Odds & Ends 5




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...


Stonehaven Journal, Sep 5, 1872


At Rosemount Cottage, on the 29th ult., the wife of Mr Alex. Davidson, Teacher, of a daughter, still-born.

At Woodend Cottage, Netherley, on the 31st ult., the wife of Mr George Rae, merchant, of a son.

At 16 St Peter Street, Peterhead, on the 3d inst., the wife of Mar David McDonald, of twin daughters.

At 5 Ferryhill Place, Aberdeen, on the 1st inst., the wife of P. Clark, Advocate, of a son.

At No 1 Wellington Street, Aberdeen, on the 2nd inst; Mrs John Smith, of a son.

At Deebank, Banchory Devenick, on the 28th ult., Mrs Anderson, of a son.


At 92 George's Street, Aberdeen on the 28th ult., by the Rev. Joseph Henderson, minister of Greyfriars Parish, Charles Strachan, Feuar, Stonehaven, to Helen, second daughter of the late George Ross, Farmer, Boghead, Culsamond.

At Goval, Aberdeenshire, on the 29th ult., by the Rev. John G Niven, of St John's, Leith, assisted by the Rev. W R Bruce, of Newmachar, David Littlejohn, Advocate, Aberdeen, to Jane, fourth daughter of James Crombie, manufacturer, Grandholm.

At Park, Aberdeenshire, on the 28th ult., by the Rev. Adam Corbet, Minister of Drumoak, George M Paul, W.S., Edinburgh, to Mary, third daughter of Alex. John Kinloch, Esq., of Park.


At Davo House, Fordoun, on the 3d inst., Margaret Buchan, wife of Alfred H W Farrell.

At 173 Union Street, Aberdeen, on the 24th ult., Robert Pittendreigh, New Seat, Tyrie, aged 73.

At Davanha, on the 30th August, Alex. Duncan, for fifty-three years the faithful servant of Messrs Wm. Black & Co., Devanha Brewery.

At 49 Spital, Aberdeen, on the 31st Ult., John Walker, late Umbrella Maker, aged 88 years.

At 16 Commerce Street, Aberdeen on the 30th., Margaret Symon, relict of the late Daniel Coutts, Aberdeen aged 82 years.

At Calsayseat on the 30th ult., John H Garden, late clerk, Post-Office, Aberdeen, aged 32 years, eldest son of John Garden, Calsayseat.

At Mid-Ardo, Banchory-Devenick, on the 26th ult., Wm. Milne, eldest son of the late Wm. Milne, farmer, Balquharn, aged 58 years.

At Strathpeffer, on the 29th ult., Charles, third son of the late William McCombie, editor of Aberdeen Free Press, aged 24. Friends will please accept this intimation.

On 18th July, at his residence, Montgomery Avenue, Jersey City, U.S., in his 72nd year, Robert, youngest son of the late Mr Hugh Milne, Gardener, Woodend Cottage, Banchory-Ternan.

At his residence Lodden River, Australia, on the 16th July, John Catto, Esq.


Aberdeen Journal, Wed March 28, 1804

On Wednesday last died here, in the 63d year of his age, the revd., William Blake, minister of St James's Chapel.

Died here, on the 23d curt., Miss Urquhart, Daughter of the late Keith Urquhart, Esq of Meldrum.

The Marischal College and University, have conferred the degree of M.D. on Mr. James McGregor, Surgeon to the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards.

On the 16th instant, the Royal College of Surgeons, London, admitted Mr. John Smith, son of Mr. Smith, Auchecrieve, a member of the College.

Last week, during a breeze of wind off Ratteryhead, Capt. M. Candy, of the Isabella sloop, of Portsoy, while at the helm, was thrown overboard by a stroke from the tullo, and unfortunately drowned. Two boys were on board, being much affected by the accident, went below, and left the charge of the vessel entirely to one man, who, unable to manage her, hoisted a signal of distress, which brought him assistance from the shore of Fraserburgh, and the vessel was got safe into that harbour, from whence she sailed for Leitlock, with her cargo of oats, after being manned from Portsoy with hands.

On Wednesday last, a fishing boat, belonging to the town of Stonehaven, with 5 men on board, was lost in that neighbourhood. There is only one child left belonging to one of the crew.

Two French cutter privateers are cruizing in the latitude of Fair Isle, and have made two prizes.


The Scotsman, Nov 2 1822

On the evening of Monday last, a male child, of three days old, was laid down at the door of a tradesman near Stonehaven; but the unnatural mother had not reached the distance of half-a-mile, until she was discovered, and taken into custody. She was fount to be an itinerant fishmonger, originally from the parish of Fordoun; and her crime is the less excusable, that she is married, and her husband alive. It is worthy of remark that she was discovered of the child, in the parish of Strachan, on Friday last, and travelled with it to Stonehaven, a distance of twenty miles, on the Monday following. After a suitable advice, and more sympathy  having been shown to her than she perhaps deserved, she was allowed to depart with her infantine charge the next day.

The Scotsman, September 24, 1823

Aberdeen, Saturday, September 20 - The Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened here yesterday by the honourable Lord Gilles.

The first case that was called was that of William Forsyth, wright at Auchterless, accused of the crimes of assault and rape. Sentence of outlawry was pronounced against the panel for non-appearance.

Peter Drain, alias Deans, from Stonehaven jail, was then placed at the bar, accused of theft, aggravated by his having been previously convicted of the same offence. He pled Guilty, and was sentenced to seven years' transportation.

William Duncan, residing in Park Street, Aberdeen, was then brought forward, charged with the crime of murder. The unfortunate deceased in this case was the panel's mother. After the examination of five witnesses the Advocate-Depute gave up the case, in consequence of which, the Jury returned  a verdict of Not Guilty, and the panel was dismissed the bar.

Mary Lamb, accused of concealment of pregnancy, pled Guilty. The Jury found, in terms of her own confession; and after a suitable admonition, she was sentenced to six calendar months in the jail of Stonehaven.

The Scotsman, September 25, 1824

Scottish Intelligence - Circuit Court of Justiciary

Yesterday the Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened here in Aberdeen by the Right Hon. the Lord Justice Clerk. The business of the Court commenced by pronouncing sentence of fugitation against Richard and William King, accused of theft: and against Alexander Wilson, for assaulting and wounding the lieges.

The court then proceeded to the trial of Alexander Cowie, mariner in Aberdeen. The crime charged in the indictment was theft, aggravated by housebreaking, committed in the house of David Murray, stone quarrier at Auchmull, near Aberdeen, upon the 6th of July last. The Jury, without leaving the box, found them guilty of theft, but not of the aggravation of housebreaking, and sentence of transportation for seven years was then pronounced.

Janet Smart, from the united parishes of Crathie and Braemar, was brought to the bar, accused of concealment of pregnancy, of which offence she pled guilty. Her Counsel, Mr Dauney, spoke in mitigation of punishment, and she was sentenced to four month's imprisonment in jail.

John Downie and Alexander Milne, for housebreaking and theft, Downie being habit and repute a thief. Milne admitted the charges, but Downie pled not guilty. The Jury unanimously found both guilty. Downie was then sentenced to transportation for life, and Milne for fourteen years.

George Scott Middleton, weaver, Stonehaven, housebreaking and theft. The indictment charged the pannel with stealing 43s from the house of Mary Milne, or Robert, an old woman of 87 years of age, residing in Buttery-braes, parish of Garvock, and county of Kincardine, upon Christmas day, 1823; and of breaking into the house of the said Mary Milne, (by forcing his way down the chimney), in the month of August last, and stealing 28s and a tea-caddy. The pannel pled guilty, and was sentenced to transportation for seven years.

