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Alex Scotland

Posted: April 25th, 2024

ALEX SCOTLAND, a former top Sunday Mail reporter, died aged 80 on April 9 [2024], after a short illness. His funeral will take place at Stirling Crematorium, (Falkirk Rd, Bannockburn, Stirling FK7 8AJ) at noon on April 30.

Alex, from Stirlingshire, joined the Mail in 1967, and worked on the paper until 1994 when he opted for redundancy. Former Sunday Mail news editor Ken Laird said: “Alex was an old-style Sunday paper reporter with a great talent for digging up offbeat stories that would get Scotland talking, in the days when the Mail had 2.5 million readers every Sunday. Headhunted from the rival Sunday Post in 1967, Alex soon made his mark at the Mail and was promoted to deputy news editor. But Alex, in his own words, preferred to be on the road: ‘I just want to tell stories.’

“Back to full-time writing, he filed dozens of splashes, page leads and feature spreads over a three-decade Mail career. His quirky features series “That’s Scotland All Over”, when he toured the highways and byways digging up great material, was a huge hit with readers in the 1970s. And his exclusive about a Glencoe hotel owner named MacDonald – who, still smarting in the 1970s, 280 years after the infamous *Glencoe Massacre, barred anyone named Campbell from his hotel – was followed up around the world.”

Sunday Mail editor Lorna Hughes said: “Alex was a talented old-school reporter who loved his job and had a tremendous influence on many journalists still working today.”

After his retirement Alex became a golf club caddie at courses such as Gleneagles. He is survived by two daughters and a grandson.

*ON February 13, 1692, government troops from Clan Campbell killed the MacDonalds of Glencoe, their hosts when sheltering from a week-long snowstorm. The government’s reason for the action was that the MacDonalds had “failed to give a loyalty oath to King William 111” following the Jacobite rebellion of 1689/90. The action shocked Europe, and it became known as the Massacre of Glencoe.

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