The following PDFs are of books given by John Urquhart (1914 - ) formerly of South Tillydaff to William Walker aka Willim.
800.01An Aberdeenshire Farmer’s Diary The book covers the years 1768 - 1815
An Aberdeenshire Farmer’s Diary
From The Transactions of the Banffshire Field Club
A NORTHERN DIARY.
Mr Barclay said -
There has came into my hands the diary of John Allardise, who was tenant of Lower Plaidy. It is contained in two manuscript volumes. The first begins with the year 1768 and takes end (in two torn leaves) with 1807 Mr Allardise carries on the second volume until 1815, in which year, on September 4, he died. In circumstances detailed below, the diary was continued by his friend, who was also one of his executors, John Pirrie, farmer in Woodhead of Lathers, who takes up the narrative from the middle of 1815 and carries it on to 1826, when it ends. On the present occasion we deal only with the diary that was written by Mr Allardise, leaving the part that was compiled by Mr Pirrie for (possible) future treatment. The narrative that it provides will, we think, be found to be of more than ordinary interest.
The book is the property of Mr Alex. Ledingham of Fintry, whose family is of ancient settlement in the Lower Plaidy district. In the diary he notes of the experiences of the years are preceded by over a dozen pages in which the writer enters in much detail on his family history.
John Allardise, Lower Plaidy
Mr Allardyce died on September 4, 1815. Note the spelling of Allardyce varies in the document.
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=57.5835&lon=-2.4534&layers=168&b=1 # Lower Plaidy OS 25 Inch, 1892-1905
The violent storms and the road South of Aberdeen being cut off for months may be of interest to others.
Link to 800.01_AberdeenshireFarmersDairy.pdf [441.08kb] approx. PDF
800.02 THE PAST AND PRESENT OF ABERDEENSHIRE
THE PAST AND PRESENT OF ABERDEENSHIRE.
Reverend William Paul MD Manse of Banchory Devenick
Published by Lewis Smith & Son 1881
Various pages that were of interest to me
PDF 2 STATE OF RELIGION
PDF 3 FUNERAL USAGES.
" ... It was not considered respectful to the memory of a deceased friend if a quantity of strong drink was not consumed at his funeral - a mark of respect which was often too faithfully paid to him In consequence the guests often became intoxicated. I never saw a case of intoxication at a funeral; from what follows, however, it will be seen that a supply of strong drink was offered sufficient to exhilarate, if not to intoxicate, those who partook of all that was offered them. ..."
PDF 4 RESURRECTIONISTS
PDF 5 AGRICULTURE - THE PAST AND THE PRESENT.
PDF 7 SEASONS AND CROPS DURING THE LAST PERIOD OF THE LAST CENTURY.
PDF 8 DIFFERENCE OF THE VALUE OF LAND BETWEEN THE PRESENT AND THE PAST.
Link to 800.02_AberdeenshirePastPresent.pdf [70.34kb] approx. PDF
800.03 Memoir Of Robert Urquhart (1814 -1877)
"Reminiscences of a Police Officer"
"Sketches of in the Kingdom of Mar"
"Notes by the Way"
Originally Published by:-
216B Union Street,
Memoir of Robert Urquhart of Tillydaff, Midmar and Baillie of Aberdeen City. I would suggest that Urquhart Road, Street and Lane are named in his honour.
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=16&lat=57.1570&lon=-2.4742&layers=168&b=1 # Tillydaff Midmar
I have added a portion of the family tree, PDF Page 40. Major Urquhart of World War 2 "A Bridge Too Far" was a relative who is on the full family tree.
Link to 800.03_RobertUrquhart.pdf [427.01kb] approx. PDF
800.04 Katie Johnston (1806 -1900) Whitehills, Echt
This scan "details" the life of Katie Johnston.
Katie walked from her home to Aberdeen and back. I believed that this was documented within the scan. As yet I have not located the page.
John Urquhart (1914 - ) certainly told others and I that she walked back and forth to Aberdeen.
This is the location of Katie's cottage:-
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=57.1442&lon=-2.4732&layers=168&b=1 # Whitehills Echt.
(Rotate scan Anti-Clockwise to ease reading.)
