The Doric Board’s Treasurer, Gordon M Hay from Longside, has been appointed to the prestigious position of President of the Buchan Field Club, an organisation set up in 1887 for “The Study of Natural Science, and of the Archaeology, Folklore, History, and Literature of Buchan.”
The late Victorian era saw the establishment of several such Field Clubs in the area including the Deeside and Banffshire Field Clubs. The Deeside Club was dissolved in 2005, but the Banffshire Club still meets regularly.
The Buchan Field Club has monthly meetings in Mintlaw Public Hall, with speakers providing a paper on a matter of local interest.
The Club also organises an annual outing to places of interest for its members. In their early days the Field Clubs published the papers read to them in a series of volumes referred to as “Transactions”.
The Transactions of the Buchan Field Club cover the period from 1887 to 1989 and are an important source of information on local history.
Gordon said, “It is indeed a great honour to be appointed to the post of President of the Buchan Field Club, but I had a baptism of fire in that the speaker lined up for my first meeting called off at the last minute.
I managed to fill the gap by giving a talk on the work of the Doric Board and the history of Doric literature.” Gordon replaces the late Sandy May who held the post of President for many years.