Thursday, 4 August 2016

In memory of James Duncan & Alexander Robertson

On the second anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, two Portsoy men became casualties of the conflict.

James Duncan, Pte 1467, 6th Bn. Gordon Highlanders fell in action on 4th August 1916 at the age of just eighteen.  James' mother, Mrs Isabella Duncan, lived at 13 Hill Street in Portsoy.  He is commemorated at the iconic Thiepval Memorial near Albert in France.

Alexander Robertson, Captain, 6th Bn. Gordon Highlanders, also lost his life on the same day.  A married man aged 31, he had lived at Dunalistair, Portsoy, with his wife Elsie Geddes.  The couple later settled in Edinburgh.  A headstone is dedicated to his memory at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 in Beaumont-Hamel, France.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

Remembering the fallen: James Kerr

Today we reflect on the sacrifice of James Kerr, Lance-Corporal 10948, 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders.  James was 22 years of age when he lost his life in battle on 30th July 1916.  He was the son of Forbes Kerr and Annie Milne, whose home was at 10 Shillinghill in Portsoy.  James is commemorated at the iconic Thiepval Memorial in France as well as on the family gravestone in Portsoy.

Casualty Record Detail

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Thomas Murdoch, Pte 1532, Royal Scots

On this day we remember Thomas John Murdoch, Pte 1532, Royal Scots.  Thomas was 22 years of age when he died of wounds sustained in battle on 23rd July 1916.  His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Murdoch of Seafield Street in Portsoy.  Thomas is commemorated at the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery in France.


Casualty Record Detail

Monday, 11 July 2016

Remembering William J Milne

On 11th July we recall the sacrifice of William J. Milne, Serjeant 3220, 1st/4th Bn Gordon Highlanders.  A native of Portsoy, William was brought up there by his grandparents Mr & Mrs W. Milne, who subsequently lived at Gatehouse, Inverurie.  He was 38 years of age when he fell in battle on 11th July 1916 and is commemorated by a gravestone at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Summer genealogy sessions

Throughout July and August 2016 we will once again be holding weekly drop-in sessions for anyone tracing their local family history.  Come along to the Salmon Bothy between 2pm and 4pm on Fridays from 8th July until 26th August for advice from our genealogy expert, Gene Genie Scotland.  We make no charge for this service, but donations to the Salmon Bothy are always welcome!




Friday, 1 July 2016

Casualties of the Somme

On 1st July 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme, three Portsoy families were affected by the loss of loved ones.

Alexander Taylor, Pte 3541, 17th Bn Highland Light Infantry, was the son of  Joseph and Helen Taylor, who lived at 8 Schoolhendry Street in Portsoy.  He was 40 years of age when he fell in action.  Before enlisting Alexander had settled in Glasgow, where he left behind a widow, Eliza Jane Burgess.  A gravestone was erected in his memory at Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille in France.

George Thomson, Pte 11951, 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders was just 21 when he died of wounds sustained in battle.  His parents, George and Mary Thomson, lived at 6 Loch Lane in Portsoy.  He is commemorated by a gravestone at Aubigny Communal Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France.

John Tawse Watson, Lance Corporal 9599, 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders had enlisted in 1907 and served in India prior to the outbreak of war.  His mother was Annie Watson, who lived at 30 Church Street, Portsoy.  John was 29 years of age when he was killed in action  A gravestone is dedicated to his memory at Gordon Cemetery, Mametz in France.

Details of cemetery locations and memorial inscriptions can be obtained from the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.



Sunday, 19 June 2016

In memory of Alexander Mair

One hundred years on, we remember the young Portsoy soldier, Alexander Mair, Lance-Serjeant 912 in the 1st/6th Bn Gordon Highlanders.  Alexander was 21 years of age when he fell in action on 19th June 1916 and is commemorated by a gravestone at Maroeuil British Cemetery near Arras in France.  His parents, John and Ann Mair, lived at 55 Schoolhendry Street in Portsoy.

Casualty Record Detail