Cullen: Hendry Runcie 28.4.09

It was a sunny day when we were in the pretty harbour village of Cullen on the coast between Inverness and Aberdeen and I rested awhile on this memorial bench to Hendry Runcie, the former local harbourmaster to take in the view.

Cullen’s historic harbour was designed by Thomas Telford and is a village of low cottages set sideways on to the sea to protect them from the weather. The village has a lovely sandy beach looked over by a 19th century railway viaduct that now gives opportunities for airy walks to Portknockie.

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Cullen on the Banffshire coastand the harbour

The newspaper report on the unveiling of the memorial bench tells some of Hendry Runcie’s story.  I read about a man who was previously a fisherman and who dedicated considerable energy to running the lovely harbour in Cullen and keeping it ship-shape.

I also learnt that the name Runcie is an old local name from the 17th century and Hendry Runcie’s ancestors were also fishermen.

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In Loving Memory Of HENDRY RUNCIE Who Died 28-4-09 In His Ninetieth Year First Class Harbourmaster Loved By All

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