It happened in the Mearns Feb 27

This week we bring you what happened in the Mearns from our own archives.

25 YEARS AGO - March 2nd 1990

A move is to be made by the R.W. Thomson Memorial Fellowship to adopt Stonehaven’s motto, “Veritas Vincit,” which was retained last year by the community council when they were granted new armorial bearings for the town by the Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Following a meeting of the Fellowship executive committee, a spokesman said that as the motto meant “Truth Conquers,” it would be appropriate indeed for their cause to provide greater impact to their efforts to achieve the desired recognition of Stonehaven-born Robert Thomson as one of the world’s great inventors, particularly of solid rubber and pneumatic tyres.

Pressing forward with arrangements for their annual rally weekend on Saturday/Sunday, June 23/24, the committee are to invite competitors on the Saturday to take part in Stonehaven’s Gala Day parade of decorated floats

50 YEARS AGO - February 26th 1965

Kincardine County Council was told on Tuesday that the war memorial at Crosspoles, which was recently blown down, was the responsibility of the Laurencekirk District Council, who will therefore be responsible for its re-erection.

The matter was raised by Mr W. Robertson, Balmakewan, who said that the memorial was shifted in 1954 by the county council. It had stood gales and the “big blow” of 1951 on its original site, and the county council should restore it to its former state.

Mr G. A. Murray Saunders, county convenor, suggested he should put the matter to the roads committee, but Mr Robertson asked: “Are we to look at our war memorial lying flat until the next roads committee meeting? Let’s put it back and argue later,” suggested Mr W. Emslie, Banchory. It was agreed that it was a district council matter.

100 YEARS AGO - March 4th 1915

There was a good attendance of amateur gardeners and others at the first lecture on Horticultural subjects given by Mr Greenhowe of the Agricultural College on Tuesday evening. There was a rather amusing little episode during the lecture. In the midst of a peaceful discussion on “Garden Soils” there burst into the room two members of the troops guarding the town and demanded that the lights be lowered or obscured. Fully armed and with fixed bayonets they waited to see their “officer’s orders” carried out. The lights being lowered they took their departure and the lecture proceeded in semi-darkness.


Tonight all roads will lead to the Town Hall, where the concert organised on behalf of the Scottish Red Cross Hospital at Rouen, takes place.