The George Beattie Project - A Poet Lost in Time

GEORGE BEATTIE, Esquire
 1786 ~ 1823





LOVE ;
BETRAYAL ; 
CONSPIRACY ... 
... MURDER !!!





*** IMPORTANT WEBSITE NOTICE ***

The technicians of this website hosting company 
have inadvertently ruined hundreds of hours of work on this site 
 and as a result I will possibly be closing it down in the near future.
After five years its upkeep is too expensive for this non-profit project to maintain.




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 A very warm welcome to The George Beattie Project website.
((( PLEASE ENABLE SOUND )))

An entirely non-profit 'labour of love' endeavour.

 We hope you will enjoy this site and gain the intended insight into the life and world of the late lamented George Beattie of St Cyrus through certain pre-existing material and our cutting-edge, original research findings which we assert will significantly correct the misinformation and help dispel the disinformation rife in the traditional version of events promulgated for almost two hundred years... lifting the veils of past deceit and obfuscation.

We believe that the evidence more than reasonably establishes that George Beattie was  murdered... whether virtually or in actuality.


With respect, we humbly assert that our research 
and the conclusions as a result thereof as to the noble character of Mr George Beattie... are beyond contestation.



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    It is perhaps the most sincere privilege of our lives to be instrumental in reintroducing and restoring the beautiful and tragic life history of the most deserving, noble and true heart that was George Beattie, back into the realm of current public conscience.
May Truth, Honour, Integrity and Courage always be the Virtues we strive for and be Blessed to leave this world possessing.

~  Barry Dominic Graham and John Molloy




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The beach of St Cyrus is embraced by majestic and foreboding cliffs of
volcanic rock.
The unspoiled, mournful beauty of this place leaves an indelible impression
on the mind of its beholder.
It is here that our story begins… and ends.
We began ‘The George Beattie Project’ almost three years ago.
The birth of our initial inspiration and subsequent quest to unearth the story
of George Beattie, synchronistically, took place, not only on the 188th
anniversary of his tragic death, but also at the very spot in the Auld Nether
Kirkyard where his life ended.
We were entirely unaware of these facts at the time.
The kirkyard, also known as Kirkside Cemetery, rests near the beach and is
nestled at the base of the cliffs to the south of St Cyrus (56°.45.9649N, 002°.25.1157W).
Upon beginning our research, it soon became apparent that there were many
strange and inexplicable omissions, contradictions and anomalies which
would have to be dealt with.
Thanks to the fortuitous acquisition of a unique copy of the 1863, A.S. Mt
Cyrus biography, which had been owned, inscribed and enriched in 1874 by
a Mr W.J. Melvin (who had been personally acquainted with the author), we
were given rare details and a priceless insight into our subject, thereby, a
profound impetus and head start with the work which lay ahead.
Mr Melvin of Lauriston, had obviously gone to a great deal of effort
with this particular book.
He had laboriously and painstakingly added copious notes of personal
knowledge in the margins etc., as well as attaching his own added pages of
hand-written information and old newspaper clippings, delicately and
precisely within it.

We also acquired various other original publications and documents, which
included one of the hand-written copies of George Beattie’s ‘Statement of
Facts’, which were being produced during the period of ‘information
suppression’ apparently imposed by Mr William Smart of Cairnbank et al,
prior to the printing and publication of the, one and only, 1863 biography.
By discovering a great deal of disinformation and misinformation in the
traditionally accepted version of events, we became evermore aware of an
apparent past agenda to obfuscate and suppress the real story of George
Beattie and to malign his name and memory.
A consequence of this agenda has been the virtual erasure of his literary
legacy from general public awareness.

In short, we believe that George Beattie somehow became a threat to certain
socially powerful individuals and was ultimately the tragic victim of a cold-blooded
conspiracy to ‘remove’ him, by whatever means necessary.
Due to our sincere and true belief that we are performing an important
service for the people of Scotland, in trying to restore the memory and
literary legacy of one of its most historically significant, valuable and
esteemed sons, we had hoped that our ‘cause’, hard work and costly efforts
would be appreciated and supported by the local historical societies etc., and
the representatives thereof; but unfortunately, apart from some apparently
‘meagre’ lip service, we seem to be entirely on our own in our endeavours.
Whether ‘intellectual/academic snobbery’ is at play or some ‘clandestine’ agenda to
stonewall’ us… we know not… as yet.

Also, if some of the published information by one particular Montrose
‘historical society’, which verifiably contains blatant errors and
unsubstantiated slanderous statements regarding George Beattie are
anything to go by, the aforementioned agenda would appear, to us at
least, to still be in place and being adhered to; the reasons for which can
only be educatedly speculated upon.

It is our deep and fervent hope that we can soon be instrumental in attaining
some kind of permanent public memorial to the noble memory and literary
legacy of George Beattie.

This is an entirely non-profit endeavour which, if anything, strives to help
support our chosen charities for the care and welfare of suffering children…
just as George Beattie would wish.

