Saturday 14 September 2019 saw local historian and author, John Macdonald being recognised for his contributions to the community and university by being awarded an Honorary Fellowship at St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Church, Thurso .
Professor Neil Simco presented the award to John Macdonald, Little Rogart, for his work in history, music and crofting politics to support community education, academic research, public service and cultural work for over 50 years.
John Macdonald has also collected an archive of photographs, stories and artefacts which were used in his many public talks and guided walks.
His careers as railwayman and postman as well as his life-long residence in Rogart has given him an enviable network of informants and an intimate knowledge of place, attributes which most professional historians lack.
He was instrumental in the development of the Sutherland Accordion and Fiddle Group as well as Rogart’s heritage society.
He has encouraged many people to understand more about their local history and the archaeology of the ground beneath their feet. He also a mentor of postgraduate students, helping to show how they can apply their theoretical knowledge to “on the ground” evidence