Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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Ashludie, a short story

Ashludie Mansion

The Grange, a name derived from`grangia` or a place where the tiend sheaves were deposited had long associations with Arbroath Abbey.

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Jennie Barrie’s Inn

A walk around Monifieth at a leisurely pace on one of the recent beautiful summer days, gives time to ponder and think of the layout, of housing in what was `the old village`. It is quite easy to follow a lane, which runs the length of the High Street, with the front or main doors of dwellings on Hill Street and Durham Street, apparently facing the wrong direction. At one time along this route were a line of fresh water wells. This is reputed to have been in bygone days, the main thoroughfare of the village.

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Butter Bonanza

The beginning of the Second World War triggered off a series of events still remembered by the natives of Monifieth and the surrounding area of the Firth of Tay.

In the last few days of 1939, an Aberdeen trawler was wrecked on the `blacked out` Bell Rock, then on January 6th, a liner bound for Dundee touched a magnetic mine near the Gaa Sands at the mouth of the Tay. Continue reading

Boyhood Memories

I was only nine years old when war broke out and I think it seemed that a great adventure lay ahead. While not appreciating all the international politicking, I do remember hearing Chamberlain`s declaration of War on our Cossar radio, the accumulator of which required regular charging at the garage. Continue reading