Andrew Keith, wood sawyer, Aberdeen, theft, and being habit and repute a thief. The libel charged the pannel with stealing from the house of John Innes, labourer, Stoneytown, parish of Old Machar, a silver watch, upon the 29th of March last. The Jury returned a verdict of Not Proven; and the pannel, after a suitable admonition from the Bench, was dismissed from the bar.

The Scotsman, September 5, 1827

On the 8th curt., as the schooner Malvina of Stonehaven, Captain Mitchell, was in the East Sea, on her passage from Riga to Dundee, the attention of those on board was attracted by a very unusual noise at some distance from the vessel; and on looking to discover whence it proceeded, they observed a brown-and-white dog in the water, struggling to reach the vessel and moaning piteously. Measures were instantly taken to rescue the poor animal from his impending fate. When taken on board, he was in a state of complete exhaustion; but, after receiving some warm soup, he soon recovered. There was no vessel within six miles of the Malvina at the time he was discovered; and, for many hours previous, the Malvina had been becalmed. The dog therefore, it is thought, must have been a very long time in the water. when taken on board, he was very timid, and appeared a stranger to the usual terms of blandishment used towards the canine species in this country. He is now, however, quite at home on board the Malvina; and is uncommonly attached to his preservers, particularly the individual who first laid hold of him.

The Aberdeen Journal, June 5, 1805

Aberdeenshire Canal - We have now the pleasure to announce the opening of this navigation. On Friday morning the Committee of Management assembled at the Basin at Inverury, attended by the Provost, Magistrates, Minister, and other inhabitants of that burgh, who congratulated them on the completion of an undertaking, which must tend so much to the improvement of that, and other parts of the country. The company then embarked on board one of the barges, The Countess of Kintore, handsomely decorated and fitted up by Captains Bruce and Freeman, and proceeded to Kintore, where they were met by the Magistrates, and other inhabitants of that burgh. On their approach towards Aberdeen, they were joined by several parties of Ladies, who were highly pleased with the novelty of the navigation through the locks; while several thousands of the inhabitants, crowding on the banks and bridges, added much to the interest of the scene, while a gun fixed on the prow of the barge, was fired occasionally to announce their approach. The company and a number of occasional visitors, partook of refreshments on board of the barge; and the voyage lasted seven hours and a half, terminated at the basin near the quay without the slightest interruption. The band of the Stirlingshire Militia met the barge several miles from town, and played many favourite tunes during the remainder of the voyage. The Committee afterwards dined together in the New Inn, when the health of the promoter of this great public work, and every success to it was cordially drank. The Canal passes about 19 miles into the interior of the country, rising 170 feet above the level of the basin at Aberdeen by means of 17 locks; is 3 feet deep and 20 feet broad at surface water. One barge has already delivered a cargo of coals at Inverury, and another 85 bolls of shell lime at Kintore.

On Thursday last, the 1st Regt. Aberdeen Volunteers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Finlason, and the corps of Pikemen, under the command of Major Storey, were inspected in the Links, by Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, Inspecting Filed Officer of the District and afterwards reviewed by Brigadier General Gordon, on which occasion he was pleased to issue the following Brigade Orders:

General Gordon Cumming observed yesterday with great satisfaction the very high state attained by the 1st Regt. Aberdeen Volunteers, in the different requisites of discipline, appearance, and movements; and which, as it is the result of habitual attention, and unremitting zeal, reflects the highest honour on Lt Colonel Finlason, and does great honour both to the Officers and Men of the corps.

The Footdee Corps of Pikemen were remarkably clean, and looked extremely well. The went through the Pike Exercise very correctly, and marched and wheeled with greater accuracy than could be looked for in a corps so recently embodied, and which has hitherto been without an Adjutant.

On Wednesday last, the 29th May, the Associate Burgher Congregation in Stonehaven, gave an unanimous call to Mr John Ballantine, preacher of the gospel to be their Minister.

On Tuesday next the 11th inst. the Rev. Mr Glass will preach a Sermon in his Meeting-house, Correction-Wynd, when a collection will be made of the funds of the Aberdeen Missionary Society - service to begin in the evening. NB Contributions to the Funds of the above mentioned Society, are received at the shop of Mr William Copland, Treasurer, Netherkirkgate.

The Aberdeen Journal, December 19, 1810

Died here, December 11th, Mr Peter Proctor, Saddler, aged 84

Died at Manse of Auchterless, the 7th curt, the Revd. Alexr. Rose, Minister of Auchterless, in the 84th year of his age, and 47th of this Ministry

Died at Fort St George, on the 20th Dec 1809, Mr John Gordon, Lieutenant of Cavalry, on the Madras Establishment, aged 18, beloved and regretted there by all who knew him, second son to Major-General John Gordon of Cuming, of Pitlurg.

Died at Cullen, Banffshire, on the 9th December, Captain Charles Hay of the Royal Navy.

Died at Fortrose, on the morning of the 5th inst. John Watson, Esq. late of the Island of Jamaica, much and justly regretted by the circle of his friends and acquaintance.

Died at Forres, on the 27th November last, Mrs Elizabeth Grant, relict of the deceased William Grant, Esq of Dellachaple, in the 66th year of her age, much and justly regretted.

Died at Bogbain, near Inverness, Alexr. Macrae, a native of Kintail, at the advanced aged of 104. He managed until very lately the grazing of Bogbain, belonging to Mr McKenzie, banker, Inverness, and retained his mental faculties until the last.

The large ship lost near Slains Castle, as formerly mentioned, is supposed to be a foreign vessel probably belonging to Dantzick, from the contracted word Dansk being branded on part of the wreck.

The Turnip Crop is uncommonly fine this season, particularly in the county of Kincardine. One globular Turnip was pulled in a field of Mr Hunter's farm of Bankhead, in the parish of Arbuthnott, measuring 3 feet 9 inches in circumference, and weighing 88 lbs 2oz. averdupois; and there were many more in the same field of equal size.

Ploughing Match - The Competition for the Premiums given by the Highland Society for encouraging Improvement in Ploughing in Kincardineshire, took place on Wednesday the 5th inst. upon a field of old lea of Fetteresso Farm, in presence of a Committee of the Society, and a number of Proprietors and practical Farmers in the county; from the latter of whom the following were selected as Judges, viz. Messrs James Morrison, Tewel: John Johnston, Pitnamoon; David Milne, Cairnbeg; George Ross, Stone O'Benholm; George Morrice, Arduthie.

The day was favourable for the operation, and twenty-seven Ploughs started, under Regulations previously drawn up and promulated. When the work was finished, which in general was within the time allowed by the Judges, they came upon the ground; and after a careful examination, adjudged the Prizes, which were six in number, as follows: The 1st - Two 1-half Guineas, and the Society's Silver Medal, to James Wright, servant to Mr Barclay of Ury. The 2d - Two Guineas, and the Silver Medal, to William Hunter, servant to Dr Young, Fawsyde. The 3d - One 1-half Guinea, to James Duthie, servant to Mr James Cuthbert, in Farrochie. The 4th One Guinea, to Robert Law, servant to Dr Young. The 5th - Half a Guinea, to David Laurie, servant to Colonel Duff of Fetteresso. The 6th - Seven Shillings, to William Burness, servant to Mr Thomas Brand, Mill of Mondines.

