Posts tagged ‘Whitehills’

Apr 1, 2017

News in Scotland 100 years ago today

Some of the stories making the news around Scotland on 1 April 1917 (outwith the Great War with over a year to run.)


Daughters of some of Dundee’s men at the Front

  • Aberdeen to get women police patrols.
  • Proposal to start a co-operative jute factory in Dundee.
  • Edinburgh grocers are in favour of a card system for sugar distribution.
  • Some Glasgow grocers are selling sugar in pennysworths.
  • Holidays in munition areas are to be deferred until after the end of July.
  • It is reported that 11,000 teachers in Scotland are getting less than £100 a year.
  • Protests in Lochgilphead against Sunday labour in the woods and fields.
  • Net profits of £270,432 reported by the Bank of Scotland for the past year.
  • There is a credit balance of £150 from the British Industries Fair recently held in Glasgow.
  • Crookston Combination Poorhouse is to be taken over for the reception of mentally afflicted soldiers.
  • A ban on the sale of spirits in parts of Argyllshire and Buteshire has come into force.
  • Some conscientious objectors from England are to be employed in forestry work at Ford in Argyllshire.
  • The Marchioness of Graham has undertaken to provide Lamlash with a convalescent home for the wounded.
  • The Dunoon and District Merchants’ Association have agreed to hold the Fast Days.
  • The fishing village of Whitehills near Banff has lost in one week four men who were on Admiralty service.
  • Tillycoultry Parish Council has decided to proceed with an extension of the cemetery at a cost of £2000.
Dec 25, 2011

East Aquhorthies and Whitehills Recumbent Stone Circles on Xmas Day

An unusually beautiful, sunny and warm Christmas day found me at East Aquhorthies Recumbent Stone Circle near Inverurie and Whitehills stone circle remains, both  in Aberdeenshire.

East Aquhorthies – the name possibly derives from the Gaelic for Field of Prayer.

This well-preserved stone circle is a neat example of the many in the area. The 9 uprights, recumbent and two flankers are red grained or grey granite from around Bennachie and pink porphyry or jasper.

The circle is around 19.5m diameter. The recumbent is 3.8m long and weighs in around 9 tons – 6 times lighter than the recumbent at Old Keig but impressive just the same.

As with all the recumbent circles it is thought the recumbent and flankers create a frame to view the standstill moon which occurs ever 18.6 years and generally were used as lunar calendars.


Whitehills near Pitfichie has the remains of a stone circle but it is incomplete.   

Remaining is the recumbent and one flanker c. 8ft high, an upright and other(s) fallen.