NE Scotland Genealogy


My Ancestors
My Book
Odds & Ends
War Memorials
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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I know that the School Photos page is always popular. This month I have a real gem - Dunnottar Intermediate School from 1925 - with two of the pupils named. My thanks to Garry Macdonell for supplying this marvellous picture. If you recognise anyone in this photo then get in touch. If you have a school photo you'd like to share - then get in touch!

Following up on my occasional series on war memorials this month I've included one which can be found in a corner of Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Rather than being a reminder to those fallen in both world wars this one commemorates those who 'were killed or died of wounds or disease during their tour of service in India from January 1892 to November 1898'. It's a fascinating reminder of when Britain ruled across the seas and those who fell to maintain that rule. You'll find it on my War Memorial page and I hope you'll take a minute to check it out.

The final part of the story of the revelations from the local newspaper regarding the scandal that enveloped Nellfield Cemetery in 1899, when it is thought that up to 300 graves were destroyed or interfered with in some way. More names again this month, so if you suspect you have ancestors buried there prior to this date, then it would be worth checking these out. Be warned, this might be an uncomfortable read for some. You'll find the story so far on my Odds & Ends 2 page.


Finally our gardens and the surrounding countryside are showing their very best colours - from the bright green leaves of the trees to the mass reds and yellows of Rhododendrons. Looking at these puts a real spring in your step and reminds us all why we live in this area! So, if you haven't traced your ancestors in this part of the world yet, I hasten you to do so now - preferably with a visit when you too can enjoy the marvellous colours!

Well that's all for this month. Remember there are regular updates - so don't forget to come back and check them out!

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Colin A Milne