The Aberdeen Journal, February 17, 1802

Houses and Ground to be Sold - To be sold by public roup, within the house of George Ronald, vintner in Aberdeen, on Friday the 26th curt. at 6 o'clock afternoon, if not previously disposed of by private bargain,
That Piece of GROUND, belonging to James Smith, blacksmith, lying on the eastside of the road leading from the Gallowgate-head towards Inverury, measuring 75 feet in front, and upwards of 124 feet backward, with the Dwelling House and Smiddy built thereon.
The garden is well fenced, and stocked with fruit trees and bushes, and has an excellent pump-well; and the situation of the premises is extremely desirable, being on the line of the new road making out to the Gallowgate-head, and also fronting a cross road presently making out towards Barkmill.

The aid of the Public is earnestly and humbly folicited, in favour of Six Widows and Twenty Three children, the families of Six Men who unfortunately perished in entering the Harbour of NEWBURGH, on Saturday fe'ennight. There was another Man and a Boy besides six pilots, on board, whose families and relations have allo to depolre their loss. The smallest sum will be thankfully received at Mr Ewen's, Gable-Street; at Messrs Angus & Son's, Brown and Burnett, Booksellers.

Mrs Duff of Fetteresso was safely delivered of a son on the 13th inst.

Died here, on the 15th current, Mr Alexander Mitchell, merchant.

Died at Peterhead, on the 25th ult. at an advanced age, Mr Robert Dunbar, factor to the late Mr Garden of Troup.

At Gibraltar, on the 30th of December last, the Lady of Colonel Hay, of the Banffshire regiment, was delivered of a daughter.

On Saturday se'ennight in the evening, a Butcher who lives near the Bridge of Dee, was attacked in the Summer Road, as he was going home from market, by a soldier and a woman, (or a man in a woman's dress) and robbed of a few shillings, which was all he had in his pocket. He made a stout resistance for some time, but was at length overpowered, and the villain had the barbarity to stab him several times in the thigh with his bayonet. He was able to crawl to a neighbouring house, where he had his wounds dressed, and is in a fair way of recovery.

Last week a young lad in this place fired off a fowling piece at his brother, not suspecting it was loaded, by which his leg was much shattered - and in a day or two after, a young man fell into the same unlucky mistake, and shot a man in the thigh. Both are now in the infirmary.

On the 8th inst. the Mearnshire Volunteers, commanded by Major Duff, were inspected by Colonel Gordon of the Duke of York's or Royal Invernesshire Highlanders; when they went through their different evolutions and firings with a precision that proved the attention there must necessarily have been paid to the discipline of the corps - and in the evening there was a genteel ball and supper at Stonehaven.

The remainder of the gallant 92nd Regiment, or Gordon Highlanders, have now arrived at Cork, under the command of Lieut. Col. Napier. We are glad to hear, that they are stronger both in numbers and in health, than could have been expected, after their arduous services in Egypt.

The Aberdeen Journal, January 3, 1891

Births - At Marjorie Cottage, Gladstone Place, Woodside, on the 1st January, the wife of Duncan Cameron, of a daughter.

Marriages - At 300 Great Western Road, Aberdeen, on the 2nd inst., by the Rev. G. Webster Thomson, BA., Alexander George McLeod, of Elgin estate, Dembula, Ceylon, to Marion Margaret, daughter of John Murray.

At 9 Roslin Terrace, Aberdeen, by the Rev. Henry Bell, Free High Church, Frederick Williams, compositor, to Annie, third daughter of the late Alexander Tough, house builder, Buxburn.

At 293 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, on the 31st ult., by the Rev. W M Wilson, North Parish Church, William Wilson, ironworker, Dundee, to Isabella, youngest daughter of the late William Cruickshank, gardener, Aberdeen.

At 2 Victoria Road, Torry, Kincardineshire, on the 1st January, 1891, by the Rev. Edward Brown, Torry, Walter Dryburgh, Kirkcaldy, to Nellie Amelia, fourth daughter of Charles Bruce, Aberdeen.

At Slains, on the 1st inst., by the Rev. George Greig, Minister of Slains, James Philip, M.A., Crathie Public School, to Mary Ann Duguid, daughter of William Glennie, Slains, Ellon.

Deaths - At 96 King's Crescent, Aberdeen, on  the 2nd inst., Lewis Stewart - deeply regreted.

At 7 St Andrews Street, on the 31st ult., Barbara Troup, wife of William Finnie, aged 68 years.

At 14 Bon-Accord Lane, Aberdeen, on the 2nd inst., Alexander Grant, aged 55 years. Funeral on Monday, 5th inst., at 12 o'clock, to Newhills Churchyard. Friends will accompany the remains to North Broadford.

At 9 Colville Place, Aberdeen, on January 1st, 1891, William Anderson, late checker, Newcastle and Hull Shipping Company, aged 65.

At the Linn, Peterculter, on the 2nd inst., Alexander Walker, farmer, aged 79 years.

At Zanzibar Villa, Dyce, on the 2nd inst., Alexander Burgess, sen., aged 66 years.

At Newton of Auchindoir, on the 2nd inst., Harry L Smith, farmer. Funeral on Tuesday, the 6th, at Twelve o'clock noon, to Churchyard of Clatt.

At Millstone Point, Conn., USA., on the 16th December 1890. Alexander Thomson, aged 40, foreman, Messrs Booth Brothers' Millstone Quarries, son of George Thomson, storekeeper, Harbour Works, Aberdeen.

Lorry Accident in Market Street - About half-past twelve o'clock yesterday afternoon Ann McDonald (66), residing at 13 York Street, was run down by a lorry in Market Street. Her left leg was fractured at the ankle and she also sustained a severe scalp wound. The woman was removed to the infirmary in a cab.

Charge of Assaulting a Lunatic - Wm. Brown, head male attendant, lunatic wards, Oldmachar Poorhouse, was brought before Sheriff Brown yesterday on a charge of having on 29th December last assaulted Alexander Forbes, fatuous pauper, then an inmate and under his charge, but now in the Royal Lunatic Asylum, by beating him on the head with a brush, cutting him to the effusion of blood. He pleaded not guilty, and his trial was fixec for a week hence. On the application of Mr. J. M. I. Scott, solicitor, the accused was admitted to bail of 5.

Aberdeen Man Killed in America - Alexander Thompson, foreman for the Booth Brothers at their Millstone Quarry, United States, died, on December 15th of injuries resulting from his being thrown from his carriage. Mr. Thompson was returning from his day's work at Millstone to his home at Spithead, and had reached the bridge over the railroad track on the new road leading to Millstone, when he saw a working train to the eastward of the bridge. Fearing that his horse might be frightened should he be on the bridge when the cars passed under, Mr. Thompson waited for the train to go by. After it had gone under the bridge, in the direction of Niantic Mr. Thompson drove on to the bridge but the train in the meanwhile had stopped and was backing down, so that it came under the bridge just as he drove on. The horse became frightened and ran across the bridge and down the decline to the westward, and as the carriage went round a curve Mr. Thompson was thrown violently to the ground, breaking his back. He was seen to fall, and assistance was soon at hand. The unfortunate man was taken into Mr. McNaughton's dwelling near by, where he lingered until 9.30 o'clock, at which hour death came to his relief. Deceased was a native of Aberdeen, 42 years of age, and came to Millstone three years ago from the Smith Granite Company's Quarry, Westerly. Since that time he has been foreman at Booth Brothers' Quarry. He Was highly valued by his employers, and was held in great esteem by all his fellow-employees and his neighbours. He leaves a wife and seven small children.

