Wreck, Rattray Head

Wreck, Rattray Head

'Keep Mormond Hill a handspike high
And Rattray Briggs ye’ll ne’er come nigh' Old Mariner’s Warning

'The warning about the dangers of shipwreck on the treacherous rocks was once a very necessary one for those who ventured along that notorious stretch of coast. The blinking light of Rattray Head lighthouse sitting atop its convict-built plinth removed the necessity of scanning the landward horizon for the outline of Mormond Hill. This wind-blasted corner of Buchan seems now a lonely place, largely deserted of human settlement. The coastguards have long gone, leaving behind a forlorn and empty row of cottages, while automation of the light has removed the lighthouse families who lived a real end-of-the-road existence in this outermost edge of the North-East corner.'

'Sands and Silence' - DP Willis, Centre of Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen (1986)

In 1987 the ashes of Lord Boothby were scattered at sea off Rattray Head. Boothby was a MP and a friend of the fishermen: he formed close relationships with the likes of the Kray twins.
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Wreck, Rattray Head

Wreck, Rattray Head

'Keep Mormond Hill a handspike high
And Rattray Briggs ye’ll ne’er come nigh' Old Mariner’s Warning

'The warning about the dangers of shipwreck on the treacherous rocks was once a very necessary one for those who ventured along that notorious stretch of coast. The blinking light of Rattray Head lighthouse sitting atop its convict-built plinth removed the necessity of scanning the landward horizon for the outline of Mormond Hill. This wind-blasted corner of Buchan seems now a lonely place, largely deserted of human settlement. The coastguards have long gone, leaving behind a forlorn and empty row of cottages, while automation of the light has removed the lighthouse families who lived a real end-of-the-road existence in this outermost edge of the North-East corner.'

'Sands and Silence' - DP Willis, Centre of Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen (1986)

In 1987 the ashes of Lord Boothby were scattered at sea off Rattray Head. Boothby was a MP and a friend of the fishermen: he formed close relationships with the likes of the Kray twins.
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Date:
Location:
Photographer:
Yvonne Ferguson