Mearns Probus Club

At the first meeting for June, the speaker was Past President Ian Bell who spoke on Old Aberdeen. This was the second part of this presentation, the first in February, but this time with slides of the area.

He started from the Omega Stone, near the mouth of the River Don, upriver past the Bridge of Don to the Brig O’Balgownie and it’s Cottown nearby. Through Seaton Park, now with it’s university residential accommodation at Hillhead, to the Wallace Tower at Benholms Lodge, this building having been moved stone by stone from near the Marks & Spencer store in St. Nicholas Street, to allow a store extension in the 1960s.

He went past St. Machar Cathedral with its twin spires, along the Chanonry and Cruickshank Botanic Gardens and into the square at Old Aberdeen, once a burgh in it’s own right.

The old townhouse – now part of the university buildings - the square where St.Luke’s fair was held annually and into College Bounds with its Snow Kirk and further on a former female penitentiary all featured.

Sandy Jeffrey proposed thanks. Next meeting will be on Monday, June 17, at 10am in the Crown Inn, Laurencekirk.