The Old Brewery would have had a direct connection with Old Aberdeen trades and the row of cottages named Wright's & Coopers' Place with coopers being barrel makers to hold the beer brewed here. The Old Brewery is a very charming building when viewed from the pretty courtyard surrounded by student accommodation. It was lovely taking a break here with the company of two student totally engrossed in each other to worry why we might be taking pictures here. I think I read this was the facultiy of medicine - ah well what goes around turns around.
The Mitchell Hospital was never really a proper hospital, it was the politically correct term for a building which went some way to help the poor and unfortunates. Built in 1801 and founded by an Eglishman, David Mitchell from the County of Essex, the 'hospital' was home to five widows and five unmarried daughters of the Burgesses of Old Aberdeen. In 1924 the buildings were converted into individual cottages = very pretty and I would love to stay here in the very tranquil cottages. The shop is the only University Book Shop in Old Aberdeen its neighbour is a little cafe. The Bank is the Bank of Scotland, possibly only dealing in Student Loans. The tiny set in the wall post box has the words Edward lV dating back a long time in history. To end, Old Aberdeen must be a really peaceful & safe place to be judging by the tiny one roomed Police Station = Ah yes small is indeed beautiful
Bishop Elphinstone was the key figure in the creation of King's College. He was born in Glasgow, an illigitimate Son of a Canon in 1431. He was schooled in Glasgow and also ordained there as a priest in 1455, later he became Bishop of Aberdeen on 19th. March 1483. His monument can be seen in front of King's College Chapel. This bronze and marble monument, created by Harry Wilson in the early 20th. Century had to be moved to its present position because it was too large for its original site inside the Chapel. Don't worry, it is only the monument which lies outdoors,, the remains of the Bishop are stilll inside King's College Chapel.
When we visited the quaint streets of Old Aberdeen it was still holiday time - just - the University starts the serious business of study and teaching in the middle of September. So if you want to see more than the noisy young seagull competing with the very skilled wedding piper and the great excitement of the Wedding Guests - visit during term time, but, I would strongly recommend you pick July and August to see the near empty streets and the wonderful Summer colours