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WEEKLY UPDATE - MARCH 09, 2003

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  • JIM ALLAN
    ... Weekly Update MARCH 09, 2003 ... THE TOWN OF ROSEHEARTY Although several tales exist as to why Rosehearty received its name, it is most likely they are
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      ------------ STONEHAVEN GENEALOGY ------------
      "Weekly Update"
      MARCH 09, 2003

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      THE TOWN OF ROSEHEARTY

      Although several tales exist as to why Rosehearty received
      its name, it is most likely they are but stories. In fact
      the more realistic source of the name is from the Gaelic
      "Ross'; meaning a promontory and "ard" a height. However,
      Pratt suggests it may also be from Rossachdair, "the
      anchorage ground near the promontory".

      From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century the area on
      which Rosehearty presently stands was occupied by a number
      of crofts, with the buildings clustered together.

      Then, in 1573, the JAM was erected. This building was lived
      in till before the last war. It is now a complete ruin and
      stands on Union Street facing the Temperance Hotel. A
      triangular stone plaque is in place above the old gateway.

      Another house was built around this time which was called
      the lodging house. A stone plaque once adorned the archway
      leading into the courtyard. When the present building, now
      the Bay Hotel, was built on the site of this dowager lady
      Pitsligo's residence, the plaque was kept and survives to
      this day. It bears a rose and heart and the inscription
      NUNC TROJA VBI SEGES.

      By the seventeenth century there were two small settlements and these
      were joined together as a burgh of barony, granted by Royal Charter,
      dated thirteenth July, 1681, by King Charles at Windsor Castle. On
      the 18th October, 1684, a town's charter was signed. Lord Pitsligo
      built a new seatown for the fisherfolk and this became known
      as "Newtoon". In later years this was reversed as new buildings
      emerged on the landward side. These residents were known by the
      fishers as "Newtooners" and this persisted until recent times; the
      dividing line then was Ward Road.

      The tollbooth built in 1638 was demolished in 1902. The business
      affairs of the family of Pitsligo were managed in the upper rooms,
      while the lower part consisted of the town's chambers and a prison
      cell. It had witnessed considerable changes. Part of it was turned
      into a cooperage last century, with the upstairs serving as a school.
      The building extended across the entrance to the Square from Union
      Street.

      The oldest buildings lived in today are the Forbes Arms, built in
      1746, and Margaret's Hairdressers on the Square, built in 1748. Most
      of the olden buildings are nineteenth century and belong to the
      town's heyday of the herring fishing.

      Much evidence survives to this day of Rosehearty's golden years of
      the herring industry. The old curing stations here have been
      converted without being distorted beyond recognition, for modern
      requirements. Two "Red Herring" buildings and a boatbuilding shed are
      among some of the landmarks still seen at Rosehearty. Lord Pitsligo's
      old seatoun is at North Street and although the buildings here have
      all been modernised, the layout of the gable end to the sea houses
      stem from this period.

      ---FAMOUS SONS---

      Professor Lawrence Ogilvie was born at the old UP manse on Pitsligo
      Street in 1898. He was lecturer in applied mycology at Bristol
      University.

      Professor Allan Downie, born in Rosehearty in 1907, was professor of
      bacterio logy at Uverpool University and was credited with a number
      of important breakthroughs. His close friend Dr Danny Gordon wrote a
      detailed account of his life in 1989.

      The Rev. Walter Gregor, Parish Minister of Pitsligo from 1863-1897,
      was one of Britain's best known folklorists and his work is of
      intense value today.

      Captain Tom Robertson, who built 52 Pitsligo Street, Rosehearty, was
      the son of the town's postmaster. He went to sea in 1865 and from
      1871 began a career as master on a number of full rigged ships. In
      1879 he was awarded the Royal Humane bronze medal for diving into
      shark infested waters to rescue a member of his crew. Again further
      awards were presented to him in 1895 while serving as master of the
      steamship Hawkhurst. A fierce fire raged while on the high seas
      between Antwerp and Rio de Janeiro. Rather than abandon ship his
      determination to reach his destination, a further distance of 2300
      miles, he fought the fire with all he had and continued to port.His
      heroic services were rewarded by the government and companies
      involved.

