Scottish Notes and Queries, Sept 1887
Ploughing Match - The Portlethen Ploughing
Association held their annual match on the 31st Dec 1867, on the farm of
Cookstone, occupied by Mr Walker, Portlethen. The weather was most
propitious, and 36 ploughs entered the lists. The judges were - Messrs
Taylor, Jellybrands; Milne, Altens of Nigg; and Walker, Westside,
Maryculter - who, after a careful examination, awarded the prizes as
1, and Silver Medal, Wm. Ross, servant, Greenholm; 2,
Wm. Smith, overseer, Balquharn; 3, James Lemard, Craighead; 4, W. Leiper,
Moss-side, Ardo; 5, John Blackhills, Findon; 7, David Collie, Eskywell;
8, Joseph Thomson, servant, Bishopton; 9, William Stewart, servant,
Maitland's Croft, Findon; 10, James Carnegie, servant, Findon Farm; 11,
John Strachan, servant, Greenhouse; 12, G Scorgie, Haremoss; 13, J,
Stewart, Mains of Badentoy; 14, Robert Paterson, servant, Hillside,
Banchory; 15, Robert Milne, Blackhill, Cairnrobin; 16, John Stewart,
Mains of Badentoy; 17, Robert Hunter, servant, Marywell.
A very keen competition took place for groomed horses
and harness, in both of which there was a fine display. The prizes were
decided in the following order:-
1, Jas Lemard, Craighead; 2, Robert Milne, Cairnrobin;
3, Wm Ross, Greenholme; 4, Alex. Finnie, Balquharn; 5, Robert Hunter,
Marywell; 6, John Strachan, Greeholme.
Extra prizes were awarded to Wm. Ross for best mould
furrow, to Wm. Smith for best feiring, to John Strachan for
performing his work in the least time, and to James Stewart as the
youngest ploughman. the prize list was much increased by the annual
donations:- viz., District Proprietors, the Amateur Ploughing
Association, and other friends. The members and judges dined together
after the labours of the day, when a very happy evening was spent - Mr
Walker, Portlethen, in the chair.
Stonehaven Journal, 9 Jan 1868
Description of Cowie, Stonehaven & Dunnottar Castle
in a letter
from Bishop of Meath to his sister
Montrose, August 6th, 1760
Dear Sister, - On the 5th I left this most agreeable
place Aberdeen alone, which I had not been for above seven weeks. In
about two English Miles I came to the Bridge over the Dee, and after I
had ascended the hill for about a mile, I had a fine road through a very
stony country for about three miles, and saw the remains of a small
Druid temple, and a mile further two more near each other, the stones
are about four feet high.
I passed by a Kern and came in twelve miles to Stonehive,
a small well built town of about 150 families; I remarked in the way
hither first red granite of Small red grains and afterwards larger, and
a sort of firestone in uneven veins running like Cipolino: The small
rivers fall in near the Town in this bay, and there is a pier into which
a ship of 100 Ton can be brought: If in bad weather they miss Peterhead
which is the most convenient harbour in this part of Scotland, they are
brought in here, of which the pilots make considerable profit: They have
a Salmon fishery and catch Sea fish, Especially at Cowie, which they lay
on places paved with stone in order to dry them without Salt: They
knit stockings, and have some linnen manufacture. There is an English
Chapel and a Congregation of about 300 Persons in and near the town, for
it was the Estate of the Earl of Marischal. Barclay, a Quaker,
descendant of him who writ the famous Apology, lives near this place.
On the Sea cliff about a mile from the town is the
singular Castle of Dunnotter which belonged to the Marischal family:
It is built on a detatched rock of large pebbles cemented together; the
Sea does not come to the West side of it; but it might easily be sunk so
as to make it a wet fossee at low water. The ascent is very steep up to
the part where the Wall is low enough to be battered to any purpose from
a level on the opposite ground: On each side of the Entrance is an
arched room together with some other rooms from which there is an ascent
up to the square tower, which is the oldest part; within this is a head
of rock extending to the South, on which in the last Civil War they had
a battery opposite to that of Cromwel's on the other hill, which we saw
with two Embrasures; To the East of this is another building of two
rooms on a floor; and beyond that a Room with a large Chimney which
extends the whole breadth of it, this is called the Mint and might be
also a forge. And in the middle of the court there is an Entire house as
if designed for a part of the family: but the grand and most
Modern building is a half H consisting of a brewhouse, bakehouse,
Kitchen with a Chimney, likewise the whole breath of it: above is a
grand room, a Drawing room & another room from which to the South there
is a gallery which extends for about 100 feet in length and 18 broad,
over one of the doors to a voult in this inscription - ..... Andrew
Barklay. The castle did belong to the Crawford family who Exchanged it
with the Earl Marischal for a Seat in Fife.
Tours in Scotland 1747, 1750, 1760, by Richard
Bishop of Meath
Aberdeen Journal 30 Sept, 1840
Birth At Don Cottage, on the 27th
inst., Mrs Patrick Pirie, of a son.
Died, at Aberdeen, on the 24th current,
Mr John Duffus, Advocate there, in the 32nd year of his age.
Died, at Aberdeen, on the 14th inst. Mr
Donald MTaggart, late of Montrose, aged 71 years.
Died, on the 18th August last, at No.43,
Dee Street, Mrs Mary Garden, widow of the deceased Lewis A Duff,
Died, at Easter Balchimmie, Leochel Cushnie, on the
22d inst., after a tedious illness, which she bore with Christian
resignation, Janet Forbes, in the 24th year of her age.
