Seahouses and District Rotary Club

BUTCHER HISTORY: At their regular meeting on August 9, members of Seahouses and District Rotary Club were entertained and enlightened about the history of George Scott & Sons butchers, currently of Seahouses but formerly of Craster.

The guest speaker, not surprisingly, was the club’s own Past President George Scott, on this occasion well supported by members of the family.

George himself is the fifth and last of a continuous line bearing the same Christian name dating from 1822.

The first George was a Beadnell shepherd who fathered nine children and lived until 1901.

His son, born in 1856, was also a shepherd and the first to become a butcher in 1883, pickling excess meat that couldn’t be sold fresh, and becoming prominent among Primitive Methodists. The family have remained supporters of Methodism ever since.

It was George’s father who opened the present shop in Seahouses following volunteered service in the RAF in the Second World War.

George himself opted out for a career in teaching and his brother Alan currently runs the business.

It was fascinating to hear the story of this well-known local family, with many connections to other local families including those of two Rotarians, and all illustrated with projected family photos back through the generations.

George’s talk showed once again that the stories of our own members can often be more interesting than the subjects of outside speakers.

Visitors are always welcome at weekly meetings of the Club. For further information contact Margaret Claydon on 01665 720472 or Kelvin Rushworth on