      Captain John Duncan, while a junior seaman, took command of a ship
      when the captain lost his nerve at the height of a terrifing gale. He
      was on the Australian run for years with the Ardencluthia; she was
      crewed by Rosehearty men. In 1880 he and his steam assisted clipper
      Devonshire perished off the coast of Java while running into a
      hurricane. Duncan was a daring but ruthless Captain.

      Carnegie Family. They were regular visitors to Rosehearty. After all,
      there were family links. They were descended from Captain Joe Bogue,
      a character well known on the East Coast. He died in 1877. The last
      name on his gravestone is his great-grandson Air Marshal David
      Vaughan Carnegie, who died in 1964.

      Robert Henry Johnston. Born in Rosehearty in 1891, son of John D
      Johnston and Barbara Ann Watt, he started working life as a cooper.
      After service with the Gordon Highlanders in the first world war he
      was at various times Fishery Officer at Wick, Lossiemouth, Kirkwall
      and Fraserburgh. In 1921 he married Jeanette Muir, a native of
      Kirkwall. During the second world war he was transferred to the
      Ministry of Food in Edinburgh. In 1948 he became Chief Inspector of
      Fisheries for Scotland where he remained until he retired to Aberdeen
      in 1954.

      ---ANCESTRAL RESEARCH---

      Many visitors over the years to Rosehearty were either doing
      ancestral research or were set on that direction on their visit.
      One of the best places to start is old Pitsligo kirkyard at
      Rosehearty. It has beautifully preserved stones, which have become
      monuments in themselves to the local stonemasons of the seventeenth
      and eighteenth centuries.

      Sheila Spiers and her team from the Aberdeen and North East Family
      History Society did a marvellous job in the summer of 1984 in
      recording monumental inscriptions Dr Margaret Brown, a member of the
      team, stated: "These are the best examples of craftsmanship we have
      seen on gravestones and at least one of these masons had a good
      knowledge of anatomy, as some of the lines carved on the stones are
      perfect in every detail. The craftsmen were most likely a family and
      this particular family had developed a fairly high standard of
      workmanship." Sheila Spiers added: "The depth of the lettering is
      perhaps an answer to the preservation of the inscriptions on the
      oldest stones here."

      Society members were delighted with the remarkable symbolism on these
      stones, but the angels dressed in kilts really got them thinking.
      This they had never seen before!

      Today Sheila Spiers suggested: "if everyone who visited the
      churchyard carried a small scrubbing brush and gave just one stone a
      clean, it would keep them to stayu in good condition and deter any
      future mistreatment of the stones."

      SOURCE: Rosehearty Community Web

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      DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT SCOTLAND?

      FORTH RAIL BRIDGE

      Instantly recognisable because of its unique design, the Forth Rail
      Bridge was one of the greatest achievements of 19th century
      engineers.

      The original designer was Thomas Bouch - but his rail bridge over the
      River Tay collapsed on 28 December 1879 and Sir John Fowler and
      Benjamin Baker were appointed instead.

      The main contractor was William Arrol and construction of the three
      diamond-shaped steel towers began in 1883.

      The bridge stretches 1.5 miles across the River Forth estuary from
      Fife to Lothian, nine miles west of Edinburgh.

      At its highest point it is 361 feet above the water and 55,000 tons
      of steel, 640,000 cubic feet of Aberdeen granite, 8 million rivets
      and 145 acres of paint went into its construction.

      It was built between December 1882 and January 1890. The number of
      people employed on construction reached 4,600 at one point.
      The last rivet was ceremoniously driven home by the Prince of Wales
      on 4 March 1890.

      From mid winter to mid summer it expands almost by a metre.

      It is now one of the largest structures in the world to be floodlit -
      1,000 high-powered lights illuminate the 1.5 miles of the bridge at
      night.

      CHEERS,

      Jim Allan, Moderator
      Victoria, B.C. CANADA
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