Kincardine News 3



A number of newspaper reports pertaining to Kincardineshire folk


Read through these incidents and learn about local history in the context of how it was reported at the time. Are your ancestors mentioned? Time to find out!

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Dec 4th 1873

A Noisy Fisherman - Before Sheriff Comrie Thomson, in the Criminal Court, yesterday, Robert Leiper, white fisher, No 29 Downies, was charged with committing a breach of the peace on the road leading through the village, on the 22nd Nov last, by cursing and swearing and using abusive language towards Joseph Leiper, Downies.  He pleaded guilty, stating he was very sorry that it should have happened.  The Sheriff said the best way to show his sorrow would be never to get the worse of drink and do the same again.  Meantime, he would have to pay a fine of 10s or go to jail for seven days. The fine was paid.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday March 12th 1874

Ordination of Rev Herbert Henry Flower took place on Sunday last at St James Episcopal Church.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Aug 6th 1874

Breach of the Peace - Alex Leiper and Wm Leys, both whitefisher, living in Old Town, were yesterday charged before Sheriff Comrie Thomson with a breach of the peace on the morning of Sunday last.  They failed to appear and a bail of 10s each was declared forfeited.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Dee 17th 1874

Wm Reith, carpenter, son of Mr Reith, shoemaker, drowned on Wreck of Henry Cook at South Shields...  Leaves a widow and two children.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday May 20th 1875

Fishermen Quarrelling - James Carnegie, James Christie, and Alex Craig, fishermen, were charged in the Sheriff Court here yesterday before Sheriff Dove Wilson with quarrelling and fighting on the Shorehead, Old Town, on Sunday, 9 May last, aggravated in the case of the two first named by their having been previously convicted.  They all pled not guilty, but on evidence being led, they were found guilty and sentenced - Camegie and Christie to pay a fine of ]5s each or suffer ten days imprisonment, and Craig 7s 6d, or seven days.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Sept 23rd 1875

On Tuesday last the new foundation stone of St James Episcopal Church was laid by Right Rev the Bishop of Brechin.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Sept 23rd 1875

Sudden Death of a Young Fisherman - On the afternoon of Friday last, John Main, aged 17, was engaged with some other fishermen beaching. herring boats at the Village of Cowie and had been working pretty hard.  He left for the purpose of getting a drink at a well a short distance from where he was working, and was last seen alive about half an hour before his dead body was found, on his way to the well smoking his pipe.  A girl on her way to the well, saw him as she thought lying resting himself, his face being downwards, but on her way back again from the well, on more narrowly looking at him she saw he made no movement, and informed some of the men, who on going to the spot found that he was quite dead.  Dr Thorn was at once called, and the cause of death is supposed to be heart disease.  Deceased is the son of George Main, fisherman, Old Town, and a brother of one of the young lads lost in connection with the Stonehaven lifeboat disaster.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday May 25th 1876

Case of Triplets - On Monday afternoon last, the wife of Robert Masson ('Curley') white-fisher, Cowie, was safely delivered of three children - a boy and two girls.  We understand that the boy and one of the girls has since died.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Dec 27th 1877

Assault in the Old Town - William Dallas, Jnr, cooper, Old Town, was charged - before Sheriff Comrie Thomson on Monday evening with having - on 20th December last, within the public house occupied by Alex. Pithie, assaulted Thomas Kemney, Jnr, cooper, to the effusion of blood, and also at sometime with having committed a breach of the peace.  Accused pled guilty, and the Sheriff sentenced him to pay a fine of 30s, or go to prison for seven days.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday Jan 22nd 1880

A Monster Shark - Fishing boat no 152 (James Christie, skipper) - caught shark 21 feet long - brought home tail.

The Stonehaven Journal Thursday July 28th 1881

The Stabbing Affray at Portlethen - On Saturday Alexander Leiper, George Main and William Main, fishermen, belonging to Downies were committed for trial by Sheriff Guthrie Smith, on the charge of attacking three farm servants at Portlethen, on the night of the 16th inst, and wounding them with their knives.  The fishermen were subsequently on application of Mr Falconer, solicitor, liberated in bail of 20 each.