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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Photographic Exhibition

By Martin Sim / July 31, 2019

Mearns Camera Club Exhibition Starts 1st August till the 31st. Every year, in August, Stonehaven’s Library is the venue for a local photography exhibition. The pictures won’t necessarily be local but they will have been submitted by people from the local area. It will be upstairs (lift available) and well worth a visit. The Mearns […]