Died, at Montrose, on the 10th inst.,
David, aged nine years; on the 17th, Alexander, aged five
years; and on the 20th, William, aged fifteen years, sons of
Mr George Robertson, mill-manager, Messrs Richards & Co.s Works.
Died, at Calcutta, on 20th June last,
aged 32, Mr Farquhar Dallas, Merchant, son of Mr Alex. Dallas, sometime
Saddler in Inverness.
On Wednesday afternoon, the brig Walter Hamilton,
of this place, laden with lime, in taking the harbour, grounded a little
within the breakwater. The vessel in consequence of having made water,
took fire. After a good deal of difficulty, the fire was got under, but
the injury to the vessel is understood to be considerable.
Belhelvie On the night of the 8th
instant, about 12 oclock, a fine brig, from Liverpool, with a cargo of
salt and rice, came ashore, in consequence, it is believed, on the
thickness of the weather, on the dangerous sands of Belhelvie. Luckily,
the accident was observed by the patrol of the Preventative service, and
information communicated forthwith to their chief officer. Advice and
assistance was immediately afforded; and, through the activity and
perserverance of the Coast Guard, and the fisherman of the station,
under the direction of Lieut. Tullis, the vessel was lightened of a
considerable portion of her cargo, and got off, on the morning of the 11th,
without serious damage. Much credit is due to the parties who thus
promptly and judiciously tendered their aid; for there cannot be a doubt
that, but for their exertions, the vessel would have become a wreck.
At a court, held by the Justices of Peace for
Aberdeenshire, on Monday Inst, James Gordon, residing at Ballater, was
convicted of trespassing, in pursuit of game, on the hills of Glenernan,
belonging to Sir Chas. Forbes, Bart., and fined in the full penalty of
two pounds, with costs.
Banff At a Court of Justices held here, on the 19th
inst., Alexander Milne, servant to Addison & Stables, Carriers, Keith,
was convicted under the Turnpike Act, of driving a cart without the name
of the owner painted theron, and was fined in a penalty of ten
shillings, with 30 shillings of costs. The court expressed a hope, that
the case would be a warning to Milne and others, to take care that the
provisions of the act (of which all concerned have been frequently
reminded by placards and otherwise) be complied with, otherwise they
would feel it their duty to inflict the full penalties.
James Allaster, alias MDonald, an itinerating
tinker or bell hanger, was committed to Banff jail, on Friday last, on a
charge of assault. The case is under judicial investigation.
Banchory, Sept 9 At a meeting of the committee
and members of the Banchory Total Abstinence Society, in the new
School-house, the Rev. Charles Ogg, Vice-President of the society,
presented to Mr James Henderson, Student, a pair of handsome Wellington
Boots, the gift of the tee-total shoemakers residing in the place, as a
token of esteem for his character, and acknowledgement of his unwearied
labours in the cause.
Melancholy and Fatal Accident On Friday last,
while Mr David Morris, Merchant and Farmer, Hopeman, was employed with a
horse and cart in leading corn from his fields to the stackyard, the
horse became restive, and set off at a furious rate; and as Mr Morris
was at the time in the act of getting up on the fore part of the cart,
which was empty, the sudden starting of the animal threw him down, and
the wheel passing over his head and other parts of his body, he was so
severely cut and bruised the he only survived till Tuesday morning. Mr
Morris was advanced in years, and has left a wife and family to deplore
his melancholy fate. As this is the second fatal accident which has been
occasioned by the same animal within only a few months Mr Morris
brother-in-law having been killed by him under similar circumstances
the sooner he is relieved of the burdens of toils of this world the
On Friday last, a fishing boat called the Lark of
Grimness, Noble, master, with no person on board, but her sides stove
in. It is supposed that this is one of the boats which were driven from
their moorings in Orkney during the gale of the 9th inst.
Woman Amissing A year ago, Janet Ross, or
Webster, belonging to Whitehills, wandered from her home, and every
possible inquiry has been made respecting her; but no trace of her has
yet been obtained. She was many years mentally deranged, and frequently
went from home. It is conjectured that she is wandering about in some
solitary part of the country; and, if that is the case, it is probable
that the county police may find her out, and send her to the place of
Aberdeen Journal 6 July, 1899
Trinity Cemetery Case - Too Many Coffins in a
On a warrant obtained on behalf of Ellen G. Lawson,
domestic servant, near Banff, the lair No. 603, class b, section H, in
Trinity Cemetery, was opened yesterday in the presence of Mr Troup, of
Messrs Edmonds and Ledingham, advocates, the agents of the Seven
Incorporated Trades, who conjointly own the cemetery. There was a good
representation of the Convener Court, Messrs A and W Robertson,
solicitors, along with two witnesses, attended on behalf of Miss Lawson,
the owner of the lair; and her father, Mr William Lawson, 13 Stafford
Street, Aberdeen, was also present. The first interment was in 1883,
when the 15 year old sister of the lairowner was buried. The grave was
not then bought, but a small stone heart was put on it. In 1890 (the
predecessor of the present cemetery superintendent) absconded, and,
accordingly, Miss Lawson went to Mr Duthie in 1891, and told him that
the stone heart was missing. Of course, as the lair had not then been
bought, she was not entitled to have the stone on the grave. Miss Lawson
bought the grave, and the stone heart having been found, it has remained
on the grave ever since. The next interment was that of two children in
August, 1893. Since the Nellfield revelations, however, through the
information of Charles Clarke, a gravedigger, who had formerly been
employed at the cemetery, suspicions were aroused that another coffin -
that of an adult - would be found. Had such an interment been entered in
the books there would have been no irregularity; but as there was no
such entry, if Clarke's statement proved to be well-founded, it pointed
to the fact that the former cemetery superintendent had made the
interment - which was quite within his rights - but had pocketed the
proceeds - which was not.
