NE Scotland Genealogy


My Ancestors
My Book
Odds & Ends
War Memorials
Local Photos
School Photos

Welcome to my website on the local history of NE Scotland!

My name is Colin Milne and I am a native of Aberdeen, Scotland. I have had a keen interest in local history for many years and as well as pursuing my own family history I have done research in a number of other areas. As a result I have amassed a collection of books, articles, photos and assorted data which you might find of interest. So I would like to extend a warm Scottish welcome to you all. Come in and have a look around...

For those of you new to my site I would recommend that you select the contents button now for further details of my pages. However if you are too impatient to wait here are a few of the highlights!

bulletPictures and details of many local graveyards
bulletArticles from local newspapers & journals
bulletExtracts from antiquarian books
bulletDetails of my ancestors
bulletLocal pictures of interest
bulletAnd finally - details of my book!

This site is far from static. Every month there are new additions (see below), so there is always something new to discover. I usually have at least one series of articles in progress along with a selection of other bits and pieces.

If you are a new visitor I hope you will come back again. To my many regular visitors, thanks for your continued support and kind words. Thanks also for all the feedback I have received. A number of features have been incorporated as a result of these. Further constructive comments are always welcome. You can e-mail me here

Finally a number of visitors have asked me about permission to use material from the site and other legal things. In order to clarify this you will find the terms and conditions of use on my contents page.

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Happy New Year!

Yes, believe it or not, it's 2015! Another year, another fresh start. If you've yet to begin your family history then why not make a resolution to get going this year? It's never too early (or late!) to make a start. Give it a go and who knows where the journey may lead!


The second set of photos to complete the names seen on the Bridge of Don war memorial in Aberdeen. See the results on my War Memorials page.

A few months back I was given details of a scandal that enveloped Nellfield Cemetery in late Victorian times. I had been vaguely aware of wrong-doing there didn't really know the story. Anyway my thanks to Beth Robertson for getting in touch about this one. Since then I've done a bit more research into the full extent of the story. The scandal broke in the local papers on 23 May 1899 and ran for a number of months. It is said that up to 300 graves were thought to have been destroyed or interfered with in some way. The culprit was the grounds superintendent who was basically selling the same lairs over and over by removing or destroying previous occupants. We'll never know the full extent of the damage but it does go some way to explaining why some find little trace of their ancestors in this resting place. Along with the physical damage was the tampering of written records which of course still has an impact to this day. I've highlighted some extracts of the story from the local paper and you'll find this abridged story in my Odds & Ends 2 page. There are some victims named, but be warned, this might be an uncomfortable read for some.

This month I have a lovely photo of King Street School from 1959. My sincere thanks goes to Malcolm Watson for not only supplying the photo, but furnishing all the names of those shown - including himself - a fellow former pupil of that august institution. Be sure to check this one out in my school photos page.


Don't forget that the ANEFHS have produced two new MI books - Fraserbugh Kirkton (Old Ground) and Logie Buchan with Newburgh Holyrood. Each is 3 plus postage (UK postage is 1.17 for Fraserburgh and 73p for Logie Buchan). As many of you know I'm a great fan of these books and I think they're worth every penny. If you've not seen these before then I should explain that within each book you will find a listing of every stone, along with a full inscription, an index of every name found and a map to help you locate each and every memorial. What more could you want? You'll find the complete collection listed here  Many thanks to Jean Shirer of the ANEFHS for the information and well done to all those involved in producing these!

I hope 2015 is a lucky one for you. Take care and join me again soon. Remember, there are updates every month - so don't be a stranger!


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Colin A Milne