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Drummer’s Corner

 In the late 1800’s, Crimean War veteran James Milne held the post of Town Drummer - a vital role in the days before telephones. As Drummer, his job was to alert the townspeople in times of danger . He also had a shop on the corner of Marischal Street and Albion Street, roughly where the modern shopping centre is sited. This became known as Drummer’s Corner, and the name stuck.

The original Drummer’s Corner

First Steps ...

The Trail begins outside the Muckle Kirk, then goes through the pedestrian area at Drummers Corner, past the pends and onto Marischal Street.

Look out for more stories and snippets of information to be added in the coming weeks.

What’s the Difference?

Pends, Closes, Vennels and Wynds

Both pends and closes are passageways that go through a building, often from a street through to a courtyard. Unlike a wynd or a vennel, which are open to the sky, they have rooms above. A pend is a vehicle entrance - wide enough to allow a horse and cart through, while a close is narrower, and for pedestrians only. The area around Drummer’s Corner has been well supplied with pends and closes. Don’t miss the excellent public art that some of them host.


Fisher Jessie celebrates the lives of women in the fishing community. From the Gutting Quines who followed the herring fleet from Orkney to Yarmouth, to the wives and mothers who kept the home, baited lines, mended nets, carried their men onto the boats to keep their feet dry, walked miles to sell the catch and faced the daily fear that the sea could make them a widow before nightfall.

Fisher Jessie is the work of the sculptor Andy Scott