Aberdeen Monument for Bermuda - Messrs Simpson Brothers, granite merchants, Cotton Street, Aberdeen, have just completed a beautiful monument to be erected at Bermuda "in memory of the non-commissioned officers and men of the 1st Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment who died of enteric fever and from other causes while stationed at Bermuda during the years 1888-89-90." The monument, which is of granite from the Dyce Quarries, stands 16 feet high, and has an imposing appearance. There are three bases. The lowest, which is 4 feet square, is of axed granite, and the others are polished. Above these is the pedestal with a handsomely-moulded cornice, and set off by a finely-polished pillar at each of the four corners. On the front slab is the inscription already quoted, and on the other sides are the names of the soldiers including 1 quartermaster, 3 sergeants, and 26 privates. An octagonal obelisk rests on the die. It is surmounted by a carved finial, and, like the other parts of the monument, is polished. The stone is of particularly fine character, and it has been worked and finished in a manner which reflects the highest credit on the firm. The monument will be shipped for London next week.

The Aberdeen Journal, March 3, 1892

Births - At Old Aberdeen, on 2nd inst., the wife of Professor Kennedy, of a son.

At 28 St Swithin Street, Aberdeen, on the 2nd Inst., the wife of Sydney Townshend, of a son.

Deaths - At 27 York Place, Aberdeen, on Wednesday, 2nd March, Mrs Charles Wilson, in her 77th year.

At 15 Argyll Place, Aberdeen, on the 2nd March, Helen Still, widow of William Paterson Anderson, late Kirkton of Logie, Ellon, in the 69th year of her age.

At 34 Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen, on the 2nd Inst., Mary Ross, aged 5 months, daughter of George M Smith.

At the Royal Lunatic Asylum, Aberdeen, on the 1st March, George Pirrie, ship carpenter. Funeral of Friday the 4th Inst., at Three o'clock.

At Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, on the 1st March, John Cooper, crofter, Burngrains, Methlick. Funeral on Thursday at Methlick Churchyard, at 2 o'clock P.M.

At the Boathouse, Woodside, on the 1st Inst., William Smith, aged 72 years.

At Bankhead, on the 29th February, Margaret Mutch, wife of Robert Cowie - deeply regretted.

At Cairneyfarroch, Auchindoir, on the 21st ult., Margaret Smith, aged 84, eldest daughter of the late John Smith, farmer, Howets, Kennethmont, and for 39 years the faithful servant and housekeeper in the family of the late Rev. John Murker, Banff.

At Washington, D.C., USA., on the 14th February, Lizzie Ritchie, aged 25 years, third daughter of James Fullarton, harbour meter, 1 St Mary's Place, Aberdeen.

Sudden Death of Children in Aberdeen - William D Bain, aged four weeks, son of Wm. Bain, stonepolisher, Mitchell's Court, West North Street, was found dead in bed in his mother's arms early yesterday morning. Dr Macdonald, Castle Street, who was called, is of opinion that death resulted from natural causes. About the same time Mary Ross Smith, aged five months, daughter of George Smith, stonecutter, 34 Hutcheon Street, was found dead under similar circumstances. Dr M'Combie, King Street, who saw the body certified that in this case also death arose from natural causes, the child having been weakly for some time.

 Improvements at Pocra Pier - At a meeting of the Works Committee of Aberdeen Harbour Board held yesterday - Shoremaster Kemp convener - a report was submitted by Mr William Smith, harbour engineer, referring to damage done at Pocra Pier by the S.S. Guldford. It was stated that the steamer had torn away the clump of three piles forming the south-east corner of the jetty, and damaged the planking of the wharf. If the wharf was to be restored to its former dimensions, Mr Smith proposed to drive a clump of sheet piles to form a solid corner as at Provost Matthews' Quay, the cost being put at 70. He further proposed to extend the cattle wharf by 50 feet, as its present length - 151 - was rather short for the large steamers carrying Canadian cattle. The extension would afford space for landing and driving the cattle over the bridge to the new lairage on the adjoining ground, and would enable the landing of cattle to be carried on from both gangways of a vessel simultaneously. The cost was estimated at 450. It was agreed to carry out the first-mentioned improvement only, but, in connection with it, to extend the cattle wharf only 10 feet, the total cost being 90.

Flooding at Aberdeen Quays - In the vicinity of Waterloo and Trinity Quays, Aberdeen, the cellars of the premises  were on Tuesday afternoon invaded by water from the sewer pipes, and although the damage to property is not great, the water in some instances rose to a height of over three feet, and caused a considerable amount of inconvenience to the occupiers of the buildings. At Wellington Street and Commerce Street the flooding was slightly felt, but at Water Lane, Mearns Street, and more particularly in the cellars of the National Hotel and those of Baillie Mearns it rose to a height sufficient to float the lighter articles placed on the floor. Since the introduction of the pumping-engine at Clarence Street some eleven years ago, no case of flooding has occurred in the district mentioned, the cellars in which lie below water mark; and the cause of Tuesday's accident was not in any measure due to the pumping apparatus, but was caused by a piece of wood about 4 inches square, which must have entered the sewer outlet at Duthie's slip, gettting entangled with the safety valve at the manhole in Waterloo Quay opposite the Northern Agricultural Company's premises. On the cause of the flooding being discovered, the water was speedily run off. The tide was exceptionally high, the water rising to a height of about 22 feeet, and the covering of the sewer outlet having been partially open, the heavy pressure of water sent debris up the main, with the result that the pipe got choked in the manner indicated.

The Aberdeen Weekly Journal, January 29, 1881

Supposed Loss of a Portsoy Schooner - Grave apprehensions are entertained regarding the safety of the crew of the schooner Paul of Portsoy. The vessel left Laurvig, in Norway, on December 29, bound for West Hartlepool with a cargo of sleepers. The weather in the interval is known to have been very heavy, and a Copenhagen telegram of the 12th inst. announced  receipt of intelligence from Thisted to the effect that a small vessel laden with sleepers and with "Paul" painted on her stern had driven ashore capsized at Klitmoiler, on the coast of Jutland. There were no further particulars. A subsequent telegram, dated Thisted, Jan 13, reported that a capsized vessel probably a kuff of about 100 tons, laden with sleepers, had stranded there. Part of the name-board marked "Paul" had washed ashore. Neither of the telegrams contained any information regarding the crew, and communications were at once addressed on the subject to the British Consul, but up to the time of publication no reply had been received. The particulars as to the wreck doubtless refer to the Paul of Portsoy. The Paul was a schooner of 91 tons, and was built in 1867. She belonged to Messrs J. Allan & Son. The whole of the crew are north country-men. The master is Mr Hay Maclagan, a well-known Banff seaman, the mate, Mr Williamson, belonged to Portsoy, and the other men on board were John Kynoch, Macduff; Priest, Portsoy; and a lad belonging to Sandend. Four of the crew are married, and some of them have large families.

Alleged Housebreaking - James Robertson (52), labourer, Albion Street, Aberdeen, was examined before Sheriff Thomson on Tuesday on a charge of theft by breaking into a smity at Rosehill Quarry, Oldmachar, at some time between the 29th November and 19th January. Having emitted a declaration he was remanded pending further investigation.

Stonehaven - The Charge of Forgery - On Wednesday John Wilson, labourer, Muchalls, was examined, before Sheriff Comrie Thomson, on the charge of having forged the name of Mr Andrew Donald, farmer, Windyedge, to a bill of exchange for 34 15s. After emitting a declaration, he ws committed to prison pending further investigation.

Stonehaven - Sudden Death - Mary or Marjory Caird (52), a single woman, residing in Evan Street, Stonehaven, was found dead in bed at nine o'clock on Wednesday morning. She had been in bad health for some time back, and was attended by some of her neighbours. On being missed on Wednesday morning, and her door being found to be fastened, and entrance was made to the home by means of the window, when she was found dead as above stated. Dr Edmond, who has been in attendance on deceased during her illness, was called, and certified the cause of death to have been heart disease.

