BUCHAN was recently visited by George Jim Whyte and his sister Lilian Mary Whyte as they were re-united with their Scottish relations.
The relations from Brazil, paid their first visit to the north-east, in order to trace their grandfathers Buchan roots and met with second cousins, George, Nancy, Alice, Margaret and Lawrence.
The Brazilians’ grandfather, George Whyte, was brought up on a farm at East Bruntbrae, Maud, and he had three brothers and three sisters. One of these brothers being James Whyte, father of the second cousins mentioned above.
Grandfather George Whyte began his career working in the Clydesdale Bank in Mintlaw, he then moved to London and further a field to Sao Paulo, where he became manager of the British Bank of Brazil. He then married and had a son John and daughter Geir. John being George and Lilian’s father.
While visiting the north-east the siblings stayed with relatives George and Jacqueline Howei at Easter Knock farm, near Stuartfield. They paid a visit to Deeside and were very interested in the Rob Roy MacGregor statue, MacGregor being connected to the Whyte name. They also paid a visit to Gardenstown where their ancestors lived.
The family had a social gathering at the White Horse Hotel, Strichen, where they had a lovely meal and spent time reminiscing about olden days. The evening finished off with entertainment from Arthur, Albert and Hazel.
George and Lilian said: “We have really enjoyed our visit here to the north-east, although it has been a bit chilly.”