THE FISHERMAN’S Tavern in Broughty Ferry will host the second annual Chevalier De Johnstone Day tomorrow (Saturday).
The inaugural event took place in May of last and celebrates an incident of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
The Chevalier De Johnstone escaped Culloden and headed south. Reaching Duntrune, the seat of the Jacobite family of Grahame, he enquired where he could find assistance to cross over to Fife. He was advised there would be men at an alehouse in Broughty Ferry who could assist in rowing him over the Tay.
However, when he reached the ale house the menfolk were too scared, as there were Redcoat patrols in the area.
But the landlady, Mrs Burn, had a son in The Jacobite Army and her daughters Mally and Jenny were ashamed by the behaviour of the men and offered to assist. With their help The Chevalier escaped to Fife and eventually he reached France.
He wrote in his memoirs: “If it should be my lot to return to my native country, I shall certainly be at Broughty expressly to see them.”
Sadly he died in exile but the deeds of Broughty Ferry’s own Flora MacDonalds live on thanks to his memoirs.
In 2011, a plaque was unveiled by Shona Robison MSP and a barbecue was held which raised money for local charities.
This year there will be a short speech by Ferry Ward councillor Kevin Cordell who, along with another keen local history enthusiast, David McGovern, of Monikie Rock Art, brought the tale to the attention of The Fisherman’s.
Monikie Rock Art also supplied the plaque.
There will again be a charity barbecue with folk and pipe music throughout the day.
It is hoped this will become a regular and well attended event for both tourists and Broughty Ferry residents alike.