Three Scottish soldiers killed in honeytrap remembered

A service took place this morning to the three Scottish soldiers, John McCaig, Joseph McCaig and Dougald McCaughey, who were killed by the IRA after being lured to the remote spot from a city centre bar by republican women on March 10, 1971
A service took place this morning to the three Scottish soldiers, John McCaig, Joseph McCaig and Dougald McCaughey, who were killed by the IRA after being lured to the remote spot from a city centre bar by republican women on March 10, 1971

Three Scottish soldiers who were killed by the IRA on March 10, 1971 after being lured to a remote mountain road by republican women, were remembered with a service on Sunday.

Brothers John McCaig and Joseph McCaig, along with Dougald McCaughey of the Royal Highland Fusiliers were killed by the IRA on a remote road at Whitebrae on March 10, 1971 after being lured there by republican women from a city centre bar, in what has become known as honeytrap killings.

A third McCaig brother had been due to join the soldiers on their evening out, however was instead called on to do guard duty at their base in Girdwood Barracks.

They were the fourth, fifth and sixth soldiers to be killed during the Troubles and the first to be killed off duty.

Veterans travelled from Scotland at the weekend to take part in a memorial service to the three soldiers at the spot where they were killed.

Dougald’s cousin David, and former platoon sergeant Phineas Sloan were among those who travelled for the service.

David said it made him feel “sick to the stomach” that the memorial to the soldiers has been attacked six times in 18 months.

It cost £1,700 to repair last year, and after it was repaired was almost immediately attacked again.

David added that he hopes the republican women involved see the soldier’s faces and realise the ramifications of what they did.

No-one has ever been convicted for the killings.

*Full report in tomorrow’s News Letter