In 1964 the Town Council made plans to celebrate Aberchirder’s 200th anniversary, but a typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen led to most of the programme being abandoned. Fifty years later the Community Association determined that local people should be involved in a day to remember. Large numbers of people of all ages took part in a day of events and two books were produced to act as permanent records of the first 250 years of Foggie’s history. These will act as a legacy for present and future people with connections to the village.
Foggieloan 250 – Book by Bob Peden
A native of Dundee, the author settled in Aberchirder in 1972 and since then has been collecting and promoting the history of the local area. He helped to found a Local History Group which ran from 1996 to 2009, with a membership of around fifty. Proposals for a local museum – which would have been unsustainable – led to a Eureka moment in 2002 which gave him the idea of a virtual museum which would be accessible worldwide, and the Foggieloan website was created to be its home. The celebration of Foggie’s 250th anniversary required a brief history to be written, and this book was the result.
You can read the book below.
Aberchirder 250 Foggieloan – Photography by Colin Heggie
Brought up in Aberchirder, Colin graduated in photography from Sunderland University. After working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in Edinburgh, he has returned to his roots and lives in Whitehills. In 2013 Colin approached the Community Association with a proposal for a project where he would create a book of portraits of 250 local people as a tribute to Foggieloaners past, present and future. Foggie 250 is the superlative result.
Select cover link above to view entire book.
Aberchirder 250th Anniversary Celebration video by John Milne