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Aberdeen Street Names:Their History, Meaning and Personal Associations., Fraser, G.M. & Wayte, Bryn.
1 Fraser, G.M. & Wayte, Bryn. Aberdeen Street Names:Their History, Meaning and Personal Associations.
Deeside Books, 2012. 9781907813047 2012 1907813047 / 9781907813047 2nd Edition Soft cover New Book 
New paperback, republished from the original edition of 1911. Pp xviii,164, with the original b&w photographs and illustrations. It has a new introduction by Bryn Wayte, of Deeside Books. G.M. Fraser's Aberdeen Street Names is the latest in a series of rare and out of print titles to be republished by Deeside Books of Ballater. The original first edition was printed in 1911 by William Smith & Sons of the Bon-Accord Press, Aberdeen, and was one several published by this author on the local area. George Milne Fraser (1862-1938) was born in the Parish of Methlick, Aberdeenshire and started his working life as a stone-cutter in one of the many local granite yards. An accident curtailed this form of employment, and in 1877 he joined the staff of the Aberdeen Free Press and gained a reputation for specialising in articles on local history. This in-depth knowledge of the local area was probably one of the main reasons why he was appointed City Librarian for Aberdeen in 1899, despite not having had a particularly academic background. This position he held for almost the next forty years, and was credited with numerous innovative developments in his field, particularly in the acquisition of many of the publications added to the Library's Local Collection. Many of this author's works are relatively scarce, and this one particularly so, hence the reason for including this book in the North-east Scotland Classics series. Many books have been published on the history of Aberdeen, but this is the only one to have concentrated on the origin of the names of many of the streets that still survive in the city today. Mention is made of the destruction of many of the older parts of Aberdeen, particularly in the 19th century, both for slum clearance and for street widening, but it is still remarkable how many of the older streets are still in existence. It is interesting to follow how the author reached his conclusions on the origins of some of the street names, and he was ideally suited to explore the research opportunities offered by his position as Librarian. This book has been reproduced in its original form, complete with all of the original illustrations. However, a new introduction has been added, which it is hoped will help the reader if more information is required, particularly where illustrative maps are concerned. The book is a large paperback and is now the fourth title in a North-east Scotland Classics series published by Deeside Books. S2. 
Price: 14.99 GBP
 
 
The Old Deeside Road Revisited: An Explanation of what Remains., Marr, Graham J.
2 Marr, Graham J. The Old Deeside Road Revisited: An Explanation of what Remains.
Deeside Books, 2014. 9781907813078 2014 1907813071 / 9781907813078 1st Edition Soft cover New Book 
Illustrated card covers, New. First edition, pp viii, 130, b&w photographs and colour maps to rear, index of place names. G.M. Fraser was best known as Head Librarian of the Aberdeen Public Library during the earlier part of the 20th century. He was also a noted local historian with a great interest in both the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire areas, and produced many pamphlets and books on the North-east of Scotland. His largest and probably most significant work was the publication of The Old Deeside Road in 1921, in which he identified and recorded what remained of one of the region's oldest thoroughfares.Now, almost one hundred years later, the same task has been repeated and updated in this volume. It is both interesting and surprising how much of the old Deeside road still remains, despite the rapid rate of modern development around Aberdeen and the towns and villages of Deeside. The origins and history of the old road from Aberdeen to Braemar were recorded in Fraser's book, but this contemporary appraisal of what is left on the ground takes into account the more recent developments and changes. Most of the original photographs in Fraser's book have a modern equivalent for comparative purposes, but there are also many additional photographs in this volume thay help identify and illustrate those parts of the road that still survive.It is hoped that those who have an interest in the local history of the Deeside area will find this book both a useful addition to their collection and also a practical source of information on the ground. The Old Deeside Road Revisited is the seventh volume in the North-east Scotland Classics Series. 
Price: 11.99 GBP
 
