A flyer issued by the landowner was often the beginning of a new life for the
settlers that came to New Pitsligo. The document tells of free rents, plentiful
peat, spring water and granite to build homes. It lists two churches, a school
and a sewing school as attractions for prospective tenants.
But life in New Pitsligo could not be described as easy. Quarrying granite
and cutting peat was hard, back breaking work, and the climate can be
particularly cold especially in the winter months.
Nevertheless people came from all
over Scotland and further afield for the chance of a new, healthier and happier life.
In the early part of the 20th century life was short. In 1900-02 males had a
life expectancy of 47.1 years and females 46.7 years.
However, due to the healthier living
conditions people fared better in villages than they did in the cities.