National Recognition for Hercules Linton

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Inverbervie’s Famous son Hercules Linton will receive national recogition with the installation of a plague in the Royal Burgh.

The plaque is to be installed in the old graveyard at Inverbervie, to commemorate the life of the multi-talented surveyor, shipbuilder, antiquarian, and local councillor, Hercules Linton – best known as the designer of the famous ship the Cutty Sark.

Born in Inverbervie in 1837, Linton made his name designing and building ships, including the fastest tea clipper in the world, bringing tea from China and the Far East to the merchants in London. He was later appointed a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and in 1895 was elected to the Town Council of Inverbervie. He died in 1900, aged 64.

He is one of eight historical groups or figures to be recognised by the Historic Scotland Commemorative Plaques Scheme, now in its fourth year. The scheme is designed to celebrate the life and achievements of significant historic figures, through the erection of a plaque on the home where they lived, or a building synonymous with their achievements.

Nominations for the scheme are submitted by the public before an independent panel of experts review and select the final


The latest round of plaque recipients were announced by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop at a ceremony in the University of Edinburgh Anatomical Museum last Thursday.

The submission was entered by the Museum, during a year - long Project with the Primary Four pupils of Bervie School, who added 29 reasons (every pupil in the Project) why Historic Scotland should recognise Linton for the pioneering design which he created for the famous clipper the “Cutty Sark”

Although there are already memorials to Linton in Inverbervie, this recognition at a national level is extremely important.

Museum Project Director Dave Ramsay said “This is fantastic news for the school, the pupils, the teachers and parents who were involved, and for Inverbervie, and importantly for the descendants of Hercules Linton.”

“With the help of the local newspapers we have been able to track some of Linton’s direct descendants who will be invited to a memorial event for the unveiling of the Plaque in Inverbervie in November, and we are still looking for more information about direct descendants.”

The unveiling of the plaque will be part of a major maritime heritage weekend event in November, where the rich maritime heritage of Kincardineshire, will be fully acknowledged.

This is the second submission by Dave to be awarded a Historic Scotland plaque, as last year, Historic Scotland awarded a plaque to the memory of Adam Christie, the Sunnyside sculptor, being only one of eleven plaques awarded that year.

Back in July the community heritage project sponsored by the Maggie Law Maritime Museum with Bervie Primary School, was given a glowing acknowledgement by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Sturgeon wrote to the school offering congratulations to all the staff and teachers on producing the work.