Punctually at 12 o'clock, operations were begun by
Scorgie, one of the Nellfield gravediggers, under the superintendence of
Mr Duthie, superintendent. Clarke, the informant, was also present, and
amongst other things, stated that at the interment of the two children,
he drew attantion to the fact that there was another adult underneath.
At a depth of a little over 3ft., the coffins of the two children were
raised, and the names read. At 4ft 4in., however, another coffin was
struck, and on the name-plate being cleaned, the inscription "William
Harrow, aged 49" as read. This, of course, bore out Clarke's statement,
but it should be stated that no blame attaches to Mr Duthie, the present
cemetery superintendent, and the members of the Convener Court present
entirely exonerated him from any knowledge or complicity in the matter.
This was fully borne out by Clarke, who, in answer to member of the
Convener Court, declared that no irregularity had occurred in Mr
The coffin was hoisted out, and digging operations
resumed. Presently another coffin lid was struck, and another coffin
lifted out, which was found to be another extra one. Immediately below,
the spade sent fourth a dull sound, which proclaimed another coffin, and
the question now arose - Was this the coffin of Miss Lawson's sister,
interred in 1883. This was at a depth of 5ft 2in. The application of
water failed to disclose the name, only two letters being decipherable.
The plate was detached, and handed up for inspection. The letters "A W"
were made out by Mr Lawson, who declared himself quite satisfied that
the coffin in the bottom of the grave was that of his daughter, Margaret
Smith Lawson, 15 years. With the concurrence of all parties present, it
was then agreed to put the two children's coffins down first, then two
or three feet of earth, and lastly the two extra coffins. Mr Troup will
apply for a sherrif's warrant to have the latter removed elsewhere.
After the grave had been refilled, Messrs A. and W
Robertson made overtures for a settlement as to damages for interference
with the grave, but no arrangement was come to.
Aberdeen Journal 30 June, 1900
Births - M'Adam - At 6 Holland Street, Aberdeen on
the 28th inst., Mrs James M'Adam, of a son.
Macdonald - At 14 Brighton Place, Abedeen on the
28th inst., the wife of J C Macdonald, first officer, ss, "Clan
Chisholm," of a son.
Milne - At Bona Vista, Stonehaven, on the 29th
inst., the wife of James Milne, of a son
Marriages - Begg-Cowie - At the Grand Hotel,
Aberdeen, on the 29th inst., by Rev. R H Fisher, B.D., Aberdeen, James
Begg, M.A. Public School, Dollar, to Lizzie, daughter of W E Cowie, 45
Skene Terrace, Aberdeen
Deaths - Beddie - At Banks, Strichen, on the 27th
inst., Alexander Beddie, aged 75 years. Funeral on Saturday, 30th inst.,
at 12 noon.
Cameron - At Aberdeen on the 29th inst., Alex. J.
W. Cameron, Collector of Customes, aged 52 years - deeply regretted.
Cumming - At Pora, Brazil, on 4th June, 1900, of
yellow fever. Thomas Donaldson Cumming, M.B., C.M., aged 27, youngest
surviving son of Robert S Cumming, 8 Ferryhill Place, Aberdeen.
Kilgour - At Marybank Cottage, Bankhead, on the
29th inst., Mary Leslie Allan, wife of Peter Kilgour, deeply regretted.
Funeral on Tuesday, 3rd July, at two o'clock, to Newhills Churchyard.
Mowat - At the Bush, Peterculter, on the 29th
inst., Ann Cowie Reid, widow of David Mowat, manufacturer, Aberdeen,
aged 69 years. Funeral on Tuesday, 3rd July, at 1 pm. to Allenvale
Paris - At 19 Cranford Road, Aberdeen, on the 29th
inst., after a long and painful illness, born with Christian patience,
Allison Martin, beloved wife of James Paris.
Salmond - At 460 Union Street, Aberdeen, on the
28th inst., Robert Salmond, of the late firm of K and J Salmond,
Aberdeen. Funeral on Monday, 2nd July, at 2 pm to Allenvale Cemetery.
Taylor - At 10 Orchard Street, Aberdeen, on the
28th inst., John Taylor (Chivas Bros.) aged 71 years. Funeral on Monday,
2nd July, at Three o'clock pm. to St Peter's Cemetery.
Watt - Suddenly, at 70 Great Northern Road,
Aberdeen, on the 28th inst., Donald Watt, infant son of William Watt,
butcher, aged 5½ months.
