Army pays tribute to Tam the Gun

The Army has paid tribute to the man responsible for firing and maintaining Edinburgh Castle's famous One O'Clock Gun, following his death from cancer.

Staff Sergeant Thomas McKay MBE, affectionately known as Tam the Gun, died at his home overnight at the age of 60.
The father-of-three, who lived near Dunfermline in Fife, had worked as Edinburgh's district gunner for nearly 26 years and he continued to fire the daily signal until he became ill earlier this year.

Deputy Chief of Staff at the Castle's 52 Infantry Brigade, Major Andy Jackson, said thoughts were now with his family.

"Tam will be sadly missed by all members of the military community and the staff of Historic Scotland in Edinburgh Castle.

"He was a true character and he and his gun will remain a cherished memory of many tourists' trips to Edinburgh.

"Our thoughts are with (his wife) Janice and his son and two daughters."

Tam was one of the city's most famous faces, known to hundreds of thousands of Scots and tourists who met him over the years.

When he was not looking after the gun, he spent his working days swapping anecdotes with visitors and answering the many letters he received from his fans all over the world.

Tam eventually turned his anecdotes into the humorously-titled book called What time does the One O'Clock Gun fire?, the proceeds of which went towards the Army Benevolent Fund.
His book will make interesting reading and will go to help a worthy cause

He was was a true gentleman.
My condolences to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

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