Mull minister dies in hill walking accident

The Reverend Johnny Paton who died in a hill walking accident on Monday.

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Tributes have been paid to a ‘kind and compassionate’ Mull minister who died in a hill walking accident in the Highlands.

Reverend Johnny Paton embarked on a solo expedition to An Teallach, near Ullapool, on Monday.

The 60-year-old experienced hill walker had set off to an area named the ‘Great Wilderness’ at 1.30pm, estimating  his trip would take seven to eight hours.

His wife Cathy, who was on holiday with him, raised the alarm when he failed to return.

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team and HM Coastguard launched a helicopter search of the mountain and discovered his body.

Stewart Shaw, clerk to the Presbytery of Argyll, said: ‘We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a distinguished minister and kindly friend, Rev Johnny Paton.’

Mr Paton, who was a Munro bagger, took up his post on Mull in 2013 and held a variety of positions within the Presbytery of Argyll.

A service at Salen Church at 11am on Sunday will pay tribute to Rev Paton and support will be offered to his family, friends and congregation.