Bits that Don't fit anywhere else!
Every researcher and family
historian has them. You know, all the odd bits and pieces that don't fit
your work and have no specific category! Well I too have the same
problem, so rather than hide them away I thought I would share some of
them with you. So here goes...
Sept 16th 1810
On his passage from Guadaloupe to England, at sea, on board
the Watt of Liverpool, Lieutenant John Low, of the 63d regiment
of foot, eldest son of John Low of Hilton, Stonehaven, in the
21st year of his age; a young man of amiable manners.
Scots Magazine, Dec 1810
event occurred in this year (1854) which attracted a good deal of
attention - the murder of Ann Harvey of Cults. Poor Annie Harvey,
who had only reached her twenty-second year, was a worker at
Peterculter paper mills. She was found cruelly murdered - there
could be no doubt of the manner of death - on the roadside of Cults,
on Sunday morning, 7th May. She was known to be keeping company with
a field labourer, Francie Forbes, and, there being much local
feeling about the case, he was tried at Edinburgh - charged with the
crime. The verdict - "Not Proven" - created much indignation.
Reporting Reminiscences by Wm Carnie, 1902
Notable Men and Women of
Milne, Colin, LLD (Rev): Botanist. Born at Aberdeen,
1744, son of Alexander Milne, merchant, he was educated there, under the
care of his uncle Dr Campbell, of Marischal College. Becoming tutor to
Lord Algernon Percy, son of the Duke of Northumberland, he took orders
in the Church of England, and became Rector of North Chapel, Essex. He
also obtained the lectureship of Deptford. He was an LLD of Marischal
College, in 1771, and was also DD and FLS. His Botanical Dictionary
appeared in 1770; his Institutes of Botany in 1770-2. He also
published several sermons. He died in 1815.
Milne, John, MD: Philanthropist. Born in Gilcomston,
Aberdeen, 1775, he was educated at King's College (MD, 1803), and in
1793 became surgeon's mate of the East Indiaman, Carnatic, of
which he was afterwards surgeon. He quitted naval service in 1798, and
became surgeon to the East India Company, Bombay, where he rose to be
President of the Medical Board, and took an active part in all fitted to
develop the prosperity of our Indian Empire. He founded a medical
bursary at Aberdeen. He bequeathed a sum of £47,500, known as the Milne
Bequest, for the purpose of improving the salaries of the most deserving
parish schoolmasters in Aberdeenshire, and remunerating them for
teaching children whose parents were too poor to pay fees. Died 1841,
Milne, John: Minor Poet. Born at Aberdeen, 25th
December 1791, he enlisted in early life, and served as a soldier. On
retiring from the army, he was for a time a shoemaker, and thereafter a
postman. He published, in 1831, "The Widow and her Son," and in 1845
"Twelve Essays, with Occasional Illustrations in Verse." He died, 1865.
Scottish Notes & Queries, January 1898
|I picked up
this rent book some years ago from a second-hand shop. It
features a Mr Alex Duncan, living with Mrs Wilson, 44 Gilcomston
Park, Aberdeen in 1894. Perhaps you know one of these people. In
any case it's a fascinating glimpse at the diet and costs of
those days so long ago!
Third from the left is Alexander Leiper of Stonehaven. Looks
like they're off to the swimming! Can you put a name to
any of the other rather dashing young lads? If you can
then get in touch!
Many thanks to Jos Leiper for
permission to use the above photo
Miscellaneous Occurrences in Aberdeen
1749 In the Raik fishing of Dee, 1500
salmon caught in one tide.
1752 William Wast, sailor, in Seaton of
Auchmedden, executed and hung in chains, at the Gallowhills, for
murdering his wife. At the same time and place, Christian Frane was
executed, for murdering her bastard child, and burning the body.
1756 A house in the Huxter-row burnt to the
ground, by an accidental fire.
1757 A Spermacete whale cast on shore on
the sands of Belhelvie, and claimed by the magistrates, who brought the
blubber to town, and exported it to London.
1776 Alexander Morison, wright, executed
and hung in chains, at the Gallowhills, on the 6th of November, for the
murder of his wife. He was the last malefactor executed at that place.