Births - At 30 Bank Street, Aberdeen, on the 26th inst, Mrs E Young, of a daughter.

At Newburgh, on the 20th inst., Mrs Falconer, of a daughter.

At Cairnbrogie, Tarves, on the 21st inst., the wife of John Marr, of a son.

At the Mains of Strachan, on the 24th January, the wife of the Reverend Alexander McLean, of a son.

Marriages - At 20 Regent Quay, Aberdeen, on the 25th Inst., by the Rev. C. C. Macdonald, St Clement's Church, D. A. Macdonald, merchant, Aberdeen, to Mary Duthie, eldest daughter of the late Wm. Williams, wine-merchant, Aberdeen.

At the North of Scotland Bank House, Fraserburgh, on the 27th inst., by the Rev. Thomas Rogers, West Church, John Hay Moir, M.B., C.M., Newhall, Burton-on-Trent, to Margaret Ann, eldest daughter of Alex. Watson, bank agent.

Deaths - At 4 Ann Place, Aberdeen, on 27th inst., Ann Dickie, wife of Frederick Wright, Aberdeen.

At 9 Huntly Street, Aberdeen, on the 20th inst., John Hector Stephen, Sen., engraver, aged 68 years.

At 129 Crown Street, Aberdeen, on the 24th inst., Arthur Francis Buchan, aged eight months.

At 58 Green, Aberdeen, on the 24th inst., Mary Oldman, aged 55 years.

At 156 George Street, Aberdeen, on the 27th inst., Susan Mutch, aged 11 years, only daughter of George Laing, Eden Cottage, Cults.

At 26 Huntly Street, Aberdeen; on the 23rd inst., James Craig, saddler, Schoolhill.

At 27 Whitehouse Street, Aberdeen, on the 21st inst., Margaret Duncan, relict of Charles Esson, shipmaster, Aberdeen.

At 7 Nellfield Place, Aberdeen, on the 21st inst., Margaret Duncan, relict of Charles Esson, shipmaster, Aberdeen.

At 1 Affleck Street, Aberdeen, on the 21st inst., Alexander Smith, sometime wood merchant, Burns of Deskford, afterwards in North Curreldales, Alvah aged 87.

At Clearmont House, Don Road, Jersey, on the 18th Jan., 1881, the Rev. James Adam, M. A., Minister of the Parish of Newhills, Aberdeenshire, in the 61st year of his age.

At Inverurie, on the 22nd inst., James Troup, innkeeper, Banks of Ury, aged 74 years.

At Newburgh, on the 25th inst., Alexander Crevie, aged 70 years.

At North Bank, Skene, on the 10th inst., Fanny Brown, widow of the late William Glennie, in her 88th year.

Suddenly, at Urquhart Street, Forres, on the 17th inst., Hugh James, eldest son of Hugh Ross, general printer, Forres, aged two years and five months.


The Aberdeen Weekly Journal, January 11, 1895

Births - At 2 Bridge Street, Turriff, on the 9th inst., the wife of Robert Anderson, merchant, of a daughter.

Marriages - At the Imperial Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 10th inst., by the Rev. M P Johnstone, B.D., minister of Fraserburgh, Alexander Gordon, fishcurer, Fraserburgh, to Agnes, eldest daughter of the late G M Gordon, fishcurer, Rosehearty.

Deaths - At 91 King Street, Aberdeen, on the 10th inst., Andrew Wilson, draper, 47 Union Street, aged 34.

At 34 Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, on the 10th inst., John Henry Cowie, aged 29 years.

At 22 Belvidere Street, Aberdeen, on the 7th inst., Mrs Mary Philip or Cruickshank, widow of George Cruickshank, merchant in Aberdeen, aged 88 years.

Suddenly, at 83 Park Street, Aberdeen, on the 9th inst., James Forbes, late colour-sergeant 92nd Gordon Highlanders. Funeral on Firday, at 3pm., to St Peter's Cemetery.

At Post Office, Peterculter, on the 10th inst., Alexander Farquharson, eldest son of the late Alexander Farquharson, farmer, Burnseat, Dunecht, aged 58 years.

At Rose Cottage, Alford, on the 10th inst., Alexander Murray (of W & A Murray, coachbuilders), aged 36 years.

Yesterday, in consequence of the frosty weather, the Aberdeen Granite Works, employing 200 hands, ceased work. The other monumental works followed suit. Altogether teh number of people idle in connection with the granite and building trades numbers many thousands.

Death from Choking - James Forbes, (48), wood measurer and army pensioner, residing at 83 Park Street, was found dead in bed on Wednesday night. The body was seen by Dr Robertson, who gave it as his opinion that deceased had choked while under the influence of drink.

Peterhead Men with the Wiggins Expedition - A correspondent in Peterhead sends the following interesting notices:-

Captain Brown, who is about 45 years of age, has served a lifetime in the Arctic regions. He sailed for many years from Peterhead to Greenland, and latterly from Dundee to Greenland. Last year he made a voyage up the Kara Sea. He resides in Dundee with his wife.

Mr Robert Milne, a brother of Mr Milne, painter, Peterhead, sailed with Captain Brown as mate. He has also great experience in the Greenland trade, sailing for many years from Peterhead. Mr Milne is a son-in-law of Captain Brown, and resides in Aberdeen.

Mr George Loggie is a native of Peterhead, and served his time to the Greenland whaling in the old Traveller, of Peterhead. The first ship he went as master of was the whaler Sophia, of Aberdeen, on a voyage to Greenland. He was also for several years in the employ of the Hudson Bay Company, and had great experience as an ice-master. Mr Loggie sailed as mate with Captain Stephen, Peterhead, two years ago in the yacht in which Mr Battye went out in search of the great auk's egg. Three years ago he accompanied Captain Wiggins on a voyage to the Siberian coast. Mr Loggie is about 64 years of age, and resides in London. A brother of Mr Loggie still resides in Peterhead


The Aberdeen Weekly Journal, April 1, 1887

Births - At 6 Blackfriars Street, Aberdeen, on the 29th inst., Mrs George Grant, of a daughter.

Deaths - At Rosebank, Alford, on the 30th inst., Wm. Hay, sen., merchant.

Died at 63 Springbank Terrace, Aberdeen on the 31st March, Miss Alexa Gibb.

At 80 Carden Place, Aberdeen, on the 29th ult., Jessie Black, aged 17, youngest daughter of Morrice A Black, Esq., F.I.A., Australian Mutual Provident Society, Sydney.

Aberdeen - Fall Down A Stair - About half-past one o'clock yesterday and old man named James Young, late baker at Kennethmont, residing at 128 Chapel Street, Aberdeen, fell down a flight of steps in his dwelling-house, whereby he was severely hurt on the back and sustained severe internal injuries. The man was removed to the Infirmary.

Aberdeen - A Runaway from Whitehall School - Jessie Craig (15), was brought up at Aberdeen Police Court, yesterday, on a charge of having run away from Whitehall Industrial School on Friday last. She pleaded not guilty, but after evidence Baillie Berry sentenced accused to suffer fourteen days in prison, and afterwards to be detained in a reformatory for two years.

Aberdeen - The Accident at the Suspension Bridge - An action was recently raised in the Aberdeen Sheriff Court, under the Employers Liability Act., by James Sim, mason's labourer, residing at 8 Stafford Street, against James Leith, contractor, residing at Granitehill House, near Aberdeen, for 500 as compensation for injuries sustained by purser while engaged at the taking down of the archway on the west side of Wellington Bridge. A quantity of stonework fell, owing to the fault of persons for whom the defender was responsible, and pursuer was thrown violently to the ground, and his left foot and leg crushed and lacerated. The case we understand, has been settled for 160. Mr A Moffet was pursuer's agent and Mr J. S. Butchart acted on behalf of defender.

