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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, August 29th, 1832

Died at Cassilis, on the 19th inst., the Right Hon. Archibald, Earl of Cassilis, eldest son of the Most Noble the Marquis of Ailsa. His Lordship was married to Miss Allardyce, Esq., of Dunnottar, by whom he has left a large family. He was a nobleman of very high talents, an early benefactor to his native country; and promised to become an ornament to the rank of which he belonged. Prematurely cut off in the prime of life and manhood, his loss id deeply deplored by his sorrowing widow and family; and by all who were admitted to the honour and the pleasure of his friendship.

The Aberdeen Journal, September 26th, 1832

Providential Escape - On Sunday forenoon, two boys, brothers, of the name of Mitchell, were gathering dilse on the rocks at Stonehaven; one of them remained in the boat, and not having sufficient command of it, allowed it to drift away, and was very soon, in the sight of his brother and others, carried far out to sea, where he was beaten about for above thirty hours without meat and drink. On Monday morning he was spoken with by a sloop off Peterhead, at which time he was proceeding eastward; they, however, were unable owing to the heavy sea running at the time to pick him up; but put him on the right tack; and he arrived on Monday night at Colliston, dreadfully exhausted, where he was taken care of, and sent off next day. He arrived here on Tuesday night, and proceeded by the "Union" to his friends at Stonehaven. This is the second trip of this youthful navigator, who is no more than nine years of age, he having a few years ago, along with his father, been drifted in a fishing boat to the coast of Norway, where they were picked up by a Dutch vessel.

The Aberdeen Journal, October 24th, 1832

Sir George Ogilvie, Bar., of Barras, on a recent visit to the parish of Kinneff, very generously presented Mr Stewart, the clergyman with the sum of 5 for behoof of the poor of the parish. Sir George's ancestral burying ground is in the parish church of Kinneff, on the front wall of which, surmounted with the armorial bearings of the family, neatly sculptured in stone, there is a large monumental slab of black marble sacred to the memory of Sir George's ancestor, the commandant of the Castle of Dunnottar, on which is shortly narrated the share he had in delivering the Regalia of Scotland from the hands of General Morgan, during the siege of the castle in 1652. In consequence of the repairs lately made on the church, this monument had to be removed from the wall, but at Sir George's request it was again replaced in its old position; and the worthy Baronet, after inspecting it and expressing his satisfaction with the manner in which it had been done, presented the clergyman with the above sum, which has proved a most reasonable supply to the wants of many poor and infirm persons in the parish.

The Aberdeen Journal, April 16th, 1834

Died at Fetteresso Castle, on 22nd March, Robert William Duff, Esq of Fetteresso, Vice-Lieutenant and Convener of the County of Kincardine.

The Aberdeen Journal, June 18th, 1834

Mr Robert Barclay Allardice of Ury and Allardice has presented a petition to the House of Lords claiming the Earldom of Airth which has been referred to the Committee of Privileges to meet on the 23rd inst. In his claim Captain Barclay proves himself a descendant of David the II of Scotland.

The Aberdeen Journal, July 23rd, 1834

We understand that our Harbour Commissioners are to reduce, in October next, the shore dues on grain one-third, and the anchorage on wind-bound vessels one-half of the present dues; and that it is in contemplation to improve the Harbour next season.

The Aberdeen Journal, August 6th, 1834

Stonehaven - The adjourned meeting of the inhabitants of this place was held here on Monday last, for the purpose of receiving the report of the Committee appointed at last meeting to consider whether it would be for the advantage of the town to adopt the General Police Bill. The Chief Magistrate, as Chairman of the Committee reported that the Committee had been duly called; but, as a quorum of their number had not attended, there had been nothing done. He also stated that one object of the Committee was to watch over the Bill respecting Burghs of Barony, which, it was expected, would have been been brought forward during the present session of parliament; but as the measure had not been proceeded in, they had no report to make. It was moved by Dr Donaldson that the Committee should be again appointed to report to another meeting of the inhabitants to be holden that day twelve months; which motion was seconded by Mr John Beattie, bookseller. An amendment was moved by Mr David Hunter, merchant, and seconded by Mr John Davidson, saddler, "that this meeting do reject the provisions of the Police Bill altogether." On the vote being taken, the amendment was carried by a great majority - thus rejecting a measure, the benefit of which no place in Scotland stands in more need of than the town of Stonehaven, lying, as it does, at the junction of several of the great roads of the country, and in consequence much annoyed by vagrants from all parts.

The Aberdeen Journal, February 11th, 1835

 Upon Thursday last, the farmers who are in the practice of attending the grain market at Stonehaven, gave a dinner in Cruickshank's Inn to the grain merchants residing in the town, Robert Barclay Allardyce, Esq. of Ury in the chair. Mr Robert Hector and Mr James Loggan, farmers, acted as croupiers. A number of appropriate toasts were given in the course of the evening. The dinner was at Cruickshank's best style, and the whole went off with great eclat.

The Aberdeen Journal, March 18th, 1835

Accident - Yesterday the body of a lad of the name of Milne, belonging to the Glen of the Cowton who had strayed from home on Monday last, was found at the foot of the NECKS, below Blackhills, where it is supposed he had wandered during the night, and fallen over

The Aberdeen Journal, April 1st, 1835

On Wednesday the 25th ult., the Rev John Hutchison was inducted into the pastoral charge of the Episcopal congregation at Stonehaven. Prayers were read by the Rev William Webster of Drumlithie, and in the abscence of the Bishop of the Diocese, the deed of institution was, by his appointment, read to the congregation from the altar by the Rev William Henderson of Arbroath, after which the Rev. gentleman delivered a discourse from Luke vii, 30-35 in the course of which, he took occasion to point out, in a very able and impressive manner the relative duties of both clergyman and people.