Echoes No 21  2015

You can download the complete edition as a .pdf file  Here. It is about 7 megabytes in size.

Or you can download the individual articles listed below:

‘In Cot And Castle’ –  Jim Forbes tells the story of Dr Andrew Robertson, a prominent 19th century local citizen.

Keeping Your Eyes Open –  Andrew Wilson spots an unusual relic in St Moluag’s churchyard.

From Indego To Tarland Lodge –  Some episodes in the history of Tarland Lodge, by Simon Welfare

Droving Days Of The Past –  Sheila Ross explores the history of droving, once so important in the economy of Cromar.

Riding the Royal HighlanderThe days of stagecoaches on Deeside are brought to life by Ann Raeburn.

The Life and Times of James Roger 1809-1896 –  Joyce Marchant documents the life of one of her great grandfathers from Rhynie.

Extracts from the Diary of Kenneth MathesonSome glimpses into the life and interests of a gamekeeper at Balronald in the early 1900s.

Tarland TranslationTongue-in-cheek  Doric translations of offshore engineering jargon by Brian Black.

CHG Excursions 2015 –  Peter Craig’s notes for historical excursions exploring parts of Glen Gairn and Glen Nochty.

Breaking News!   The Old Kirk Belfry –  Some images of an iconic Tarland feature that we may not look up to much longer.

The One That Got Away A reprint of an article by Ian R Mitchell about Duffdefiance, visited by the Group this year.

Meet Our Ancestors –  Jan Healey & Joyce Marchant take a close look at the styles of gravestones in the Kirkyard.

What the Papers said about Cromar  – Nigel Healey has been plundering the British Newspaper Archive for local old stories.

A Time of Change –  A minister at Kincardine o’ Neil remembers rural life in his parish as it was before 1800.

The Graceless Loon –  A poem by Marion Angus about a youth once scorned by a beautiful Tarland lass.

The Balronald Thrash o’ 72 –  Brian Black’s poem recalling a memorable visit to Balronald by Robbie Gibb’s thrashin’ mill.

Next time you whizz along the Gellan straight  – More evidence supporting Tarland’s claim to be Deeside’s oldest continuous settlement.