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 We've been on a treasure hunt...for your memories

 Total Interviews Collected: 96 (that's 133%) 


We even have our own blessing!


The Formartine Grace


O Lord, we sikk a blessin noo,

On ilka ashet stappit foo,

On dreepin roasts for ilka mou'

Or troots fae oot the Ythan


An faan it's hame we're bound the nicht,

Tae Fyvie, Ellon, Maud or Gight,

Lord, grant us a meen that's shinin bricht

Lest we faa intae the Ythan


The archive is now open

Available at public libraries in Ellon, Turriff and Oldmeldrum


  From 21st April 2008 the interviews will also be available in the following 


North East Folklore Archive, Mintlaw

Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen


both of these institutions require an appointment to access the archive - contact details are available on the Research Archive link on the sidebar


and later


Balmedie Library

School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University


so you, and anyone else, can listen to those stories which may be lost to future

generations if they are not recorded now. 




This site is navigable using the links on the side bar to the right of this page, below is a description of what those links are


Searchable index

Downloadable spreadsheet showing basic index of interviewee, group, interviewers, location, dates, length of disk(s) - click here


Searchable summary document

Downloadable PDF document featuring a summary of each interview including interviewee's name, where recorded, interviewer & date - click here (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Research Archive

This is where you can find out how to access the CD archive


Aberdeenshire Council Library Catalogue

This link allows you to search for individual interviews on the council's library catalogue and tells you where to find them in order to listen to


Formartine Podcast Channel

This is where extracts from interviews can be listened to 


FOHP Weblog

Contains pictures, transcripts and other tidbits


Groups' Own Pages

Does what it says on the label - info, pictures etc from the groups who were involved in the project


News & Events Archive

Tells you what folk were up to during the project.  I will update the blog from now on instead of the news


Design Competition

In which the winners designed the three CD covers for the three principal areas of Formartine



Press and related publicity for the project



Links to other sites connected with the project, or friends of mine who helped or were interested in our progress


 These are just some of the subjects on which we gathered reminiscences.


  • Pre-War & Post-War Farm Memories
  • World War II
  • The Coming of the Oil Industry
  • The Doric – Oor Ain Mither Tongue
  • Hobbies – old & new
  • Folklore & Legends
  • Schooldays
  • Working Days


We had groups participating from the following areas:


  1. Barthol Chapel
  2. Belhelvie
  3. Collieston
  4. Ellon (Reminiscence Group)
  5. Formartine United JFC (Pitmedden)
  6. Fyvie and Woodhead
  7. Meldrum & Bourtie
  8. Methlick
  9. Newburgh
  10. Tarves
  11. Turriff



The two training sessions have now taken place at Fyvie and Oldmeldrum. Click on the names for a report on both events. (You can also find links on the Woodhead & Meldrum Pages)



This project was completed in April 2008 - for further details or enquiries contact one or all of the following:

Keith Newton - Formartine Area Manager: keith.newton@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Gavin Sutherland - Manager, North East Folklore Archive: arc@enterprise.net

Formartine Partnership - info@formartine.org.uk


Former Project Co-ordinator, Fiona-Jane Brown, no longer has any connection to the project other than maintaining this website.



To aid with site stats, the Formartine Wiki now has ClustrMaps which will show fromwhere in the world people have been visiting this site!





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