History of the Luther

A “weel kent” authority in the social and industrial history of the Mearns, Ian Bell, was introduced by Brechin Probus Club’s chairman, Frank Scott, to the recent meeting of the club.

The title of Ian’s talk was the River Luther and the Mills which was illustrated by slides.

The slides began at the source of the Luther, a “wee burn” less than a metre across, which was traced to the River North Esk estuary at St Cyrus with a description of the industrial and agricultural development along the way.

Ian imparted to his audience an amazing history of industry, which included textiles, electricity generation, gas production and engineering, which provided for many mills constructed in the area, meaning the Luther was one of the main power sources.

In addition, a thriving agricultural industry gives a wonderful insight of the area over the last two hundred years with the talk being all the more interesting by the fact that his photographs were able to pinpoint the clues visible in the industruial landscape of times gone by.

The date for setting sail to the Bell Rock is Saturday, June 18, departing at 3 pm.

The Probus lunch will be held in the Northern Hotel on Tuesday, June 14 at 12 noon for 12.30 pm.