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Old Town Memories

By bellmannews / February 25, 2024

by Madge Mackie m.s. Watt (Parents John & Jessie Watt m.s. Wood) The Backies All the rubble from knocking down the old houses in the 30s 40s 50s and 60s to build the Council houses was dumped down the Backies which now accommodates the car park, the fishermens huts, the sewage works and the lifeboat […]

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Fossil Find Confirmed as Oldest Air-Breathing Creature

By bellmannews / January 28, 2024

SCIENTISTS have refuted a recent challenge to the age of the sedimentary rocks off Cowie – meaning Stonehaven can once again assert itself – confidently – as home to the world’s oldest air-breathing creature. Back in 2004, an amateur fossil-hunter, Mike Newman, was exploring the sandstone rocks on the Cowie foreshore when he discovered the […]

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Murder – Stonehaven’s Claim to Fame

By bellmannews / December 26, 2023

By Douglas Cusine Stonehaven is not usually associated with violent crime, but in the second half of the19th century there were two cases in which the accused were charged with murder. The better-known one took place at Mains of Urie in 1893, where a farm-hand, Robert Smith, shot and fatally wounded George McCondach and attempted […]

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The Birthplace of a Local Hero

By bellmannews / December 14, 2023

After decades of neglect by our local historians, John Duncan – a once celebrated botanist – is finally emerging from the shadows into the spotlight of recognition and appreciation. He was born in Stonehaven. Douglas Cusine has tracked down Duncan’s birthplace and provided this account – COWIE COURT AND JOHN DUNCAN Many people in Stonehaven […]

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A Splendid Parade and Memorial Rededication

By bellmannews / May 21, 2023

By Sandra McLennan – Over 100 bandsmen including 72 pipers led a parade through Stonehaven to the Black Hill on Saturday (20 May) to honour the 100 year old Stonehaven War Memorial in a special rededication ceremony. The event was organised by the Stonehaven Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) and attended by the Lord Lieutenant […]

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War Memorial Commemoration and Rededication

By bellmannews / May 17, 2023

The Square will be closed from 5pm on Friday 19th until approximately 5pm on Saturday 20th May, as well as road closures. Alternative parking will be available at Queen Elizabeth Park, Baird Park and Viewmount. There is no parking available around The War Memorial, although there will be disabled access.

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The Memorial – A Poem

By bellmannews / November 11, 2022

STONEHAVEN’S War Memorial will once again be the setting for the town’s tribute to fallen service men and women on Sunday. The Armistice parade assembles at the Market Square at 10.15am and marches to St James’ Church. Following the service, the tribute continues at the War Memorial at approximately12.30pm with the wreath-laying ceremony. The Bellman […]

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Tumbledown Tribute

By Jane Cruickshank / June 15, 2022

This year, at 11am on the morning of June 18, to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War, pipers around the world will join together in playing a tune composed by a Stonehaven-born piper in tribute to the sacrifices of all those who served in the conflict. Pipe Major James Riddell […]

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