Aberdeen - Alleged Indecent Assault by a Pedlar - John Gerard (32) pedlar, Stronach's Close, Castle Street, pleaded not guilty at Aberdeen Police Court yesterday to having assaulted a pupil teacher near King Street on Tuesday, and to having committed a breach of the peace the following day in a public-house in Exchequer Row. Evidence was led, the policeman who arrested accused stating that he found in his possession a number of obscene photographs, and another witness deposing that Ferrard, to his knowledge, had made his living by selling indecent cards for the past four years. Accused expressing a wish to call witnesses to prove that he was not in King Street at the hour the asault was alleged to have been committed, the case was adjourned till Saturday, bail being fixed at three guineas.

Aberdeen Seaman Drowned - A seaman named John Connell, A.B., belonging to Aberdeen, was washed overboard the steamer Straits of Gibraltar and drowned on 26th February last on a voyage from Coosaw, South Carolina, to London. A strong gale prevailed at the time of the accident, and heavy seas were washing over the vessel. In a letter which has been received by the relatives of the deceased, who reside at 19 Gardener's Lane, Captain Dewar of the Straits of Gibraltar states that the accident was not observed, and even though it had the crew would have been powerless to render the unfortunate young man any assistance in consequence of the violence of the storm. The captain bears testimony to the excellent character borne by Connell, who had sailed with him for four years; and in Aberdeen much sympathy is felt for deceased's widowed mother, who has now had two sons drowned at sea. The deceased was 24 years of age, and unmarried.

Exciting Scene at Fraserburgh - Three Men Drowned - A NNW gale of extraordinary severity unexpectedly broke out at Fraserburgh yesterday afternoon, accompanied at intervals by heavy showers of rain. A Banffshire boat appeared rounding the breakwater amid breakers that surrounded her on every side. For some time the boat withstood the tremendous waves that rolled over her, but it was evident to the onlookers that this could not long continue, and, to the horror of the spectators, one huge billow overtook her from the effects of which she entirely disappeared. Nothing could be done for the crew, owing to the distance that the boat was from the shore, and no doubt was felt but that the whole of the poor fellows would be drowned. Nothing was seen of them for some time, but quite unexpectedly, the form of one appeared near the shore clinging to a net buoy. Following closely came another five floating in the same manner. The excitement grew intense owing to the probability of the men yet succumbing to the effects of their long immersion, and many of the spectators joined hands and rushed into the water, by which means the men were brought ashore. They promptly received medical treatment from Drs Beddie and Trail, who timeously arrived at the scene of the disaster. The boat proved to be the Margaret Flett of Findochty. The boat was manned by nine men, of whom the following was saved:- James Hird, George Thain, D. Sutherland, Alfred Thain, James Calder, and John Smith. Drowned:- Wm. Flett "Cornal" (skipper), Alex. Flett, and William Cameron, whose bodies have been recovered. In the course of the evening the boat became a total wreck. The other two stranger craft stranded are the Entre Nouse of Buckie, Joseph Jappy, skipper; and the Jessie and Isabella of Buckie, Alexander Murray, "Smacker" skipper. If the weather moderates both these and the Pitullie boat will probably get off without sustaining serious damage. Several local boats have not yet been accounted for , and great anxiety prevails regarding their safety.

The Aberdeen Journal, August 1, 1838

Births - At 73, Dee Street, on the 30th July, the wife of the Rev. W K Tweedie, of a son.

At Montrose, on the 24th ultimo, Mrs Dr Ogilvy, of a daughter.

Deaths - Died here, on the 17th ult. Mr William Knox, Mail Contractor, aged 40.

Died, at New Pitsligo, on the 26th instant, of a typhus fever, William Dovertie Strachan, eldest son of the Rev. Wm. Laurie, Episcopal Clergyman there.

Died at Roseacre Cottage, Portsoy, on the 17th ultimo, Eliza, fourth daughter of Robert Knight, Esq. During a severe and protracted illness, she exemplified a Christian and uncomplaining resignation to the divine will; while her many amiable and endearing qualities make her premature death to be now deeply mourned and felt as a most painful bereavement by her surviving relatives and friends.

Died, at Charlestown of Aberlour, on Saturay the 30th of June last, Mrs Catherine Fraser.

Death by Drowning - We regret to state that a young gentleman of the name Forbes, while bathing on the beach to the eastwards of Burghead, on Monday week, unfortunately went beyond his depth and was drowned. The only person near him at the time of the accident was another young man, also bathing, who was likewise in great danger. They endeavoured to assist each other; but the beach being composed of shingle, and a great deal of sea running at the time, their exertions were fruitless. The survivor was thrown on the rocks in a helpless state, and was saved by some fishermen, who ran to his assistance; but the deceased was swept out, and immediately disappeared. Mr Forbes was a native of Inverness, had just passed as surgeon, and had come down that day to Burghead for the purpose of visiting a relation previous to going abroad. The body was found on Tuesday evening.

Launch at Peterhead - 27th July - On Friday morning about 8 o'clock was launched from the building yard of Messrs Scott & Stevenson, a fine schooner of about 130 tons, named the Hope. She is the property of a company who have had her built expressly for the whale trade off our coasts. She is equipped with boats, lines, harpoons, &c., from London, of the kinds used at the South seas.

On Saturday Morning, the body of Andrew Christie, a boat builder at Skaterow, was found in the water a little below the Wellington Suspension Bridge. The unfortunate man had left a stabler's house in the town about two o'clock that morning, and had accidentally fallen into the water.


The Aberdeen Journal, January 25, 1865

Births - At Drumrossie Lodge, Insch, on the 17th inst., the wife of Mr George Souden, gamekeeper, of a daughter.

At Braeside, Rothmaise, on the 17th inst., the wife of Mr James Ledingham, of a daughter.

Marriages - At St Andrew's Church, Aberdeen, on the 24th inst., by the Rev. G. Sutherland, Incumbent of St. Ternan, assisted by the Rev. W. L. Low, Kincardine O'Neil, John M'Kay, M.B., Kincardine O' Neil, to Margaret Robertson, third daughter of James Robertson, farmer, Aquhorsk, Kinellar.

At Bruntyards, on the 19th inst., by the Rev. J. Davidson, St Andrew's, Banff, assisted by teh Rev. W Temple, St Luke's, Cuminestown, Mr James Milne, draper, Turriff, to Mary, third surviving daughter of Mr James Duff, farmer, Bruntyards.

Deaths - At Douglas' Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 14th January, Mary Allan Douglas, fifth daughter of Thomas Douglas, aged six years.

At 38, Bon-Accord Street, on the 23rd inst., Peter Ettershank Gordon, Esq. of Mosstown, aged 73 years.

At 4, Marine Place, on the 23rd inst., Angus Ross, aged 76 years.

At No. 23, Castle Street, on the 8th inst., Catherine Watson, aged 83, widow of the late Alexander Robb, baker, Aberdeen.

At 36, York Street, on Thursday the 19th inst., Agnes Imray, for many years the devoted servant of her late Grace the Duchess of Gordon, aged fifty-three years.

At the Water House, Union Place, Aberdeen, on the 22nd inst., Isabella Menzies, wife of Alexander Milne, residing there, aged 66 years.

At 30, Upperkirkgate, on the 16th inst., after a short illness, the wife of Alex. Playfair, Cabinetmaker, in the fifty-ninth year of her age.

At 5, Forbes Street, on the 17th inst., Mary Thomson, the beloved wife of George Rennie, Merchant, aged 34 years.

