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4 Books owned by GF Rose
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4 Books owned by GF Rose

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Books owned by GF Rose

In 2015 the web site was approached by Lindsey Anderson regarding a photo album and books that had been bought by her mother many years earlier. (More about the Album in later pages). It was thought that they may have belonged to G R F Rose of Auchernach. Lindsey brought the album and books along and allowed them to be photographed. Further enquiries have revealed more information about the books and the album.

The Photos above show:

1. Cover of a book on Scots Heraldry
2. Insert attached to opening page of the book.
3. Photo of the clock tower at Auchernach

Lindsey explained about the books:

I am in possession of the photo album and mum still has the two other books.

Dress And Insignia Worn At Court 1929 - receipt inside dated 5/7/34 (not in his G R Rose’s personal name) - bought in same lot as:
Scots Heraldry - a Practical Handbook - by Thomas Innes Of Learney - published 1934 - and inside the front cover is an Engraved Plate By Jackson Simpson containing the lettering G F Rose.

We believe that they were bought from the same source (as they were sold as one lot) and linked to George Rose. The “Dress and Insignia worn at Court 1929”, made us think that perhaps George was going to have an audience before the Queen, however we have not (yet) managed to link this in.

The Scots Heraldry book has an original engraved plate by Jackson Simpson showing what, we think is the clock turret within the Auchernach House Walled Garden, which I think is still is standing. We also think that this book was only sold to people who were of some importance and who had to prove this by way of a family crest or emblem, hence the engraved plate in the book.


The engraved plate pictured above, depicts the clock tower at the north end of the Auchernach walled garden, the initials ‘G F’ and the full name ‘Rose’ with the motto below reading ‘Auchernach “ Insta sibi species venustatis!” Bede. This is roughly translated as “worthy from its lovely appearance”. . In front of the tower is a sundial.m

This Latin quotation is taken from:
‘Saint Bede, The Complete Works of Venerable Bede, vol. 2 (Ecc. History Part 1 - English and Latin) (1843). The Ecclesiastical History Of The English Nation.↩
Book I. Chap. Vii. The Passion of St. Alban And His Companions, Who At That Time Shed Their Blood For Our Lord.”


It refers to a place where the martyr St Alban met his death and it was described as a place “worthy from its lovely appearance”. This is obviously a well-used Victorian quotation and has been used to refer to other well-known especially religious places.

The etching was by Jackson Simpson a well-known Aberdeen artist who specialised in etchings.

Henry Jackson Simpson 1893-1963

From Artists Gallery

Henry Jackson Simpson was a prolific Aberdeen artist who painted and etched seascapes, still life, animals and landscapes - and studies of the River Dee in all its moods.

Born into a large family, Jackson Simpson went to Ferryhill Primary School, and then to Gordon's College. He was lucky to come under the influence of his uncle, Alex (Sandy) Fraser, who was head of Gray's School of Art, and young Henry spent many hours watching him in his studio at Newtonhill.

Despite Henry's delicate constitution, he fought in France in 1914, first in the artillery, then the Northumberland Fusiliers, and won the Military Cross for bravery.

His etching career had been interrupted by the war, because the copper used in the plates was needed for munitions, but when the war was over he joined the family framing business in Union Street, and studied at Gray's School of Art.

Jackson Simpson painted all over the North-east. He loved the sporting life, and this gave him inspiration for his work; etchings of waterfowl, watercolours of his dogs, hunting parties at Crathes and Tarland, the fishermen on the river - all were grist to his artistic mill.

He captured the luminescent light of the coastline - from Cove and Catterline to Montrose - and transferred it to paper. His etchings of Marischal College and The Old Crown are still perennial favourites with exiled Aberdonians.

An outstanding draughtsman, he was employed by Foresterhill hospital to make colour sketches of eyes during operations, for medical journals.

Jackson Simpson, who by this time had dropped the "Henry" to avoid confusion with another Aberdeen etcher, took over the family shop at 4 Diamond Street, Aberdeen, where his brother made frames.

An all- round artist and teacher, Jackson was known, too, as a restorer, and was the North-east contact for Sotheby's, Christies and Phillips.




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