Memories of the heyday of Bute’s Musketeers

Bute's four Musketeers - Iain Gillespie, Robert Maitland, David Gray and David Brown - were bitten by the rock 'n' roll bug which swept Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Bute's four Musketeers - Iain Gillespie, Robert Maitland, David Gray and David Brown - were bitten by the rock 'n' roll bug which swept Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, as a wave of enthusiasm for rock ‘n’ roll swept over Britain, four Bute lads set out intent on capturing a slice of the action - and called themselves The Musketeers.

The group comprised Iain Gillespie, David Gray, David Brown and Robert Maitland, and the quartet’s two surviving members - Iain and David Gray - have shared their memories of the time with The Buteman’s sister title, Back In The Day.

“It all began on Saturday nights at the Boys’ Brigade hall in Rothesay, at what we called ‘canteen night’,” Iain said.

“We would go out and play football, table tennis and billiards, but one night a chap who was learning the guitar brought his instrument along to play. I had a wee shot, and decided to learn it myself.”

To read more of the Musketeers’ memories, make sure you pick up a copy of the new issue of Back In The Day - on sale from June 27!