Tributes paid after death of ex-Guizer Jarl Jim Coutts

Warm tributes have been paid to former Guizer Jarl  and “much loved character” Jim Coutts.

Secretary of the Ex Jarls Association Stanley Manson said Mr Coutts, who was Jarl in 1996, would be a “big miss” to the association.

Mr Manson confirmed Mr Coutts was sadly the third jarl to die this year. 

Drew Tulloch, who was jarl in1969, died in February  and John Ratter who was jarl in 1985 passed away last month. 

Photographer John Coutts shared an iconic image of Jim Coutts on Facebook yesterday.

He said he was a  “much loved character in Up-Helly- A’ circles and throughout the community”.

The post was met with an outpouring of condolences and fond memories.

Further tributes to Jim Coutts will be featured in the next edition of The Shetland Times.


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  • James Williamson

    • May 12th, 2021 10:31

    Jim was a wonderful; kind; generous and helpful man. A good friend to so many including my late father Hughie Williamson. It’s a great loss to Lyn, Anita & Ian and their respective families. He’ll be so sadly missed by all who knew him, my condolences go out to the whole family, at this extremely difficult time.


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