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Danny McBean of Shorelands
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Danny McBean of Shorelands

Danny's father was a ploughman. During WW1, Danny's ship was torpedoed at Gallipoli on his 21st birthday and he was lucky to survive. He left 3 sons in 3 farms.
Picture added on 23 March 2005
He got washed ashore at a place called 'Suvla Bay' in Turkey.
Added by Danny McBean (Grandson) on 08 April 2005
Danny was a real character, so much part of the Cromarty scene with his milk pony Polly, when I was a young lad. He frequently had to ask my help, along with others of my age to walk cattle from Cromarty to Kirkton, with the promise of a tanner!! My father regularly hired horses and carts from Danny, to enable us to unload our coalboats coming in from Sunderland. During the milk round the pony also had two special 'whisky' stops, the Royal & the Cromarty Arms!! Another tanner was given if you helped him fill & cap the milk bottles off the 'cooler'. Hay 'stook' recovery from the various sites on the field to the main stack, was Danny's forte, he roped the 'stook', and the Clydesdale pulled he, & I along on top of it!
All in the days when farming was simple!! There is another photo of him with the milk cart on this site.
Added by Clem Watson on 02 November 2005
I also remember Danny had a pony called Patsy, whom Gracie used to take on her rounds.
Added by Sue on 03 November 2005
For Polly, as the pony's name READ 'Patsy' Sue has he better memory!!!
Added by Clem Watson on 04 November 2005
Yes that's right, PATSY was the pony's name, I can also tell you my granny Gracie loved Patsy, and still had tails to tell about them days even in her 90s. To this day Patsy's shoe remains in our family, and as for the whisky stops, well they carried on long after Patsy was gone - both my granny and John enjoyed them well into the 1980s/90s, so thanks to everone past and present who made their stops so welcoming, may they both rest in peace. Miss you Gran, Selma.
Added by Selma Brown (Mary Grants daughter) on 11 March 2009
Reference to the whisky stops, Gracie also had her 'social service' stops! When my dad Jack Mackay died in 1980 Gracie stopped every morning around 8a.m. to have a cup of tea and a Matheson's roll with my mam, Babs. I later found out that Gracie did this for people sick, bereaved or lonely and I loved her for it.

Recently I added another verse to the song Our Cromarty
Gracie Anda walked the streets from dawn to darkness
Delivering the milk her daily chore
With the sick and the lonely she would blether
While Jock stood patient waiting at the door.
Added by Jane Patience on 11 March 2009
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