The funeral of Father Calum Maclellan, who died aged 86 at the weekend, takes place
on Friday on his home island of Eriskay.
Maighstir Calum, as he was better known locally, had been in failing health for a
period and was in hospital for the past few weeks. He died in Inverness in the early
hours of Saturday morning.
A Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Columba’s Cathedral in Oban this afternoon and
his coffin is due to arrive off the MV Lord of the Isles in Lochboisdale tonight.
Fr Calum’s Funeral Mass is at 11am on Eriskay tomorrow (Fri) followed by the burial.
Fr Calum was one of the original leaders when the Western Isles broke out of under
mainland control and were unified as a single local authority, then called Comhairle
He was also a councillor and served as the council’s first vice-convenor from 1974
to 1980 working together with Convener Rev. Donald MacAulay.
They were both made Freemen of the Western Isles, the highest honour the Comhairle
can confer, in 2004.
As a mark of respect the flags at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices are flying at
Comhairle convenor, Norman A MacDonald, said: “Father Calum was an inspiration to
us all. One of the original pioneers of Comhairle nan Eilean, he was a true community
leader who spoke for his people but he was also a man of kindness, humility and great
humour. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Council leader Angus Campbell said: “Father Calum’s humanity and wisdom were instrumental
in creating the new unified Council in 1974 and we have all benefitted from that
“The islands were blessed by his commitment and service to the people. Father Calum
made a huge contribution to the islands; he touched the lives of many, he was loved
by many, he will be missed by all.”