Monthly Archives: May 2012

New website up and growing


It has been an over all suc­cess story for the Society, with interest being taken in our work, locally, nationally and internationally. We have achieved our main ob­jective of researching, re­cording and educating the public at large, by various methods of the Heritage of Monifieth and the local area. This has by no means been an easy task and credit should be given to those members who undertake and are committed to per­forming various designated duties. Our up- graded web­site appears to be very popular, with the added at­traction of being able to visit the House of Memories online by means of a Virtual Tour. We have been rec­ognised, for our work, by Angus Council and awarded financial support, for which we are truly grateful. Our activities and the House of Memories now appear in various Angus Council brochures and pub­lications. What will the fu­ture be for MLHSP?  This is something to be ad­dressed by all the mem­bers who should recog­nise that in order to Sur­vive & Thrive each must play a part in the day to day increased workload that has come with suc­cess.

Lady Fiona Fraser of Carmylie, has accepted our invitation and is now our Honorary Patron.

We are very grateful for her offer of support and help in maintaining our objectives.

To one and all that sup­ports our group by vari­ous means, please ac­cept our sincere thanks.


Margaret Copland President

Tea break on a Trip to 'Logie Mud-House'

Tea break on a Trip to ‘Logie Mud-House’

Our Talks, and trips programme continues to be popular with both members and non members . What is really needed to keep the MLHS work vibrant
is more volunteers with two hours a week to spare, when they could assist in the House of Memories., which was established 10 years ago. We are all ten years
and sad to say some not as able as we once were. One of our long serving members Betty Cairns recently passed away after being unwell for a long time.
Her knowledge of Monifieth was greatly appreciated, as was her assistance at 55′ The future—— with a little help from our friends the MLHS hopefully will flourish over the next ten years at ’55’.

Part of the audience attending a MLHS talk

Part of the audience attending a MLHS talk

Margaret Copland (President)
Monifieth House of Memories

Burgh of Monifieth

Over the centuries the name of this ancient settlement has changed many times, as has the various conclusions as to the possible reasons for the title. The registered coat of arms carries the feature of a stag’s head and a hill, signifying the combination of two Gaelic words, Monadh Feidh. However, I am more in favour of another two Gaelic words, Monaich fother, meaning Monks land, or Holy Place. Undoubtedly over the passage of time Monifieth has indeed been regarded as a historical holy place.

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What the Papers said

Here are some stories and reports from local newspapers over the years:

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Oengus I – King of the picts

The latter part of King Nechtan`s reign was marked by a long and bitter struggle for power between the King`s three rivals. The first signs of trouble began in 713 and did not end until the victory of King Oengus 1 over his rival Drest in 729

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Font stane

In a little wood of beech trees, about five hundred yards south of Grange House, is a block of Old Red Sandstone, popularly known as the Font Stone. Made roughly of a truncated square, pyramidal form, standing two feet above the soil. The base measuring 4 by 3 1/2 feet, and the top 3 1/4by 2 3/4 feet.

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Monifieth Shops, 1930

1930`s Shops & Business Premises in Monifieth High Street & Maule Street

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The Alhambra – Monifieth

Door Alhambra

Monifieth`s home of the movie picture show. The Alhambra was not the first cinema to entertain the local residents with the magic of moving pictures. There had been others, however, it is most likely that today`s `native villagers` will fondly recall the `fleapit`.

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Milton of Monifieth

The bridge over the Dighty, at Monifieth has certainly been a crossing point for many centuries.

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Laws Fort and Broch

Laws hill rises to an elevation of 400 feet above sea level.  On the summit, are the remains of what had once been a large fortification.

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Ardestie Earth House

North of Ardestie Farm and the major road works now taking place can be found one of the most interesting links to the past. Many of the `in comers` to Monifieth are totally unaware of the souterrain attached to stone dwellings probably built in the first century AD.

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