1785 In the course of the winter, there was
much rioting in the town, occasioned by attempts to prevent the servants
and apprentices of the artificers from making their processions through
the town on the anniversary of their elections, according to ancient
custom. Several of them were committed to jail, for disobeying the
orders of the chief magistrate; but they were liberated on bail, after
the mob demolished the town-house windows.
1789 The genuine dysenteria broke
out among the fishers of Futtie, and raged with considerable virulence.
The persons infected were removed to the battery which was fitted up as
a temporary hospital for their reception; money being raised by
subscription for supporting them.
Annals of Aberdeen by William Kennedy, 1818
|Did you know the world-famous escape artist Harry Houdini
visited Aberdeen? Well here's the proof - this photo shows him
visiting the grave of John Anderson, 'Wizard of the North' at St
Nicholas churchyard in Aberdeen City Centre.
Houdini performed one of his greatest escapes in Aberdeen
harbour on 1 July 1909. A large crowd gathered to see him
chained, handcuffed and thrown into the sea!
Houdini who was born in the same year as John Anderson's
death, and revered Anderson as one of his inspirations and
in 1909 arranged for the upkeep of the gravesite which had
fallen into disrepair.
I'm pleased to report that this gravestone still exists -
though the background housing (and washing!) are long since gone
- replaced by the edge of St Nicholas shopping Centre.
Many thanks to John T Chiarella
of NYC for permission to use the photo and supplying the
background detail to this fascinating story!
||The family grave of Alexander Burnett listing his wife
Isabel Coull and son Alexander. Alexander Burnett served with
the Northern Lighthouse Service for 30 years as a lighthouse
keeper and during that time was stationed at a total of 10
different lights along the east coast of Scotland. His son,
Joseph Coull Burnett, eventually settled in the Canadian
Prairies. The stone is located at Rossie Island Cemetery,
Many thanks to David Coull
Burnett the son of Joseph Coull Burnett for this photo and the
background story relating to it.
|Dunnottar Public School,
|Dunnottar Public School photo circa 1907-11. Third from
right, front row of boys with crossed legs is Alexander Adam. Do
you recognise anyone else in this photo? If so, please get
|Have a look at this fascinating school exercise from
Alexander Adam of Dunnottar Public School, Stonehaven, dating
from August 1913. Many of you will remember the same exercise -
yes, its the dreaded 'What I did on my Holidays' essay!
Most of these get consigned to the bin so seeing one that is
nearly 100 years old is a real treat. And such an interesting
Many thanks to Alexander (Adam) Macdonald (grandson of
the above) for the chance to show you these splendid family
|An entry from the Scotsman newspaper of 18 January 1847
relating the sad death of Joshua Middleton while attending the
church service in the Methodist Chapel of Stonehaven.
My thanks to Ian Hudson for this interesting
snippet. If you are related to Joshua Middleton or know more
about this story I'd love to hear from you!
Aberdeen Journal 21 Feb 1885
Births – At Rosie Cottage, Hutcheon Street
West, Aberdeen, on the 19th inst., the wife of T P Taylor,
commercial traveller, of a daughter.
At Mile-End, Aberdeen, on the 19th
inst., the wife of Robert Ogg, of a son.
At 169 Crown Street, Aberdeen, on the 18th
inst., the wife of Wm Findlay, shipmaster, of a daughter.
At 172 Crown Street, Aberdeen, on the 18th
inst., the wife of Charles Airth, of a son.
At 7 Bon-Accord Terrace, on the 18th
inst., the wife of Robert Sheret, merchant, of a daughter.
At 3 Osborne Place, Aberdeen, on the 17th
instant, the wife of W T Fyfe, M.A., teacher, of a son.
At 41 Queen Street, Aberdeen, on the 12th
inst., the wife of Alex. Hall Masson, of a son.
At the Bank House, Torphins, on the 13th
inst., the wife of James M’Laggan, of a daughter.
At New Byth, on the 12th inst., the wife
of J P Baxter, Merchant, of a daughter.
