14 December 2014

Eliza F. Cruden

We insert with painful regret a melancholy accident which took place in the vicinity of Cupar of Angus on Thursday the 8th instant.  As ELIZA FARQUHARSON CRUDEN, a child of five years old, and daughter of William Cruden, Esq. was travelling northward, the door of the carriage, by some unhappy circumstance flew open, whereby the child was precipitated with violence on the road, when the back of the head pitching on the ground, deprived her immediately of life.  Her body was brought to this place, and interred on Sunday last, in the burying ground here.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 14th December 1814.

Betty Grant: reward for information


THERE was a middle aged woman absconded from her service, early on Monday morning, and carried off with her, almost the whole of her Mistress's Wearing Apparel.  She calls herself BETTY GRANT, and said she was a native of Fraserburgh.  She is a thick, small sized woman, black complexion, her last service was with Gilbert Thom, in Echt.  A Reward will be given to any person who can give information concerning her.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 14th December 1814.

James McBeath

On this day we remember James McBeath, Lance-Corporal in 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who was killed on 14th December 1914 near Ypres.  He was the son of Mary Ann Dow and the father of the renowned folk-singer Jimmy McBeath, to whom a stone is dedicated in Portsoy New Cemetery.

7 December 2014

George Stronach, master of sloop Mariner

On the 19th inst. a coroner's inquest was held at Newcastle, on the body of Geo. Stronach, master of the sloop Mariner, of Garmouth, who was unfortunately killed by falling off an arched foot road, leading down the south shore, Gateshead.  He had been at the sign of the Lion (which is not twenty yards from the place) the Wednesday night preceding, and left the house about nine o'clock, to go on board of his sloop then lying in the river, and though almost immediately taken back to the Lion, and the assistance of a surgeon very soon obtained, he only survived a few hours.  - Verdict accidental death.  This dangerous pass is immediately to be buttressed, and put in such a state as to prevent similar accidents in future.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 7th December 1814.

Margaret Fraser, accidental drowning

Yesterday afternoon, the body of Margaret Fraser was found in the Canal, near Hadagain.  She was a poor woman, and dealt in gingerbread and confections; and is supposed to have fallen in on her way from some of the country markets.  She had been amissing for a week or two.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 7th December 1814.

James Smith, Cairnie


A Meeting of the Creditors of JAMES SMITH, Tacksman of Shenwall of Cairnie, will be held within the house of Robert Knight, vintner in Keith, upon Friday the 16th day of December current, when an offer of Composition, and other matters of importance, will be submitted to their consideration.  It is therefore requested by Mr Smith, and his Trustees, that all those interested with either attend personally, or empower others to act for them at the meeting.

Keith, 3d December, 1814.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 7th December 1814.

30 November 2014

Banffshire Ploughing Competition

Ploughing Match, Upper District of Banffshire. - The Ploughing Competition for the Premiums allowed by the Highland Society of Scotland to the best Ploughmen in the parishes of Kirkmichael, Inveraven, Mortlach, Boharm, Aberlour, Knockando, and those parts of the parish of Rothes lying above the village of Rothes, took place on Friday the 18th day of November current, on a Field of Mr J. Grant of Arndilly's Farm of Wester Gauldwell, in the parish of Boharm, in presence of George McPherson Grant of Ballindalloch, Convener, and a Committee of the Society: 25 Ploughs started, 21 of which were drawn by two horses, and 4 by two oxen each.  The whole work was performed in a masterly manner, and with great regularity and dispatch; and the judges were considerably difficulted in selecting the best performances - but after mature deliberation, they awarded the Premiums as follows:-

1st, Three Guineas and a Silver Medal, to Alex. Gauld, servant to Captain John Watt, in Nethercluny, Mortlach.

2d, Two Guineas, and a Silver Medal, to Alex. Grant, servant to James Hay, in Tininver, Mortlach parish.

3d, Two Guineas, to George Duncan, servant to Mr McDowal Grant of Arndilly, Boharm parish - whose Plough was drawn by a pair of oxen.

4th, One Guinea and a Half, to John Russel, servant to Patrick Stewart, Esq. of Auchluncart, Boharm parish.

5th, One Guinea, to James Morison, servant to Mr Wm. Anderson, in Drumbain, Rothes parish.

6th, Half-a-Guinea, to James Horn, servant to Wm. Marshall, Esq. Keithmore, Mortlach parish.

A competition of this kind being new in the district, a great many practical farmers, and a vast concourse of spectators, attended from all quarters of the country, who were all highly delighted with the performance, and who made a liberal contribution, which was distributed among the unsuccessful candidates.

The convener and members of the committee, the judges, and a number of respectable farmers, afterwards dined together, at the Inn of Elchies, New Village of Charlestown of Aberlour; when Resolutions were entered into for establishing an Agricultural Society, under such regulations as cannot fail of being highly beneficial to this district of country.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 30th November 1814.