All posts in "Heritage"

Fireballs History

By Jane Cruickshank / November 23, 2021

A FASCINATING history of Stonehaven’s Fireball ceremony has just been published. Put together by Martin Sim, The History of the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony features an edited collection of local newspaper reports from 1908 to 2002. After that date, the Fireball Association were in charge and Martin was was directly involved so it then becomes a […]


A Murderous Tale Behind Latest Sculpture on Boardwalk

By bellmannews / October 31, 2021

TODAY’S grim and blustery Hallowe’en weather was perhaps appropriate for the dawn installation of the latest boardwalk sculpture – marking a brutal murder at sea. It was a small crew of four who set sail aboard the schooner Nymph when it left Montrose for London in September 1865, with a cargo of floor timber. At […]


Stonehaven Man Made Tour of Britain Possible

By Jane Cruickshank / September 11, 2021

WHEN the Tour of Britain peloton takes to the road in Stonehaven tomorrow, the riders will pass the birthplace of a man who made their sport possible. Robert William Thomson was born at 8 Market Square on June 29, 1822. On December 10, 1845 he applied to patent the pneumatic tyre – Patent No 10990 […]



By Stonehaven Mens Shed / August 26, 2021

At 2340 hours on 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic of the White Star Line, struck an iceberg and has since earned her unenviable place in the folklore of maritime history. RMS Carpathia, Cunard Line, was 58 miles away and navigated the ice fields to arrive four hours after the Titanic had sunk and over […]


New Feature Commemorates our Ploughman Poet

By Jane Cruickshank / April 15, 2021

A HORSE-DRAWN plough is a new feature for Stonehaven’s Burns Memorial Garden. The century-old farming implement was donated by Jim Bruce who hosts a large agricultural heritage collection at his farm just outside Stonehaven. The plough breaks the ground for a project being undertaken by the Horizon Group in conjunction with the Stonehaven Burns (Fatherland) […]


Stonehaven Reminiscences

By bellmannews / February 21, 2021

By Callum Fraser – I originally wrote this for the Stonehaven Heritage Society magazine in 2008 and have regularly updated it with randomly triggered recollections as they occur to me. I hope it may bring back some long forgotten memories for those who grew up in Stonehaven around the same time. My first experiences of […]


Covid Tam

By Jane Cruickshank / January 25, 2021

by Anon of Cowie When Corona virus hits the streetAnd friends and neighbours canna meet,When market days are nae moreWhen naebody’s allood through yer door.Whilst we sit boozing at oor hamesGetting foo whilst playing games,Some on tables, some on boardsWhilst thoosands end up in the wards.And at they Holyrood, e’en on SundaysWe hear auld Sturgeon cancelling fundays.She prophesied that late or soonWe’d all be told to stay locked doon.An affa lot ignored her summonsIncluding Willie […]


Stonehaven and the Bluebirds

By bellmannews / January 10, 2021

A History of Stonehaven’s buses by Callum Fraser – For many years I have had a strong interest in buses, dating back to when I first took notice as a young child of the predominant Alexanders blue bus fleet and the contrasting olive green buses of Aberdeen Corporation. Alexanders buses had the almost romantic appeal […]


From Fish Processing to Postie then On the Buses

By bellmannews / December 12, 2020

Callum Fraser concludes his memories of his early work experience – I had the summer to fill before I went to University in 1965. Luckily I managed to join up with a team of three other lads for a full time job in a fish processing plant in Torry, by the River Dee in Aberdeen. […]


Early Work Experiences in Stonehaven

By bellmannews / December 5, 2020

By Callum Fraser – pictured on the left wearing a tie After reading a recent newspaper article where a blue-chip company chief executive was complaining that pupils were now leaving school unprepared for the world of work, I cast my mind back to my very early experiences of work beginning more than fifty years ago […]

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