Unusual story of newlyweds’ links to Bute

Andrew Scott, Anne Scott (n�e Shaw), Robert Scott, Joanna Scott (n�e Fulton), Mary Fulton and Andrew Fulton at Robert and Joanna's wedding in London on August 28.
Andrew Scott, Anne Scott (n�e Shaw), Robert Scott, Joanna Scott (n�e Fulton), Mary Fulton and Andrew Fulton at Robert and Joanna's wedding in London on August 28.

Robert Wilson Scott and Joanna Mary Fulton became engaged at Scalpsie Bay on Bute in March, and were married in Surrey on August 28.

That may seem an event of little interest to those on Bute, but delve a little deeper into their story and it doesn’t take long to find some remarkable coincidences linked to the island.

Rob and Jo met at the church they both attend in Fulham, in west London, where they help in Sunday school. But it was only after they met that they discovered both are linked to Bute - in some remarkable similar ways.

Robert’s mother Anne was born in Rothesay in 1957 while her father, the Rev Robert Shaw, was the minister of Ardbeg Baptist Church, a post he held from 1955 until he emigrated to Queensland in Australia in 1964.

The family returned to Scotland in 1972, ministering in churches in Dundee and in Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. Mr Shaw spent the last 25 years of his life happily retired in Farnham with his wife Joan, living close to his daughter Anne, son-in-law Andrew and grandchildren Robert and Katrina until he died in 2011.

Joanna’s father, also Andrew, lived in Rothesay for much of his early life when his father, the Rev Robert Fulton, was the Church of Scotland minister at St Brendan’s Church in Rothesay - and later, also in 1957, the combined churches of Craigmore St Brendan’s and Ascog.

Mr Fulton was a minister in Rothesay from 1949 until 1985 when he retired. He and his wife enjoyed their retirement years at Ascog until his death in 1993.

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