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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, 1 April 1874

Man Trampled to Death by a Horse - On Wednesday afternoon, George Brown, a labourer, about 60 years of age, and residing in West North Street, met with an accident, which resulted fatally, under very distressing circumstances. At that time a lorry, under the charge of Robert Walker, was standing alongside a waggon at the Caledonian Railway Goods Station, and was being loaded with alum. For convenience in loading, the lorry was standing parallel with the line of rails, room being left for waggons in their ordinary condition to pass clear of the lorry. A train of ten waggons came along the line, and it is said that Walker was warned, but did not move his lorry to prevent the possibility of an accident taking place. When the last of the ten waggons came along its folding door happened to be open, and it struck against the fore part of the lorry, forcing it back, and dragging back the horse at the same time. The end of the lorry struck Brown and knocked him down, and the horse trampled on him, one of the hoofs striking him on the head, and one of the caulkers of the shoe entered his skull. Drs Ogston and Angus Fraser were soon in attendance, but the injuries proved fatal.

Wifebeater Punished - At Thursday's Police Court - Baillies Donald and Graham on the bench - Alexander Donaldson, gardener, residing in Hutcheon Street, was charged with beating his wife in a most unmerciful manner on the previous night, and also with assaulting Police Constable Leslie, who took him in charge. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. After evidence had been led both charges were found clearly established. He was sentenced to sixty days imprisonment, and also bound over in the sum of 3 to keep the peace for six months, or be imprisoned for other twenty days. A bail bond of 20s was also forfeited, which he had given in February last.

Fire at Inverdee - About two o'clock on Friday morning fire was discovered by one of the servant men to have broken out in the farm-steading at Inverdee, Parish of Nigg. When seen the fire had a great hold, so that it was found impossible to save the part of the steading where the fire had originated. The cattle were all got safely out with the exception of one calf, which was burned. There were three horses in the stable, two of whom were got out, the third, however, a valuable animal, perished. The barn, stable, and cartshed were completely gutted, but the byres were saved. The loss to the tenant, Mr Jas Watt, who is not insured, will be, including the value of the horse and thrashing-mill, about 200. The value of the buildings is considerable. George Yule, the servant, who first saw the fire, has lost his chest with nearly all his clothing, a valuable watch, and a considerable sum of money.

Theft - On Saturday - before Sheriff Thomson - John Ross, labourer, pled not guilty to stealing a pair of drawers and a quantity of cotton rags between 1st February and 21st March, from the Stoneywood Paper Works, belonging to Messrs Alex Pirie & Sons. John Shand, manager of the works, deponed to Ross having been employed in the rag store between the above dates, and identified the aforementioned articles as belonging to the Messrs Pirie. Police Sergeant Findlay, deponed to having found the articles in prisoner's possession, and that when apprehended he denied ever having been employed about the works. Ellen Scott, millworker, with whom prisoner cohabitated, testified to having received the drawers and the rags to mend them from prisoner, and also acknowledged having taken two of the pieces herself from the works. In cross-examining this witness, Ross got rather excited, and charged her with stealing more than she acknowledged, when he was interrupted by the Sheriff, who said "That will do; you must have thirty days' hard labour."

A Disorderly Sweetheart - On Saturday, Arthur Bartlett, farm-servant at Oldtown, Monquhitter, was charged, before Sheriff Comrie Thomson, with raising a disturbance in a farmhouse on the 21st ult. He pleaded guilty, and on being askedwhat he was doing there, he quietly answered that he was seeing his sweetheart; a further investigation, however, bringing out that he had taken up his quarters for the night, and had to be turned out of bed. The Sheriff looked upon the case as a very bad one, as instead of leaving the house when desired, he commenced to abuse the folks in the house and use threatening language to them. He was fined 2, failing payment, seven days' imprisonment.