Historic maps of Dyce and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Dyce maps
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Memories of Dyce
Going to Kinellar School
My family lived in Kinellar (Blackburn) before we emigrated to New Zealand in 1959. My sister and I went to Kinellar School, and my Dad, Bob Forbes, also attended the same school when he was a lad and has often talked about his schooldays there. I still have my Primary II report card and I remember my teacher Miss Brown and the Headmaster (or Dominie as it's called in that part of the world) was Mr Massie. We lived just a couple of doors away from school so it was just a quick walk from home. I was in the Kinellar Brownies as well, our Brown Owl was Hettie Kirkpatrick, and I remember my sister and I being presented with the gift of a bible by the Brownies when we left to start a new life on the other side of the world. My granny and grandad, John and Marjory (nee Beedie) Forbes lived just down the road and I used to love visiting them. My Granny was... Read more
Footdee ( The Squares )
My father-in-law was living with his aunt Elsie Jenkins at 17 North Square during the Second World War years. He was in the Navy at the time so he was not a permanent resident for that period. But as a boy he and his brothers spent a lot of time with his mother's sister (Elsie), playing and going to the Mission in the Square. He also remembers neighbours and friends at that time. Jemima Caie lived next door and the Allan and Baxter families lived the other side. My father-in-law's name is Ernie Nelson and he is 85 years of age with a great memory. His great-great-grandfather was a founder of the Mission in the Square, his name was Deddy Allan. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who might remember him or his family at that time.
Jaffrays of Kingswells
In 1997 I decided to trace my maternal family history through following the name of Jaffray, a name that had been carried down the family through the centuries, finally as a middle name. To my astonishment I discovered a family history that led me to the Jaffrays of Kingwells, and onto a great deal of fascinating history. I have visited Aberdeen twice since, but unfortunately I have not been able to see the Kingswells mansion, and I do not know if it, or indeed the Quaker burial ground where some of my Quaker ancestors are buried, still exist. I am delighted to see the photograph of the house that holds such a wealth of Jaffray family history, and stories of the 16th century and 17th century.
Those Were The Days
July early 60's you could not move on the beach for holidaymakers, all the deck chairs would be sold out and Bill & Pat Ramsay would be playing music over the speakers. The Spartan club - weight lifters would be there - Dave Webster rings a bell, Nurse Johnston would be in the first aid/ lost childrens shelter. The summer chalets would be full, changing huts busy and the life boat would be in the water. Papa Vicas ice-cream was selling like hotcakes and the beach baths would be very busy. Frank Bishop / Jake / Bill Crocket and Bill Barclay are a few that worked there. Donkey rides and the swings were very popular. You could not beat going into the sea or baths everyday. Other names that spring to mind; Tom Houghton, Gordon Hill, George Craig, Bill Crighton, Meg West, Dave & Irene Shaw and many others - where are they now?
When my grandfather turned 16 he brought two fine horses onto a huge cruise boat and brought them to Canada to a buyer only to find out the buyer was not to be found and so he kept the two horses and sold them to another buyer and continued to stay in Canada through the rest of his life.