Billy ‘Mad Dog’ McLeod: 1958-2014

Billy 'Mad Dog' Mcleod presented a copy of his book, 'The ballad of Mad Dog Mcleod' to Arbroath Library's David Robertson.

Billy 'Mad Dog' Mcleod presented a copy of his book, 'The ballad of Mad Dog Mcleod' to Arbroath Library's David Robertson.

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An Arbroath man who recorded the madcap tales of his life in his own book has sadly died of cancer.

Billy ‘Mad Dog’ McLeod was inspired to write his story after friends and family told him his experiences of working on oil rigs and being part of the Tartan Army would be a good read.

In August 2013, Billy was diagnosed with terminal cancer and it was then that family and friends rallied around to try and get his book, ‘The Ballad of Mad Dog McLeod’ published.

Billy died peacefully in hospital on Friday, with close members of his family at his bedside.

He is survived by his wife Helen, son Billy, daughters Louise and Megan, grandchildren Matty and Danny.

His book racked up over 3,000 sales, with all the proceeds being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Billy told the Herald at the time: “I started to write down all my stories and then I was told I had cancer and they can’t fix it.

“It is mainly about my time with the Tartan Army following Scotland around the world as well as about when I worked on oil rigs and other stories from when I was younger.”

Billy talked about his times travelling across the world to follow his beloved Scotland and how he kept in touch with the many different people he met over the years.

He commented on a particular memory: “One trip that sticks in my mind is when we went to Italy for the World Cup and we all ended up at the Vatican visiting Bonnie Prince Charlie’s grave.

“I also enjoyed Estonia but Moscow was one of the strangest places we went to.”

Known affectionately as ‘Mad Dog’ after the Tartan Army nicknamed him so, even his grandchildren called him ‘Grandad Dog’.

Mad Dog said: “I have had a good life,”