1 May 1900
Startling Affair at Dunfermline: Woman Dies Through Excitement
Margaret Littlejohn, 68 years of age, residing at Torryburn, died suddenly after recording her vote at the election of a School Board for the parish of Torryburn on Saturday. She dropped down on coming out of the polling booth, and expired shortly afterwards. Death is supposed to have been due to excitement.
2 May 1863
On Sunday forenoon a couple of sea gulls – in the absence of the cook – flew away with two-and-a-half pounds of beef that had hung on the rigging of a Danish vessel in Leith Dock. The captain of the vessel, we believe, gave information of the robbery to the sergeant of police at the wicket, who of course could do nothing in the matter. The captain said, 'Leith was one very bad place when the sea birds came to steal.'
Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser
2 May 1882
The sudden death of a fisherman here last week delayed the departure of the fishing boats. We have had three deaths of fishermen in this town during the week.
3 May 1950
Over 14's Set Own Leaving Age
It was stated at the meeting of Kirkintilloch Area Education Sub-Committee last week that certain pupils reaching the age of 14 set their own leaving age, and attended school as and when they liked. The committee were considering a case of a boy – since left school, who had only made 146 attendances out of a possible 234 in his last year, and had only 10 out of 40 in the last few weeks at school. Mr Donald, attendance officer, said that it was 'terrific' at St Ninian's at the present moment.
The mother, of the boy in question, attended and explained that being a widow, she was working from an early hour until fairly late. Addressing the mother, Provost Peter said: 'I hope you make a determined effort to see that the other children attend regularly. We are here to protect their future so far as education is concerned.'
The committee were informed that in the case of a Twechar family where the parents were separated, one of the boys had been removed to a children's shelter. It was said that the boy refused to go to school. Ex-Provost Thomson said that the children's officer was trying to get the other boy placed, but it was just impossible at the moment. The attendance officer said that the boy had never been at school in the last 10 weeks.
Councillor Pender (Twechar) – It is a deplorable situation.
Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser
3 May 1881
Price of bread
During the past few days the bakers of Keith and Fife-Keith have made an arrangement that the public will learn of with no little satisfaction. In future, customers are on purchasing bread to receive a check. These, on being retained and produced, probably when they show purchases of a certain value or at certain fixed periods, will entitle the holders to a discount of 1s. 8d. per pound, i.e., a penny on the shilling.
This is a leaf out of the co-operative book, and will no doubt be found mutually advantageous to bakers and those customers they supply regularly with bread, and from whom they receive regular payments. The principle underlying this mode of business may be questionable, and lead people to ask, 'why put on a price and take off any part of it?' but no doubt the traders who adopt it do so for good and sufficient reasons, and people who pay their accounts in a business way will find the system, as we have said, a very good one; and there will be a premium held out to those who are wont to neglect accounts to attend to them with promptitude.
It is perhaps likely that the principle introduced by the bakers may be taken up by, say the grocers and others. Anything calculated to develop ready money transactions will receive the support of many good citizens, and there can be no doubt, if the merchants could by this or any other means reduce or do away with the credit system, so common and so hurtful to their businesses, they could very well afford to introduce the attractive feature of co-operation. It is now some years since, in these notes, the step now taken by the bakers was suggested, although the particular mode of carrying it out was not referred to, and perhaps some time hence we may have the pleasure of referring to the same idea being taken up and carried out by others.
7 May 1861
The following are the results of the census in the district of South Ronaldshay and Murray, including also Hunda, Swona, and the Pentland Skerrie. In the North Parish of South Ronadshay there are 329 inhabited houses, 24 uninhabited, one building, and 800 windowed rooms. There are 412 families, and 1,864 persons, of whom 854 are males and 1,010 females; the number of children is 251. In the South Parish there are 133 inhabited houses and two uninhabited, and 267 windowed rooms. There are 134 families, 687 persons, of whom 316 are males and 371 females; children, 115.
In Burray and Hunda there are 106 inhabited houses, and eight uninhabited, with 234 windowed rooms. The numbers of families is 125, the number of individuals 666, of whom 311 are males and 355 females; children 117. In the Pentland Skerrie there are four inhabited houses, 22 windowed rooms, four families, 19 persons, of whom 18 are males and nine females, including five children. In Swona there are seven houses, 14 windowed rooms, seven families, 46 individuals, of whom there are 23 males and as many females, but no children. The total number of inhabited houses in the district is 579, the total of uninhabited is 35, and one building, with 1,337 windowed rooms in all. The total number of families is 682, the whole number of inhabitants 3,282, of whom 1,514 are males and 1,768 females, including 488 children. The population in 1851 was 3,086, which shows an increase of 196, but if we consider the number who were absent from the island on the enumeration night, most of whom have now returned, there will be an increase of about 200.
[This was later amended - the figures don't quite add up!]