Rich village heritage on show

The cast prepare for the Auchmithie HAAR festival outside the village hall.
The cast prepare for the Auchmithie HAAR festival outside the village hall.

The village of Auchmithie is fortunate in having a history that many others would give their back teeth for, and a group of go-ahead residents eager to share that heritage.

So it is with the village’s reaction to the up-and-coming Angus Heritage Week, which is to involve an Archive Open Day, Auchmithie.

This will take place in the village’s principal meeting place, the Annie Gilruth Memorial Hall.

The event will be on Sunday (September 6), from 1.30 until 5pm, and is absolutely free.

Auchmithie archive documents will be available to view including census returns from late 1841 to 1901, old photographs, extracts from school log books 1920-1960, extracts from the register of births for Auchmithie and surrounding area from 1765, newspaper clippings from 1972 to present, village letters and the memoirs and diary of Mrs Annie Gilruth and her family.

It was Mrs Gilruth who provided a large sum of money for a modern harbour to be built - alas, the sea destroyed the work before it was completed.

The documents which will be on show provide a fascinating and addictive insight into village life over the centuries and, who knows, you may even find some interesting facts or even intriguing information about your ancestors!

The village’s famous Fisher Folk will be out and about at the event; they will be happy to show you the archives and have a blether with you about the old days and some of their long lost relatives.

Be careful though, they may even sing to you!

Organisers say: “Come and visit the Fisher Folk of Auchmithie, we look forward to giving everyone a warm welcome.

“If you bring us an old Auchmithie photo to add to our collection we will give you a free cup of tea!

Refreshments will be available in the hall.

For more information, visit or call 01241 431448.

And of course the Arbroath Smokie should, according to some determined locals, he the Auchmithie Smokie, because that is the village where it originated.

Angus Heritage Week takes place from Friday 4 to Friday 11 September 2015.

Over the course of the week numerous events, including ‘open doors’, art and photography exhibitions, steam days and music festivals, will be held all over Angus.