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Old 15th March 2012, 13:35
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James Wood

Hello Rothesian

I have just joined SN so that I can answer your question that came up on Google when I searched for 'James Wood Elgin'.

I won't go on at great length as it's four years since you asked the question and you may well have your answers by now.

Anyway, I am assuming that you are from Rothes as your handle is 'Rothesian'. James Wood was a native of Elgin and wrote many books a lot of which have trawling, sealing and similar themes and backgrounds. He wrote three volumes of autobiography: A Drop of Himself, Beer for Christmas and A Tipple in the Deep. These are easier to find these days than his novels.

Graeme Wilson at the Local Heritage Centre is a very helpful and knowledgeable person and will guide you through their James Wood material:

The Local Heritage Centre for Moray offers a fascinating insight to Moray's history and to ancestry searches.

The Centre is based within the old East End School, Institution Road, Elgin, IV30 1RP.

Photocopier, free internet access and microfilm printer services are also available and a search service can be provided.

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 12noon
Closed Wednesday October-March inclusive

Here are some things from their online LIBINDX system:

Surname:

WOOD

Maiden Name:

Forename(s):
JAMES ALEXANDER FRASER "BOY"
Occupation:
INSTRUMENT MECHANIC & REVENUE OFFICER & AUTHOR
Date of Birth:
29 SEP 1918
Place of Birth:
GLENLIVET HOUSE GREYFRIARS STREET ELGIN
Father's Name:
JAMES HENRY WOOD GENTS OUTFITTER
Mother's Name:
MARGARET NICHOLSON
Biography:
SERVED IN SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS & ROYAL ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERS LIVED AT 2 GORDON STREET ELGIN WROTE UNDER PSEUDONYM "STUART FRASER"

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Biography Details
Reference No.:
NM053574
Surname:
WOOD
Forename(s):
JAMES ALEXANDER FRASER "BOY"
Maiden Name:

Occupation:
INSTRUMENT MECHANIC & REVENUE OFFICER & AUTHOR
Date of Birth:
29 SEP 1918
Place of Birth:
GLENLIVET HOUSE GREYFRIARS STREET ELGIN
Father's Name:
JAMES HENRY WOOD GENTS OUTFITTER
Mother's Name:
MARGARET NICHOLSON
Biography:
SERVED IN SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS & ROYAL ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERS LIVED AT 2 GORDON STREET ELGIN WROTE UNDER PSEUDONYM "STUART FRASER"

Marriage Details
Spouse's Name:

Date of Marriage:

Place of Marriage:

Married by:

Marriage Narrative:


Death Details
Date of Death:
05 MAR 1984
Age:
65
Headstone Ref:

Place of Death:
2 GORDON STREET ELGIN
Parish Register:

Death Narrative:
DIED FROM A HEART ATTACK CREMATED IN ABERDEEN

Newspaper Articles
Newspaper

Description

Date

Page/Column
COURANT
publication of 4th novel
27/11/1957

1/1-5
NS
completion of 19th novel
07/04/1973

7/4
NS
death
10/03/1984

1/3
NS
obituary
10/03/1984

7/4
BH
exhibition of work at Keith Library
22/04/1989

2/3-4
BH
exhibition of work at Keith Library
22/04/1989

2/3-4

Miscellaneous Articles
Date

Description
Biographies
1921

father's biography in "The Morayshire roll of honour ... 1914-1918" - L 940.467
1963

"Tipple in the deep" by James Wood - LB WOO
1964

"Beer for Christmas" by James Wood - LB WOO
1967

"A drop of himself A distillation in 4 phases" by James Wood - LB WOO
1967

"A drop of himself A distillation in 4 phases" - LB WOO
1968

"A drop of himself" extracted from "Scotland's magazine" Oct 1968 - LMisc692
1987

"James Wood 1918-1984" by G Alistair Campbell - LMisc380
Works By
1954

"Northern mission" - LF
1955

"Great river" - LF
1955

"Golden spirit" contained in "Northern Scot Christmas number" p33-35 - L 079
1956

"The seine fishers" - LF
1956

"The salt of the earth" contained in "Northern Scot Christmas number" p17 - L 079
1957

"The rain islands" - LF
1958

"The shop in Loch Street" - LF
1959

"The sealer" - LF
1960

"The Lisa Bastian" - LF
1960

"The night in George Square" - LF
1962

"Cry of the kestrel" - LF
1964

"Bay of seals" - LF
1964

"Pitgaveny" contained in "Scots Magazine" Apr 1964 p44-52 - LMisc340
1965

"Fire rock" - LF
1965

"Rare summer" - LF
1965

"Uncle Fred" extracted from "Scots magazine" Sep 1965 - LMisc692
1966

"Be thou my judge" - LF
1967

"Moray - hame o' mine" extracted from "Scotland magazine" Apr 1967 - LMisc692
1967

"The Friday run" - LF
1969

"Three blind mice" - LF
1969

"The Brodies" contained in "Scotland's Magazine" Nov 1969 p42-47 - LMisc325
1969

"Loch Maree - a loch for all seasons" extracted from "Scotland's magazine" Dec 1969 - LMisc380
1969

"Sport fishing for beginners" - 799.1 (L WOO)
1970

"Highland gathering" - LF
1970

"On holidays and touring" extracted from "Scotland's magazine" Nov 1970 - LMisc380
1971

"Road to canossa" - LF
1972

"The children of the wilderness" extracted from "Scotland's magazine" vol 68 - LMisc380
1972

"Star witness" - LF
1972

"A black horse running" - LF
1973

"North beat" - LF
1973

"The Uist project" - LF
1975

"North kill" - LF

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I hope this is of interest to you.

Go well.

Pierce
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