NE Scotland Genealogy


My Ancestors
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Local Photos
School Photos

Welcome to my website on the local history of NE Scotland!

My name is Colin Milne and I am a native of Aberdeen, Scotland. I have had a keen interest in local history for many years and as well as pursuing my own family history I have done research in a number of other areas. As a result I have amassed a collection of books, articles, photos and assorted data which you might find of interest. So I would like to extend a warm Scottish welcome to you all. Come in and have a look around...

For those of you new to my site I would recommend that you select the contents button now for further details of my pages. However if you are too impatient to wait here are a few of the highlights!

bulletPictures and details of many local graveyards
bulletArticles from local newspapers & journals
bulletExtracts from antiquarian books
bulletDetails of my ancestors
bulletLocal pictures of interest
bulletAnd finally - details of my book!

This site is far from static. Every month there are new additions (see below), so there is always something new to discover. I usually have at least one series of articles in progress along with a selection of other bits and pieces.

If you are a new visitor I hope you will come back again. To my many regular visitors, thanks for your continued support and kind words. Thanks also for all the feedback I have received. A number of features have been incorporated as a result of these. Further constructive comments are always welcome. You can e-mail me here

Finally a number of visitors have asked me about permission to use material from the site and other legal things. In order to clarify this you will find the terms and conditions of use on my contents page.

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MAY 2018


School Photos

Another two lovely School Photos for you to enjoy this month. Many thanks (again!) to Mike Kidd for sharing his school photos from Robert Gordon College. This month its his class from 1972. As a further bonus he's supplied all the names in his class - shown at the bottom of the page. Take a moment to check out the date above the door - 1732 - now that's history!

Another thank you to Jean Cumming who's also supplied more than one school photo. This time you'll find Jean in her class image from 1949/50 when she attended Tarves school. I'm always amazed at the quality of some of these photos and this one is a case in point. Remember that I'm still trying to find a complete photo of Jean's school photo from 1945/46 in which she's missing (photo (136)), so if you have a complete copy of this one I'd love to hear from you!

Once again I would like to thank both the above for sharing these images. I'm sure there are many out there who'll enjoy the results. Remember if you'd also like to share your school photo then get in touch!

It's a country theme in my Local Photos this month. The first image is a fascinating scene of the men and machinery around the threshing. The scene is believed to be either Keithhall or Udny in the 1920's or early 1930's. Either way it's an amazing photo - blending farming tradition with modern day technology.

The second photo shows an event that is well-known to country folk in this area - the Turriff Highland Games. The year is 1947 - so just post-war when money was still very tight. I'd guess the ladies in the foreground are happily watching the event without the burden of paying! 


It happens every year but it still seems like a miracle. Yes, I'm speaking about our gardens and countryside. From the drab blacks and browns we've transformed to vibrant greens and a plethora of other colours. Nature at it's best. I always say that if you want to see this part of the world at it's most colourful then get here in May!

That's all for this month. Join me again soon!

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Colin A Milne