It happened in the Mearns March 27

This week we bring you what happened in the Mearns from our own archives.

25 YEARS AGO - March 30th 1990

There was a hint of Hollywood in Stonehaven’s streets this week, with every other person seemingly able to add some further details about the “Hamlet” movie, soon to be filmed at Dunnottar Castle and at Muchalls. Unfortunately, the whole project has been shrouded in secrecy since the word go, probably for security reasons and to keep star-gazing tourists away. It all started last September when famed director Franco Zefferelli took a look at the Castle and decided “that’s for me,” for his new film of “Hamlet”. Financial negotiations then took place between Charles Pearson (the castle’s owner) and Nick Daubeny, the film’s location manager. The first signs appeared that a project was definitely on in Muchalls, where a film set began to rise with ferry work being done by helicopter. Then the prospective film star names began to circulate.

50 YEARS AGO - March 26th 1965

Stonehaven Town Council decided at a special meeting last week to submit plans and details of their industrial and housing developments to the Scottish Development Department and tell them they have bought Fetteresso Glebe and the Mineral Well. They will also submit their plan for municipal houses at Brickfield and private houses in the Woodcot area, and make it clear that a new sewer from Woodcot to the sea is essential. This was decided after a lengthy discussion on the result of a meeting with representatives of Kincardine County Council on the main sewage schemes in the area. Provost T. Christie said they discussed the new sewers in general terms and pointed out that the town council had already agreed to phase the one from Woodcot in their capital expenditure plan for 1966-67.

100 YEARS AGO - April 1st 1915

Local Gordon Wounded - Mr David Mitchell, Arbuthnott Place, Stonehaven, has received intimation that his son, No. 592, Private William Mitchell, of the 2nd Gordon Highlanders, is in hospital in Boulogne, wounded. The first intimation was that he was dangerously wounded, but a subsequent postcard says the wound is in the arm, and that he is ill. Private Mitchell, who is 23 years of age, was a butcher in Stonehaven, and joined the Gordons several years ago. He belonged to the grenade section of his regiment, and at the time of his wound was attached to the Royal Engineers.


An alarming accident occurred in the High Street, a little boy, Charlie Brown, whose parents reside in Albert Lane being run over and injured by a wood-lorry. It is understood he is progressing favourably.