Bervie Probus Club learn about archives

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Inverbervie & District Probus Club met in the Crown Hotel last week and speaker, Ruairidh Wishart, was introduced by programme secretary John Mackenzie.

Ruaridh is the senior archivist for Aberdeenshire Council, and he spoke about Bervie Archives which are housed at the Town House in Broad Street and at Old Aberdeen House in Dunbar Street.

He said the importance of preserving archives was essential for future development - without this information development became very difficult.

Much of Ruairidh’s time was spent communicating with schools, but he stressed that safeguarding information for future generations was also paramount.

Earliest records date back to 1179 and the ancient mould for stamping out the Bon-Accord Seal still exists.

Lord Gardenston lamented about the narrowness of the Main Street in Laurencekirk, while Professor James Blyth - a native of Marykirk - invented the wind turbine. This information lay dormant until 1951!

Plenty of information was available for everyone - ‘Remove not the ancient landmarks which thy fathers have set’ (Proverbs ch.22, v.28).

Vote of thanks was proposed by vice- President William Beattie.”