All posts in "Heritage"

Stonehaven Man is Prime Minister

By bellmannews / December 13, 2019

Used with kind permission of the British Newspaper Archive – John o’ Groat Journal – Friday 02 March 1838 While on the subject of bellmen, I may conclude this sketch by relating a singular incident which came lately to my knowledge, relative to Peter Menzies, the son of the Stonehaven bellman. Martial Keith, a celebrated Scottish […]


Getting Around

By bellmannews / December 8, 2019

By ”The Mearns Rover” – Next time your teenager asks you for money, tell them to go down to Waldie’s and ask about getting a paper round to earn some cash for themselves. Then watch as they regard you with slack-jawed incomprehension and mumble something along the lines of: “Huh? A what?” These days we […]


Memory Lanes

By Jane Cruickshank / November 24, 2019

The paths of my childhood by “The Mearns Rover” – There is a hidden side to Stonehaven, which as a child I loved. I suppose it is common to all villages, towns and cities, but it requires local knowledge built up from years of exploring … the often-unknown paths that connect one street to another. […]


The creation of Stonehaven’s War Memorial

By Martin Sim / November 2, 2019

Stonehaven’s War Memorial is a particularly noticeable monument, standing on top of the Black Hill just south of the town. It is often thought of as being in a poor state of repair but this is the way it was designed to look – as unfinished or ruined as the lives of those it commemorates. […]


The Architect of Stonehaven’s War Memorial but much more.

By Martin Sim / September 21, 2019

John Ellis, Architect (1874 – 1929) John Ellis designed Stonehaven’s most noticeable piece of architecture – the War Memorial. He was born on 10 June 1874 in Stonehaven to John and Barbara (Thomson) Ellis. John (senior) was a shoe maker. They lived, and he worked, at 79 Barclay Street. One of seven children John was […]


Carron River flood work in Stonehaven

By Martin Sim / September 17, 2019

The work that is being done on the Carron river and Glasslaw burn progresses at it’s own pace. Sometimes there is a big change then it slows down a bit. It’s certainly worth a walk around to see what has changed. The problem can be that once it has changed you can find it difficult […]


Interactive History at St James’

By Jane Cruickshank / September 2, 2019

From David Fleming – St James’ Episcopal Church is proud to announce the opening of its new, fascinating, permanent and interactive Exhibition, ‘Priests and Pipes’, representing over three centuries of intriguing church history.  The highlight is a display of the Burns Bible dated about 1716 and bought for use in the original Episcopal Chapel in […]


Stonehaven’s War Memorial

By Martin Sim / August 11, 2019

Stonehaven’s War Memorial was built in 1922 and officially unveiled in 1923 to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in the ‘Great War’ of 1914 -18. More names were added after the end of the Second World War -1938 – 45. It was designed by local architect John Ellis to look like […]


Stonehaven’s Visionary Inventor

By bellmannews / June 29, 2019

Robert W. Thomson (1822 – 1873) From A Goodly Heritage by Archibald Watt, published by Stonehaven Heritage Society, 1990, and used with the kind permission of the Tolbooth Museum Robert Thomson was the father of modern transport and a remarkable inventor, the inventor, in fact, of pneumatic tyres. He also had a world-wide reputation in […]


Tree is Living War Memorial

By bellmannews / June 24, 2019

Sir, In recent times there have been some important and moving celebrations of events both from the first and second world wars.  We are in the near future about to celebrate another fairly unique event. On 6th July 1919 an oak tree was planted by the then Provost of Stonehaven to commemorate the signing of […]

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