Aberdeen Journal 11 April, 1881
An Outrageous Piper - At the Aberdeen
Sheriff Court on Saturday - before Sheriff Thomson - George Cameron,
piper, having no fixed place of abode, was charged with having on 8th
April assaultedc his wife on the public road leading to Huntly, and at
the same time committed a breach of the peace. He pleaded guilty,
stating that he was drunk at the time, and was sent to prison for
Child Sent to the Industrial School - At the
Aberdeen sheriff Court on Saturday, a petition was presented to have a
girl, aged twelve, named Elizabeth Mackie Anderson, sent to an
Industrial School. The girl had been found begging in the street, and
from the statement of Mr Gall, School Board officer, it appeared she had
never been at school. Sheriff Thomson ordered her to be sent to the
Skene Square Industrial School, and remarked that it seemed to him also
important to have the law brought to bear on the father, who was present
Farmer Found Dead Near Kirriemuir - The body
of Mr James Bennett, farmer, Nether Balgay, was found near the river
Quharity on Saturday Morning. The deceased left his home in November
last in his every day attire, and although search parties endeavoured to
trace his whereabouts, and rewards were offered to encourage them, their
efforts proved unavailing. On Saturday, John Milne, shepherd, Wester
Pearsie, found the body on the Haughs of Pearsie, now cleared of snow,
and there seems no doubt that it had been in the river Quharity, and
been left where it was found by the overflow during the spate which
followed the late storm. Deceased was about 40 years of age, and
Accident at a Building Yard - About
half-past six o'clock on Saturday morning a somewhat serious accident
happened to a workman in the shipbuilding yard of Messrs Hall, Russell,
& Co., Footdee. It appears that Francis Roger, labourer, residing in
Drum's Lane, was standing on a staging at the side of a vessel in course
of construction, directing the hoisting of a large iron plate weighing
14 cwt., when the hoisting appliance gave way, and the plate alighted on
the stage. The violent concussion caused Roger to fall to the ground, a
distance of 16 feet. When examined, the unfortunate man was found to
have sustained serious injuries on his right side and arm. He was
conveyed home in a cab, and attended by Dr M'Quihban.
Aberdeen Police Court - At this Court on
Saturday - Baillie Hunter on the bench - Francis M'Donagh was fined 5s,
with the option of six hours' imprisonment, for having been drunk and
incapable on Friday in Castle Street.
Wm M'Kenzie, labourer, was brought up in custody,
charged with having contravened the Trespass Act by lodging on the
previous night on the stair of a house in Guestrow without the
permission of its occupant, Elspet Ellis. He pleaded guilty, and was
fined 2s 6d, with the alternative of two hours' imprisonment.
Alexander Diack, mason, residing in Skene Square,
was charged with having used profane, obscene, and indecent language in
Gilcomston Steps. Accused pleaded not guilty, but was convicted on the
evidence of two policemen, and fined 10s 6d, with the alternative of
five days imprisonment.
Ann Scott or Gellan, Peacock's Close, pleaded
guilty to having created a disturbance on Friday, in the vicinity of
Castle Street, and was fined 20s with the option of ten days'
Patrick Welsh, labourer, residing in Castle Street,
was charged on remand with having committed a breach of the peace, on
Thursday, in the house of Alexander Watson, seaman, East North Street.
The complaint further stated that accused had on the same occasion
broken a door in the said dwelling-house.
Deaths - At Clayhills, Aberdeen, on the 7th
inst., Jane Thomson Moffat, oldest daughter of John Thomson, Auctioneer,
aged 39 years.
At 16 Jute Street, Aberdeen, on the 8th inst.,
Alexander Charles Scott, aged 10 months, son of Alexander Scott, Police
At Moss-Side of Allathan, New Deer, on the 7th
inst., Jane Leslie, widow of the late George Bruce, farmer, aged 76
Aberdeen Journal 2 February, 1883
Crimond - Fatal Accident - On Saturday week,
Mr Wm. Barclay, farmer, Crimongorth, while engaged in putting up a
trevis or partition between his horses, unfortunately received such a
severe kick from one of them in the region of the abdomen, that after
lingering until Monday night he died from the effects.
Death from Burning - A man named James
Green, 37 years of age, residing with an uncle, a crofter in the
Howemoor Glen of Newmill, Keith, was left on Friday week, reading a book
at the fireside, while the other members of the family had been out
amongst the cattle. When some of them came in again, the poor man was
found lying with his head and left shoulder in the fire and terribly
burned. He was immediately put to bed, and medical skill sent for, and
Dr George was early in attendance; but the poor man only survived about
three hours. He had been subject to fits for eight years, and of course
it must have been in one of these that he fell into the fire, and
brought his life to so fearful an end.
Stonehaven - Suicide - Shortly after eight
o'clock, on Tuesday morning, last week, a gentleman walking on the beach
observed the body of a man lying a little way into the water. He
immediately gave the alarm, and two men came to his assistance, and
dragging the body out, when it was identified as being that of William
Hadden, a shoemaker in the town. Deceased had at one time been the
inmate of a lunatic asylum, and for a short time back had shown symptoms
of returning insanity. A careful watch was kept over him by friends, but
on the morning he had managed to elude their vigilance, and was found
about half-an-hour afterwards as above stated. Though he must have been
only a short time in the water, life to all appearance was extinct.
Hadden has left a widow and young child.
Case of Drowning at Wraes, Kennethmont - On
Monday week, a young boy, named Alexander Stewart, aged 12½ years,
was sent by his mother, who resides at Brankston, Insch, to fetch a
parcel from Wardhouse Station. The boy not making any appearance after
the shades of night had fallen, and his parents knowing he had been
subject to fits, fears were entertained of his safety, and a search was
at once made for him all through the night, but without the least
success. Conscious that something serious had occurred, the serch was
kept up in the dim dawn of the following morning, and at last the dead
body of the missing child was found in the empty lade which runs from
the thrashing-mill at the farm of Wraes, about 350 yards from the
water-wheel. The boy is supposed to have taken the nearest way home, by
way of Wraes, and to have fallen into the mill lade and been drowned.
Melancholy Accident at Peterculter - On
Saturday afternoon, while a boy, about 8 years old, named David Webster
Watt, son of George Watt, mill-worker, Peterculter, was amusing himself
skating on the dam at Culter Works, the ice broke, and he sank under it.
