7 August 1850
Trigonometrical Survey of Scotland
A tent has been for weeks pitched on the top of Ben Lawers, which has attracted considerable curiosity among the natives, many of whom are impressed with the belief that the search for mineral treasures is going on, and that another California may be found in Breadalbane. This is the more easily imagined as silver mines have long been working in the adjoining district of Tindrum, on the west, while the pearl fishery, once so profitable, is still carried on in the Tay to the east of the Loch.
The explanation of the present agitation, however, is simply the fact that Ben Lawers has been selected as the apex of one of the triangles on which the trigonometrical survey of the country proceeds; and the tent is for the accommodation of the party of Royal Engineers who are conducting it. As the Ben is upwards of 4,000 feet in height, and its hollows yet boast of as much snow as would cool all the wine in the country, the party require a good many 'creature comforts' under their thin covering, and we believe they are pretty well attended to.
This summer has been very favourable for the progress of this great national undertaking – the atmosphere having been purer and clearer than has been observed for many years. To show the slow rate at which the survey proceeds, we may mention that it is two years since the party engaged in it were in Rannoch, which is the adjoining district to the north, and where they were long supposed to be in search of a lost star, or the comet which did not choose to appear.
Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin Review
7 August 1846
Mr H Lundie delivered his thousand and one lecture on mesmerism (or rather his catalogue of cures), in Trades' hall, on Tuesday evening, in presence of a pretty large audience. We esteem the whole as arrant quackery!
Dundee Evening Telegraph
7 August 1943
Wonder Drug Needed to Save Girl
A young woman who is seriously ill will die unless she can obtain some penicillan, the 'wonder drug', says Craik Henderson, MP. He asked the Scottish Secretary whether he had been able to arrange for the release of a small quantity of the drug for the young woman, particulars of whose care had been given to him. In a written reply Mr Tom Johnston says he has sent a letter explaining the position and suggesting a possible course of action. Penicillan, bacteria killer, was discovered 14 years ago, but so far has only been produced in small quantities. It has cured many cases of infections caused by war wounds.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
8 August 1902
Child Rescued by Young Lochiel
On Wednesday, a boy, six years of age, who had clambered on to the breast wall at George Street, Oban, fell off the parapet into the sea, and, the tide being full, the child was in imminent danger of drowning. Young Cameron Lochiel, who with his father was passing along the street at the moment, and observed the accident, promptly jumped into the sea and rescued the boy. The landing steps being a considerable distance away, he had to swim back to the breast wall with the boy, and the crowd, which quickly gathered, accorded him a hearty cheer as he climbed over the parapet.
11 August 1883
Papa Stour – Rapid Voyage of a Bottle
On Tuesday the 7th instant a bottle was found on the east side of the island, containing a letter addressed to 'Mitchell Fraser, Fogrigarth, Aithsting.' The letter was forwarded to its destination, about five miles from where it came ashore, and had been thrown overboard from the Barque Attila, in the Pentland Firth three days before, being dated 4th August. The writer was Robert Garriock, a native of Sandness, who states that the master of the barque and nearly all the crew were Shetland men, and 'all well.'
John o’ Groat Journal
12 August 1880
A School for Little Children
There are few sights more revolting or incongruous than that of seeing a dozen of children, from six to fourteen years of age, hanging round the doors of the public slaughter house in Wick during the process of lamb killing. This is visible occasionally in the Market Place of Wick. The whole affair is brutalising, disgusting, and a public scandal, all the more so that the place is just in a position where children get a taste of those exhibitions which have very bad effect. The objection that rises up at once in the mind to such things being allowed is no sentimental whim. Childhood is associated with innocence, purity and truth. There is something unspeakably revolting in seeing these children waiting till one after the other of the lambs now lying in wait on the blood-drenched pavement were lifted up and killed, the youthful auditory taking intense interest in the death throes of the victims. We think this ought not to be allowed, for the sake of the children. If the Town Council will continue to keep their slaughter house where it is, they should so arrange it that its operations shall not be conducted amid the wistful gaze of children, together with the coarse ribaldry of unfeeling youths.
Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
12 August 1904
Another Glasgow suburb will presently rise up in the picturesque district of Bardowie, Mr William Clarkson, Lesmahagow, having purchased the estate, 150 acres of which he intends to feu in villas. Bardowie Estate, which is situated in Stirlingshire a few minutes' walk from Summerston Station, on the Kelvin Valley Railway, is less than six miles from George Square, Glasgow. It is proposed to erect a new station to be called Bardowie Station. [The station was opened in 1905 but closed in 1951. Fewer than 10 of the proposed 500 houses were built.]