- Joe McLeod
15th May 2021
Burnbanks Village near Aberdeen has been in existence for over 200 years but from the 1950s onwards it lay in various states of dereliction and was finally abandoned in 1980, leaving roofless shells and shattered ruins. It was resurrected in 1992 with a full rebuild and currently has twenty-two houses.
Author Joe McLeod moved into the village when it was being rebuilt and has lived there ever since. He has been researching the history of the village for many years, unearthing stories of shipwrecks, crime – including one character taken to court for repeat offences of bigamy and theft – suicides, cholera outbreaks, train accidents, war casualties, school life and prisoners of war, but alongside the often darker history of the village there are the many human stories of families living healthy and happy lives, although in basic conditions. This history includes stories from Burnbanks villagers past and present, including several from the era before the village fell derelict and many who now live around the globe. The text is supplemented with approximately 240 illustrations of Burnbanks through the years.
This fascinating history of the village of Burnbanks near Aberdeen will be of interest to all those who have lived in the village or know it well.