The occurrence was seen by a number of children who gave the alarm, and
in a short time a large crowd was collected around the dam, including
the father of the drowning boy, who at once rushed on the ice to
endeavour to rescue his son, but the ice giving way beneath him, he too
sank, and before effectual means of rescue could be obtained, both
father and son were drowned. The bodies were only recovered after a boat
was procured and launched on the ice, about three quarter of an hour
after the sad occurrence. The water at the spot where they sank was from
6 to 7 feet deep. Dr W. Lyon, Waukmill, was present when the bodies were
recovered, but all endeavours to resuscitate them were fruitless. Much
sympathy is felt in the neighbourhood for the widow and young family who
have sustained so sorrowful a bereavement.
Accident at Lawmill, Strathdon - On the
morning of Saturday last, the sawmiller got a part of two of his fingers
cut off and a third one severely lacerated by allowing his hand to come
in contact with the saw. A messenger was immediately despatched for Dr
Robb to dress the hand.
Cruden - It is with much regret, the we
record the death of Mr John Johnstone, of Moreseat, whose name appeared
in our obituary last week. Mr Johnstone's death, occurring as it did
after little more than an eight days' illness, has cast a gloom not only
over the whole parish, but many other places where he was known and
respected as a gentleman of sterling worth and consistent Christian
character. His loss will be widely felt indeed. He was emphatically the
poor man's friend, and many will feel the want of his sagacious advice
and unostentatious aid. Mr Johnstone was an office-bearer in the Free
Church here, in the prosperity of which he took a most lively and active
interest, and in the courts of which his wise and shrewd counsels and
quiet acts of generosity will be specifically missed. We have seldom
seen such a manifestation of unaffected and universal sorrow as when the
sad tidings of Mr Johnstone's death spread over the district - a
striking proof of the high estimation in which he was held by the
community. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and four young children,
and for his justly-esteemed father, who within a few years has witnessed
the removal by death of four beloved member of his family. The funeral,
which was a very large one, took place on Tuesday.
Aberdeen Journal 6 January, 1875
Births - At 28 Silver Street, on 31st Dec.,
the wife of G Smith, Esq., of St Vincent, W.I., of a daughter.
At 17, Woolmanhill, on New-Year's Day, the wife of
Mr G R Taylor, of a daughter.
Marriages - At 167 Skene Street West, on the
1st inst., by the Rev. Alexander Spence, D.D., Free St Clement's,
Alexander Brown, clothier, to Jeannie, youngest daughter of the late
James Shinnie, coachmaker.
At 91 King Street, Aberdeen, on the 30th ult., by
the Rev. William Stopani, William Reid, M.A., Mathematical Master, High
School, Glasgow, to Isabella, eldest daughter of the late Alexander
Gordon, Quill Manufacturer, Aberdeen.
At Wester Beltie, on the 1st inst., by the Rev. Dr
Cook, E.C., Kincardine O'Neil, Sergeant James Law, 39th Company, Royal
Engineers, certified teacher of the Science and Art Department, School
of Military Engineering, Chatham, to Christina, eldest daughter of Mr A
Duncan, farmer there.
At Mansefield, Fetteresso, on the 1st inst., by the
Rev. John Watt, M.A., minister of the parish, John Duguid, M.A.,
schoolmaster, Public School, Fetteresso, to Jane, second daughter of the
late James Napier, Mills of Allardice, and widow of the late David Milne
Stephen, solicitor, Stonehaven.
Deaths - At Ferryhill House, on the 31st
ult., Helen Anna, widow of the late Wm. Fisher, Esq.
At 132 West North Street, Aberdeen, suddenly, on
the 30th ult., Thomas Ewen, Esq., Advocate.
At 4 Caledonian Place, Aberdeen, on the 1st Jan.,
Margaret Strachan, relict of James Donald, formerly in Walton, Newhills,
aged 77 years.
At 8 Commerce Street, Aberdeen, suddenly, on the
3rd inst., Ann Yule, wife of James Catto, Upper Glen, Dyce, aged 33
At 225 King Street, Aberdeen, on the 1st inst.,
Janet Glass, widow of Alexander Pratt, Millwright, Aberdeen, aged
At 8 Little Belmont Street, on the 5th curt., James
Clark, aged 87 years.
At 44 North Broadford, on the 25th ult., Thomas
Fotheringham, Overseer, Broadford Works, aged 51 years.
At Aberdeen, at his father's residence, on the 1st
inst., Mr David Baillie, aged 29 years, of Messrs T. B. Hall & Co.,
grain and manure merchants, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
At Birkhall, on the 24th ult., Catherine Yeoman,
aged 36, eldest daughter of William Yeoman, Wood Forester, Birkhall.
At Bogs of Laithers, Turriff, on the 2nd inst.,
Jane Cruickshank, the beloved wife of Mr William Dawson, Home Farm,
Gordon Castle, Fochabers.
At Kirk Street, Oldmeldrum, on 16th Dec., William
At Woodend of Straloch, on the 4th inst., Johanna
Amy, youngest daughter of John Cassie, Farmer there.
At 39 Merchant Street, Peterhead, on the 5th inst.,
Mr George Catto, merchant.
At Stonehaven, on the 28th ult., Ann, relict of
David Hunter, Carpenter, Aberdeen, aged 50.
At Seymore, Canada West, in November last, John
Pirie, Farmer, aged 52, formerly of Old Deer, Aberdeenshire.
At Sierra Leone, on the 27th November, William
Webster, chief officer of the African mail s.s. "Soudan" aged 38, son of
the late John G Webster, of Aberdeen.
At sea, on the 30th November, of fever, William
Forsyth, second officer of the British and African Company's steamer
"Bonny," eldest son of the late William Forsyth, mail guard, Aberdeen.