Marriages – At 7 Balmoral Place, Aberdeen,
on the 19th inst., by the Rev. Duncan Campbell, M.A., Captain
Hugh Pritchard, Glasgow, to Margaret Jane, second daughter of Robert
Gordon, Esq, and widow of Captain James Smith Ferries, Forres,
At Bath Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 18th
inst., by the Rev. W D Scott, B.D., South Parish, George Forbes,
Aberdeen, to Lizzie, youngest daughter of Robert Lawson, late
At the Waverley Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 18th
curt., by the Rev. W M Wilson, North Parish Church, Elizabeth L
Campbell, to George Chalmers, Esq., farmer, Laverockbracs, Old Machar.
At Drum Cottage, Drumoak, on the 16th
instant, by the Rev. Charles Mackie, M.A., Robert Forsyth, to Helen
Isabella, only surviving daughter of Alexander Fraser, retired merchant.
At Cothill, Fintray, on the 13th inst.,
by the Rev. Wm. Ogilvie, Thomas L Warrack, farmer, Logie, to Dorothea A
Knight, second daughter of Peter Knight, farmer.
Deaths – At 18 Links Street, Aberdeen, on
the 14th inst., Mary Ann Clark, aged 15 years, daughter of
Alexander Clark, carpenter.
At Aberdeen on the 17th inst., William
Murray, tailor, aged 72.
At 4 Upper Denburn, Aberdeen, on the 16th
instant, Elizabeth Sangster, sick nurse, aged 69 years.
At 2 Gray’s Buildings, Rosemount, Aberdeen, on the
17th inst., Elizabeth Isabella (Dolly), aged 8 years and 11
months, second and youngest daughter of John Wilson, chief engineer s.s.
Nellie of Whitby.
At 14 Canal Road, Aberdeen, on the 16th
inst., Isabella Begg, the beloved wife of James Skinner, aged 64 years.
At 11 Margaret Street, Aberdeen, on the 13th
inst., at 4pm., John Donald, infant son of Wm. Milne.
At Aberdeen, on the 13th inst., John
Duffus, late bookseller, aged 48.
At 82 Causewayend, Aberdeen, on 15th
instant, Mrs Robert M’Intosh, midwife.
At 14 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, on the 15th
inst., Ann Marquis, wife of the late William Duguid, iron merchant, aged
Suddenly, at 7 Crooked Lane, Aberdeen, on the
morning of the 18th inst., Robert Charles, son of Robert
Leith, photographer, aged 15 months.
At Berryden Gardens, on the 17th inst.,
Christina Stephen, wife of David Middleton, gardener – deeply regretted.
At 127 Hadden Street, Woodside, on the 16th
inst., Anne Booth, wife of Matthew Henderson, flesher, aged 80 years.
At 48 Victoria Road, Torry, on the 15th
inst., Mary Hynam, the beloved wife of James Battersby, aged 45.
At the Schoolhouse, Banchory-Devenick, on the 15th
inst., Mary, daughter of the late William Gray, farmer, Broadmuir,
At 17 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh, on the 18th
inst., the wife of Alexander Malcolm, rope and sailmaker.
At 28 Broad Street, Peterhead, on the 17th
inst., George, son of Mr Robert Robertson, solicitor, aged two years and
At Old Mar Lodge, Braemar, on the 17th
inst., George Christie, overseer to the Earl of Fyfe, K.T., aged 52
At Woodbine Cottage, Kemnay, on the 19th
inst., Isabel Downie, the beloved wife of John Walker, late farmer,
Ardneldy, Monymusk, in her 68th year.
At Post-Office, Inverurie, on the 18th
inst., Dorothea Lamont, relict of the late William Johnstone, Brandsbutt,
At Logie-Durno, Pitcaple, suddenly, on the morning
of the 14th inst., Benjamin, infant son of Mr John Duncan,
farmer, aged 3½ months.
At loangerrie, Drumblade, on the 18th
inst., after a long and painful illness, Jane Bremner, the beloved wife
of James Cormack, aged 67.
