Old book makes its way to Chicago

John Fairley from Chicago with the book entitled 'Grass of Parnassus - From the Bents O' Buchan'.
John Fairley from Chicago with the book entitled 'Grass of Parnassus - From the Bents O' Buchan'.

Buchanhaven Heritage Society received some exciting news recently when John Fairley from Chicago got in touch to let them know he had purchased a rare book.

Mr Fairley bought ‘Grass of Parnassus - From the Bents O’ Buchan’ by David Scott which was published in 1887 to help raise funds for the building of the local St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Merchant Street.

John and his family visited the town earlier this year after making contact with the society as part of their research into their family history. Since then contact has been kept up between the society and John.

Following their visit to the area John now scours websites looking for information about Peterhead from the time his great-grandmother lived there and came across the book for sale.

He thought this piece of history must be preserved and shared with the people of Peterhead, so purchased it from the previous owner who lived in Montrose.

The fragile book then made its way 4,000 miles to Chicago prior to John deciding to donate the book to the Buchanhaven Heritage Society, so it could be safeguarded for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

In addition to the articles already mentioned within the book there is a hand written note which reads “Miss Maggie Lumsden Peterhead Oct 1st 1896 - JM” so if this means anything to readers the society would love to hear from you and the information will be fed

back to John and his family.

Commenting, society chairman, Alex Geddes, aid “ This is a wonderful gesture from John and I am sure it will be very much appreciated by the residents of Peterhead. I have seen images from the book and sense this will be of huge interest to many local people.

“I hope once the work at the centre has been completed that John and his family will once again return to see the former school his ancestors went to and view his book once more as part of a wider exhibition,”