(An old Scots word meaning Heritage)

Buchan’s cultural heritage in song, music and verse .

The first Heirskip was compiled to commemorate the year of activities by the Buchan Heritage Society and to launch the ’’FESTIVAL of STRICHEN’’ near Mormond Hill, in the heartland of Buchan. The magazine was such a success that it was decided to make it an annual publication, over the years  there have been a number of Editors.  See archives


Div ye spik the Doric?  Div ye funcy trying yer han’ it writing a story or a poem usin’ es maist Longside

expressive werd?  Fit are ye wyting for ?

The nichts are drawin in so fit aboot pittin pen tae paper an’ writin’ something for me tae pit in the next edition o’ oor magazine “Heirskip”

Stories can be fiction or fact and are especially welcome of they are of local interest. There are a lot of local folk who, from the past and the present, have made their mark in the world that would make a good story.  Although living in the area, many of us are not aware of the great treasure of interesting places that we could visit. Now is an opportunity for you to promote something or somewhere that you might have an interest in and be able to encourage others to do the same. Stories need not be in the Doric.

Contributions need to be with me no later than 30th November 2018 and can be sent or emailed to me at the address below.

Margaret Gordon,

Strawberry Bank

AB42 4UF

Email Present Editor

Heirskip is published every April and is available at the outlets below at £5.00 or from Margaret Gordon  for £7.50 which includes £2.50 post and packing. Cheques made payable to “The Buchan Heritage Society” please.

The Heirskip Magazine can be bought at the following outlets

Buchanhaven Pharmacy

The Framer Drummers corner

The shop Longside

Old Mart Cafe, Maud

the Mustard Seed, New Deer

Whytes of New Pitsligo

The lodge at Strichen

Dyga Fraserburgh

Kellockbank Insch

The Garden Centre Inverurie

Frenchs Methlick

J&k shoes Ellon

The contents still reflect the Festival Events and Results plus our yearly meetings, and gives local writers and poets the chance to see their work in print. These are mostly in the Doric,  however an article written in English is also welcomed if it is relevant to our reader.

As you read earlier we publish our competition winner’s work and other relevant articles about the area and we would be delighted to hear from anyone, in any part of the world, who has a story to tell or a photograph to illustrate an event with a Buchan connection.

In 2005, to celebrate our 20th birthday, we published an extra book which contains extracts from the first 10 years of Heirskip, the title.
“DINNA TINE’T” (our motto).

Heirskip continues to be published annually and we would be delighted with any material you think our readers would enjoy simply e-mail our present Editor.


CD of Poetry by John C Milne

“The Buchan Heritage Society” produced  a  CD which is a compilation of the poetry of John C Milne of Memsie from his books “The Orra Loon” and “Poems by John C Milne” narrated or sung in the Doric  by North East artists and entitled “O For Friday Nicht”. The CD is available from all committee members  at a cost of £6.00 or by post from the Society  at £6.00 +p&p. If you click on the thumbnails you will be able to listen to snippets from the CD.

The Orra Loon (song)

The Orra Loon (poem)

Tempora Mutantur

There’s a Farmer That I Ken O’