Friday, 14 August 2015

2 deaths, rainfall and unusual animals .......

In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend
(Unfortunately the Saturday August 14 and 21 1915 issues have not survived so I will stick to the Saturday August 7 1915 issue for 2 more weeks):

Sudden death after a holiday

Mrs Marshall, wife of Mr Fred Marshall, New Row died suddenly after spending a holiday in Callendar.  When nearing her home she collapsed in the street and died shortly afterwards.  Death was due to heart failure.  She was 74 years of age.


The rainfall for July was above an average.  Rain fell on twenty-nine days and the heaviest fall was on the 7th when 0.75 inches was registered.  The total rainfall for the month was 4.37 inches as compared to 4.20 inches in July last year.

[n the central belt of Scotland, where I live, we have certainly felt robbed of our Summer this year as we have had very few warm days and a lot of rain.  This is why the above article got my attention!  In July 2015 Scotland's rainfall has been 128mm which converts to 5.04 inches.  Therefore this proves decisivly (!) that Scotland is getting wetter].

Man killed at Rosyth

John Wilson, bearer, employed by the Motherwell Bridge Building Company Ltd was killed instantaneously at Rosyth Dockyard on Tuesday.  He tripped and fell off a girder and in his descent of 30 feet he struck another girder and fractured his skull.  He was about 40 years of age and is supposed to belong to Edinburgh.  He only started work with the company on Tuesday.

Bird and animal curiosities in the Glen

People of an observant nature may have noticed that all ? life in Pittencrieff Glen has not followed the laws of natural history.  A cinnamon robin flits about from shrub to shrub evidently proud that his back is lighter than that of its neighbours even though its breast is of the same cherry ?.  An albino sparrow is equally proud of its anaemic plumage and finds delight in displaying its feathered pallor in front of those who sip tea in the team-rooms.  These are not the the only freaks that nature has endowed on the Glen.  A cat belonging to the policies has defied convention in regard to its coat.  It is neither blotched not striped nor plain, its skin is composed of white and black hairs equally mixed.

[Pittencrieff Park or the Glen as it is also known was gifted by Andrew Carnegie to the people of Dunfermline in 1902.  It is a fabulous, huge park and still has plenty of birds and grey squirrels to be spotted within its grounds.  The Glen also has peacocks - Clive, Louise and Henrietta.  The Glen has had some recent additions which is why this article got my attention - a peahen and some baby peacocks:


Tune in next week to see what happened in Dunfermline next week 100 years ago ..........

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