Home   News   Article

'End of an era' with death of Sutherland stalwart Mary Dudgeon

By Caroline McMorran

Register for free to read more of the latest local news. It's easy and will only take a moment.

Click here to sign up to our free newsletters!

Well-known Helmsdale community stalwart Mary Dudgeon, Crakaig Estate, has died aged 94.

Mrs Dudgeon had a long record of voluntary community development work and received an MBE for her work in setting up Timespan Heritage Centre. She was chairwoman of Helmsdale Heritage Society for many years.

A celebration of Mary Dudgeon's life is to be held at Timespan, Helmsdale, at the end of the month.
A celebration of Mary Dudgeon's life is to be held at Timespan, Helmsdale, at the end of the month.

She spent her childhood in London and Sussex but when World War II broke out, the family moved permanently to their home at Sunrise, Brora. After leaving school she attended Edinburgh School of Art.

Mrs Dudgeon was involved with a large number of organisations including Helmsdale Highland Games and the local floral art club. She was a campaigner for the Liberal party. An animal lover, she was a supporter of the RSPCA.

She was a skilled cook and hostess as well as being an antiques expert and talented theatre costume designer.

A local resident who knew her well, said: “Her departure is really the end of an era. She was tour de force and started so many local things which endure to this day. Helmsdale owes her a great deal."

Timespan posted a comment on social media, saying: "We're incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Mary Dudgeon. She was an incredible force who was instrumental in setting up Timespan and many other village initiatives which are still thriving today.

"She remained a valued and involved friend of ours and our last discussion was about showcasing her famous venison stew for our quarantine cooking show.

"Her wild parties, outrageous anecdotes and direct tongue will be missed dearly."

She is survived by her children, Michael, Clarinda, Antonia and Sally and five grandchildren.

A celebration of her life is to be held at Timespan at 1pm on Thursday, August 26. The family have asked those planning to attend to wear colourful clothes.

Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More