Link to 800.04_Echt_Katie_Johnston_1806_1900.pdf [1.01Mb] approx. PDF
800.05 Random Rhymes Frae Hill O' Fare
Random Rhymes Frae Hill O' Fare
Garrack Cottage Skene
P Scrogie Ltd Observer Works Peterhead
Link to 800.05_RhymesHillOFare.pdf [216.2kb] approx. PDF
PDF Page 1 - Page 87 - ECHT VILLAGE
PDF Page 2 - Information supplied by John H Walker regarding Echt layout
The following map may be compared with the PDF Page 2 "block diagram."
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=57.1418&lon=-2.4332&layers=168&b=1 # OS 25 Inch, 1892 - 1905
PDF Page 3 - Page 48 WILLIAM ADAMS FAREWELL TO SANDYHILLOCK.
PDF Page 4 - Page 70 THE DREARY DEN O' SHOGGLE.
PDF Page 5 - Page 74 THE BATTLE OF CULLERLIE MOOR.
PDF Page 6 - Page ?? THE FORT O'BARMAKIN.
PDF Page 7 - Page 92 DUNECHT HOUSE.
PDF Page 8 - Page 94 THE BUCHAN TONGUE.
PDF Page 9 - Page ?? THE BUCHAN TONGUE FINAL REPLY TO ROBERT WATT.
800.10 Place Names Of The Parish Of Cluny
Place Names Of The Parish Of Cluny
Being The Substance Of A Paper
By The Late
Rev. Professor Cooper, L.L.D.,
Originally Printed By:-
34 and 36 Netherkirkgate
Various interesting things:-
Bogendinny - the fox's bog
Corskie - crossing
Culithibert - Corner well
Midmar - "... In documents of the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th centuries it is spelt Migmar or Megmar or Mygmar.
Midstrath (Birse) - Migstrath and Megstrath
# # # http://www.geographyinaction.co.uk/Townlands/pnamesmeaning.html
Spelling form Meaning Example
Maigh Moy Plain Moira (Maigh Rath - Plain of the fort)
Rath Rath Fort Rathfriland (Rath Fraoileann - Fraiole's fort)
The plain of Mar makes more "sense" so it would appear that the original "g" in Migmar has been mistakenly transcribed as a "d"
Cromar - the bowl of Mar also makes sense when looking down on Tarland area from the surrounding hills - Willim # # #
Sauchen - Williow Sauchen bus, Glen Saugh, the Sauchs, Savoch, or Sauk of Deer, etc.
Waulkmill - fulling mill - Concise Scots Dictionary 1985
Waulk - waulk, walk, wack, wak, wauk to make cloth thick and felted by a process of soaking and beating and shrinking Concise Scots Dictionary 1985
There are six estates Cluny, Castle Fraser, Linton, Kebbaty, Midmar and Corsindae, either wholly or partially in the parish of Cluny.
Link to 800.10_ClunyPlace Names.pdf [71.59kb] approx. The PDF
800.11 David Kerr Cameron - The Ballad and the Plough
David Kerr Cameron - The Ballad and the Plough
If as stated in these pages 19% of children were illegitimate we only need a three generations before the likelihood of parentage slips to 53%, only marginally better than 50 - 50. More mythology in some cases.
On the family tree sometimes the first child was "illegitimate" but was "integrated" when the parents were married. In other cases where the parents did not marry they often lived with their grandmothers and were their mother or father's "little brother" or "little sister".
Link to 800.11_DKCameron_Bastardy.pdf [573.68kb] approx. PDF
0.81 * 0.81 * 0.81 = 0.53
As such this reduces the certainty of Family Trees and ancestry at least in some instances.
800.20 Echt Place Names & Locations - what3words.com
This PDF provides links including "what3words" for use with mobile phones or computers required to locate the farms and houses other than Barmekin Park, Fareview, Forbes Park, Forbes Close and Orchard Grove Echt, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK. For convenience the relevant Post Codes are also provided. 800.20_what3words_Echt_UK.pdf [98.4kb] approx. PDF
e.g. https://map.what3words.com/tricks.sparkle.months locates Old Echt, Echt AB32 7AJ
800.30 Earth In The Universe
This PDF shows the distances, using SI units and Light Years, from Earth to various objects out to the known edge of the Universe. 800_30_Earth_Universe.pdf [26kb] approx. PDF
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