From the Files

From our own archives we bring to you what happened in the Mearns.

25 YEARS AGO - Friday August 24th, 1990

Mr Hugh Ramsay, a former Provost of Stonehaven, has died, aged 92.

The way Stonehaven looks today is largely his work, for he had a guiding hand on the Town Council in the years of rebuilding the “auld toon” and expansion elsewhere in the town after the Second World War.

High was a member of one of Stonehaven’s oldest and most loyal families. It was almost 150 years ago that the firm of Hugh Ramsay Ltd, Drapers, opened its doors for business in the heart of Stonehaven, where it remains to this day.

He was educated at Stonehaven Public School and Mackie Academy. After five years’ war service with the Gordon Highlanders, he returned to Stonehaven to join the family business, which he took over in 1934. He took an active interest in public affairs and was elected to the Town Council in 1936 with 1187 votes - a record at that time. In 1937 he took over as convenor of the outdoor swimming pool and guided this unique Stonehaven facility for seven years.

Following the death of Provost Charles Burns in 1945, Hugh became Provost of Stonehaven. He held the office for 12 years, well into the post-war era.

Outwith his public commitments, Mr Ramsay had a long-standing connection withthe Freemasons. He was Founder-President of the local Rotary club, and an elder of Fetteresso Church for 38 years.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday August 20th 1965

When comprehensive education is introduced in Kincardineshire, it may mean the addition of a further 250 pupils to the roll of Mackie Academy.

This was revealed at Wednesday’s meeting of Kincardineshire Education Committee by Mr B.B. Smith, director of education, and followed the bombshell that the junior secondary departments at Inverbervie and Portlethen may be closed down under the scheme.

If the secondary department at Portlethen is closed down it will involve the loss of a “splendid” new domestic science room.

The extra pupils for Mackie will come from Bervie (200) and Portlethen (70-80) when the secondary departments close down.

“This will have a terriffic repercussion on Mackie Academy,” Mr Smith told the committee.

“It is not just a question of adding a couple of classrooms. It may mean a terrific repercussion on the school meals and the gym side. We may need a new gymnasium.”

Mr Smith said that the Government had circulated the local authorities to start planning on comprehensive lines.

Kincardineshire had comprehensive schools at Banchory and Stonehaven, while Laurencekirk could be called a comprehensive school.

100 YEARS AGO - Friday August 26th 1915

A company of 40 wounded soldiers from the Girls’ High School and the Central Hospital at Aberdeen, were treated to a drive in one of the Suburban Tramway Company’s motor ‘buses to Stonehaven on Tuesday afternoon.

The weather was delightful and the men enjoyed themselves at the beach and promenade. They afterwards met in Alexander’s Cafe, where a number of the residents and boarders received them, and they were entertained to tea.

A musical programme was carried through the chair being occupied by provost Greig, who was accompanied by Rev. J. B. Burnett, B.D., Fetteresso, one of H. M. Chaplains in Aberdeen, who was in uniform. The chairman extrended a hearty welcome to the visitors, and Rev Mr Burnett, in the name of the company, presented Mr Goodbrand with a framed photo of the last company who had visited the house.

Mr Goodbrand, in returning thanks referred to the kindness of Miss Alexander, in entertaining the soldiers whenever they came to Stonehaven.

The proceedings closed with the singing of the National Anthem, Mr J Alan McGill presiding with much acceptance at the piano.