Sean Connery's ashes to be brought back to Scotland and could be scattered in Edinburgh

Some of Sir Sean Connery's ashes could be scattered in Edinburgh after his widow revealed his final wish was to return home.

Sir Sean Connery returned to Fountainbridge in 2010 to unveil a plaque in his honour. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Sir Sean Connery returned to Fountainbridge in 2010 to unveil a plaque in his honour. Picture by JANE BARLOW

The Capital-born actor, who died aged 90 on October 31 at his home in the Bahamas, had “Scotland Forever” tattooed on his arm but had lived overseas for many years.

He had suffered from dementia in recent years but died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his wife and close family.

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His body is to be cremated at a private service in the Bahamas and some of his ashes will be scattered on the island, but the rest are set to be brought to Scotland once Covid restrictions allow.

And his widow Micheline, 91, who was married to the legendary James Bond star for 45 years, indicated a memorial service was also planned for him here.

She said: "We are going to bring Sean back to Scotland - that was his final wish. He wanted his ashes to be scattered in the Bahamas and also in his homeland.

“Whenever it is possible and safe to travel again, then it is the family's intention to return to Scotland with him.

“We would like to organise a memorial service for him in Scotland - that is our hope. But we cannot say when this will happen exactly.”

She told the Mail on Sunday: “Sean will be cremated at a private service in the Bahamas and his ashes will be kept until we can travel. We do not know when this will be possible.”

It is not clear exactly where the ashes will be scattered, but the Capital would be an obvious choice since it is where he grew up and had his first job delivering milk for the St Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society. His childhood home in Fountainbridge was demolished years ago, but Sir Sean retained a special affection for the area.

Other options are said to include the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where he received his knighthood from the Queen in July 2000 or Crinan or Lochgilphead which were used in filming the 1963 James Bond film From Russia With Love.

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