Fraser, G.M. & Wayte, Bryn.
Title Aberdeen Street Names:Their History, Meaning and Personal Associations.
Binding Soft cover
Book Condition New
Edition 2nd Edition
Publisher Deeside Books, 2012. 9781907813047 2012
1907813047 / 9781907813047
Seller ID 115
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.