At Broad Street, Fraserburgh, on the 14th
inst., James, aged 14 years, second son of Robert Burnett, chemist.
At Burnside, Echt, on the 13th inst.,
Mrs Adam, widow of the late James Adam, farmer, Cornhill, Echt, aged 77.
At Post Office, Hatton, Fintray, on the 14th
inst., Isabella Mortimer, the beloved wife of Alexander Dalgarno, late
of Boyns Mills, Forgue, aged 61.
At Oldtown of Kincraigie, on the 12th
inst., Alexander Ross, farmer, aged 82.
At Sunderland, on the 16th February
(suddenly), Captain John Osborne of the brig Agricola, of Aberdeen, aged
At Pennsylvania, New York, George Davidson, mason,
eldest son of Alexander Davidson, aged 57 years.
Peterhead – Police Court – At Peterhead
Police Court on Monday – before Baillie Mackintosh – Christina Davidson,
a servant, living in the poor’s lodging-house, forfeited bail of 10s for
non-appearance in answer to a charge of having, on the 7th
inst., assaulted another inmate in the poorhouse named Margaret
William Watson, boots at the Royal Hotel, was
charged with having on the 9th inst., contravened the 17th
section of the rules, orders, and regulations of the Police
Commissioners by having shaken several rugs in Broad Place. He was
convicted on evidence and fined 5s, with the option of 24 hours in jail.
Janet Copland or Milligan, wife of Daniel Milligan,
cooper, 14 Union Street, was fined 2s 6d for allowing her chimney to
Andrew Buchan and Alex. Fyvie, fishermen, living in
Crooked Lane, were charged with having, on the 9th inst., in
that house, assaulted Alexander Mearns, shoemaker, and at the same time
having committed a breach of the peace. They both admitted the charge,
and were each fined 10s, with the alternative of five days in jail.
William Henry, jun., cooper, Constitution Street,
and James Youngson, cooper, Windmill Street, were accused of having, on
Saturday night, in Backgate, assaulted William Farqharson, cooper, St
Peter Street. They pleaded not guilty, but the charge being proved they
were each fined 15s. with the alternative of seven days imprisonment.
A woman named Mrs Mackintosh, living in Uphill
Lane, pleaded guilty to an assault upon a neighbour, and was fined 7s
6d, the alternative being five days imprisonment.
The Perjury in Stonehaven Sheriff Court – John Caie
(18), and Robert Caie (17), both fishermen, residing in Cove, Parish of
Nigg, were brought before Sheriff Brown in Stonehaven Sheriff Court on
Wednesday on a charge of perjury. The complaint, which was brought under
the Summary Jurisdiction Acts of 1864 and 1881, set forth that the
accused, being adduced as witnesses to give exculpatory evidence in
Stonehaven Sheriff Court, on the 21st January, in connection
with a charge against Andrew Caie and George Guyon of malicious mischief
and assault, committed in Cove Hotel on the 5th January, die
in their examination upon oath, wickedly, knowingly, falsely, and
feloniously swear to facts and circumstances which were contrary to
truth, and which the accused well knew to be false. Both the parties
pleaded not guilty, but after several witnesses had been examined they
withdrew the plea, and on the advice of their agent, Mr Gardner,
admitted the offence, and the Sheriff passed sentence of 21 days
Births, Marriage & Death Entries
CHRISTIE - At Cameron House, Cameron
Street, Stonehaven, on the 21st December, the wife of Andrew Christie,
draper, of a son.
McCALLUM - At Glenbervie Lodge,
Drumlithie, on the 24th inst., the wife of Wm. McCallum, of a daughter.
WALLACE - At 368 King Street,
Aberdeen, on the 21st December, the wife of William A Wallace, of a
CLERK-MARTIN - At the Station Hotel,
Stonehaven, on the 25th inst., by the Rev H E Michie, South U.F. Church,
Dugald Clerk, MRCVS, to Amelia Pennicuik, third daughter of the late
James Martin, farmer, Farrochie, Stonehaven.
