MacRobert’s war effort revealed

MACROBERTS: Of Douneside
MACROBERTS: Of Douneside

During the 1st World War, those men of Tarland not engaged in fighting in the trenches were busy supporting the war effort on the home front.

In India, however, a man with a home in the Howe of Cromar was doing his bit for King and country.

In 1884, Aberdonian Alexander MacRobert left his employment as a clerk in the city and within a few years of his arrival in India, had turned an ailing woollen mill into one of India’s most thriving companies.

Success as a businessman meant that he could make significant patriotic gestures in support of his country. In the name of the Cawnpore Woollen Mill, he invested £100,000 in the Indian war loan and gave the same amount to the British War Loan and Exchequer Bonds.

Read the full story in Marion Miller’s book ‘Cawnpore to Cromar – The MacRoberts of Douneside’ available from Mains of Drum Garden Centre, Atholl Country Wear, Crathes, Yeadons Bookshop, Banchory, Strachans of Aboyne, Deeside Books Ballater, Finzean Farmshop, the Paper shop, Tarland and the Post Office, Alford.

The author will sign copies of her book on August 16 from 2-3pm at Deeside Books, Ballater