Old Film, Aberdeen History And Photos From The Past

Old Photographs Of Bieldside 

Published on 2 Sep 2019 by Tourscotland.

Old photographs of Bieldside, a suburb to the west of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

The railway station at Bieldside was opened in 1897. The middle of the 19th century Cults Mill is near Bieldside. There was a ferry across the River Dee at Bieldside.

A Famous Resident of Bieldside

Ruth Sylvia Roche, Baroness Fermoy, was born in Bieldside on 2 October 1908. 

Friend and confidante of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Baroness Fermoy was the daughter of Colonel William Smith Gill and his wife Ruth, and the maternal grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Showing early promise as a pianist, Baroness Fermoy studied under Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s. 

Her musical career was cut short when she married the wealthy and much older Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy, in 1931. They went on to have three children together. 

Maurice Roche died on 8 July 1955.

The following year, the Queen Mother, a widow who preferred the appointment of widows to her household, appointed Lady Fermoy an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber. 

After four years, Lady Fermoy was promoted to Woman of the Bedchamber. She held the post for 33 years.

Meanwhile Lady Fermoy’s younger daughter, Frances, married John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1924–1992), and became Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp. The Spencers had five children; the fourth was Diana, whose Royal marriage in 1981 made her the Princess of Wales.

It was reported that Lady Fermoy was not on speaking terms with Diana in her later years.

Lady Fermoy died at her home at 36 Eaton Square, London,on 6 July 1993. She was 84 years old.

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  • Page 4 Aberdeen Cinema Tour
  • Page 5 Newsreel about the Codonas Amusement Park 
  • Page 6 Aberdeen Beach
  • Page 7 British Drama League Record (1920s/1930s)
  • Page 8 Union Street in Aberdeen (1930s)
  • Page 9 Aberdeen City Centre and Docks (1949)
  • Page 9 Aberdeen (1940s/50s)
  • Page 10 Aberdeen Scotland (1940s/50s)
  • Page 11 Aberdeen (1950s)
  • Page 12 Aberdeen and Scotland (1950s)
  • Page 13 Aberdeen Children of the 1950s (2016)
  • Page 14 Christmas was outlawed in Scotland until the 1950s (2017)
  • Page 15 Aberdeen Trawlermen Past & Present
  • Page 16 The Fishtrade People (20th Century)