SMITH-FALCONER - At the Grand Hotel,
Aberdeen, on 21st December, by the Rev Dr Coats, Brechin Cathedral,
Alexander Smith, only son of the late James Smith, Findowrie, and Mrs
Smith, Rose Cottage, Brechin, to Mina, eldest daughter of the late
William Falconer, Cairnton, Fordoun, and Mrs Falconer, Rosslyn Bank, 239
Great Western Road, Aberdeen
ROSS-SHERET - At Alexander's Cafe, Stonehaven, on the 21st December, by the Rev D G Barron, MA, James Ross,
to Isabella Sheret, sixth daughter of the late John Sheret, Nether
Baulk, Fetteresso, and Mrs Sheret, 77 Barclay Street, Stonehaven.
(Note - this entry may be incorrect and may actually
refer to the marriage of George Sheret to Margaret Anderson, same day,
same place - thanks to Margaret Fowler nee Sheret for highlighting this.)
MILNE - At Bridgefield, Stonehaven,
on the 25th inst., Ann Clunas, wife of the late John Milne, Aerated
SUTHERLAND - At 5 Cameron Street, on
the 21st December, Thomas Sutherland, Boot-fitter, aged 61 years.
FORBES - At Bombay on the 19th inst.,
Ian Forbes of Klang (Federated Malay States), elder and only surviving
son of the late Colonel George Forbes, 2nd Battalion Seaforth
Highlanders, and grandson of the late John Forbes of Haddo.
NICOL - At Greenheads, Muchalls, on
the 21st December, Catherine Watt, widow of the late David Nicol,
farmer, late of West Monduff.
SMITH - At Kinclunie, Durris, on the
22nd December, Christina Brebner, beloved wife of David Smith, aged 67
SMITH - At Kinclunie, Fordoun, on the
22nd December, Bella Cook, beloved wife of George Smith, and youngest
daughter of John Simpson, Arbroath.
RAE - At 80 High Street, Laurencekirk,
on the 21st Inst., aged 75 years, William Rae, late of Meiklehall,
Stonehaven Journal, Dec 27, 1906
Gordons as Shipmasters
Commanded the Rubie of Aberdeen, 1749-1751
Shipmaster, Aberdeen; married Margaret, daughter
of William Gordon, senior, merchant, Schoolhill, Aberdeen (who died
1733), son of Robert Gordon, in Botany (Aberdeen Commissariat)
Shipmaster, Fraserburgh, will proved December 27,
Was master of the Brigantine, Pacquet (120
tons), "old English built," which belonged to the Old Shipping
Company of Aberdeen, from 1749 to 1761. In October of the latter
year, George Duncan appears as the captain
Master of the ship Margaret of Aberdeen,
was given a Mediterranean pass, February 28, 1693 (State
Papers, "Domestic"). He may have been the father of Admiral Thomas
Gordon, Governor of Cronstadt, whose father is said to have been an
Commanded the Helena, which was wrecked
off Bervie, January 14, 1752. All the crew were saved except Gordon,
who "got a stroke n the head while giving orders on deck, and was
carried to his cabin, where he died" (Aberdeen Journal,
January 28, 1752). He seems to be the Thomas Gordon, shipmaster,
Aberdeen, who died in January 1752, and whose will was confirmed
July 9, 1752. He was the the cousin of a John Gordon, writer in
Shipmaster in Aberdeen. Will proved January 4,
Commanded the 60 ton sloop, Princess Caroline,
of Aberdeen, in 1748. She had been built for the Government. William
Gordon commanded the St Andrews of Aberdeen, 1749
The Blessing, the Unity, and the
Resolution were all commanded by Gordon in 1749
The Good Intent, commanded by Gordon of
and from Aberdeen to London, captured off Flamborough Head by a
French privateer and carried to Dunkirk (Aberdeen Journal,
September 26, 1758
Scottish Notes and Queries, Dec
Aberdeen Man's Tragic Death - Run
Down by Train in America
Details have just come to hand of the
death by accident in America of James Grant, stonecutter, whose wife and
family of two children live at 63 Charlotte Street, Aberdeen. Mr Grant,
who went to Central Vermont about five years ago, was run down by a
shifting train on June 4, and had his left leg cut off, and his left arm
badly mangled. An operation followed, but the loss of blood, and the
shock, combined with serious injuries that were inflicted, resulted in
death. Mr Grant was born in Aberdeen, where he resided up to five years
ago, when he went to America, and located in Barre. After being away for
a year he returned to Aberdeen and stayed at home for a year, but went
back to Barre, where he had stayed ever since. Four brothers and two
sisters are resident in Aberdeen. A brother-in-law of Mr Grant was also
resident in Barre.
