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A dip into the Journal and Gazette archives


Journal and Gazette - September 8

GRASS THEFT: Two men were charged at Linlithgow Sheriff Court with stealing grass. Matthew Baillie and David Douglas were both charged with the offence. They plead not guilty, saying they got the grass from an old lime quarry when trying to feed their hungry horses. They were fined 10s each 
or alternatively, 5 days imprisonment.

HUSBAND ASSAULT: Elizabeth Jardine of Canal Terrace appeared at Linlithgow Sheriff Court charged with assaulting her husband. Mrs. Jardine pleaded guilty and was admonished.

PALACE REPAIRS: Work was ongoing to try to repair parts of Linlithgow Palace. Lintels had been renewed and repair work had also been carried out on wall heads. A good deal of cement work took place to ensure the security of the building for public viewing.


Journal and Gazette - September 8

SOLIDER KILLED: A Linlithgow solider was accidentally killed in England. Intimation was given that Francis M’Meechan, second son of Mr. and Mrs. M’Meechan of Justinhaugh Drive, had died. He lived in London with his wife.

PEACE BREACH: A man was charged with breach of the peace when he appeared at Linlithgow Sheriff Court. The accused pleaded not guilty to attacking his wife and daughter. He was said to be intoxicated at the time. The Fiscal said “if the accused took less drink there would be less trouble” and he was fined £2 or 20 days imprisoment.

CHRISTIAN FAITH: World Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving had just been observed in Bo’ness churches. Youth organisations paraded to the Old Parish Church for divine service. The Rev John Bayne preached the sermon at Bo’ness Old Parish Church.


Journal and Gazette - September 14

SCHOOL EXTENSION: Linlithgow Academy’s planned £1 million extension was on track with little disruption to the students. The extension would give pupils at the school more classrooms, a computer centre and an extended library.

MARTIAL ARTS: A Tai-Chi-Chaun class started in Bo’ness will have health benefits. Mr Tom Hendrie, who started the class believed traditional Chinese art promoted good health. The class cost £2 or 50p for the unemployed.

STUDENT AWARD: A former Bo’ness Academy student was awarded her silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mrs Helen Arnold presented it to Lesley Begg. To achieve the award, Lesley took part in activities including cooking, hockey and a 30 mile hike.


Journal and Gazette - September 10

GOODBYE SIR: Queensferry High School said goodbye to John Gilmour, principal teacher of music, retiring after 32 years at the school. Head teacher Malcolm Lewis said: “John has been an excellent teacher.”

COFFEE COUNTS: Macmillian Cancer Support asked coffee addicts to support the upcoming World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Moira Dobbie, West Lothian Macmillian Cancer Relief fundraising boss, was hopeful readers would be keen to take part; adding “Whether you raise £1 or £1000 every cuppa counts”

NATIONAL AWARD: A local firm was nominated for two awards. Pocket Mountains was nominated for British Book Design and Publication award before being added to the visitscotland shortlist.