12 December 1845
Tent on the top of Arthur's Seat
A tent has been erected within the last few days on Arthur's Seat, by a party of engineers of the Board of Ordinance, engaged in the trigonometrical survey of the country; and from the unusual appearance of such a habitation being placed there, it gave rise to many conjectures – some imagining that it was connected with railway surveying, and others that it was erected by an individual to fulfil a bet for a large amount, that he would live in this elevated spot during the winter. The latter supposition became very current, and curiosity was excited to behold the person who had engaged in such an adventure. Accordingly, on Sunday, a great many people went up to the top of the hill, and annoyed the soldier and his wife not a little by their frequent peerings into the tent, and returned to the bottom of the hill wondering at their own credulity.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
13 December 1915
Wild weather: lightning, thunder and snow in Aberdeen
The unusual phenomenon of lightning and thunder in a snowstorm was experienced in Aberdeen yesterday. About half-past twelve o'clock the sky was overcast with dark clouds. Suddenly a vivid flash of lightning illuminated the dullness, followed by a crash of thunder. There was another brilliant lightning flash and more thunder, and then the snow fell more heavily than before, in large flakes which were swirled along by the cold, boisterous north-westerly breeze. The extraordinary occurrence of thunder and lightning in a snowstorm, near the middle of December, is unusual in these parts. In olden times, when superstition was rife, such an event would probably have given rise to the association of the phenomenon with the terrible war that is now convulsing the world.
John O'Groat Journal
14 December 1900
From John O'Groats to Land's End in a motor car
To undertake a journey from the extreme north of Scotland to the most southern part of England in midwinter in a motor car is no easy task. The roads are soft and heavy in some places, stiff with layers of metal in other parts, not to speak of the risk of snow wreaths and general discomfort. In spite of difficulties, however, Mr Egerton, an English gentleman, with an assistant, started from John O'Groats on Tuesday. In the late afternoon the car drew up at the Caledonian Hotel, where a short rest was made for dinner. The car, which is driven by steam (oil fuel being used instead of coal), got a fresh supply of water, and at 5 o'clock sped on its southern course. It was then raining and the roads were heavy, but on the following day an improvement in the weather took place. It will be interesting to learn the daily progress of the car, which is known as a locomobile, and the time taken to reach Land's End.
Hawick News and Border Chronicle
14 December 1889
When the Hawick people lose their heads
In the fifth annual report of the gospel tent work in the Border Counties it is stated that: 'Woodfoot was our second encampment. Here we had to contend against strong influences. Hawick races were being held, when so many of the people seem to lose their heads. Our good brothers, Major Whittle and Dr Moxey, were also conducting special services in Hawick. However, the meetings were fairly well attended.'
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
15 December 1855
America as a foe
America we regard as a more formidable foe than either of the others. Not that we need fear even her in a long, stand-up, and foreseen fight; but victory, even a drawn result, would be no easy prize. She has, or will soon have, wealth equal to our own; she has even greater resources in the future; she has far fewer vulnerable points; she has just the same stamina and pluck on which we, justly enough, rely with so much confidence; all that modern science and invention can contribute to warlike capacity she can command as readily as ourselves and does avail herself of much more promptly; and her people, from their ceaseless contest with the difficulties of the desert and the backwoods, are far hardier and rougher than our own. This is an advantage which it is difficult to estimte too highly. The Americans are aggressive: we are pacific. They love turmoil and excitement: we hate it. War would be a far more dreadful derangement to our tastes and habits than to theirs; and, to crown the whole, their ships are as well built and better manned than ours, and nearly their whole male population can handle the rifle as a favourite and familiar weapon.
Fife Free Press
16 December 1871
Markinch: roses in December
Notwithstanding the chilling, frosty breathings of dull December, which have been keenly experienced of late, China roses are still blooming in clusters in our gardens, and shadowing forth very pleasantly the cheering features of sunny May.
16 December 1871
We understand it is the intention of the Royal Geographical Society to approach Government with the request that a pecuniary reward be offered for positive information regarding Dr Livingstone, together with the fitting-out of an expedition for the purpose of ascertaining whether communication cannot be made with our distinguished African traveller.
[David Livingstone lost contact with the outside world for six years whilst in Africa. He died in 1874 after a long bout of illness in the country now called Zambia.]
17 December 1888
Lockerbie folks are highly indignant at the gentlemen of the press for failing (as they put it) to report the accidents which took place at the Churchill Cup tie at Moffat between the Queen of the South Wanderers and Moffatonians. They say that when any accident occurs on an accasion when the 'Mids' are engaged, it is duly chronicled, and perhaps enlarged upon, but that apparently no other club is guilty of rough play but the Lockerbie men. Gently, my burly 'Mids'. There were none of your so-called accidents occurred at Moffat, and although we grant that the play was rough, never once was a man winded or the referee forced to interfere.