Haddo family history event proves popular

An exterior view of Haddo House in Summer 2008
An exterior view of Haddo House in Summer 2008

A major family and local history event took place at Haddo House and Country Park at the weekend aimed at celebrating the heritage and culture of north-east Scotland.

Hosted by the National Trust for Scotland and supported by Aberdeenshire Council, ‘Routes to Your North Roots’ kicked off on Friday with an opening reception in the library at Haddo House.

Guest speakers Professor Marjory Harper from Aberdeen University and author and broadcaster Jim Naughtie spoke on the subject of emigration and recalled their roots in north-east Scotland.

On both Saturday and Sunday, a diverse range of registrars, family history societies and local heritage groups from across the region converged on the main hall for a heritage fair.

Representatives from national organisations including the National Records of Scotland and Scotland’s People were also on hand to provide advice and guidance on ancestry.

An accompanying programme of talks from guest speakers took place in the library of Haddo House covering topics from whaling and railways to church records and the lives of soldiers and their families in World War One.

A lively programme of traditional music also featured, with performers including the Ythan Fiddlers, Kintore Pipe Band, the Spiers Family and the Buchan Heritage Players.

Accompanying this feast for the ears was the opportunity to enliven the tastebuds by sampling locally produced food and drink.

Representatives from Garioch Distillery, Formartine’s, Huntly Herbs, Ola Oils and J.G. Ross amongs others were attending and Chris Tonner of Aberdeen’s Adelphi Kitchen fired up the barbecue and offered delicious, charcoal-cooked, locally-sourced meat.

Free guided tours of Haddo House were also available and rangers provided tours of the beautiful Country Park.

Mud Pie Adventures were also be there to ensure something for the kids and the magic of a story teller captured their imagination.

Maureen Shearer, Secretary of Routes to Your North East Roots said: “With so many organisations involved, this was a brilliant opportunity to find out more about local history and ancestry in beautiful surroundings while at the same time soaking up some of the traditional music, song and best local produce that the region has to offer”.