ABERDEEN-L ArchivesArchiver > ABERDEEN > 2000-06 > 0960297197
Subject: Re: CAMPBELL in Banchory
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 14:13:17 +0100
On 5 Jun 00, at 20:07, J. Campbell wrote:
> Hello All.
> I have had another genealogical surprise and am looking for advice on
> where/how to proceed. My gggrandfather was a shipmaster in Aberdeen
> like his father and grandfather before him, as of 1861. I just
> received his death certificate, and sometime between 1861 and his
> death in 1868, he had become dockmaster at Banchory Devenick in
> Kincardine. He was buried in St. Clement's churchyard in Aberdeen,
> Here are my questions. Why would a shipmaster become a dockmaster?
> Could he have sustained some sort of injury that rendered him unfit to
> go to sea? Our family legend has him rescuing Torry fisherman-- I do
> not have access to the snuffbox that commemorated the event, so do not
> have a date. I am wondering if he were injured in this rescue. Any
> suggestions as to how I might find out? Is there a newspaper in
> Banchory that might have carried an obituary?
*** Judith, Banchory-Devenick is NOT Banchory. The town of
Banchory lies in Banchory-Ternan parish.
Banchory-Devenick parish lies on the south bank of the River Dee
on the outskirts of the city of Aberdeen, very close to where Torry
A Banchory newspaper would not help (anyway, there has never
been one until about 20 years ago!)
If you have a death date, there may be an obituary in one of the
Aberdeen newspapers of the time, but most deaths in them were
simply a couple of lines in the paper's deaths column, and no
obituary. You are VERY lucky if there was an obituary.
Check with the Reference/Local Studies Dept. of Aberdeen City
Libraries, as they hold copies of all these newspapers.
There is more likely to be a report on the rescue you mentioned. If
it happened in 1861 or earlier, then try the Special Collections
Dept. of Aberdeen University Library. They have an alphabetical
mss. index to parts of the Aberdeen Journal, but it stops at 1861.
It is very selective, so no guarantees!