At the Annual General Meeting in April 2015 the President’s Award was presented jointly to John MacDonald and Scott Wood.
This year we recognise two members who have organised a large number of archaeological surveys, both separately and together, over many years. Those of you who are members of ACFA (the Association of Certificated Field Archaeologists) as well as of GAS will know them well. From a limekiln in Arran in to an ice house in Castlemilk, a ruined mill near Lochwinnoch to a survey of the island of Little Cumbrae, the number of projects they have carried out and published is truly remarkable – and all in their own time and with only the bare minimum of financial support. But it is for their work on the island of Raasay that they should perhaps be most recognised. The ACFA surveys on Raasay began in 1995, and finished in 2011. At least 20 published reports resulted from this work, and it must be the most comprehensive archaeological survey of a Scottish island ever undertaken by unpaid volunteers. These two gentlemen always supported by their equally hardworking wives, organised surveys year after year, but also revisited the island frequently to carry out more research and to add further material to the record. The Society is very proud to recognise their work with this award.
As usual, the pieces of artwork presented comprised mosaics on an appropriate theme Sunrise on Raasay and Sunset on Raasay by Dugie MacInnes.