16 October 1860
Dangerous rifle practice
Sir – You will oblige the inhabitants of Downie Place and neighbourhood by mentioning that this morning, as one of our respectable neighbours entered her dining-room, she was alarmed at seeing a small circular hole in the middle of the window. On a search, a spent ball was found at the foot of the pianoforte opposite the window. From the position in which the ball was found, it was evident that it must have come in a direct line west. I am, &c.
16 October 1851
Apprehension for bark stealing
Donald Mackillop, son of a small tenant at Aberchalder, has been apprehended and brought to Inverness, on a charge of stealing bark by stripping a few trees in the woods of Aberchalder. This is rather a common offence in the Highlands, and we trust a few examples will have the effect of putting a stop to the practice.
Broughty Ferry Guide and Advertiser
17 October 1890
Monday was observed here by the majority of shopkeepers as the annual Autumn Holiday. The day was very pleasant, and a large number of people left the town. The undernoted were the number of passengers booked at Broughty station: – Dundee, 464; Monifieth, 99; Arbroath, 76; Carnoustie, 46; Barry, 16; Edinburgh, 117; Glasgow, 13; Aberdeen, 16; Forfar, 21; Monikie, 14; Kingennie, 28; Brechin, 11; Stonehaven, 19; Montrose, 19; Perth, 7; Other Stations, 52 – Total, 1,018.
Broughty Ferry Guide and Advertiser
17 October 1890
The outbreak of typhoid fever in our midst is somewhat alarming. It is stated that the number of undoubted cases is six or seven, and more are looked for. The opening up of so many old drains and cesspools was expected to lead to something of this kind, just as diptheria broke out while the water pipes were being laid. Is it not possible that the change from using hard spring water to soft loch water may also be a cause of the epidemic?
18 October 1850
On Wednesday morning, a hardened criminal, named McIntosh, against whom a multiplicity of convictions are recorded in the police books, was again sent to prison for 60 days, having been found walking off with another person's great coat, in the coolest manner imaginable. He had somehow procured access to the station of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, and probably seeing nothing of a more valuable and moveable nature lying about, quietly lifted the coat of one of the breaksmen, and attempted to make his escape with it unobserved, or at least unquestioned. His audacity did not meet the good luck on which he had calculated. The theft was discovered, and he was at once handed over to the police.
Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser
19 October 1844
A gentleman, one of a party recently on a tour through the Highlands, writes us – 'Having passed a delightful morning on that swiftest of steamers the Dolphin, commanded by Captain Mackillop, we proceeded to touch at Ballachulish, with the intention of making an excursion to Glencoe. We endeavoured to land at the slate quarry, but as often as our rope was thrown over to secure the vessel, it was flung back to the steamer. A body of natives soon collected from the quarry, and seemed determined to prevent our landing, regarding, with a jealous eye, what they considered an intrusion by the Sassenach. Most fortunately, we were provided with two six-pounders, one of which was instantly pointed in the direction of the enemy; and, under its protection, a sailor landed and secured our rope. The natives scampered off in all directions over the slates, the rolling of which, added to their shouts, caused no little addition to the ludicrous nature of the scene. Our piece of artillery was well directed, and the very sight of it sent a number of the slaters rolling down the banks of their own quarry. Those who stood at the top of the quarry ready to come to the aid of their comrades below, were so panic-stricken that they instantly fled, and could not be induced to take any part in the attack.'
Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser
19 October 1847
We learn that during one night last week, some mischievously-disposed person committed several very serious depredations in the neighbourhood of the Bridge of Don; and among others, the old bridge being under repair, and scaffolding for this purpose suspended by ropes over the parapet in the usual manner, they actually cut the ropes, leaving only a few threads, so that if the workman had not in the morning discovered the deed, they must, on taking their places on the scaffolding, have been precipitated into the river and lost their lives, or at least rendered their escape almost miraculous. The perpetrators of this most revolting deed have not, as far as we are informed, been discovered.
22 October 1844
A romantic young lady fell into a river and was likely to be drowned, but a preserver accidentally appeared, and she was conveyed in a state of insensibility to her home. When she came to herself she declared she would marry the saviour of her life. Impossible, said her father. Is he already married then? No. Is he not the young man who lives in our neighbourhood? No! It is a Newfoundland dog!
Dunfermline Saturday Press
22 October 1859
Death of Lady Ramsay
In our obituary of this week will be found the name of Lady Ramsay, sister of the late Glengarry, and mother of the late Chisholm. She had, it appears, reached the ripe age of eighty-two, and died, surrounded by her grandchildren, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr Chisholm Batten, in the fine valley of Taunton Dan, in Somersetshire. It is perhaps worthy of remark that Sir Walter Scott’s famous dog Maida, which lies sculptured by his side in the Edinburgh monument, was given to Sir Walter by Lady Ramsay's brother, Alexander Macdonell of Glengarry, the prototype of 'Fergus McIvor.' The dog was named Maida by Sir Walter in compliment to Sir James Macdonald, brother of the chief, who had distinguished himself at the battle of Maida. These family reminiscences are all of the dead – 'The place that once knew them, knows them no more.'