UNDER the title of “East Neuk
Chronicles, by an East Ender,” a series of papers dealing with life
and character in the East-End of Aberdeen between the years 1840 and
1860 appeared in the Aberdeen Evening Express daring 1896. They were
so favourably received that the author was induced to pen a second
series of reminiscences, which were published in the Saturday issue
of the Evening Express during the year 1908. In. response to the
request of many friends and other readers, a collection has now been
made of the principal papers in the two series, which it is hoped
will prove interesting to the general public as recording phases of
life that have long since passed away, and describing “characters"
that have vanished from the scene and left no successors.
The papers were originally written with no thought of eventual
republication, and with little regard to literary style or elegance,
to which, indeed, the author makes no pretensions. They were not
conceived on any definite plan, and anything like continuity or
sequence was not aimed at. An endeavour has been made in this
volume, however, to arrange the matter in chapters and sections.
Aberdeen, March, 1906.
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