 
Lochnagar., McConnochie, Alex & Wayte, Bryn.
3 McConnochie, Alex & Wayte, Bryn. Lochnagar.
Deeside Books 2014. 9781907813009 2014 1907813004 / 9781907813009 2nd Edition Soft cover New No Jacket Book 
New cloth-covered paperback book in mint condition. Pages v, 189, plus the advertisments. A replica of the 1891 first (and only) edition with all of the original illustrations and the map. There is a new introduction with a brief biography of McConnochie and also recommendations on which of the current Ordnance Survey maps are best suited to the area. McConnochie highlights the book with many tales and legends of both Lochnagar and the surrounding glens as well as describing the many ways of reaching the summit itself. Other anecdotes relate to illicit whisky distillation and smuggling as well as stories about Glen Muick, Ballater, Braemar and Loch Callater. Published, distributed and in stock from a book shop within 10 miles of Lochnagar. S2. 
Price: 14.99 GBP
 
 
Ben Muich Dhui (Ben MacDhui, Mac Dhui) & His Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains., McConnochie, Alex Inkson & Wayte, Bryn.
4 McConnochie, Alex Inkson & Wayte, Bryn. Ben Muich Dhui (Ben MacDhui, Mac Dhui) & His Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains.
Deeside Books, 2013. 9781907813061 2013 1907813063 / 9781907813061 New Edition Soft cover New Book 
New cloth-covered paperback book in mint condition. New edition published by Deeside Books, pp 12, xii, 84, map to rear, index. Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours is one of the earliest and scarcest of Alex Inkson McConnochie's publications and its printing in 1885 makes it a forerunner of the guide books used by today's hillwalkers. This book outlines the different routes across the Cairngorms along with the best ways of obtaining access, as well as the author providing vivid descriptions of the local scenery. The sport of hillwalking was still in its infancy in the latter part of the 19th century but was becoming ever more popular through the ease of travel brought about by the coming of the railways to the highland parts of Scotland. Further publicity to the area was also given by Queen Victoria's extensive travels on both Deeside and Speyside, which were then later published in Leaves from a Highland Journal.This book has been reproduced in its original form and also includes a copy of the original fold-out map as per the first printing. However, this small scale map does have limitations, and a summary of the modern Ordnance Survey maps that cover the various parts of the Cairngorms has also been included. A new introduction has been added which contains both a brief biography of McConnochie and also a comparison of this book with some of his later publications. Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours is the sixth volume in the North-east Scotland Classics Series.. 
Price: 12.99 GBP
 
 
Loch Kinnord: Its History and Antiquities: New and Revised Edition with The Church of Tullich and Other Papers., Michie, Rev. J.G. & Wayte, Bryn.
5 Michie, Rev. J.G. & Wayte, Bryn. Loch Kinnord: Its History and Antiquities: New and Revised Edition with The Church of Tullich and Other Papers.
Deeside Books, 2010. 9781907813016 2010 1907813012 / 9781907813016 New Edition Soft cover New No Jacket Book 
New cloth-covered paperback book in mint condition, pages, xx, 201. First published in 1877, this copy is a replica of the larger and revised second edition of 1910 with all of the original photographic plates, illustrations within the text, and also the coloured frontispiece. There is a new introduction with a brief biography of the Rev. John Grant Michie and also recommendations of which of the current Ordnance Survey maps are best suited to the area. This book gives an historical overview of the Deeside locale right from the early prehistoric period through to the Civil War and up to the 19th century. The region was quite heavily populated during the Pictish era and Loch Kinnord was probably one of the piviotal areas of power for some considerable time. The smaller island, or crannog, within the loch was certainly man made, and the larger island was a fortified stonghold of some renown. Many prehistoric remains have been found in the surrounding area, and great importance has been attached to some of the fine examples of sculptured stones that have been discovered. Though the area is rich in archaeological remains its fortunes have been mixed over the years - from a seat of power to the much more rural setting of recent times. Michie combines the historical approach with some colourful descriptions of the local inhabitants to provide a very readable account of his native Deeside. Published, distributed and in stock from a book shop within 10 miles of Loch Kinnord (nowadays Kinord). S2. 
Price: 12.50 GBP
 


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