following in the family footsteps
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So apparently many of my ancestors lived around this area, which is why we are here. Mum has been before & just couldn't wait to come back. We are staying with some family friends, who are completely lovely & lots of fun - it's interesting trying to understand them as a) they have quite thick Scottish accents, and b) they often slip into a local dialect, which of course we don’t understand at all, although we have been learning…
(Translation: How are you today? Quite well thankyou.)
The purpose of the trip, of course, is to visit as many family history sites as possible. This morning we went to the local library to look at an old census, then we trawled through a cemetery trying to find the graves of various people, then we hung out at the registrar's office getting maps & details of where people were buried, then it was back to the cemetery again to follow the maps, then we drove up a hill to the tiny farm cottage where great-great-grandma lived with seven children.
We went to the Bullers of Buchan, which is basically a mini fishing village, but the houses are perched atop of a cliff & they used to have to drag the boats up from this tiny little rocky cove. At this point I decided a long brisk walk was in order, so Mum went off to hang out in a few more cemeteries, and I walked along the cliffs around to Cruden Bay.
Along the way was the ruins of Slains Castle - originally built in 1597, and home of the Earl of Erroll, but became a ruin after they could no longer afford to pay the taxes on the place in 1925, so they just took the roof off. It's completely open & unguarded & you can just wander through and explore and it's absolutely fabulous.
Then there were two more cemeteries and a few more little villages, before a little evening gathering with all the family of the couple we are staying with. They were all lovely, and if nothing else it was entertaining to just listen to them talk!