The Stonehaven Journal, 20 June
The Aberdeen Journal, November 28, 1898
Mitchell - At Portlethen, on November 27th, the wife of
P. Mitchell, M.D., of a daughter.
Macintosh - At 276 Hardgate, Aberdeen, on the 25th
inst., the wife of James MacIntosh, of a daughter.
On the 25th November at the Presbyterian Church, Regent
Square, London, by the Rev. Principal J. Oswald Dykes, D.D., Roland
Peter Legg, youngest son of Robert Legg, Esq., Eastwell House, Douglas
Road, N., to Margaret Watson Farquhar, only daughter of the late
Nathaniel Farquhar, advocate, Aberdeen and niece of Dr and Mrs A Reid,
29 Canonbury Park North, N.
Jackson - At Rose Cottage, Kintore, on 25th inst.,
George Jackson, aged 63 years.
Paterson - At Albert Road, Oldmeldrum, on the 25th
inst., Mary Paterson, aged 91.
Skene - at 24 Main Street, Turriff, on the 26th inst.,
Alexander Skene, shoemaker, aged 65 years.
Rae, At Mounthooly, Pitsligo, on the 24th inst., John
Nicol Rae, aged 75 years.
Young - Suddenly, at Braeside Cottage, Cults, on the
25th inst., James Young (Late of Aboyne), aged 68 years.
Glennie - At 8 Ferryhill Terrace, Aberdeen, on the 24th
November, Mary McIntosh, wife of Alexander Glennie, aged 54 years.
Esson - At the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, on the 25th
inst., Peter L Esson, aged 24 years (Corporal P. L. Esson, A.V.R.E.).
Funeral on Tuesday, 29th inst., from Hillhead, Cults, to
Ewen - At 64 Summer Street, Aberdeen, on the 25th inst.,
Robert Lamb, son of Robert and Helen Ewen, aged 4½ months - deeply
Shewan - At 8 Maberly Street, Aberdeen, on the 25th
inst., Robert Shewan, aged 55. Funeral on Tuesday, 29th inst., at 10
a.m., to Strachan Churchyard, Banchory.
An obituary notice announces the death of Mr Peter L
Esson, son of Mr Joseph Esson, Hillhead, Cults, which occurred at the
Royal Infirmary on Saturday. An enthusiastic volunteer, Mr Esson
attained the rank of corporal in the Aberdeen Ambulance Corps of A.V.R.E.
(F Company) and had passed the examination for sergeant. As a cricketer,
he was well known and very popular, having filled several offices in the
Cults Cricket Club, with which he was connected since its formation. His
death at the early age of 24 will be much regretted. For some weeks back
Mr Esson suffered from an abscess, and it was through this that he
ultimately succumbed. The funeral takes place tomorrow at
The Disappearance of an Auchindoir Teacher - Body
found on Aberdeen Beach
The body of Miss Maggie M Stephen (27), school teacher,
Lumsden Public School, who left Old Manse, Auchindoir, on 4th inst., and
had not since been seen, was found yesterday morning on Aberdeen Beach,
about half-way between the Battery and the Bathing Station. The
discovery was made by Andrew Walker, Pocra Quay; and John Meres,
Findlay's Buildings, Footdee; two fishermen who were searching for bait.
they at once informed the police, and the body was conveyed to the
mortuary, where it was identified by the relatives of the deceased. The
remains were somewhat decomposed, and had evidently been in the water
for some time. In the pocket of deceased's dress was found the return
half of a railway ticket - Kittybrewster to Gartly. Miss Stephen, before
leaving Auchindoir, had complained of suffering from sleeplessness, and
it is believed that she had a recurrence of an illness by which she was
seized a few years ago as the result of over-study. When she left
Auchindoir Miss Stephen stated that she intended going to Aberdeen to
consult a doctor. Nothing is known as to how she had got into the water,
and in the melancholy circumstances much sympathy is felt with her
The Aberdeen Journal, October 5, 1895
Births - At 92 Leslie Terrace, Aberdeen, on
the 3rd inst., the wife of John M'Kenzie, of a son - still-born.
