Saturday, 20 October 2012


Totally pooped.

As my library books were due back today and I was not allowed to renew on line I tootled off to Fraserburgh.

The people of Fraserburgh adopted the Libraries Acts in 1903 and very little time was wasted in erecting their new library, which was officially opened by Lord Saltoun on 23rd October 1905. It was built in the French Renaissance style, which was so fashionable for many of the libraries built in Scotland at the time. 
The design competition was won by local architect, William Stephen Fergusson Wilson, who also designed the town's Post Office. The corner site on King Edward Street is used to full advantage giving attractive fa├žades either side of the central turreted entrance which features a large bay window at first floor level. Wilson emigrated to Canada shortly afterwards, where he went on to design some churches in Toronto, Ontario, before his death in 1939.

Looking the above up on Google I discovered that many libraries in Scotland are of the most amazing architecture.  I had often wondered if Fraserburgh Library had been something in a past life, but no, tis a purpose built library.

So above is Peterhead Library.

The earliest of the libraries built in this part of the world was in Peterhead where the Libraries Acts were adopted in 1890. Carnegie made a contribution of £1000 towards the construction costs of the proposed Public Library and Arbuthnot Museum for which the local citizens had raised over £2150. The architect was Duncan McMillan of Aberdeen, whose design was chosen from the twenty submitted.
It was built with locally quarried granite with two fa├žades designed in continental Rennaisance style. The composition was completed with an elaborately turreted clocktower at the corner to set it apart as a local landmark. 
The foundation stone was laid by Mrs Carnegie at a ceremony on 8th August 1891, while she and her husband were spending the summer at Skibo. The Museum and the Library Newsroom were opened to the public on 12th October 1893 and the Lending Library on 28th May 1894. 

Fascinating.  We do also have lots of little libraries, there is a modern one in Cairnbulg our nearest village, but I prefer the bigger libraries for the choice, although they are brilliant in the smaller ones at helping you with requests and they get them very quickly.

Had a quick whip round the supermarket stocking up with stuff for the next Activity Morning, this Thursday.  Sharpie Pens and crepe paper mainly.

Has been quite a lovely, weather day.  No wind, hopefully a bit of a breeze for the Scottish Kite Buggy Race Series at  the Fraserburgh Beach this weekend.

I was supposed to be planting the rest of my bulbs and it was a perfect day for it.

But it will have to wait for tomorrow.

I am pooped.  Although the brain is still working, although slowly, I have been sourcing hessian and intend to make Minerva a proper rag rug.

When I am not pooped.


Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Somehow, arriving here to mention of hessian having recently departed Mise's blog, where the talk is all of twine, has a certain rustic symmetry. But you also have books and a cat, so very much more homely.

Hope you're un-pooped soon Jill x

BadPenny said...

Hope you had a refreshing night's sleep !
really imposing buildings - long may they last solid & strong.

Anonymous said...

I was at the library same day as you. Fascinating history behind those wonderful buildings, thanks for sharing. Hope you feel less pooped today, and you've enjoyed the glorious weather! xx