All posts in "Heritage"

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 […]


The Character Behind Clashfarquhar

By bellmannews / June 23, 2019

BRIAN Ewen, who contributes some excellent photographs and content to Stonehaven folk on Twitter, found this article about Jimmy Nicol, the farmer who donated the care home to the Church of Scotland, in their magazine Life and Work


Creel Fishing Film is the Full Monty

By bellmannews / June 10, 2019

AN INTRIGUING film donated recently to the Maggie Law Museum in Gourdon features a boat fishing from Stonehaven and a rather surprising customer waiting for the catch. The video, made in 2001, takes the viewer on a creel fishing trip aboard the Shamarnic, skippered by the late Alexander Malcolm who also narrated the film. The […]


Neolithic Find at Fetteresso

By bellmannews / June 5, 2019

A glimpse of a piece of pottery in the fading evening light two years ago led an archeologist to a find now recognised as evidence of early Neolithic settlement at Stonehaven. Robert Lenfert of Cameron Archaeology was working on land adjacent to Fetteresso Cemetery in advance of the housing development there. He told The Bellman […]


Video of Pictish Dunnottar

By bellmannews / May 29, 2019

A fascinating video based on research by archaeologists from Aberdeen University shows their interpretation of a Pictish settlement at Dunnottar. Read a full account of their work – that required the assistance of experienced mountaineers – and watch the video here Image by Stephen Fraser


World Record Ceilidh Band on YouTube

By bellmannews / April 9, 2019

THIS is now the official video of the World’s Largest Ceilidh Band, held at the annual Stonehaven Folk Festival on July 6, 2018. The performance is certified by Guinness as a World Record. Some 288 Musicians and 22 Dancers plus a whole host of support crew took part.


A Business Built on Passion

By bellmannews / April 5, 2019

WHEN the doors close later this month as John Briggs’ Persian Rug Shop moves premises, it may feel like the end of an era – but it won’t be the end of his fascination with the rugs, carpets and culture of Iran. When he bought the distinctive red-brick building back in 1995, John was the […]


Tolbooth Visitor Success

By bellmannews / March 27, 2019

The Bellman reported recently on funding received by the Tolbooth from the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group towards the predevelopment costs of an extension. Andrew Newton has kindly provided the background to the museum’s planned iconic development. The Tolbooth museum was run by the Council until March 2011 when, due to budget cuts, […]


Burns Gone Underground

By bellmannews / March 7, 2019

A BELLMAN reader on her travels was entertained to spot one of Burns’ poems in an unlikely setting. We wonder how many London travellers could understand the Bard’s romantic lines in the ode to life-long romance, John Anderson My Jo. And since the photo is a wee bit out of focus, here are the lines […]

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