Linton-Mowatt memorial plaque

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A major programme of maritime heritage events is planned for Gourdon and Inverbervie, culminating in the unveiling of an Historic Scotland plaque dedicated to Inverbervie born Hercules Linton, the designer of the famous Cutty Sark.

The twin strand of the celebrations will be a celebration of the life and work of James (Jeems) Mowatt of Gourdon, the boat builder of the famous surf boat the Maggie Law and the 125th anniversary of the launch of the Maggie Law in 1890, and named after the daughter of Tom law, a local fish curer.

It is fitting that on November 22 the Historic Scotland plaque (one of only eight awarded this year) will be unveiled at the grave site of Hercules Linton in the old kirkyard in Inverbervie. In the obituary to James Mowatt in 1920, we learned that Hercules Linton commissioned James Mowatt to build two boats for him, and personally supervised the building of them at the Mowatt yard in Gourdon. This cemented forever, the strong links between these two men, and their design and boat building skills, which have become part of the rich maritime heritage of Kincardineshire.

Dave Ramsay, Project Director of the Maggie Law Museum and programme organiser, said. “This is a very important day for Inverbervie, and we are delighted to have Jessica Lewis, Curator, Cutty Sark Museum, Greenwich as part of the event to pay tribute to a great pioneer of maritime design and construction.”

“This Project began with the Primary Four class of Bervie School, and the contribution which the staff and pupils made has been magnificent. These young people have played a hugely important part in contributing to a real sense of civic pride.”