At North Lane, Old Aberdeen, on the 29th inst., Margaret Mitchell, wife of the late William Wallace, Wood Merchant, Aberdeen.

At Stuartfield, on the 4th inst., Margaret Ramsay, in the 35th year of her age.

At Urquhart Road, Oldmeldrum, on the 5th inst., Wm Brechin, feuar, late cart and plough wright, in the 86th year of his age.

At Church Street, Huntly, on the 17th inst., Miss Isabella Wilson, late of Corseystone, aged 67 years.

At Gordon Street, Huntly, on the 23rd inst., James, eldest son of Alex. Christie.

At Aberchirder, on the 17th inst., Jane, second daughter of Mr John Lorimer.

At Peterhead, on the 16th, George Milne, Shipmaster, aged 77. Deceased was in the British Fleet at Trafalgar.

At Cockmuir, Strichen, on the 18th inst., George King, aged 64 years.

At Strichen, on the 17th inst., Isabella Strachan, relict of the late John Coynach, Blackmoss, in the 68th year of her age.

At Chalmers' Hospital, Banff, on the 10th inst., George, son of Mr Duncan, station agent, Knock, aged 31.

At Troup House, on the 19th inst., Theophilus George, aged 23, youngest son of William Wernham, factor.

At Watten, Caithness-shire, on the 16th instant, Christian Murray, wife of Alexander Duguid, late farmer, Mill of Collyhill, Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, aged forty-nine years.

At Edinburgh, on the 11th January, after a long illness, Mr James MacPhee, late of Aberdeen, in the 55th year of his age.

On the 2nd Inst., at 6, Devonshire Place, Everton, Liverpool, of consumption, aged forty-nine years, Douglas Edward Milne, formerly of Aberdeen.

Sudden Death - On Wednesday, James Mearns, labourer, an old man of seventy-five, dropped down in South College Street. Mr Stephen, surgeon, Dee Street, was immediately called, but Mearns died in course of a few minutes.


The Aberdeen Weekly Journal, May 30, 1900

Births -

Anderson - At Greenferns, Newhills, on the 27inst., the wife of Andrew Anderson, of twins (boy and girl).

Bruce - At 100 Walker Road, Aberdeen, on the 27th inst., the wife of James Bruce, cooper of a son.

Bruce - At 31 Beechgrove Avenue, Aberdeen, on the 23rd inst., the wife of A. S. R. Bruce, solicitor, of a daughter.

Duncan - At 253 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, on the 23rd inst., the wife of James Duncan, mason, of a daughter.

Hector - At Tarland, on the 27th inst., the wife of William Hector; MB., of a son.

Mac Ewen - At Dyke Manse, Forres, on the 24th inst., the wife of George Mackie, MB., of a daughter.

Ross - At 111 Broomhill Road, Aberdeen, on the 25th inst., Mrs A S Ross of a daughter

Ross - At 337 Holburn Street, Aberdeen on the 28th inst., May, the wife of L. D. Ross, of a son.

Sim - At Auchreddie Cottage, New Deer, on the 25th inst., the wife of John Sim, of a daughter.

Smith - At 72 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen on the 28th inst., Mrs A Smith, Post Office, Lochmaddy, of a son.

Wyllie - At 131 Blenheim Place, Aberdeen, on the 23rd inst., the wife of John Wyllie, of a daughter.


Fraser-Cameron - On May 23rd, 1900, at the Cafe Royal, Aberdeen, by the Rev. A. D. Donaldson, Alfred Fraser, son of the late Donald Fraser, seaman, Aberdeen, to Annie Cameron, daughter of the late Peter Cameron, painter, Aberdeen.

Ingrid-Siddon - At the Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen on the 24th inst., by the Rev. T. D. Watt, Powis Church, Alex. J. R. Ingram, to Roberta Milne, daughter of the Chas. Siddon.


Baird - At Aberdeen, on the 23rd inst., George Baird, late of 47 Clarence Street.

Burnett - At Morningfield Hospital, Aberdeen, on the 28th May, Margaret Burnett, aged 76 years.

Clark - At 216 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, on the 26th inst., Nellie Whyte, second daughter of George Clark.

Christie - At Glencairn, Tullos, Nigg, on the 24th inst., Alexander Christie, manager, Seaton Brick and Tile Company, Aberdeen, aged 40 years.

Dalgarno - At Myrtle Bank, Don Street, Woodside, on the 24th inst., Isabella Reid, beloved wife of Robert Dalgarno, Prudential Insurance Company, Ltd. aged 50 years.

Duncan - At the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, on the 22nd inst., after a long and painful illness, Thomas Duncan, second son of the late James Duncan, shipwright, Aberdeen, aged 54 years.

Fowlie - At 2 Carlton Terrace, Aberdeen, on the 28th inst., Margaret Stewart, wife of George Fowlie, aged 62 years. Funeral on Thursday, at 2.30 p.m., to St Peter's Cemetery. All friends are cordially invited.

Hunter - At Bloemfontein, on the 22nd inst., of enteric fever, Private J. F. Hunter, Royal Scots Greys, eldest son of the late J. R. Hunter, M.A., schoolhouse, Betriphnie, Banffshire.

King - At 6 Marywell Street, Aberdeen, on the 26th inst., Miss Susan King, aged 64 years.

Leighton - At Albany Street, East London, South Africa, on 1st May, Williamina Scott, beloved wite of George Leighton, daughter of the late John Scott, shoemaker, 2 South Crown Street, Aberdeen - deeply mourned.

M'Gregor - At Bogniebrae, Forgue, on the 21st inst., Mary Begg, widow of the late John M'Gregor, aged 73.

M'Kerron - At 431 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, on the 24th inst., Alexander, eldest son of Alexander and Jessie M'Kerron, aged 4 years - deeply regretted.

Middleton - At Rothney Village, Insch, on the 22nd inst., Barbara Dawson, wife of James Middleton, coachbuilder, and eldest daughter of the late William Dawson, mason, Pitmachie.

Milne - At Ladysmith, on the 21st inst., Alex. Milne, telegraphist, of 83 Fonthill Road, Aberdeen aged 34.

Paterson - At East Mains, Kinmundy, Skene, on the 22nd inst., William Paterson, farmer, aged 74 years.

Petrie - at 52 Powis Place, Aberdeen, on the 23rd inst., William Petrie, aged 46 years, porter to John Black, tea merchant.

Pirie - At 814 King Street, Aberdeen, on the 28th inst., Phillis Johnston Pirie, youngest daughter of the late William Pirie, Brickfield, Old Aberdeen.

Simpson - At 81 Irvine Place, Aberdeen, on the 25th inst., the residence of her daughter, Mrs Playfair, Ann Robertson, relict of the late Charles Simpson, tailor, Aberdeen, aged 83 years.

Smith - At 17 Roslin Street, Aberdeen, on the 26th inst., Andrew Smith, master mariner, aged 41 years - deeply mourned. Funeral on Wednesday, 30th May, at Three o'clock p.m., to St Peter's Cemetery.

Smith - Suddenly, at 60 Urquhart Road, Aberdeen, on the 25th inst., Ann Knox, widow of the late Charles Smith, aged 50 years - deeply regretted.

Stuart - At 39 Menzies Road, Torry, on the 24th inst., James Gray Stuart, aged 41 years.

Wilson - At 39 Argyll Place, Aberdeen, on the 26th inst., Edith Jane, beloved daughter of John Wilson, aged six months.

The Late Sergeant Peter Grant, Durris

Sergeant Peter Grant, of the 2nd Gordons, who was buried with full military honours at Durris last week was a Crimean Indian veteran. "Old Peter" was a remarkable old man, and was a friend of General Hector Macdonald, who while in Aberdeen, it will be remembered, was charmed by a visit from the old soldier.

