Life at the end of the road

August 19, 2017

It will never be the same

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 3:13 pm

Two weeks since Belladrum and it barely seems to have stopped raining, pretty sure we’ve not had a single dry day in August. It has been a while since I’ve been on here but the truth is, I just couldn’t face it. Sure there’s always a bit of a ‘come down’ after a weekend festival but never like the one many of us have been on this last fortnight. It was whilst we were away ‘living it up’ that Raasay’s most ‘senior citizen’ and our true friend Jessie Nicolson passed away. Yes that will be the same dear lady that was up at Sonas just a couple of days afore we went to Bella

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At a spritely 95 this would have been the first time in her life that she’d not walked the arduous ‘Torran Path’ to her family home. Indeed she had words with ‘Willie the Wiz’ for being late. “I could have walked half way to Torran the time it took you to get here” is what she was heard to utter after waiting patiently for her ‘taxi’. That was the last time I saw her and as usual, she was smiling, Jessie was always smiling.

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Sadly Jessie died in her sleep on Friday night in the home where she raised her four sons Donald, Ewan, Willie and Torquil,

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who were the last pupils at the Torran Schoolhouse.

Cool Cottages: Raasay Schoolhouse,  Raasay, Highland

Jessie is going to be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her, ourselves included. Indeed there will be a large gaping black hole in many folks lives right now, especially family and friends of whom there were many.  A veritable goldmine of information on hens, ‘North Raasay’ history, lore and Gaelic place names she made awesome pancakes, was great company and very much part of our family too. Many is the time she looked after my son, dog and even wife, the latter who invariably called in at School Park to see her and seek shelter whilst working on the post. Photo0044

Here she is spending a short break with us on Lewis a couple of years ago


and here partying at Torran with family ten years ago. What a night that was

Just a day shy of her 96th birthday Jessie was laid to rest in Raasay’s cemetery on August 11th 2017 at a very well attended funeral. The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ will never be the same without Jessie Nicolson.

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  1. I am in tears. Never met Jessie but knew she was the island’s oldest resident and enjoyed your last post showing her waiting for her ‘taxi’. You must all be heartbroken. Much love to all. Kirsty x

    Comment by Kirsty Haldane — August 19, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

  2. I’m so sad to hear about Jessie especially since I know several members of that branch of the Nicolson family.

    I’m sure she’ll rest in peace on her beloved island.


    Comment by Sue — August 19, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

  3. I met Jessie several times on my regular visits to Raasay and always thought what a fine upstanding islander she was. The last time was a few years ago on the Torran path and we had a great chat. I’ve also had a wee dram or two with her relatives in the family home a few years ago and my thoughts are with you all at this sad time. My very sincere wishes and condolences. Carolyn. xx

    Comment by Carolyn — August 19, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

  4. Ohhh Jessie! My sometime neighbour. Sorely missed the world over. What a beautiful post, Paul. Thanks for sharing the photos. Love and thoughts to you & post mistress xxx

    Comment by Kyla Orr — August 19, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

  5. What a lovely tribute to a very fine lady. Our lives will be all the poorer now she has gone from us. A link in Raasay history is broken. Must be something for longevity in the Balachurn water! – centenarians and nonagenarians ! A little known fact is that Jessie failed her medical to enter nurse training !! X

    Comment by SOTW — August 19, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    • Aye She, a sudden and catastrophic loss.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 23, 2017 @ 6:31 am

  6. Condolences to Rasaay for your loss. Rest In Peace Jessie Nicolson.

    Comment by drgeo111 — August 20, 2017 @ 9:42 pm

    • Morning Dr G and thank you.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 23, 2017 @ 6:30 am

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