19 February 2017

Conviction of John Dow and Charles Dow

On Wednesday last, John Dow, and Charles Dow, labourers, were convicted before the Sheriff, of an obstruction of one of the Officers of the court, and an attempt to rescue a person apprehended by him under a warrant from the Sheriff, and were sentenced to be imprisoned in the Tolbooth of Aberdeen; John Dow for one calendar month, and Charles Dow for fourteen days.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 19th February 1817.

Margaret Silver, Fettercairn

On Monday, the 27th ultimo, the dead body of Margaret Silver, an old infirm woman, who resided at Moss-side of Eslie, in the parish of Fettercairn, was found in a bog adjoining the farm steading of Little Strath, where it had lain a fortnight.  She had missed her way in coming home from a neighbour's on the night of the 13th ultimo, and had wandered among the mosses until nature had faded.  As she sometimes went to visit her friends who lived at a distance, the neighbours did not take alarm until it was ascertained she was not with them.  Search was then made among the mosses, it being every one's opinion that she had fallen into some of the pits and been drowned, when, to the astonishment of all, the body was found on the other side of the moss where she resided, about a quarter of a mile distant from the above-mentioned place.  The body was carried to Fettercairn, and decently interred.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 19th February 1817.

12 February 2017

James Burr, merchant


JAMES BURR, late Merchant in Liverocklairs, having granted a disposition to his subjects in favour of Charles Auld, Merchant in Oldmeldrum, and John Raitt, farmer in Tillycarn, for behoof of his Creditors; all those having Claims due by him, are requested to lodge the same with legal vouchers, with said Charles Auld, or John Raitt, on or before the 22d of March first, as a division of the subjects obtained by his trustees will be made as soon as possible, if with the approbation of his creditors.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 12th March 1817.


Upon Saturday the 25th ult. the Annual Ploughing Match in the parish of Nigg, was held in a field on the farm of North Loirston, occupied by Mrs Reith.  The day being uncommonly fine, 17 Ploughs started about ten o'clock A.M. and finished their respective tasks (about half an Acre) about 2 o'clock P.M.  The work in general was so well executed, that it was with some difficulty the judges could determine upon the Premiums, which were adjudged as follows, viz.:

1st.  To John Davidson, servant, Kincorth.
2d.  To Andrew Edward, son of William Edward, South Kirkhill.
3d.  To William Beattie, servant to Mr Charles Elmslie, Cove.
4th.  To William Pirie, servant to Mr William Johnston, Middleton.
5th.  To David Tavendale, servant to Dr Cruden.
6th.  To John Donald, son of William Donald, Red-craigs.

As usual, a Prize was competed for by the Ploughmen, who got the first Prizes on former years, and was gained by George Sherriffs, servant to Mr William Edward, South Kirkhill.  The improvement on the Ploughing, within these few years, was evident to all present; and, as an instance of the utility of such Institutions, four of the Prizes, out of the six, were gained by the youngest Ploughmen in the Parish.  After the business was over, a large party sat down to an excellent dinner given by Mrs Reith; a number of loyal and appropriate toasts were given, and some excellent song were sung on the occasion, and the evening was spent with the greatest harmony, and at a late hour the company separated, highly gratified with the attention and hospitality of Mrs Reith.  On the Tuesday following, the Ploughmen gave a Rural-dance and Entertainment, to their female friends and sweet-hearts, in Gregory Cumming's, Boat Inn, Torry.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 12th February 1817.

5 February 2017

Cairnlob, Lonmay


THE FARM of CAIRNLOB, as lately occupied by George May, is to be let, for nineteen year, and crops, with entry immediately.

John Milne, ground-officer at Cairnlob, will point out the boundaries; and further particulars will be learned on applying to Alexander Milne at Crimonmogate.


A quantity of very superior RYE GRASS SEED, from Second Year's Grass, for sale.

Apply as above.

Crimonmogate, Jan. 27 1817.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 5th February 1817.


THE following FARMS, on the Estate of ELLON, belonging to the Honble. WILLIAM GORDON, are to be let for 19 years, entry at Whitsunday next.

KNOCKOTHY, possessed by David Thomson.
KNAPS of WATERTOWN by James Hardie.
COALHILL, by George Ingram; with Part of PIKLETTUNE addes to it, and Part of MILL  of WATERTOWN, in the occupation of Wm. Pittendreigh.
Part of FECHILL, occupied by George Barron.
OVER-LOGIE, by the heirs of the late Rev. Mr Paterson.

All these Farms lye within a mile of the town of Ellon.

Persons desirous of taking any of the above Farms in lease, will lodge their offers with Alex. Crombie, Advocate in Aberdeen, betwixt and the 14th February next.  The ground-officer will shew the boundaries.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 5th February 1817.

29 January 2017

Farm Leases in Maryculter and Fetteresso


The following POSSESSIONS, belonging to WILLIAM GORDON, Esq. of Fyvie, in the parishes of Maryculter and Fetteresso, are to be let for 19 years, entry immediately, viz.

THE Farm of EASTSIDE, lately possessed by David and George Esson.
That Part of the Farm of WESTSIDE, as lately occupied by Alex. Middleton.
The Croft of GREENS of CRYNOCH, as lately occupied by John McDonald.
The Two Crofts on ROTHNICK, parish of Fetteresso, as lately occupied by Andrew Leiper.

These Lands are susceptible of much improvement - the soil is in general good; and to industrious tenants the Proprietor will afford suitable encouragement.

Should tenants prefer it, the Farm of Westside will be divided into smaller Possessions.

These lands will be let at the House of Maryculter, on Monday the 3d of February next, at 11 o'clock; and in the mean time, application may be made, for further particulars, to Chas. Chalmers, Advocate in Aberdeen; and Charles Raitt, Overseer at Maryculter, will point out the boundaries.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 29th January 1817.