Items from local newspapers can bring to life events of long
ago. During my research into the fisherfolk of Kincardineshire I
came across many such articles. The discovery of your distant ancestors
in this way is a thrill that you never forget. Suddenly its no
longer just a story - its part of your history. Check out the
following newspaper pages. Are your relatives mentioned?
Only one way to find out, start reading!
The Aberdeen Journal, Monday, May 6, 1776
William Nisbet and Son - Have opened a School in the
Castlegate of Aberdeen; where they teach Architecture, and Drawing in
all its Branches; Landscapes, Flowers, Figures &c. The Hours of
Attendance are for young Ladies at 3 o'clock Afternoon, and for young
Gentlemen at 12 o'clock Noon, and 6 o'clock in the Evening; for
Tradesmen and Apprentices who cannot attend thro' the Day, at 7 o'clock
in the Evening.
Ladies and Gentlemen, who incline to be taught privately may be
waited on in their own Lodgings.
Noblemen and Gentlemen, who incline to have their Estates surveyed,
and accurate Plans thereof extended and ornamented; or who want
Directions for inclosing, subdividing, and draining, according to the
Nature of the Soil, and Situation of the Ground, may be faithfully
served on reasonable Terms by WILLIAM NISBET: who will likewise
undertake to give such as will employ him, a Plan of a House, after
viewing the Ground where it is to be built, which by a proper
Disposition of the Doors, Windows, and Vents, shall be quite free from
Smoke, in any Situation, whatsoever.
NOTICE - That the Creditors of the deceased JOHN GRUB,
Tide-waiter in Stonehaven, are intreated to meet in the House of George
Scolla, Vintner there, upon the 16th instant, at Eleven o'clock before
Noon, in order to concert Measures for their Payment; and in the mean
Time to lodge Notes of their Claims with Robert Burness, Writer in
For Sale by Public Roup - In the House of Joseph Mitchell,
Vintner at the Sign of the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, upon Saturday the 1st
of June next, betwixt the Hours of 3 and 4 o'clock Afternoon.
The HULL of a fine new SLOOP, now on the Stock's in James Bruce,
Shipbuilder's Yard at Footdee: burden 46 Tons Carpenters Measure, may
carry about 55 Tons dead Weight, when moderately loaded. The outside Oak
Plank 2 Inches thick, and perfectly well bound every Way. By her
Construction she has the appearance to be a fast Sailer, and well
calculated for any coasting Trade. Mr Bruce being soon after the Sale to
go abroad, and Shipbuilder who inclines setting up Business at Aberdeen
may have the Opportunity of purchasing his whole Utensils necessary for
carrying on that Business, and some Remains of Wood as Stock, on very
Those who incline to purchase may apply to himself or his Brother at
the Yard, where also any Person who would choose a private Bargain for
the Sloop before the Roup will be treated with.
Grass Parks to Let - On Saturday the 11th curt, exactly at Ten
o'clock Forenoon, there will be let on Ground by Roup, A PARK of GRASS
at the Stocket, containing Six Acres, well watered and fenced. The Park
is on the right Hand, leading to Provost Duff's Parks. Any Person
inclining to take it, may attend at the Roup, or apply to Alexander
Milne, Merchant in the Broadgate, Aberdeen.
Materials of Houses to be Sold - That upon Saturday first, the
Eleventh Day of May current, there are to be sold by public Roup, within
the House of Andrew Gray, Merchant at the Upper-Kirkgate Port of
Aberdeen, The whole Materials of Stone, Bricks, Tyles, Wood, and Iron,
of two Comb-Shops, and a Stove. The Roup will begin precisely at Ten
o'clock. And at same Time will be sold, by Virtue of a Warrant from the
Magistrates of Aberdeen, A GOLD REPEATING WATCH.
Any Person wanting to see the Materials or the Watch, may apply to
Arthur Dingwall Fordyce, Advocate in Aberdeen, Factor for the Trustees.
NOTICE - All Persons who are indebted to the deceased JOHN
STITCHELL, late Merchant in Huntly, are hereby desired to pay in or
remit what they owe him to Alexander Smith, Merchant in Huntly, his
Executor, betwixt this and the first Day of June next to come, otherwise
they will be prosecute as the Law directs: As also all Persons to whom
the said John Stitchell is indebted, are desired to give their Claims,
as aforesaid, so that they may be ranked accordingly. Not to be