JOHN LINDSAY (LYN) BULLOCH was very much a local of Bute and ‘a man of the community’, demonstrated by having been appointed to the distinguished role of Deputy Lieutenant for the island in 2004, a commitment which he fulfilled until his retirement from the post in 2015.
Lyn was born and educated on Bute, going on to study at the Glasgow School of Art and then teach for 2 years at the John Neilson Institution in Paisley. In 1964 he married Marjorie, a fellow Brandane, just prior to returning to the island for good to take up the post as Teacher of Art at Rothesay Academy. He remained for 32 years, 25 of those years spent as Principal of the Art Department until his retirement in 1997.
He was a devoted family man with a daughter, Louisa, and son, Gilbert, as well as two grandchildren.
In addition to teaching, Lyn was always a very active participant in community life on Bute. He was an Elder at Trinity Church from 1967 until his death last year; a Past Chairman of the Community Council; a Trustee of Bute Arts’ Society and a Past Chairman of Fyne Homes, our local Housing Association, with whom he was associated for over 25 years. In 2014 he was recognized by Rotary International who presented him with their prestigious Services to the Community Award.
Lyn’s artistic skills were not just restricted to the classroom! He remained a talented artist and landscape painter who also turned his hand to calligraphy. Whilst at Glasgow School of Art he studied Glass Design and an example of his beautiful work is on display in the entrance of the United Church of Bute.
Furthermore Lyn possessed a deep love of music and was a gifted musician in his own right, regularly contributing to many music events held on the island.
Indeed the story of Lyn’s involvement in the musical life of Bute’s Trinity Church is that in 1970 he volunteered to stand in as their organist for a few weeks until they appointed a permanent replacement. This “temporary” appointment (which also included choirmaster duties!) continued for the remainder of his life.
The Highland Games’ Committee was delighted that this talented and very busy man agreed to be our Chieftain in 2014, a role he performed with immense pride.
Very sadly Lyn passed away peacefully on Easter Saturday last year and all of us involved with Bute Highland Games miss his unrelenting and loyal support tremendously. His passing was marked so precisely in the words of Iain L MacLeod, an islander himself – “Lyn Bulloch was a vibrant and guiding presence at the heart of so many aspects of his native island. That island will grieve long and hard at his unexpected and sudden passing. It will never forget him.”.