Delve into the archives for Deeside and Donside’s past


History buffs have the chance to get a little closer to their ancestors with the help of Aberdeen City Aberdeenshire Archives (ACAA).

ACAA have created two virtual ‘story boxes’ for the public to explore the hidden history of the region as part of the national “Explore Your Archive” campaign which began last Saturday, with records dating from as far back as 1179 AD .

Archivist Phil Astley said: “Take time to explore archives – whether you’re interested in family history, photographs of the area you grew up in, or the history of the area you live in now, there will be something to inspire you.”

One such archived letter, revealed how a Lumphanan man, Charles Duff, was press-ganged into the army in 1757.

His appeal against impressment, after being threatened by his master, William Robertson - a wealthy land owner - with imprisonment if he refused to enlist, took an unusual twist when Charles was suddenly accused by the procurator fiscal of wearing tartan (or plaid).

This was a crime at the time, less than a decade after the second Jacobite uprising.

ACAA have a vast array of local stories in its collections with rare insight into what life was like in Aberdeenshire in the past.

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