Aberdeen, The Market Cross 1892
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Photo ref: A90302
Photo of Aberdeen, The Market Cross 1892

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The very grand cross is still where it was in this view. The railings and lamps have gone, but similar lamps have recently been installed along the Castlegate. All the buildings shown here still stand. Puritans disapproved of crosses and removed them from market places. After the Restoration, Aberdeen decided that a new Market Cross was needed, although it was 1686 before it was erected. It was worth awaiting, as it is a splendid edifice, decorated with portraits of the Stuart kings and the one tragic Queen of Scots and topped by a long column with, at its summit, the unicorn, holding a shield displaying the lion rampant, the royal beast of Scotland. It has presided over the changing fortunes of the Castlegate for more than three centuries, during which time it has seen the market expand as the city grew more prosperous and populous, and then contract as retailing retreated inside into shops. It has seen the markets removed altogether and the trams running round it, till they also were removed. It has been used as the city's first post office, till increasing literacy demanded bigger premises. Important proclamations were made from it, with the members of the town council sitting on the raised platform inside. It has been shifted to other parts of the Castlegate and it has been ignored as the centre of commercial activity moved westward to the new streets. It has recently heard the noise of modern electronic sound equipment, as the official ceremonies to bring in a New Year are held.

A Selection of Memories from Aberdeen

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My Morgan ancestors seemed to have originated from Old Machar which was, I believe, part of Old Aberdeen? Does this still exist now? Can anyone tell me please whether when there is a marriage does the woman keep the family name of her father's side?
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 ...see more
I am looking for Gorden Masson. We were in the army in Hong Kong together in 1952 - 1954. Can anybody help? Brian Bellingham
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 ...see more