The Church in the East End - What About the Ministers?

A correspondent writes drawing attention to an incident which occurred in Aberdeen on Sunday as throwing what he considers a peculiar light on the movement for the increase of churches in the East End of Aberdeen. He states that a sergeant of the 3rd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who forms one of the Queen's Guard of Honour stationed at Balllater, was granted leave of absence in order ot attend the funeral of his boy, who died last Thursday. The man arrived at his home in the Footdee district about half-an-hour before the time at which the burial was to take place, and was informed by his wife, who was in deep distress, that she had omitted to arrange for the attendance of a minister to perform the last sad offices for the dead. She would not hear of the body being removed before prayer had been offered by a clergyman, and the husband set out to endeavour to secure the services of one. The sergeant, who is not a member of a church in Aberdeen, though there would be a minister resident somewhere in the district, but after making inquiry he was informed that he would not get one within a considerable distance of Footdee. He then made his way up town, and seeing Councillor Gray on the cabstand in Castle Street stated his difficulty to him. The councillor said it was only too true that no clergyman resided at Footdee, but he kindly offered to do his best to take the bereaved father out of his difficulty. He accordingly drove him to the residence in King Street of a young minister who was recently licensed, but this gentleman was from home. The councillor then drove him to the neighbourhood of Ladymill, to the house of Rev. Archibald Campbell, Nelson Street U.P. Church, who at once consented to perform the required duty. What our correspondent wishes to emphasise is that there is no minister resident within a mile to a mile and a-half of Footdee. "And yet," he says, "they cry about the people leaving the church. Is it not the case that the minister are leaving the people"?

It may be stated that the only clergyman resident in the East End of the city are the Rev. Thomas Macdonald, whose house is in connection with St Peter's Roman Catholic Chapel in Justice Street, Rev. R. C. Ross, of St Clement's Episcopal Church, who resides at 5 Canal Terrace (off Casle Terrace); and Rev. Andrew D. Donaldson, of Free St Clement's, who resides at St Ninian's, 35 Castle Street.


The Aberdeen Journal, May 12, 1869

Births - At 19 Albert Terrace, on the 5th inst., the wife of Wm. Gordon, merchant, of a daughter.

At 164 Crown Street, on the 8th inst., the wife of Thomas Darling, jun., commission merchant, of a son.

At 3 Whitehouse Street, on the 6th inst., Mrs James Lumsden, of a son and daughter.

At Caskieben Mains, Blackburn, on the 3d inst., the wife of Andrew F Williamson, Esq., of a son.

At Auchnieve, Tarves, on the 9th inst., the wife of Mr John Andrson, farmer, of a daughter.

At Durban, on the 14th March, the wife of Captain Airth of the Aberdeen clipper ship Illovo, of a daughter.

Marriages - On the 8th ult., at 42 Marischal Street, by the Rev. Thomas Dewar, South Parish, James M Gray, Dentist, Aberdeen, to Lizzie Roy, second daughter of the deceased William Gillan, H.M. Customs at Aberdeen.

On the 15th ult., at Craigielea, Gananoque, Ontario, C.W., the residence of Thomas Richmond, Esq., M.D., by the Rev. W. Maxwell Inglis, of St Andrew's Church, Kingston, James Ridell, Esq., Manager, Bank of British North America, Kingston, to Margaret, youngest daughter of the late Charles Fyfe, Esq., Aberdeen.

Deaths - At 9 Bon-Accord Street, on the 11th instant, Jean Morrison, relict of the late Rev. Fullerton Paterson, U.P. Church, New Deer, aged 74 years.

At 8 Union Terrace, on the 5th inst., George, eldest son of Jas. H. Williamson, Esq., Calcutta, aged 5 years and 3 months.

At Albert Place; Aberdeen, on the 5th inst., Robert Coutts, eldest son of Samuel Milne, builder, aged 3 years and 2 months.

At 21 Whitehouse Street, on the 11th inst., Wm Bruce, Sen. Builder, aged 73.

At Aberdeen, on the 8th Inst., Catherine Hancock, wife of Mr D Smith, missionary.

Suddenly, at 85 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, on the 6th inst., after a short illness, Alexander Collie, aged 81.

At Garlogie, Skene, on Friday the 7th instant, Jane Robert-Shaw, wife of Mr John Boyes, Manager, Garlogie Mills.

Farmer Fined 5 for Breach of Road Act - On Thursday, before Sheriff Thomson, David Davidson, farmer, North Mains of Boddam, Peterhead, was charged with contravention of the Road Act, inasmuch as that, on the 8th ult., he was guilty of riding on the foremost of two carts, without having reins attached to his horse's head, and also with not having the second horse attached to the first cart. The accused failed to appear, and was fined 2 for the first offence, and 1 for the second, with 2 expenses. He had been repeatedly warned before.

A Ship Carpenter Robbed of 30 - On Wednesday - before Sheriff Comrie Thomson - at a "first diet" Jury Court, Thomas M'Kay and Margaret M'Donald were charged with having stolen a purse containing thirty sovereigns from John Ronald Urquhart, Spa Street, in Castle Street, on Friday or Saturday, 16th or 17th April last. They pleaded guilty, and were sentenced - M'Kay to three months' and M'Donald to twelve months' imprisonment. Another was charged, along with these prisoners, alternatively with theft or reset of theft, but the case against her was not called, as the persons now sentenced may be summoned as witnesses under a new indictment.

Reward of Bravery - Presentation of the Albert Medal to Mr James Crowden, Muchalls

On Monday, at noon, Mr James Crowden, chief officer, Muchalls Coast Guard Station, was publicly presented with the Albert Medal, of the second class, in the Ball Room, Music Hall Buildings, in recognition of his services of saving life. It will be remembered that on the occasion of the loss of the schooner, "Kinloss," of Aberdeen, on 21st December last, near the fishing village of Skateraw, Kincardineshire, through the noble exertions of Mr Crowden and others, the crew, with the exception of the mate, who was drowned, were got safely ashore. The Hall was well filled with and assemblage comprising many of the elite of the town. On the platform were - the Lord Provost; Captain Berkeley, Inspecting Commander, Aberdeen District Coast Guard; Baillies Henderson and Fraser; Treasurer Lumsden; Councillors Leslie, Harper, J. Ross, Matthews, M'Kinnon, Barclay, Daniel, H. Ross, and Playfair; also, Mr Angus, Town Clerk, and Mr Gordon, City Chamberlain. A number of laides and gentlemen occupied seats in the hall. Among the latter we observed - Right Rev. Bishop Suther; Dr Harvey; Colonel Lumsden of Belhelvie; Provost Webster; Mr Lyall Grant of Kingsford; Duncan Forbes, Esq.; W. Rose, Esq., shipowner; J. Rose, Esq., shipowner; W. Thom, Esq.; John Blaikie, Esq.; J. A. Sinclair Esq., Staff Surgeon Ross, H.M. ship "Winchester;" A. Webster, Esq., advocate; D. Littlejohn, Esq., advocate, &c.

The hall was decorated with flags, and on either side of the platform was a body of Coast Guardsmen and Man-of-wars-men, who nearly all wore one or two medals.

Boy Sent to the Reformatory - On Saturday, at the Police Court, before Baillie Fraser, a boy named William Cameron, Guestrow, 13 years of age, was brought up to receive a sentence for having stolen a parcel of tobacco, weighing about 17lbs., from the Great North of Scotland Railway Co.'s Goods Station. The case was heard on the previous day, and on Saturday he was sent ten days to prison, and five years to the Oldmill Reformatory.


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