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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, Wednesday, May 31, 1837

Stonehaven - We regret to state that a boat belonging to this place, engaged in taking an anchor to the Skateraw, was, when off the Garron Point, overtaken by a heavy squall of wind, and instantly upset, whereby three men - the whole crew - met a watery grave.

Melancholy Accidents - Two children, one in Chapel Street, and the other in College Street, were burned to death, on Thursday evening. Both children had been left alone at the same hour, and, on the return of the mothers, the one met her daughter, aged seven, all in flames, and the other saw the melancholy spectacle of her child, of only twenty months' old lying on the floor, almost lifeless. Both the children were carried to the Infirmary, where they died about the same time.

On Sunday evening, the body of a boy, of the name of Hendry, about six years of age, was taken out of the river Dee, at the place known by the name of "The Kettle." The body appeared to have been but a short time in the water, and, being still warm, the means of resuscitation were used, but unfortunately in vain. It is supposed that the boy had been wading in the water, and had been carried down by the stream.

We understand that a neat piece of ground, in connection with John Knox's Church and Parish, has been set apart for a burying ground. On Wednesday last, the first interment took place. Such an occasion, always interesting, is peculiarly so when it forms the commencement of such an undertaking in immediate connection with a newly erected Church and Parish. From the retirement of the spot, and the taste displayed in laying out the ground, which we believe is from the plan of Mr Fraser, Architect, we do not hesitate to say that it is a most eligible situation for a burying ground. It will prove a great advantage to that parish and neighbourhood.

The King's Birthday - Monday last, being the day on which his Majesty's Birth day was kept, was observed here with the usual demonstrations of public rejoicing. In the evening, there was the customary display of popular loyalty, in the shape of squibs, crackers, and sky-rockets. The public authorities, however, very properly, denied it imprudent to permit a bonfire to be kindled in Castle Street, in consequence of the immediate vicinity of the wooden railings surrounding the various buildings, now in progress, in that quarter. Those fences would doubtless, have been speedily put in requisition by the popular zeal, regardless of the damage which property might have thereby sustained. Some idle boys, however, whose nascent loyalty overstepped the limits of discretion, resolved to take forcible possession of a boat, and sundry tar-barrels, with which they were proceeding, with all diligence, to kindle a bonfire, when their career was checked by the interference of the Police. This, of course, was deemed by the populace an untoward invasion of the liberty of the lieges, and so they thought proper to vent their indignation by breaking a considerable number of panes of glass in the Town-House. With the assistance, however, of several special constables, the officers of Police succeeded in speedily dispersing the crowd, - no irregularities having been committed, except the above stated.

Police Court - Yesterday, the several individuals who were apprehended as connected with the disturbance in the evening of the King's Birth Day, were brought before Baillies Lumsden and Simpson, charged by the Procurator Fiscal with rioting, and a breach of the peace. Evidence was led at great length, showing the relative degrees of culpability of the different parties, where the following sentences were passed, viz., - William Meldrum and William Booth, each 40 days solitary imprisonment in Gaol: Andrew Adam and George Begg, each 30 days solitary confinement in Gaol: Alexander Stewart, William Bannerman, and John Mackenzie, to find security to keep the peace for six months. The others were dismissed with suitable admonitions. Baillie Lumsden, in awarding their sentences, animadverted on the improper conduct of the parties, and distinctly impressed on all, that, though parties might not be actively engaged in such proceedings, they were yet, in law, equally culpable with those who were, if they remained after being warned to depart by the proper officers - a caution which, we trust, will, on future occasions, be duly attended to.