Delving back in time

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September 29, 1966

The approximate cost of culverting Barrie’s Burn at Queen’s Park as far as the lade was £3500 the burgh surveyor reported.

For a 700-foot pipe to the river the cost would be £5000. Councillor McCourty thought that they should agree in principle to carry out the work.

Ex-Provost Millar thought that in view of the restriction on capital expenditure they should wait until at least the next financial year.

Councillor McCourty said that he did not expect the work to go on immediately. Ex-Provost Eddie said that the place was an eyesore and a menace and the piping of the burn had been coming up periodically all the time that he had been a member of the council.

His own view was that culverting was the only solution. It was agreed to approach Southesk Estates (to whom the ground belongs).

September 30, 1976

Six potential buyers have toured 8000 acres of estate at Brechin which the Earl of Southesk is selling off to pay capital transfer tax.

The family has owned the land since 1400 and the sale will leave them with 3000 acres.

It is expected that the prime farmland, which is tenanted, will fetch several million pounds.

The Earl of Southesk, who celebrated his 83rd birthday on Thursday, has gone to France to stay with friends to stay while prospective buyers look around.

It is hoped the sale will be completed by November. The Earl’s heir, his son, the Duke of Fife, lives at Elsick House, Newtonhill.

September 25, 1986

An exhausting weekend was made worthwhile for members of the Brechin Scouts when they won the County Flag and brought it back to the Cathedral City for the first time in many years. The Scouts, Ian Bell, Graham Bruce, Andrew Brymer, Fraser Milne, Neil Hutchison and Paul Hutcheson, lived rough for almost 48 hours and completed various tasks.