Notable People

Name Profession Source
Willmus Rettie Common Councilor, Burgh of Aberdeen in 15th Century. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 1793
William Rettie John Burnett & William Rettie, Printers, Nether Kirkgate 1795-99.
They produced an Aberdeen Magazine.
Partnership ended March 1800.
W. R. MacDonald. ‘Circulating libraries in NE Scotland’. The Bibliotheck v 121.129-30 (1969); NLS Impr Ind; Beavan
Reverend Adam Rettie Minister, Church of Scotland.
b. 1801, Monquhitter.
d. 12 Apr 1875.
EDUCATION: King’s College, Aberdeen, 1815-1819; Master of Arts 1856; Edinburgh University.
CHURCH: Minister of Evie and Rendall, 1841.
CHURCH: Ordained (assistant and successor), 1841.
CHURCH: Joined the Free Church, 1843.
CHURCH: Minister of Free Church, Evie and Rendall, 1843-1875.
Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae
Robert Rettie Inventor and Author.
Native Aberdonian who attended Marischal College 1816-17.
Today remembered principally for his safety systems for lighting ships at sea. Solved technical problems of projecting coloured light and his system of lights was successfully tested in the steam frigate H.M.S Comet, off Spithead, in 1845.
Exhibited system of Marine Signals at Great Exhibition of 1851.
Graces Guide to British Industrial History
William Rettie Lamp manufacturer in Aberdeen.
Holder of patents ‘for certain improvements in lamps and burners, in apparatus for ventilating apartments, and in the mode of working signal lamps’ (sealed 8 Jun 1852) and ‘for an improved construction of submarine lamp’ (sealed 9 Jan 1854).
‘The Repertory of Patent Inventions’, Vol. 20, London, 1852. and ‘The Repertory of Patent Inventions’, Vol. 23, London, 1854.
William Rettie Co-founded the supermarket chain William Low in 1868. William Low article on Wikipedia
Middleton Rettie Advocate.
b. 8 Aug 1828, Aberdeen.
Son of William Rettie.
M.A. Marischal College 1847.
Member of the Faculty of Advocates, admitted 1855.
LL.D. Aberdeen University 1894.
Editor of ‘Cases Decided in the Court of Session, Court of Justiciary, and House of Lords’.
Kings Counsel 1904.
‘Cases Decided in the Court of Session, Court of Justiciary, and House of Lords’, 1901
and
‘Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1860-1900’, Col. William Johnston, Aberdeen, 1905, p447.
James Rettie School Principal.
b. 15 Nov 1854, Old Deer.
Son of George Rettie.
M.A. Aberdeen University 1875.
Principal of various schools in Cape Colony 1883-1901.
‘Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1860-1900’, Col. William Johnston, Aberdeen, 1905, p447.
Robert Gibson Rettie Photographer.
b. 26 Sep 1857 at Easter Culbeuchly, Banffshire.
d. 19 Dec 1925 at Kirkcaldy, Fife
Son of George Rettie and Isabella Wilson.
He trained in Inverness and afterwards in Fraserburgh and then Stirling.
He acquired the business and negatives of John Patrick of Kirkcaldy in 1884.
‘Scottish Studio Photographers to 1914 and Workers in the Scottish Photographic Industry’, Vol II, D. Richard Torrance, Edinburgh, 2011, pp. 186-187.
Henry Blyth Rettie Chartered Accountant.
b. 8 Apr 1877.
Son of Middleton Rettie K.C. LL.D, 16 Great King Street.
Edinburgh Academy 1889-95. Dux of Class 5b.
Edinburgh University.
C.A. Edinburgh 1901.
In New York, and later in Chicago.
1905 address: 53 Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Ill.
‘The Edinburgh Academy Register’, Edinburgh, 1914, p422.
Norman Rettie Sheep Farmer and Tea Planter.
b. 1 June 1875.
d. 30 Aug 1902, Ceylon.
Son of Middleton Rettie K.C. LL.D, 16 Great King Street.
Edinburgh Academy 1889-93.
Sheep Farmer in New South Wales, 1893-7.
Tea Planter in Ceylon, 1898-1902.
‘The Edinburgh Academy Register’, Edinburgh, 1914, p422.
Middleton, William and James Rettie Silversmiths in 19th Century Rettie & Sons
Thomas Leith Rettie aka T. Leith Rettie Author.
Shadows on the Hearth: A Poem on the Late Catastrophe on the River Dee, Aberdeen, 1876.
The Crown of Charity, Aberdeen, 1883.
Plays and Poems, Aberdeen, 1884.
The Daughter of Dunbar, 1890.
‘Minor British Poets 1789-1918’, Volume 3: The later Victorian period, 1870-1899, p238-239
and
‘Plays and Poems’ on Amazon
Alexander Leith Rettie Private, 1st/5th Bn. Gordon Highlanders.
b. 30 Jan 1891, Wick.
d. 31 Mar 1919.
Son of Thomas Leith Rettie.
The War Graves Photographic Project
Hugh Leith Rettie Graduate.
b. 17 Jun 1897, Wick.
Son of Mrs Thomas Leith Rettie, 167 Rosemount Place.
Aberdeen Grammar School 1916 (only 2 months at the school).
M.B., Ch.B. Aberdeen University 1925.
‘Aberdeen Grammar School Roll of Pupils 1795-1919’, Theodore Watt, Aberdeen, 1923, p369.
and
‘Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1901-25’, Theodore Watt, Aberdeen, 1935, p495.
Lt-Col W. J. K. Rettie D.S.O British Army officer London Gazette, 1920
Lieut. Archibald Rettie, R.N.V.R British Naval officer Naval-History.Net: Mentioned in Dispatches, April 1919
Dwight F. Rettie National Park Ranger Dwight Rettie web site
John Rettie Journalist.
b. 24 Nov 1925.
d. 10 Jan 2009.
Obituary in ‘The Guardian’
John Rettie Journalist and Photographer John Rettie web site
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