All posts in "Heritage"

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 […]


How Stonehaven Celebrated the Coronation

By Jane Cruickshank / June 2, 2022

A BEACON at Dunnottar Castle tonight will light the way for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Stonehaven, where many shops have displays suitably bedecked with flags and bunting, such as this feature image of Cornerstone’s display. Some 69 years ago, the Queen’s coronation was a matter of huge public excitement, with a programme of events […]


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 […]

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