Mountblairy Patrol

County Group

Mountblairy is a hamlet near the town of Turriff.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Jonathan Taylor


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Charles Sim

Horse carter

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Blacklaw


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private George Pepper

Gardner at Forglen house

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Riddell


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private James Skene


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base was on the private Forglen House Estate 1 Mile from Turriff. It was in a wooded area between The Kennels Cottage and Home Farm. 

The base was destroyed years ago.

The son of Auxilier George Pepper recalls seeing people appear from a secret entrance on the Forglen Estate.


Patrol & OB pictures
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Caption & credit
Mountblairy Patrol (Forglen Estate)
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OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Mountblairy Patrol

Patrol Targets

Turriff was mainly a farming town, however during the war there was a flax factory there.  The road and rail Network was en-route to the coastal areas at Banff and Macduff. There was a large airfield at Banff and personnel / equipment would pass through Turriff.


Training took place at Blairmore House, Huntly

Weapons and Equipment

Auxilier Pepper had a revolver he kept at home and allowed his sons to use.

Other information

All members worked on the Forglen Estate and were approached by Sergeant Jonathan Taylor who recruited them into the Patrol.


TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock report held at B.R.A

Danny Pepper, Son of Private George Pepper.

More from Turriff (2001) by Bill Simpson.