50 years ago, in Pre-oil days, I was the Manager of
THE ABERDEEN & DISTRICT MILK MARKETING BOARD, Twin Spires, Bucksburn, and
ABERDEEN DAIRIES, Aberdeen City. Also District Commissioner of Scouts,
Aberdeen Northern District. My Maternal Grandmother was Mary Ross, and a
Great Uncle, The Reverend James Ross, a Missionary, founding the Church in
what was to become Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia.
The Milk Marketing
Board, received the milk, from the Dairy Farmers of Aberdeenshire,
Kincardineshire and Banffshire, and in a few cases cream separated on the
Larger Estates. Factory Managers dealing regularly with the Great
Estates, adopted Highland Dress as a matter of choice, My 12yard Hunting
Ross Kilt, By Scott's of Union Street Cost me £50.00. Made to measure
and cut to set.
Each time I
returned to the North-East I visited farmer friends and always in Highland
Dress, came the oil, casual dress became the norm.
I still return to Scotland three or four times a year
on coach tours, by 2005 I had to admit that south of the Great Glen,
Highland Dress equated to fancy dress. Attending the Royal Highland Show,
Edinburgh Tattoo, and the Dundonald Games. I still wear Highland Dress, last year a strange thing happened, on two November
coach trips (pretending to celebrate Xmas), the Hotel staff were in Kilts
& Gillie Shirts. On a trip to Sterling, it was interesting to see three
Scots living south of the border, purchase & wear Kilt Outfits!!!
So what have I to be thankful for?
I read and re-read
The way forward for the
Scots Language on your website, Burns works
give no problem, as a child, my Dad read Burns works to me, always
explaining words (and phrases) over which I stumbled, to be fair, I lived
for time in Mauchline, and always enjoy performances at the Burns Centre.
Suddenly it dawned on me, what I was reading in
The way forward for
the Scots Language was the Scots we used in
the Grampian area 50 years ago!!! a relative of mine Donald Ross, was
translating Aberdeen Scots into Gaelic, sadly twenty years ago Donald
died, and his drat notes were lost.