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A peek at the Journal and Gazette archives

1894

November 17

IN AFRICA: We have had intimation by letter that Mr John Wardrop, Linlithgow, son of Mr Thomas Wardrop, joiner, who left the town in the spring to work for the African Lakes Corporation. He reports having seen crocodiles during his time there.

SOLICITOR’S DEATH: It is our sad duty to have to report this week the death on Wednesday of Mr Robert Brock, solicitor, Bathgate, the oldest member of the Linlithgow Faculty of Procurators.

WARRIOR WOMAN IN COURT: At Linlithgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday before Sheriff Substitute Melville, Jane Neary, farm servant, Bedlormie Mains, Farm, Torphichen, charged with assaulting Christina Osborne by beating her with a wooden stool. Procurator Fiscal stated accused was a’’a bit of a warrior’’ who fought with all the girls on the farm.

1944

November 17

WREATH LAYING: Provost Lumsden celebrated the twenty-sixth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice treaty at the Bo’ness War Memorial. Laying wreaths with the Provost were; Captain William Miller of the Home Guard, Sergeant Allison of the County Batallion, Royal Scots and Major Robson of the local Bo’ness branch of the Royal British Legion.

NEW MINISTER: South Queensferry saw the installation of a new minister at Queensferry South after a full presbystery meeting which saw the Rev William Horsburgh, probationer and assistant at St Michaels, Linlithgow confirmed in post.

FUEL MISUSE: Traveller, James Wardrope Carruthers pleaded guilty at Linlithgow Sheriff Court to using motor fuel for a purpose other than that stated in his application.

1984

November 15

CHRISTMAS TREE WARNING: West Lothian District Council has decided to erect Christmas trees in the towns and villages once again this year. However a warning has been issued, that where trees are vandalised and lighting damaged, they will not be replaced. The council noted that the tree in Linlithgow Bridge was particularly badly hit last year by vandals.

QUEENSFERRY FLOODING: Residents in South Queensferry awoke to flooded homes after the Ferry Burn burst its banks for the second time in eight days.

CASH CALL AT BRIDGENESS: Bridgeness Boys’ Club has launched an appeal for public help in finding £1000 to purchase new strips. As part of the cash drive, the under-10s section are having a sponsored jog.

2004

November 12

FARMERS’ MARKET MISERY: An 11th hour cancellation by the farmers’ market organisers to take part in the Advent Fayre has left town centre manager Andrina Dunlop with a huge headache. Despite having agreed to take over the pitch at the Cross, the farmers market decided not to proceed. Luckily for the Linlithgow team, Santa and a host of children’s performers stepped in to save the day.

POOLS WINNER SEARCH: Littlewoods Pools have started a search for a local female - of it’s biggest ever Scottish win. The firm think that the individual had moved from her Linlithgow Bridge home to Perthshire and turned to the Journal and Gazette to try to find Audrey Grieve.