From the Files - 25, 50 and 100 years ago

From our own archive, we bring you what happened in the Mearns in history.

25 Years Ago - Friday, March 15, 1991

Disgust and disappointment have greeted the announcement that Grampian Regional Council officials are recommending that Headland Properties be allowed to build 240 houses on “green belt” land at Newtonhill - despite universal rejection of the proposal by nearly 80% of villagers questioned on the issue.

Results from a survey carried out by Newtonhill Village Association and the local Community Council “hammered” the Headland bid, with only 38 from a total of 466 villagers in favour of the development. Nearly 300 people signed a petition against the scheme.

But Grampian regional planning manage,r Mr Peter Cockhead, has recommended the development should be given the “green l,ight” to proceed.

And that decision was described as “disgusting” by Newtonhill Village Association chairman, Mr Alistair McNair. Speaking at a meeting of the NVA on Wednesday night, he added: “We will now write to Mr Cockhead and express our views on this recommendation. And as soon as our regional councillor Jpoan Miller can arrange it, we will have a meeting with the chairman of the economic, development and planning committee” - who will decide the fate of Headland’s application early next month.

50 Years Ago - March 11, 1966

Miss Bella Ross of Stonehaven was one of 15 voluntary National Savings workers honoured at a golden jubilee commemorative ceremony in Edinburgh.


A young grey seal caught in the salmon nets at Portlethen caused £25 worth of damage.

Mr Noel Smart (of Messrs Joseph Johnston and Sons Ltd) said the seal was alive in the net but had ruined the fish.

The seal was sent to Torry Research station for examination.


Stonehaven’s recreation grounds figured largely in discussions at the town council’s monthly meetings this week. Dead of Guild J. Shankley moved that the council’s decision not to allow the recreation grounds trustees to lease part of the grounds to Invercarron Ltd for a commerical project should be rescinded.

Invercarron had requested a lease of part of the area for a petrol filling and all night service station.

The ground in question (obtained at a later date but within the lease drawn up by Mr J B Cunningham in 1932) was of no use to trustees at that moment and houses a weather recorder.

The terms of the lease the trustees were bound to use it for recreational purposes and had no power to enter into a project as planned.

100 Years Ago - Thursday, March 9, 1916

Owing to the stormy weather and the rough seas, there was no fishing from the Stonehaven Harbour last week. Almost every morning there have been heavy showers of snow about the time the boats set out for the sea, and, with strong breezes from the north and east, the fishermen found it impossible to proceed to sea. Yesterday the conditions were even more unfavourable than they had been earlier in the week, as the stuff North-Easterly breeze was making “white horses” in the bay. When last the boats were out, about a fortnight ago, there was some unpleasantness between buyers and sellers on the pier owing to the presence of an “outsider” buyer from Aberdeen, and the local buyers agreed to go on strike.


At the annual Friars’ Court for Kincardineshire held at Stonehaven on Thursday the prices were much higher than those of last year, and very much above the level of peace times. Some of the jurymen expressed dissatisfaction with the evidence that the grain merchants cited were able to lay before them, and a hint was made that in future it might be found advisable to get one or two large representative farmers to come before the court and give the prices of the grain they had sold.