Woman Found Dead - About eight o'clock on
Friday morning, a woman, named Elizabeth Sim, 48 years of age, residing
in Farquhar's Court, Upperkirkgate, was found lying on the floor of her
dwelling dead. She, along with some others, had been spending the night
in a house in Berry Lane, and, returning home about three o'clock, had
lain down on the floor.
Loss of a Schooner at Fraserburgh - Between
three and four o'clock on Sunday afternoon, during a heavy gale from
west-south-west, a schooner, deeply laden, under press of canvas,
supposed to be about 100 tons register, was observed to founder about
four miles off Kinnaird Head. The vessel had white-painted ports. She
was in the act of wearing when she was struck by a squall, which caused
her to lurch to the starboard and upset. She suddenly disappeared with
all hands. Several other vessels were in the offing at the time.
Disturbance at Railway Station - Before
Sheriff Comrie Thomson, on Thursday, Alex. Thomson, mason, pleaded
guilty to creating a row at Kintore Railway Station on Wednesday last.
He struck and shoved a farm servant named Ogston, and would not desist
although repeatedly warned by the stationmaster. A fine of £2 was
Theft of Railway Tickets - At the Police
Court on Thursday, William Mackenzie, a tailor, a young lad of about 14
years (said to belong to Dundee), who has been working at the quays
during the past few weeks, pleaded guilty to stealing a number of
railway tickets from the Caledonian ticket-office, Joint Station,
Aberdeen. He was sentenced to ten days' imprisonment, and five years in
the Oldmill Reformatory.
Boy Sent to the Reformatory - Before Sheriff
Comrie Thomson on Thursday, George Finlay (13), from the parish of New
Deer, was charged with falsehood, fraud, and wilful imposition, in so
far as that he had gone to the shop of Alexander Milne, merchant, and
represented that John Strachan had sent him to get a pair of leather
leggins, and that Strachan would pay for them. Findlay admitted having
cheated the merchant and having stated that his uncle, a crofter in the
neighbourhood, would pay for them. A letter was read from his mother
stating that the boy was quite beyond her control, and she would be glad
if he could be sent to the Reformatory. The Sheriff thought it would be
the best plan, and accordingly sent him ten days to prison, thereafter
to be detained five years in the Oldmill Reformatory.
Aberdeen Journal 6 January, 1900
Births - Shivas - At 15 Belmont Road,
Aberdeen, on the 5th, January, the wife of Wm. Shivas, of a daughter
Marriages - Brown-Reid - At Northern Hotel,
Kittybrewster, on 2nd January, by the Rev. A J Chrystall, Free Church,
Bucksburn, George Brown, compositor, to Leah Wallace, second daughter of
James Reid, Ivorie Cottage, Bankhead
Edward-Murray - At the Club Hotel, Aberdeen, on the
4th inst., by the Rev. Robert Slessor, M.A., Trinity Established Church,
John Edward, stevedore, Aberdeen, to Lizzie, eldest daughter of James
Murray, 73 Westburn Road, Aberdeen.
Deaths - Burr - At Cairnlee, Cults, on the
5th inst., Mary, widow of John Burr, Inverurie, and daughter of the late
Alexander Hosie, Middleton of Balquhine, aged 76 years.
Frost - At 88 King Street, Aberdeen, on the Eve of
the Epiphany (January 5th), Robert Frost, aged 83.
Jackson - Killed in action at the Tugela, December
15th, Alex. R Jackson, Imperial Light Horse, second son of the late
Alex. Jackson, M.D., Edinburgh, and of Mrs Jackson, 108 Baronscourt
Road, West Kensington, and grandson of the late James Shand, surgeon,
M'Pherson - at Fernbank, Methlick, on 2nd inst.,
after a short illness, Annie Isabella M'Pherson, teacher, Methlick, aged
21 years, eldest daughter of John M'Pherson, traffic agent, N.B.R., 140
Land Street, Keith.
Mitchell - At 721 Great Northern Road, Woodside, on
the 4th inst., Margaret Martin, aged 59 years, beloved wife of William
Mitchell - deeply mourned.
Death of An Old Episcopalian - The death
occurred yesterday morning at his residence, 88 King Street, of Mr
Robert Frost, probably the oldest Episcopalian in Aberdeen, Mr Frost,
who had reached the ripe age of 83, came of one of the oldest
Episcopalian families in Aberdeen, his ancestors being the Frosts whose
names stand first in the Episcopal register of St John's of nearly 200
years ago. After beginning life as a shoemaker, he commenced business as
a newsagent many years ago in King Street, in which thoroughfare he has
been practically all his life. Mr Frost was a very intelligent man, and
this, combined with his kindly disposition, made his acquaintances prize
his friendship. He was a devoted member of St Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Mrs Frost deceased him, but he is survived by a son, who is an artist's
engraver in London, and two daughters, one of whom is married to Rev. J.
H. Shepherd, Muthill, Perthshire, while the other has been conducting
the business in King Street for some time.
Miss Hutcheon, Aberdeen, was yesterday appointed an
assistant teacher in Clepington School, Dundee.
Mr Proctor, Invercauld Arms Hotel, gave a Christmas
box to each of the porter and clerks at the Ballater Railway Station.
