Celebrations for Cutty Sark

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The Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon, is planning a major maritime heritage weekend in November.

The event will focus on two significant local maritime heritage stories. The first will be the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Maggie Law which was built and launched in 1890.

The Maggie Law was built by Gourdon boat builder James (Jeems) Mowatt, and paid for by the fishermen of Gourdon paying a penny in the pound from every catch to build their own inshore surf lifeboat.

The second part of the weekend will focus on Inverbervie’s famous son, Hercules Linton, designer of the famous Cutty Sark. There is a strong connection between these two men, as Linton commissioned two boats to be built by Jame Mowatt, and supervised the building of them in the Mowatt boatyard in Gourdon. There will also be a strong Burns element to the weekend event, as the father of Robert Burns, William Burnes, was born at Clochnahill, just outside Stonehaven. The Burns element will feature the tale of Tam o’ Shanter.

Museum Project Director Dave Ramsay would like to hear from any direct descendants of Hercules Linton, James Mowat or descendants of anyone who crewed on the Cutty Sark. He said “ It would be great if we could add to our local knowledge and heritage through these descendants, I am sure there is a rich seam of information still to be uncovered and recorded.”.