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News Items - A Source of Information and Education about our Ancestors...


Local newspapers are a great source of information for family historians and researchers. We are especially lucky in Aberdeen with records of one paper - The Aberdeen Journal - dating back to the 18th century. In this section we will record just a few snippets of local interest from our papers - some trivial, some tragic, but all fascinating. Let's hope you find something of interest - I'll be surprised if you don't!

The Aberdeen Journal, December 11th, 1828

At a Justice of Peace Court, held here on Saturday, a poacher was fined in the mitigated penalty of 10 with 3 14s 6d expenses; and a townsman for curing bacon on the Market Square, was fined 1s.

The Aberdeen Journal, December 17th, 1828

For some time past a man and a woman from the sister isle have been gulling a number of the natives of Stonehaven, by selling the GRAIN WHISKEY for Highland smuggled; and the same article for foreign BRANDY, the flavour and colouring being given to it by some pernicious mixtures. We think it right to put the inhabitants on their guard against characters of this description.

The Aberdeen Journal, February 4th, 1829

Colonel Duff of Fetteresso has, as usual at this season of the year, sent five guineas to the Kirk Session of that parish to be added to the ordinary collections for the benefit of the poor, and two guineas to be added to the collection for the Infirmary of Aberdeen.

Dr Morison of Elsick has also, as usual, sent three pounds to the Kirk Session of Fetteresso, to be added to the ordinary collections. This annual donation is given on the ground that every non-resident heritor, ought to contribute to the poors' funds of the parish in which his property is situated, as much at the least, as if he were resident, and attending the parish church weekly.

The Aberdeen Journal, April 8th, 1829

Stonehaven, April 2 - On the night of Tuesday s'enight, the whole of the prisoners confined in goal here (of which there happened to be not a few present), in consequence of the intoxication of the jailor, escaped from their confinement and sallied forth to enjoy liberty and mountain-dew; but morning came, and with it the senses of the jailer who succeeded in gathering together his strayed charge, with only two exceptions. The one was a female named Jane Grant, who at the Aberdeen Spring Circuit of 1827 was sentenced to be transported beyond the seas, but was detained until the convict ships went off, and confined here ever since. The other was and individual under confinement for infringement of the Games Laws. And both have, as yet, eluded the vigilance of Justice to reinstate them in their old quarters. The jailor, as a matter of course, has been dismissed.

The Aberdeen Journal, June 10th, 1829

At the half-yearly meeting of the Mearnshire Farming Society, held at Laurencekirk, on Monday se'enight, Mr Alex Smart, writer, Stonehaven, was elected clerk to the Society in room of Mr T Kinnear, deceased.

The Aberdeen Journal, September 2nd, 1829

On Friday last and unfortunate and fatal accident occurred here, John Duncan, son of John Duncan, feuar here, and John Imray, son of Mrs Imray, brewer, also here, went to the sea for the purpose of bathing; when the former having gone beyond his depth, and unable to swim, was carried off by the tide, and sank to rise no more, notwithstanding his companion and his father (who was employed quarrying stones on the beach at the time), used every exertion in their power to save him. He was a very promising lad having got three prizes last session at one of the Aberdeen Colleges, and the medal given by Mr Hume, M.P., for good behaviour. The body has not yet been found.

The Aberdeen Journal, September 23rd, 1829

Died, at Stonehaven, on 11th inst., at the advanced age of ninety-six, Mr Robert Duncan, late officer of the Customs at that part; who, by a long and zealous discharge of his public duty had recommended himself to his superiors in office; and whose mineralogical pursuits and rare collections of specimens in that department of natural history, were well known to most visitors at Stonehaven, and had gained him the notice of many respectable families thoughout Scotland.

Banchory - Notwithstanding the rigourous means which have of late years been adopted to suppress illicit distillation, it is much to be regretted that they have not had the desired effect on the inhabitants of some parts of the country. On the 12th inst., an Excise Court was held at Upper Banchory, where no less than fourteen offenders were brought forward some charged with private distillation and others having in their possession smuggled goods. Those convicted were found liable in the several mitigated penalties of 25 and 50 - the fines awarded that day amounting to between 300 and 400.

The Aberdeen Journal, November 18th, 1829

The Glenury Distillery Company have now nearly completed a passage, for conveyance of water to their premises, of about 85 yards in length, cut through solid rock.

The Aberdeen Journal, January 27th, 1830

On Friday, 22inst., there was a Subscription Ball and Supper at Stonehaven. Besides the principal ladies and gentlemen of the town, the neighbouring country gentlemen's families attended, and Mrs Abercrombie Duff of Fetteresso acted as Lady Directress. The dancing took place in the County Hall, which was very tastefully decorated with evergreens furnished from the fine shrubberies at Fetteresso Castle; and an excellent band of music was brought from Aberdeen. The company supped at Mr Collins' Hotel, where every delicacy was provided which could please the eye or gratify the palate; and after much enjoyment there, the company returned again to the Ball-room, and did not separate until the morning was far advanced.

The Aberdeen Journal, March 24th, 1830

On Thursday, 11st inst., a fine schooner of nearly 80 tons per register was launched from the building-yard of Messrs Bower & Leslie, Stonehaven, being the only occurrence of the kind that has taken place there at least for the last century and a half. Considering the growth of commerce in that town, there is little doubt that so long a period will not again elapse before the occurrence of such another scene. She glided in fine style into her future element amid the cheers of hundreds of admiring spectators assembled to witness the novel spectacle. She was, with the usual solemnities, named the "Defiance." It is understood she has been purchased by a few individuals of that place, and is to be employed in trading to and from the port.

The Aberdeen Journal, July 21st, 1830

Stonehaven - The prospect of our harbour being completed is now about to be realised. At a meeting of the Council held last week, it was intimated that arrangements had been made for getting the necessary funds raised; and we may now expect soon to see this useful structure completed.

A man named Angus, a servant to Mr Smart, Bridge of Cowie, was tried before Sheriff Watson on Friday last, for forcing a horse and cart through the crowd witnessing the proclaiming of the King on the day previous, notwithstanding every remonstrance, to which he pleaded guilty, and was fined 1.