We have roused a fair amount of interest in the story of George Beattie
since we began the Project, and as a result, several related projects are now
underway, including an album of songs based on his poems and a musical
play being written for the stage.

This website  includes all the material from our first publication, ‘A Poet Lost in Time’.




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Please now join us on a journey back through time...




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“Though lovers be lost, love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.”

~ Dylan Thomas







Obituary from the  ‘MONTROSE REVIEW’ on October 9th, 1823.


“It is with no ordinary feelings of regret that we have to record the death of  Mr. George Beattie, writer here, which happened on the 29th ultimo.  In his professional capacity, Mr. Beattie was eminent for his integrity, abilities and conciliatory disposition, which made him regard what was just, rather than what was scientific.  As a scholar,  nay, as a philosopher,  his mind was stored with whatever is excellent in literature;  and he admired whatever is grand, impressive, and interesting in nature.
He was both a man of observation and reflection;  and his remarks were listened to with that degree of attention which a superior judgement always commands.  Above all, as a man,  as an upright, independent, generous, and sociable man,  he was honoured, esteemed, and beloved;  nor was this tribute paid to the qualities of his heart in a common or a partial degree, but warmly and generally.  His satirical powers (which, keeping a judicious aim, become an active virtue itself), were elucidated in many instances and thrown with subtle keenness against vice, folly, and corruption.  In testimony of this, he has left behind him many admired specimens both in prose and verse.  The milder effusions of his genius abound in sentiment and pathos, equal at least to many of the more lauded poetical pieces of the day;  and had he prosecuted with ardour that gift with which he was favoured, he might have laid claim to a palm which a less qualified muse may now possess.  His humour was unbounded, and was of such a nature that it delighted all who had the honour of his acquaintance, without hurting the feelings of any.  He was a firm patriot, a universal philanthropist, and a warm friend:  noble, generous, honest, modest, unassuming, feeling:  he was a man who mixed with opposite parties, and was equally beloved by all.  It may be thought by those who shared not the pleasures of his society, that this outline of Mr. Beattie’s character and qualities is a laboured panegyric;  and we confess that, of an individual at a distance, we should have suspected so,  but to those who knew him, it will appear only an attempt to draw the contour of a picture which every one admired in its natural perfection.  As public journalists, we have no right to intrude with our own private feelings, in lamenting the death of this worthy and valuable member of society;  but it would have been doing injustice to the public, whose concern is deep upon this occasion, to have said less;  and we are assured that none will contradict us when we declare,  that no man in this town and neighbourhood was ever more generally beloved in his life, or more universally lamented in his death.”







"That plots were laid by others to oust me and secure Miss Gibson’s fortune, I know well from the inquiries that were made at myself from a certain quarter. 
Those who interfered were far too many for me."

~  George Beattie (1823)









"This raging pain of lost love... will finally, be silenced."









IMPORTANT STATEMENT:

WE FORWARDED E-MAILS (THROUGH THEIR OWN SYSTEM) TO THE 'ANGUS HERITAGE' WEBSITE REQUESTING THE INCLUSION OF GEORGE BEATTIE... TO NO AVAIL OR RESPONSE.
THE STORY HAS BEEN VIRTUALLY 'DROPPED' BY LOCAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECENTLY REJECTED BY THE 'SCOTS MAGAZINE' EDITORS... DESPITE THE ENTHUSIASM OF OTHER EMPLOYEES THEREOF.
THE BOOK WAS SENT 'FREE OF CHARGE' TO THE PRIMARY REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS ANGUS INSTITUTIONS ETC... WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ANY KIND.
WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY 'STONEWALLED' BY THE LOCAL 'POWERS THAT BE'... WHETHER DUE TO 'INTELLECTUAL/ACADEMIC SNOBBERY' OR A STILL ONGOING AGENDA OF OBFUSCATION... WE HAVE YET TO DISCOVER.
REGARDLESS... WE WILL PREVAIL... COMPLETE OUR MISSION AND ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OF MAXIMUM DISCLOSURE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC RECOGNITION OF GEORGE BEATTIE, HIS STORY AND HIS LITERARY LEGACY... AND ULTIMATELY, ATTAIN THE PUBLIC MEMORIAL WHICH SHOULD HAVE ALREADY EXISTED IN MONTROSE ALONGSIDE THE PLETHORA OF 'SELECTED' OTHERS... SOME OF WHICH BEING 'PROFOUNDLY' LESS DESERVING IN COMPARISON !!!





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~  George Beattie (1823)







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"That plots were laid by others to oust me and secure Miss Gibson’s fortune, I know well from the inquiries that were made at myself from a certain quarter. Those who interfered were far too many for me."

~  George Beattie (1823)











~ Hill of Morphie ~




~ Stone of Morphie ~





~ The Gibson Residence ~





~ House of Kinnaber ~ 






~ Walled Garden at the House of Kinnaber ~
'The Meeting Place'





~ St Cyrus ~


























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