Gayfield watching Arbroath FC and also did his bit at Radio North Angus broadcasting from Stracathro.
In his latter years projects included local causes such as that of Guardsman George Lockhart, the name of The Webster Memorial Hall and the mystery of the contents of its museum which he believed had gone missing after its closure for renovation.
His son, Robert, said: “We hope you’ll agree that he was a true Red Lichtie, a toon worthy indeed, who loved nothing better than campaigning, usually for local causes and interest, never scared to stir it up.
“My brothers, Edward and Martin, will be with me in Arbroath this week, doing our best to give him a send-off on Friday afternoon befitting his memory.”
oMorris Scott appreciation
THE DEATH of Morris Scott has come as a great sadness to us all. He was an Arbroathian, a fish merchant, working with fish in his fish house in John Street.
He sold his prepared product from a van to folks in Braco, Blackford, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Bannockburn and Plean and to his many customers in the country areas in the surrounding countryside.
However, as he worked with fish, and whilst wielding a very sharp fillet knife his mind was never at rest. His main thrust was his hometown of Arbroath, its history and its citizens.
Instigating the Save Scotland’s Fishing Industries Campaign from Arbroath in 1971, Morris was instrumental in getting Arne Haugestad of Norway to speak to a packed Webster Memorial Theatre. Arne had just brought down his prime minister Per Borten and the entire Norwegain cabinet.
“This is the man we need,” said Morris as he phoned up Oslo.
Arne had revealed papers which showed what joining the EEC meant for the people of Norway.
A great speaker and an anti-EEC man was Enoch Powell.
Morris invited him to speak in Arbroath and filled the Webster Memorial Theatre on the night.
Wendy Wood, The Stone of Destiny, instigating political graffiti, the anti-EEC demo at the Fishermans’ Association offices at the Fit o’ the Toon, arranging the gathering of patriots at the Abbey on April 6, when names of patriotic heroes of the past are read out, are only some of the other events Morris was involved with.
Morris will join the golden roll call of patriots this year.
“What’s going on?” he asked, in a whisper, during a visit to his bedside the other day. That was always his first question. Even in extremis he still sought news for his active mind to work upon.
We are about 22,000 people in Arbroath, Morris Scott contributed much to us all, his life needs a salute.