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Local History / Genealogy > 2012

  • AN EXILE RETURNS - (27 KB - MS Word)
    A recent visitor to the village in search of his ancestors was Sidney Leys from London, Ontario where he has lived since 1972. His father, also Sidney, originally worked in the Aberdeen shipyards as a rivet heater ...
  • THE MILL AND THE MILLER - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Obtaining meal these days is a relatively simple matter. One either goes to the nearest corner shop (if such exists) or travels to the nearest convenience store or supermarket ...
  • A MILLSTONE COMES HOME - (26 KB - MS Word)
    A document found recently in the Burnett Archive was headed "Charge for Millstone Summer 1756". To those of us living in the 21st century far removed from the day to day life of a totally agricultural community, this document may convey little meaning, but in the mid 18th century...
  • GO SOUTH - NOT WEST - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Regular readers of these articles will be aware of the movement south of people from this area in search of work during the 18th century. A number of them prospered...
  • BOWLING ALONG - (27 KB - MS Word)
    With the spring now well advanced the bowling green is becoming quite busy. Bowls, of course, is an old, even ancient, sport, as Sir Francis Drake is recorded as playing the game as the Spanish Armada approached the English Channel in 1588...
  • SHANKS' PONY - (742 KB - MS Word)
    The above photograph was received from a friend recently and was captioned "Fetternear Gardens"...

  • FETTERNEAR GARDEN FETE - (37 KB - MS Word)
    The following poem was sent in by an avid reader of the newsletter after reading last month's article. It was written by Mrs Stephen, wife of the then village postmaster, who did much for charity during her stay in the village in the years following World War II...
  • CROFTING - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Recently the writer had to hand that north-east classic by David Kerr Cameron "Willie Gavin Crofter man" which details the life of the crofter as he struggled to make ends...
  • CROFTING AROUND KEMNAY - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Craigearn, which was annexed to Kemnay around the middle of the 17th century, consisted mainly of crofts and smallholdings...
  • THE HORNER - (26 KB - MS Word)
    The last area of land around Kemnay to be broken in frae the hedder an the fun [Flora Garry] was the Horner – an area of land lying to the south-east of Parkhill...
  • PARKHILL/KIRKSTYLE - (26 KB - MS Word)
    During the 18th century when much of the agricultural developments were taking place across the country, it was regular practice for landed proprietors to employ artisans on favourable terms...
  • BACK TO KIRKSTYLE - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Although no image now exist of the buildings originally occupied by the Leys family, they were situated along the side of the road at the foot of the present day gardens. They were rather humble thatched buildings and the ceilings were so low that the top mouldings had to cut off the top of the grandfather clock in order to allow it to stand upright...

 

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