Newport couple are laid to rest on their beloved island

David and Margaret-Ann died on Easter Sunday.
David and Margaret-Ann died on Easter Sunday.

People in Taybridgehead have paid their respects to a young couple laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) following a plane crash over Easter weekend.

David Rous (28) and his wife Margaret-Ann Maclean (37) died when their private PA28 Piper Cherokee plane crashed into a hillside south of Oban.

The popular couple had been travelling to Tiree, where Dr Maclean grew up, from their home in Newport-on-Tay.

On Wednesday morning, a service of remembrance and celebration of their lives was held at Wormit Parish Church.

It was conducted by Rev Jim Connolly, who married the couple in September 2012.

Yesterday afternoon, mourners dressed in bright colours packed into Heylipol Church on Tiree for a moving funeral service conducted by Rev Elspeth MacLean.

Among them were Dr Maclean’s widowed mother Catriona and sister Johann, who live on the island.

The couple were travelling to surprise the family with a visit on Easter Sunday when their aircraft disappeared from radar screens.

An extensive air, land and sea search was mounted and their bodies were discovered, along with the scattered wreckage of the plane, in the Glen Kinglass area of Argyll several hours later.

Mr Rous, from Gillingham in Kent, was a structural engineer and experienced pilot who had piloted the Cherokee on frequent business trips to London.

He had recently set up an office in the former post office in Newport and the couple were busy renovating the house they bought two years ago in Woodbine Terrace.

Dr Maclean was a GP in Dundee.

Neighbours in Newport expressed their shock and sadness at the loss of the couple, describing them as ‘lovely, lovely’ people who were sociable and hard-working.

Among those due to attend yesterday’s funeral was John Holliday, a doctor on Tiree for almost 30 years and convener of Tiree Community Council.

He said: “I had known Margaret-Ann since the 1980s. She captivated everyone that knew her; she was absolutely gorgeous in every way.

“She became a much-loved GP in Dundee and I have no doubt that she was a wonderful doctor with her charm and great empathy.

“ She immediately touched the hearts of everyone who came into contact with her.”

Meanwhile, it emerged earlier this week that the aircraft was not carrying a black box, which would significantly impact on the length of time investigators would need to establish the cause of the fatal crash.