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Caption for Aberdeen, Union Buildings 1892: Union Buildings were designed by Archibald Simpson (1822). The tall windows between the pilasters on the first and second storeys were to light the reading room of the Atheneum, a gentlemen's club. Later, this was to be a restaurant. Following a fire in 1973, this was rebuilt as two conventional storeys. The front to Union Street is dramatically austere, in the Aberdonian manner.

Memories of Aberdeen

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 (...Read full memory)

My maternal grandmother, Barbara Morison Diack and her sister Margaret Morison Howie used to meet at "The Queen" and go for afternoon tea at least once a month.

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 (...Read full memory)

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?

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