Ruth Jardine

Crematorium Manager & Funeral Celebrant

Ruth was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne. At the age of 18 she moved to London to study for a music degree at King’s College London and The Royal Academy of Music, studying flute and voice. She was awarded a choral scholarship and the Performers Certificate in Flute from Trinity College London.

Following her degree, Ruth completed The Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Durham University before moving to Dumfries and Galloway to begin a career in teaching. Her career has been varied including working as an instrumental instructor, music specialist, transition teacher at DumfriesAcademy, field teacher for the RSPB at Mersehead Reserve and as both a primary school and Head Teacher. Ruth took a sabbatical from education to study for the Professional Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy and to undertake the role of Marketing and Development Manager at Roucan Loch Crematorium and Woodland Burial Site. After a time, she was appointed Crematorium Manager and was recently awarded Distinction from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management in conjunction with Stratford Business School, for her studies in this field.

Ruth delivers truly personal funeral ceremonies that capture the very essence of a loved one and celebrate a life that has been lived. Her passion for the arts and literature is invaluable in helping to select the right readings, poignant poetry and reflective music, to create a ceremony that is unique and exactly as families wish it to be.

Ruth is highly thought of as a funeral celebrant and her work was featured in the July 2013 of Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine. When Roucan Loch was selected by Civil Ceremonies Ltd as the Scottish training venue for funeral celebrants, Ruth worked as a tutor, training and assessing students.

In 2016 Ruth was a finalist for both the Chamber of Commerce award Entrepreneur of the Year and also for the award of Business Person of the Year from Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine.

As an accomplished flautist, Ruth is often asked to play at services and she regularly performs at charity concerts across Dumfries and Galloway.

Ruth lives in the rural village of Kirkbean with her husband Mark, who is the founder and Managing Director of Roucan Loch. Her interests include mountain walking, wildlife, photography, yoga and cycling and she sings with The Balliol Consort.

Gordon Peacock

Superintendent/Technical Operator

After 30 years serving in Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service, Gordon joined the staff at Roucan Loch in February 2011. Gordon is married with three children and enjoys cycling and walking.

Jim Hamilton

Superintendent/Chapel Attendant

Jim owned the popular “Old Bank” restaurant in Dumfries for some 15 years.

Having an easy going manner he was ideally suited to meeting the public at Roucan Loch, joining in the autumn of 2005.

Jim also had a career as a professional footballer with West Brom, Sunderland, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers and Carlisle United then briefly with Queen of the South before going to Australia. Jim now enjoys a relaxed pace of life at home with Suzy and his children Greg and Chloe.

Norman Hill

Technical Operator

Ian Latta

Chapel Attendant

Ian was a sheep farmer in Ayrshire, before moving to Moffat in 1989 where he ran his own funeral business for many years with the help of his wife Val. Ian then worked for a local funeral directors firm in Dumfries before joining the team at Roucan Loch where he is involved with the meeting of families.

Ian’s interests include spending time with his family of five children and six grandchildren, supporting Glasgow Warriors Rugby, hill walking and gardening.

Alan Edgar

Groundsman/Technical Operator

After 40 years as an electrician with ICI/Dupont, Alan joined Roucan Loch in 2007. After being cooped up inside a factory Alan loves working outdoors and is always keen to develop new projects.

Alan enjoys football and for many years he was goalkeeper for Threave Rovers and Nithsdale Amateurs. He now enjoys playing golf or rustling up something in the kitchen for family and friends.

Alan Bryden

Groundsman/Technical Operator

After almost 30 years serving in Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service, Alan joined the staff at Roucan Loch in June 2010. Alan is married with one child and enjoys fishing, shooting and long walks with his dogs.

Alister Kerr

Grounds Supervisor/Technical Operator

Alister joined the staff at Roucan Loch in 2014 after having worked in the Grounds and Burial Department of Dumfries and Galloway Council for many years. In his spare time he enjoys music, motorsports, watching football and spending time with his family.

Matt Kerr


Matt was a weel kent face with Hastings Taxis for some 25 years before joining a local funeral firm as a cortege driver.

Matt spent a number of years with Mark preparing the grounds surrounding Roucan Loch, creating the landscape you see today.

Simon Hyslop


A native of Dumfries, Simon has been playing the organ since the age of 15 and studied music at Glasgow University. He now lives close to Roucan Loch at Torthorwald with his wife and their small menagerie. When he is not playing at Roucan Loch or at St. Andrew’s Church in Moffat, Simon is most likely to be found tinkering with vintage cars. He has wide ranging interests in music and finds this of benefit in meeting the many and varied requests of families.

David McCullough


Until his retirement in 2004, Dave, an honours graduate of Queens University, Belfast taught English and was principal teacher of Guidance at Maxwelltown High School, Dumfries. He has been organist of St George’s Church, Dumfries since 1975, is MD of Dumfries Male Voice Choir, accompanist for the National Youth Choir of Scotland (Dumfries) and Dumfries Music Festival, and plays piano in a local jazz band.

Terry Dyer


Terry has worked as a joiner with a local firm for over half a century. With such a wealth of experience his knowledge is greatly valued at Roucan Loch, where he carries out routine maintenance.

In his youth Terry was a well respected goal-keeper, turning out for a number of South of Scotland teams and during the 1970’s he made a couple of appearances for Queen of the South.

Married to Doreen, Terry enjoys his garden, walking and playing a round of golf.