Fred Bull has travelled more than 95,000 miles visiting
Aberdeens around the world. But he arrived too late to find Aberdeen, Texas.
There used to be a community named Aberdeen in Collingsworth County, Texas but it disappeared
from the map in the early 1960s.
Now Rowan Films have produced a video "In Search of Aberdeen" on Mr Bull's visits to Aberdeens
in the United States, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Hong Kong, South Africa, Guyana,
and South Andaman Island as well as Scotland. The 105-minute video is on sale at HMV. W.H. Smith
and the Aberdeen Journals Shop in Aberdeen or direct from Fred Bull, Birkens, Logie Coldstone,
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5PQ. Tel. 013398-80042. E-mail email@example.com.
Mr Bull can
provide the video in North American format.He has also written a book delving into
the history of each Aberdeen.
In the U.S. there are 18 Aberdeens to be found in Arkansas, California, Florida, Virginia,
Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio,
Pennsylvania,South Dakota, West Virginia and Washington. In most of them Mr Bull found
descendants of Scot with a sense of kinship with Aberdeen, Scotland.
In 1889 the Earl of Aberdeen bought the Rocking Chair Ranch in Collingsworth,
Texas and renamed i tAberdeen. At one time it had a blacksmith's shop, store,school, hotel, post
office and church and aspired to be the county seat of Collingsworth County. However, the town
of Wellington was chosen instead and Aberdeen went into decline and by 1963 its residents had
all moved away.
This article was submitted by Bill Neish from Aberdeen, Scotland.