Death of well-known farmer

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THE FUNERAL of well-known local farmer, George Galloway, took place at Arbirlot Parish Church on Friday.

A former vice-chairman of the Potato Marketing board, he passed away in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, at the age of 91.

Mr Galloway (pictured) was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, where his parents had emigrated in 1908. However, shortly after George was born they decided to return to the UK.

His father became a minister and the family eventually settled in Herefordshire.

As he grew up, George became increasingly interested in farming and spent all his holidays at East Balmirmer with his grandmother, Mrs Ireland, who had taken on the tenancy of the farm following the death of her husband.

By the time he was 16, George was working on the farm full time but the Second World War intervened and he volunteered for service.

He served with the Royal Artillery in the Far East from 1942 to ‘45. On his release from service he returned to Angus to take up the reins of the farm. Following his grandmother’s death in 1947, he was able to take on the tenancy in his own name.

With little capital he decided keeping pigs would offer the best return and before long he had filled all the space he could find.

By the mid 1960s, Mr Galloway had taken over Crookedriggs piggery, near Barry, and set up a modern unit there which he sold in 1992.

In the meantime he had bought and sold a farm near Keith and then Newton of Kirkbuddo in Angus.

In 1970 he bought the fertile acres at Mains of Ravensby where he lived in his later years.

He took office as chairman of the Arbroath branch of NFU Scotland. He later became county chairman and then convener of the national potato committee during the 1970s.

The led to a spell as regional representative and seed committee chairman on the Potato Marketing Board, culminating in his appointment as vice-chairman.

Mr Galloway’s interest in politics led to his joining the Conservative and Unionist Association and he spent a decade as chairman of the Angus branch.

He met his wife, Aileen, an expat Scot, in South Africa in 1959 and they married later that year.

Their son, Robert, now the farmer at East Balmirmer, was born soon after, followed by daughters Rosemary and Heather. He was predeceased by his wife.