I was fortunate to meet Bill McLaren a couple of times in my youth due to my interest in rugby. His knowledge of rugby was truly extraordinary and his unbiased commentary, executed with his distinct Borders dialect, held thousands of Scots in thrall to the wonders of the game for many, many years.
He had a love of teaching the young the game and once he left teaching to work for the BBC he continually refused to move south of the border to commentate on other sports.
He was a Borderer first and foremost. A Scotsman Scotland and Scottish rugby will never forget. RIP