Historic Scotland plaque unveiled

First piece of the tea clipper "Cutty Sark" to come back home to Inverbervie and Scotland, an original bolt from the hull is proudly held by Dave Ramsay in the Burgh  Hall Inverbervie beside the Hercules Linton Memorial.
First piece of the tea clipper "Cutty Sark" to come back home to Inverbervie and Scotland, an original bolt from the hull is proudly held by Dave Ramsay in the Burgh Hall Inverbervie beside the Hercules Linton Memorial.

A memorial dinner was held in Bervie Burgh Hall on Saturday, to celebrate the award of an Historic Scotland plaque to acknowledge Inverbervie – born Hercules Linton, designer of the famous Cutty Sark.

To mark the occasion, Jessica Lewis, Curator, Cutty Sark, Greenwich was the keynote speaker of the evening, and also unveiled the Historic Scotland plaque on Sunday at Linton’s grave in the old kirkyard of Inverbervie.

The unveiling party consisted of Provost Hamish Vernal, Aberdeenshire Council, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn, and Marion Lapper from Dublin, a direct descendant of Hercules Linton.

Jessica Lewis gave an excellent keynote speech which dealt with many aspects of the history of the Cutty Sark, and some lesser known facts.

Dave Ramsay Project director and organiser of the events said, “It was a pleasure and a great privilege to hear Jessica Lewis, weave together the Cutty Sark, Hercules Linton and Inverbervie connections, from her informed perspective of Curator, at Cutty Sark Greenwich”.

At the end of her speech she presented an original bolt from the Cutty Sark, which held the woodwork to the metal frame of the hull. The bolt will be displayed in the Maggie Law Maritime Museum, in Gourdon as part of the Museum’s Cutty Sark gallery, thereby linking the rich maritime heritage of Inverbervie and Gourdon, through the Linton Connection.

Dave Ramsay said, “This was a huge surprise to me, to be gifted a tremendously authentic and important exhibit, as this is the only piece of Cutty Sark ever to return to Scotland since her launch at Dumbarton in 1869. It is a major success and responsibility, for the Museum to have such a prized exhibit.”

The theme of the evening was dominated by Cutty Sark, as Edrington, the producer of Cutty Sark whisky, donated 12 year old miniatures for each guest, and a 33 year old Cutty Sark whisky for auction, which was the star exhibit and focal point of the auction.

Dave said, “The support we received from Edrington was magnificent, and I was really grateful for their product support as it really brought the Cutty Sark connections alive”