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Veteran Mystery

Sometimes the wheels of my mind grind somewhat slowly. While looking for something else, I came across a Scottish Government map showing where in the country British military veterans live. It took me a couple of minutes to work out why there was such a concentration of veterans in Fife, Dumbartonshire/Argyll, Angus,  Moray and eastern Inverness-shire. Then I got it – the military veteran population hotspots co-incided with military bases, either active or recently closed. The naval dockyard at Rosyth and  RAF Leuchars accounted for Fife, 45 Commando at Arbroath explained Angus, the Faslane submarine base for Dumbartonshire/Argyll and RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth for Moray. Perhaps they, and Fort George, also explained eastern Inverness-shire. The rest of the map pretty much made sense too – post-industrial Scotland. But there were two areas with substantial concentrations of veterans that surprised me. The map doesn’t identify towns but it looked to me as though there were a lot of veterans clustered around Crieff in Perthshire. Now, that’s a beautiful part of the world and perhaps we’re talking about retired colonels and majors. But I’m completely baffled by the high number of veterans in the Dumfries area. I seem to recall there was a weapons testing range near Kirkcurdbright but I didn’t think it employed a lot of people. Anyone any idea what I’m missing?

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