Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Robert MacDonald

Today we reflect on the tragic event which claimed the life of Robert MacDonald, Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.  Robert, aged 39, was one of hundreds of casualties following an explosion on board the minelayer “Princess Irene” on 27th May 1915.  Although not named on the Portsoy town memorial, he is commemorated on the family gravestone in Portsoy cemetery, which identifies his parents as Robert MacDonald and Margaret Burgess.  Robert is also remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  

Monday, 25 May 2015

Museum summer opening

Beginning this week, we are pleased to announce new opening hours for the summer season.  As of Thursday 28th May, the museum will open to visitors from 2pm to 4pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  We also have a wonderful selection of new merchandise to suit every pocket!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

In memory of James Grant Gray and Donald Stuart

One hundred years on, Portsoy war casualties James Grant Gray and Donald Stuart are present in our thoughts.  Both young men were on active service with the Gordon Highlanders when they lost their lives on 16th May 1915.  Both are commemorated on the LeTouret memorial in Pas de Calais, France. 

James Grant Gray, Pte 909, Gordon Highlanders was aged 23 at the time of his death.  His parents were William Ker Gray, Glenboyne, Portsoy, Banffshire, and Christina McKechnie Gray.

Donald Stuart, Pte 1470, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders was the son of James & Annie Stuart of Cultain, Fordyce and was only 17 when he was killed.  His name is absent from the Portsoy town memorial but he is commemorated on the family gravestone in Portsoy cemetery.  

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Film Night, Thursday 14th May

This month's film is "The 100 Foot Journey" starring Helen Mirren.  As a rather upmarket chef who runs a restaurant in France, she is initially horrified when an Asian family set up an establishment just down the street.  Everything is about to change, with very amusing consequences.

To avoid disappointment, get your ticket in advance for just £5 from the usual local outlets.

Screening time is 7pm.