Thank you for your Bloo Toon definition. Would Peterhead descendants not
be known as "Blue Town" gentry?? :) I recall my grandmother often
referring to certain families as "the gentry".
> People from Peterhead are known as bloomogganers and the town colour
> always been a dark blue. Bloomoggans were blue woollen socks worn by
> the feshermin (fishermen) who went see in cobbles (small wooden
> >From the fact that you could recognise a Peterhead lad by his socks,
> they were called bloo mogganers. So all you Bloo Toon (Blue Town)
> descendants can all claim to be Blue Stocking aristocrats!
> Bred and born in the bloo toon,
> PS Once maternity hospital births became popular, most of the
> residents were born in the Broch (Fraserburgh) and this was only
> once the Bloo Toon got its own Maternity hospital (in the 70s?)
> In message <8sm3bn+rscm@...>, Linda Adam <taadam@...>
> >Can someone please shed light on the "nickname" for Peterhead being
> >"Bloo Toon". Would that mean "Blue Town" or named aptly because the
> >winds were always blowing in strongly from the sea?
> >I'm also wondering whether someone may be able to shed some light on
> >the Birnies or others from Peterhead and their contributions during
> >the two World Wars? A family member recalls that one or two of his
> >uncles (Birnie's) served on anti-submarine sweepers during WW I.
> >was, as can be imagined, a pretty hazardous occupation. Do you
> >to know where I could find data whether other family members served
> >other capacities?
> >One final query. Family members in Canada and the U.S. had received
> >reports that Peterhead had been bombed during WW II. I have located a
> >page from the Buchan Observer dated Tuesday, November 12, 1940. It
> >gives details of "Bomb Havoc in NE Town" and names of seven
> >of the bombing raid, one being James Birnie age 42.
> >The family homestead was a large house on Prince St. built of solid
> >Peterhead granite which would probably have made a fantastic bomb
> >shelter. Information as to what buildings would have been used during
> >air raids would also be greatly appreciated.
> >Linda Adam
> >Peterhead Genealogy at http://axs.com.au/~wsb/
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