Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Renowned shinty referee and master craftsman of the caman dies aged 81

John Sloggie with his wife Mabel
John Sloggie with his wife Mabel

A renowned shinty referee and craftsman of the caman has died aged 81.

John Sloggie was one of the best-known personalities in the modern era of the game and officiated hundreds of games over his career.

But he also produced camans, the sticks players take to the field with – a craft recently identified as endangered.

Mr Sloggie died on Sunday following a short stay in hospital in Inverness.

Originally from Montrose and born in Dundee Royal Infirmary, Mr Sloggie trained as a turner in Arbroath before going onto work in his home town.

He married his wife of 61 years, Mabel, and together they would go on to play a major role in the sport of shinty.

Before that, Mr Sloggie leftt dry land behind for a time to embark upon a career at sea, serving as a 2nd Engineer in the merchant navy with the White Star Line from 1960 to 1962.

He then took up a post as a stalker near Edinburgh before heading north for the Highlands, working at Kinloch Rannoch, Braelangwell, Bonar Bridge and finally Malardich in Glen Cannich.

Mr and Mrs Sloggie then relocated to Achadhluachrach, near Invergarry, where the family spent 46 years tending to sheep and cattle.

It was from there that Mr Sloggie and his wife began producing Munro branded camans, having taken over the business from Willie Munro of Dunoon.

The Sloggie contribution to the survival of the game has been significant and when asked recently how many the couple thought they had produced over the years, the answer was “millions”.

Keith Loades, president of the Camanachd Association, said: “John Sloggie was simply unique and with Mabel formed a formidable friendship and partnership.

“Their contribution to the game together is beyond measure – and all the while John was also looking after the croft and his shinty-playing family.

“Without referees, the game cannot exist and without sticks we would not need referees.

“John managed to imbue both roles with a singular sense of purpose that marks him out as one of the major figures in our sport in the modern era.

“This is a sad day for the family and for the wider shinty community and our thoughts are with the extended family, and Mabel in particular.”

Mr Solggie refereed many important games over the years, including the sport’s top occasion, the Camanachd Cup final, in Glasgow in 2001.

Donald Stewart, president of the Camanachd Referees Association, said: “I have rarely met a more enigmatic, colourful, quick-witted character than John.

“He had a story about every aspect of life and especially about shinty, to which he devoted countless years of his life.

“I will miss our long conversations about the matches we had seen on a Saturday, separately or together with Mabel, sharing our opinions, sometimes agreeing to disagree, about how to interpret the rules and improve the sport.

“If shinty had a hall of fame, which it most certainly should, John Sloggie would be a highly prominent and early occupant.”

Mr Sloggie leaves wife Mabel, sons Matthew, Eddie, Peter and Mark, 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Already a subscriber? Sign in