Jim Paterson

I received an email from Jim’s wife thanking us for the Christmas card and letting me know that he passed away on 5th of June 2022.

Just prior to lockdown Jim had discovered the 214 website and was in regular contact, giving me details of his time in the 214. Even though in his eighties he had no problem with modern technology.

Jim at Aberdeen 1954

Jim’s memories can be read here or going to the Memories tab in the menu at the top of this page.

It’s always sad hearing of an ex member passing away, especially at this time of year.

We all send our condolences to Maureen his wife and all the family.

Sheila McMurchie

I’ve just been notified that Stirling McMurchie’s wife Sheila (85), passed away last Sunday 9th October 2022 at home.

Her funeral is to be held on Friday 28th October 2022 – 1.30pm at Dalnottar Crematorium.

She had just returned after a month away in Canada and had attended a Milngavie Bowling Club event the evening before her passing.

I’m sure all Ex Members send their condolences to the family at this sad time.

Hector Russell funeral details

I have been advised that on Wednesday 5th October 2022 at 2.15pm, Hector’s funeral will be held in Cardross Crematorium.

I’m sure those that can attend will be in their usual 214 attire.

Hector when he was reunited with the John MacDougall Gillies Trophy for Amateur Piobaireachd in 2005, which he won in 1961 at the age of 16.

Details & Directions can be found here.

Cardross Crematorium (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Hector Russell

Yesterday I received the sad news while on holiday that Hector Russell (77) had suddenly passed away on Saturday 24th September 2022.

Hector at the 2019 Ex Members Reunion

I along with a good few were only just talking to him last week at Willie McDonald’s funeral, where he was updating me on an upcoming 214 project.

Hector will be greatly missed by all in the 214BB Ex Members Association, as well as by myself.

Thankfully once Hector got an idea he was like a dog with a bone, constantly badgering Ex Members for information.

This sterling work produced a massive amount of content for the benefit of all, which thankfully is available on this, our website.

Most recently in collaboration with The Kinloch Historical Society, Lewis, in bringing ‘The Pipe Tunes of Pipe Major Alex M MacIver to book form.

Robert Wallace has produced today’s Pipingpress article on Hector’s piping career which can be read here.

I’m sure you all join me in sending our condolences to Marlene his wife and the rest of the family at this sad time.

(Funeral details to be advised.)

Alex McIver Book of tunes

As you may have heard or read, there is a book that has been published by the Kinloch Historical Society in Lewis. This is where Alex’ family originally comes from.

The book lays out the work that Hector Russell has compiled for us with the help of Janette Montague. The book has a lot of other historical work added regarding Alex, along with family photos and memoirs which you won’t have seen before.

Alex M McIver (courtesy of Piping Press)

The book has been reviewed by Barry Donaldson in Robert Wallace’s Piping Press website and can be read here.

The book is currently on sale via the Kinloch Historical Society’s website at £15.00 which can be found here.

As previously highlighted on these pages PM Roddy McLeod held a “Recital of Alex’ tunes” during the summer at the Community Hub in Balallan, Lewis.

My next news post will feature this.

Willie McDonald Details

Willie’s children Eileen and Alastair, advise me that his funeral will take place at Cardross Crematorium on Friday 16th Sept 2022 at 2.15pm, with refreshments afterwards at the Cardross Inn.

Family and friends are all welcome at both places.

They realise that for some it will not be possible to attend in person and they warmly invite them to join in spirit by using the following Live Stream link on Friday afternoon:


The stream will begin at 2:15pm on Friday 16th September 2022. Please follow the instructions on the screen to attend.

Both Eileen and Alastair are looking forward to sharing bright memories with you all on Friday.

Details of Crematorium can be found here.


Willie McDonald

Sorry to say that Willie McDonald (95) passed away on 7th September 2022, the day before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Willie at the 214 BB Reunion in 2013

His daughter Eileen advises:

It’s with bittersweet sadness that I have to tell you and the ex members of the 214 that our father, William McDonald, beat the Queen by one day, slipping away peacefully to be reunited with the other Two Amigos early on 7 Sept 2022.

‘The Three Amigos’

“He was in the Royal Alexandra in Paisley following a bad fall on 2 Sept, which seemingly put strain on his heart. Thankfully, my brother Alastair was over from Germany to give me a break, so Dad saw his son in his last few days and I came back to be with him too.”

“The Pipe Tunes of Alex McIver” still sits on the table beside his armchair, having been looked through many times.

I frequently found him engrossed in it when I came into the living room. Thank you once again, Hector, for presenting him with his signed first edition.

“It will remain a treasured memento in the family.”

Once we have funeral arrangements in place, we will, of course, let you and the ex-members know.

With best wishes

Eileen McDonald

I’m sure all Ex Members will join me in sending our condolences to the family at this time.

Willie a piper had played in Pipe Bands all of his life, including Rutherglen (along with Alex MacIver and Gus McDonald), Helensburgh & Clan Colquhoun Pipe Bands. He was also a regular attender of the Piping Club in Glasgow.

Willie featured in one of our Articles ‘214 Boys at War’. (Click here to view)