Fire in Aberdeen - By a fire which broke out
yesterday morning in the shop of Mr John Knowles Milne, stationer and
printer, Windmill Brae, damage to the extent of about £30 was done. The
fire was discovered by Mr Francis Christie Chalmers, grocer, 16 Great
Western Road, who was passing at the time, and he, along with some
others, at once took steps to have the flames extinguished, which they
die by means of pailfuls of water. The fire had originated by a can of
roller composition overboiling on a gas stove, whre it had been placed a
short time previously by Mr Milne. Damage was done to a quantity of
printing paper on a shelf, to a table near the stove, to boxes
containing machine rollers, to a wooden partition between the front and
back shops, and to several panes of glass. The shop and shop fittings
are insured. The property belongs to Mr J W Reid, auctioneer and
valuator, 41 Forest Road.
William Smith, Advocate, Canada House, Aberdeen,
having been appointed Curator Bonis to Mrs Ann Berry or Sinclair, Widow,
lately residing at 50 Don Street, Old Aberdeen, now an inmate of the
Royal Lunatic Asylum, Aberdeen, requests that all claims against her be
lodged by the 185h inst., with him, to whom all debts due to her should
be pain within the same period.
All person having claims against the late John
Stewart Frazer, Tea Planter, who resided at No. 45 Stanley Street,
Aberdeen, are requested to lodge them with the Subscribers within Ten
Days from this date, to whom also those indebted to the deceased will
please make payments within the like period. Gray and Kellas,
Solicitors, 35a Union Street, Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Journal 5 April, 1892
Deaths - Suddenly, at 13 Waverley Place,
Aberdeen, on the 31st ult., Alexander Nicolson, baker, aged 55 years.
At Morningfield Hospital, Aberdeen, on the 30th
ult., Mary M'Ivor, widow of William Sangster, Seaman, Aberdeen.
At 42 Thomson Street, Aberdeen, on the 31st March,
Robert Morton, aged 32 years, traveller to Lawson, Turnbull, & Co.
At 65 Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, on the 31st
ult., Margaret Cockburn, widow of the late James Arkle, aged 66 years.
On the 31st ult., at her daughter's (Mrs Taylor's)
house, 37 Spa Street, Margaret Mackie or Ross, in the 86th year.
At 95 George Street, Aberdeen on the 31st ult.,
George Rae, horseshoer, aged 55 years.
At 75 Chapel Street, Aberdeen, on the 31st ult.,
Elspet Clark, relict of James Findlay, Pettymuck, Udny, aged 85 years.
At Gourdieburn, Belhelvie, on the 31st ult., George
Thomson, farmer, aged 59 years.
At Auchlee, Portlethen, on the 31st March, Mary
Robertson, widow of the late George Watt, late of Blaikiewell,
Maryculter, aged 84 years.
At New York on the 31st ult., John Fraser Work,
eldest son of Robert Garland Work, shipmaster, Cardiff, late of
Aberdeen, aged 21 years.
Fire at Woodside - Shortly before four
o'clock yesterday morning, Sergeant Garrow observed that fire had broken
out in a stable in Gaelic Lane, Woodside, belonging to Geo. Walton,
carter. The sergeant at once telephoned to the Central Police Office,
and the fire brigade were called out. Ere it was possible, however to
cover the great distance from the central fire station to Woodside the
flames had obtained a firm hold of the building, which was burned down
before they were extinguished. Fortunately there were no horses in the
stalls at the time, but a quantity of straw and a few sets of harness
were destroyed. The stable was a wooden erection about 30 feet long and
18 wide. It is not know by what means the fire originated.
Funeral of Mr George Yule, - At Stonehaven -
Yesterday the remains of Mr George Yule (Manchester and Calcutta) were
interred in Dunnottar Churchyard. Mr Yule was a native of Stonehaven,
and served his apprenticeship with his father as a draper in the town.
He left for Manchester when a young man, and his perseverance and
business aptitude soon gained him a position as an Indian merchant. Most
of his life was spent in Calcutta, where he was appointed a sheriff, and
also held the position of president of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce.
As sheriff he was entitled to a pension, and this and his own private
resources were spent in promoting education among the natives. In 1888
he was elected president of the Indian National Congress, and delivered
an able speech on the occasion. The deceased made no fewer than 24
voyages to and from India, his last arrival in this country being in
February, when he was in ill-health. He grew gradually worse, and died
in London on Saturday in his 63rd year.
Aberdeen Journal 2 July, 1894
Births - At 265 Union Grove, on the 29th
ult., the wife of C F Palmer, of a daughter.
Marriages - At the Grand Hotel, Aberdeen, on
the 30th ult., by the Rev. W M Clow, B.D., William D M'Lean, Hanover
Street Public School, to Emilie, daughter of James M'Leod, Esq.,
Kentville, Nova Scotia.
At the Bon-Accord Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 29th
ult., by the Rev. Mr Allan, Bankhead Parish Church, David P Thom, marine
engineer, 121 Barron Street, Woodside, to Kate R Kemp, second daughter
of John Kemp, 86 Auchmill.
At 324 King Street, Aberdeen, on the 29th ult., by
the Rev. F R Barry, Free North Church, Alexander Sinclair, stonecutter,
to Nellie, elder daughter of James Duncan.
At the Palace Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 28th ult., by
the Rev. Dr Mitford Mitchell (one of Her Majesty's Chaplains for
Scotland), assisted by the Rev. A J Chrystall, F.C., Buxburn, John
Ironside, wine merchant, Aberdeen, to Christian Murray, second daughter
of the late William Mitchell, engineer, Aberdeen.
Deaths - Suddenly at 23 Beaconsfield Place,
Aberdeen, on the 30th ult., Alexander Porter, commercial traveller.
At 288 Holburn Street, on the 30th ult., Caroline
Masson, relict of the late John Nicol, Aberdeen.
At Scindia Villa, Woodside, on the 1st inst., Mary
Dunbar, wife of John Shand, engineer.
