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Historic Photographs
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Historic Photographs
This image was taken around 1909 from a hill at the west end of Culter - 7 miles west from Aberdeen looking down on the North Deeside Road towards Banchory. The image shows the cottages known as Clayhills with the houses of Malcolm Road beyond. Hidden in the trees at the right hand side is the statue of Rob Roy overlooking the Leuchar Burn which runs through the wooded valley.
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Thanks to David Allan for sharing this comment with us:

"Amazed at finding this photograph. I must get a copy. My father was brought up in the cottage nearest to Rob Roy and the picture was taken the year after he was born. We used to come up from Pontypridd to stay with my grandmother. It was a different and beautiful place compared to where we lived. I have very very happy memories of Clayhills but it is not the same now and neither is Culter. Gordon Arms hotel is gone, all the little shops, so different now, no member of the family there now.

"In one of the other cottages lived a family called Moultrie (not sure if that is the correct spelling). Mr Moultrie was taken prisoner at the very beginning of the war and didn't see home again for five years. Poor man. Another family living at Clayhills had four young sons and they emigrated to Australia round about the late 60's. Wonder where those four lads are now and how much they remember of Culter?"

Thank you also to Fiona Purchas (née Moultrie) from New Zealand who provided the following related comment:

"How amazing to see your comments! The man you name is my Grandfather, George Moultrie. He lived in Clayhills with his wife Grace and 6 children. George was captured in France at St Valery when the 51st Highland Division were left behind to fight after the evacuation on Dunkirk. Grandad spent 5 years as a POW at Stalag 9c. At the end of the war he walked, hitched ride with Americans and eventually made his way back home. He was Warrant Officer and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

"Grandad was also a Forman at Culter paper mill, having started work aged 12, after his father was killed just before the end of WW1. As the eldest boy Grandad had to give up school to help support the family.

"George was target shooting champion having won the Kings Cup, and sportsman - football player in younger years, and then indoor and outdoor bowls player. He loved to walk along Dee side, making his children walk every Sunday after church.

"Dad recalls grandad as a caring man, but his military training meant he was also a man of discipline. Dad has fond memories of Clayhills, although with 8 people in the cottage it must have been very cramped!"
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