Burnbanks Village near Aberdeen has been in existence for over 200 years but from the 1950s onwards, it lay in various stages of dereliction and was finally abandoned in the early 1980s leaving shattered ruins and roofless shells. It was resurrected in 1992 and thirty years later, it is now fantastic place to live with a deep community spirit.
In 2021 local resident Joe McLeod published a book detailing the history of Burnbanks Village.
Stories about the hard day-to-day struggles in the old village, shipwrecks, sudden and accidental deaths, an alarming amount of suicides, a heart-breaking incidence of cholera, casualties of war. Births, marriages and deaths. Villainy, thefts, assaults, fights, and bigamy.
Alongside the often darker history of the village there are the many human stories of families living healthy and happy lives, although in basic conditions.
This history includes stories from Burnbanks villagers past and present, including several from the era before the village fell derelict and many who now live around the globe.
If you live local, contact me and you can buy it for a reduced cost with no shipping.
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If you have any stories, memories, photographs about the village, I'd love to hear about them. Did you or any relatives live there? I have extensive details of households, census returns, Birth / Marriage / Death certificates stretching as far back as the 1840s. I have hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings
Our daughter Christina at the entrance to the village in 2010
The annual BBQ get together
The second Burnbanks trawler, operational unitl 1984
A model of the first Burnbanks Trawler
A view of derelict cottages in 1984
Ex resident Mina King born in 1915