At 4 Burns Road, Aberdeen, on 1st inst., Annie,
eldest daughter of William Hadden, late of Dunecht, aged 26.
At Whiteknowes, Corse, on the 30th ult., Charles
Craib, farmer, inspector of poor, and clerk of the School Board of
At Gardens Cottage, Oldmeldrum, on the 29th ult.,
Robert Bothwell, bathman, Glen Garioch Distillery, aged 71 years.
At Delab, Monymusk, on the 28th ult., John Frost,
farmer, in his 68th year.
Sad Fatality at the Baths - Adolphus J
Besson (18), son of George Besson, 17 Jasmine Terrace, died under
somewhat melancholy circumstances in Aberdeen Public Baths, Constitution
Street, on Saturday afternoon. The lad had been bathing in the pond, and
after he came out, and on his way to his dressing box spoke to a
companion, who observed nothing wrong with him. A minute or two later a
bather opened the door of Beeson's box, mistaking it for his own, and he
was horrified to find Beeson lying on the floor in an unconscious state.
Medical aid was at once summoned, and Dr J M'Kenzie Munro, assistant to
Dr Robertson, was speedily in attendance, Dr Robertson quickly
following. Meantime every effort had been made to restore animantion,
but the medical men pronounced life to be extinct. Death was due to
apoplexy. Deceased was an apprentice joiner with Messrs Hall, Russell, &
An Aberdeen Divorce Case - Proof was led on
Saturday before Lord Stormonth Darling in an undefended action of
divorce by Mrs Mary Rothnie or Macpherson, Claremont Street, Aberdeen,
against her husband, David Macpherson. Pursuer said she was married to
defender in 1885. He was at that time a gentleman's valet and afterwards
a waiter in Aberdeen. In 1888 he went as a steward on a London boat, and
in December sailed with the Australasian. It was understood when he left
that she was to go out to him, but she had not funds, and he never sent
any. She had two children to support. He wrote asking her to write him
at the Post-Office, Melbourne. She wrote, but got no answer, and had not
heard from him since 1889. She was at present stewardess on a boat
between Leith and Aberdeen. The captain of the Australasian spoke
to defender leaving the ship at Melbourne, and said he saw him a year
afterwards, and gave him his wife's address. Decree of divorce was
Laurencekirk - The members of B
Company 5th V.B.G.H. held the last of their monthly competitions on
Saturday. Conditions - seven shots at 200 and 500 yards. Scores:- Class
A - Corpl. Dunbar, 55 pts; Sergeant J Scott, 53; Private P Anderson, 53;
Colour-Sergeant M'Ewan, 51; Private Gibb, 49. Class B - Private
Robertson, 36; Private Dallas, 33.
Aberdeen Journal 1 August, 1888
Births - At 18 Watson Street, Aberdeen, on
the 31st ult., Mrs Robert Ledingham, of a son.
Deaths - At 5 St Clement's Place, Aberdeen,
on the 30th ult., after a long and painful illlness, James M'Kenzie,
aged 16 years, eldest son of James M'Kenzie, boilermaker.
Fatal Accident at Blair Athole - Yesterday,
Donald Fraser, pointman at Blair Athole, a native of Inverness, was
accidentally killed by a goods train while shunting operations were
going on. Deceased leaves a wife and family.
Death of a Ross-shire Minister - The death
is announced of the Rev. Mr M'Kinnon, Free Church minister, Nigg,
Ross-shire, formerly of Edinburgh. Mr M'Kinnon succumbed to an attack of
inflammation of the lungs. In Edinburgh he was assistant to the Rev. Dr
Elgin - Smart Apprehension - On Monday
forenoon Mr Matthew, superintendent of the Elgin Burgh Police, received
a telegram from Mr Haig, chief constable, Banffshire, intimating that a
fisherman named Hugh Mackay, hailing from Sutherlandshire, who had
stolen about 30s and a pair of seaman's boots, &c., in Banff, had left
Elgin per the early morning train en route for Sutherlandshire. Before
the telegram reached Mr Matthew the train had arrived at Elgin, but the
police having gone to the Highland Station, found luggage answering the
description. When Mackay came to claim it he was apprehended and lodged
in prison. He was in the course of the day handed over to the Banffshire
Police and conveyed to Banff, where he was tried and sentenced to 21
Rothes - Carriage Accident - While Mr
Mackenzie, of the Phough Hotel, Elgin, was driving a commercial
traveller from Elgin to Rothes yesterday afternoon, the trace
slipped out and the horse bolted. Mackenzie was thrown out and hurt
about the head and legs. The traveller jumped from the conveyance and
escaped without injury. The horse ran through the town, and was captured
by Mr John Fraser, ostler at the Grant Arms Hotel.
Dufftown - Child Drowned - A little girl
named Isabella M'Donald Innes, aged 1½ years, was accidentally drowned
in the Auchindoun mill lade, Dufftown, on Friday. It appears she
followed some ducks to the water, fell in, and there being a strong
current at the time she was carried down about 600 yards, and was found
hanging by the rack of the mill. Dr Innes was called, and found life to
be extinct. Much sympathy is felt for the mother in her sad bereavement,
her husband being at present in America.
Methlick - Prizes for Cottage Gardening -
The judges have now awarded the prizes offered by the Highland and
Agricultural Association in this district for the best kept cottages and
best kept and cropped cottage gardens. The following are the prize
takers:- For Cottages - 1 William Hutcheon, Tangland; 2 Arthur Forbes,
Tangland. Gardens - 1 Hugh Smith, Thornroan; 2 Arthur Forbes.
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