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Stewart McPherson - Hero

Stewart McPherson received the VC for gallantry in the face of the enemy. Born in Gulross in 1822 he signed up to serve his country by walking to Stirling in 1839 to join the British Army's 78th Highlanders.

By the time he arrived in Bengal, India he was a colour sergeant. On September 16, 1857, in the Residency at Lucknow, India, he saw his comrade, a Private James Lowther, lying badly wounded but alive. Under heavy enemy fire he reached him, tended to his injuries and endured continual bombardment while carrying him to safety.

Private Lowther sadly died from his injuries, and McPherson was presented with his honour by Queen Victoria in December 1880.

Back in Scotland, he served as superintendent of Glasgow Industrial Schools based in Bailieston before returning to Culross. He died in 1892, aged 73.

He was buried in the shadow of Culross Abbey. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of Queens Own Highlanders in Fort George, Inverness-shire.

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