New book tracks Deeside's past

by Andrew Reid

A NEW book which traces the route of the old Deeside railway line, and the roads on the south and the north of the River Dee from Aberdeen to Crathes, has been published.

Well-known Banchory man, Stewart Wilson, and co-author David Jamieson's book, Old Lower Deeside, has been published by Stenlake Publishing Ltd.

This latest publication follows on from two previous successful books by the same authors - Old Banchory and Old Royal Deeside - which have proved popular both in the Deeside area and further afield.

The new book features over 50 pictures, many of which are actually old postcards, some dating back to the early days of the 20th century.

The area covered by Old Lower Deeside extends from the mouth of the River Dee at Aberdeen to Crathes in the west.

The pictures in the book take in the key settlements of Cults, Bieldside and Culter, as well as numerous interesting estates, ferries, and big houses on both sides of the river, many of which are not usually accessible to the public or have changed beyond recognition over the years.

Among the items featured are an early ferry for those travelling to and from Torry; Gorrod & Davie's mill in Cults; the Heathcot Ferry (which operated between Bieldside and Blairs); numerous stations on the old Deeside line, including Murtle, Milltimber and Crathes; the Lynn Park tearooms and recreation ground at Maryculter; the May Wallie at Culter; and the hamlet of Kirkton of Durris.

Mr Wilson said writing the book had been a fantastic experience.

He said: “It really was so interesting doing the research for the book. We met so many great people, from whom we both learned so much, and we are grateful to all the local characters who helped us out by either sharing with us their knowledge or lending us the photographs and postcards which feature in the book.”

Mr Wilson is currently working on his latest project, producing a history of Banchory Golf Club to mark its centenary year in 2005.

Old Lower Deeside, by David Jamieson and W. Stewart Wilson, is available now from a number of local outlets, priced 7.50.