4 June 1850
Waterspout in Tomintoul
On Thursday last we had a thunderstorm, accompanied with rain in torrents. While the thunder cloud was approaching from south-east, the marketing people were enjoying the sight of a rare phenomenon – a waterspout impending over the Lecht. Its position when first observed was perpendicular, coiling itself like the smoke of a furnace; it subsequently assumed the form of an arc, by its upper extremity having gradually lowered itself. It was then observed to discharge its foaming columns on this side of the Lecht. The whole presented a grand and magnificent aspect, for fully half-an-hour, to the gaze and astonishment of hundreds of spectators.
5 June 1885
Heroic conduct of a boy
About 10 o'clock on Friday morning, while a woman named Mary Ann Cameron was lying on the embankment near Peter's Bridge, Dingwall, she accidentally rolled into the canal, which at this place is nearly 12 feet deep. The accident was observed by a young lad named Hugh Beaton, 13 years of age, son of Mr Beaton, gardener, who immediately plunged into the water, and endeavoured to bring her to shore. He managed with great difficulty to bring her to the edge of the embankment, when he was assisted by Mr Frew, jeweller, and Mr Campbell, draper, and they were both landed safely. The woman was in a very exhausted condition, but by the efforts of Dr Adam, who also arrived on the scene, she was soon restored. The boy deserves considerable praise, as but for his gallant endeavour the woman would have been drowned. His action is deserving of the attention of the Royal Humane Society.
5 June 1850
About 14 days ago, a young lady, residing at the Hillside of Montrose, laid out a beautiful point lace collar on the green to bleach, and thinking, as the green was enclosed, that nothing would molest her handywork, she left it exposed during the night. In the morning the collar was gone, and the sorrow and vexation felt for the loss can only be conceived by ladies who have spent days and weeks in ornamenting a similar piece of dress. A few nights ago, the lady dreamed that her collar was in a blackbird's nest in another part of the garden, and, after dressing herself, was preparing to see if there was truth in her dream. She met the servant girl and said, 'I dreamed my collar was in the blackbird's nest'. 'You dreamed truly,' was the reply, 'for this is it. I took it out of the nest, and it formed a beautiful circle about the eggs'.
Aberdeen Evening Express
5 June 1879
Uttering debased money
In a first diet Sheriff and Jury Court at Stonehaven yesterday, before Sheriff Dove Wilson, Archibald Campbell, Dunoon, and John Shields, Arbroath, were charged with having, between 20th April and 1st May last, silverised five penny pieces with intent to make them pass for florins, and with having uttered two of these counterfeit coins in the shop of Mr Donald Robertson, Bervie, in payment of a quantity of spirits of wine and nitrate of silver; and further, with having in six different shops in Stonehaven uttered the spurious coins. Both panels pled guilty. In passing sentence the Sheriff said there were no fewer than eight different charges against accused; but they had been gone about in such a singularly clumsy way that they could scarcely be called professional crimes. Seeing that they had already been a month in prison, a sentence of three months' additional imprisonment would be sufficient.
8 June 1896
Proposed teachers' picnic
A number of Perth teachers have got up an excursion for the 20th of this month to the Ochtertyre policies. The outing is intended to bring together the various members of the teaching profession in the town and surrounding country so that they may become better acquainted with one another. A large number of teachers have already signified their intention of being present. Mr Murray of the Central District School will be glad to furnish particulars and to take the names of any others who intend joining the party.
9 June 1873
Educational statistics of the northern counties
The educational condition of Scotland, as brought out in the census of 1871, is shown in a table which has just been published. In the county of Caithness there were, when the census was taken, 9,044 families, and 14,741 children under 15 years of age, of whom 7,811 were receiving instruction. In Sutherlandshire, 379 children were at school out of a total of 7,207; in Orkney, 5,291 out of 10,661; and in Shetland, 4,295 out of 12,040.