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Aberdeen Curiosities
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ISBN:
9781841584140
Categories
Local History
Imprint
Birlinn
Pub. Date
10 October 2005
Format
PB
Status
CU
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
No of Pages
192
Geography
Scotland
Illustrations
b/w throughout

Aberdeen Curiosities

by Robert Smith - Find out more about the author

We read of the two great illusionists, Dr Walford Bodie and John Anderson; the collector, George ‘Taffy’ Davidson; the three generations of Cocky Hunters, bric-a-brac dealers extraordinaire, as well as a host of others. Bob Smith also explains the significance of some of Aberdeen’s well-known and lesser-known buildings and monuments: we discover, for example, the true significance of Scarty’s monument (a sewer ventilator), the various uses to which the market cross has been put (from execution ground to post office) and the story of the murder commemorated by Downie’s Cairn. The result is a rich and varied celebration of Aberdeen that is essential reading for Aberdonians and visitors alike.

Robert Smith began his journalistic career as a copy boy at the age of fifteen, and would go on to be the longest-serving editor of the Evening Express in Aberdeen. On retiring he became a prolific author of local history and walks in the North-East of Scotland. Robert died in 2008 at the age of eighty-four.


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