At 131 Mid-Stocket Road, Aberdeen, on the 4th
inst., the wife of George Proctor, of a son.
Deaths - At 3 Margaret Place Ruthrieston,
Aberdeen, on the 1st inst., George Reid, shepherd, aged 69 years -
At 59 Jute Street, Aberdeen, on the 3rd inst., in
his 25th year, William Fraser - deeply regretted.
At Berryhill House, Portlethen, on the 4th inst., James
Sharp, of 4 West Craibstone Street, Aberdeen, aged 65 years.
At Dipple, Fochabers, on the 4th inst., Helen, wife of
Fatal Accident at Aboyne - Yesterday morning an
accident which, unfortunately, had a fatal termination, occurred to
David Ewen, 20, labourer, residing at Glentana. It appears he had been
engaged at the excavations in connection with the new reservoir which is
being built for the water supply of Aboyne, when a bank fell on him and
crushed him to death. Medical aid was speedily procured, but it was of
Death from Exposure near Huntly - Between
seven and eight o'clock on Thursday morning Wm. Gauld (13), herd-boy,
residing at Drumbulg, near Huntly, was found dead near a wire fence on a
field about 500 yards east of the farm steading of Drumbulg by James
Grant, son of James Grant, the farmer. Deceased left his home on
Wednesday morning for the purpose of tending a herd of sheep on the
field where his body was discovered. Rain was falling, and a bitterly
cold wind was blowing when he left. Mrs Bremner, Loanend, observed the
young lad passing her door, and gave him a coat. The last time he was
seen was about ten o' clock on Wednesday forenoon, by James Grant, jun.,
to whom he complained the he was wet to the skin and very cold. Dr
Wilson, Huntly, who was summoned, gave it his opinion that death was due
Prosecutions Under the Education Act - At a
Justice of Peace Court held in Aberdeen yesterday - Baillie Murray, Mr
John Harper, and Mr William Thomson on the bench - John Lairg, labourer,
139 Gallowgate, was charged with having failed to keep his daughter
Margaret, aged 13 years, at school. He pleaded not guilty, and the
evidence of Mr Gall, School Board officer, and one of his assistants was
to the effect that Laing had been cited three times before the Board in
connection with this girl and others of his family. Margaret had
recently made 25 attendances out of a possible 142. She was about three
years behind with her education. Accused was found guilty, and fined 12s
6d with 12s 6d expenses, with the alternative of seven days'
imprisonment. Francis Clayton, carter, Stronach's Close, was charged
with having failed to keep his daughter Helen and his son Francis at
school. The girl had made 16 attendances out of a possible of 100; while
the boy had made 57 attendances out of a possible 106. Clayton was fined
in a similar sum as Laing, with the same alternative. Jane Mackenzie
Anderson, Yeats Lane, was charged with failing to provide education for
her son, aged eleven. She pleaded not guilty, but was convicted on
evidence and mulcted in a like penalty as the others.
Theft by an Aberdeen Labourer - Yesterday, at
Aberdeen Sheriff Court - before Sheriff Robertson - George Hay, labourer,
21 Chapel Lane, was charged with having, on 1st inst., stolen two shirts
from a shop in St Paul Street occupied by James Watson, draper. Accused
pleaded not guilty. In the evidence it was brought out that when accused
took the shirts to a pawnbroker (Mr Charles Letters) he could not give a
satisfactory account of his possession of them. The pawnbroker detained
him and sent for the police. The Sheriff remarked that that was a very
proper course. As accused had been three time previously convicted, he
was sent to prison for twenty-one days.
To be continued!
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