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Nestled below Perdeberg Mountain,
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How did Drumblade get it's name?

Drumblade is a little hamlet in north-western Aberdeenshire NE Scotland.  We have long speculated that Drumblade in South Africa is named after that Drumblade because of the similarity of scenery, however we have never been able to find the link … until now that is!

Dr W Leslie Alexander (Ophthalmologist and son of a Drumblade Scotland Farmer) recently sent us an an e-mail

“I happened to learn of your Drumblade in recent years. I was curious to know the origin of the name.  Just this weekend, I came across a possible link. I found an obituary (1930) of a Johannesburg solicitor who in earlier life had been Headmaster of Drumblade School, Scotland.  I know nothing more but if your community Drumblade was created during his time from 1894 it seems possible he was connected. There may have been other Drumblade connections unknown to me.”

We traced the obituary to the Aberdeen Press & Journal 27th August 1930 and found this article about William M Dunbar.  “Prominent Solicitor in Drumblade”

The death has taken place at Johannesburg, where he was prominent in legal circles, of Mr William M Dunbar.  M.A. LL.B. A native of Elgin (a town on the way to Inverness), and a graduate of Aberdeen University.  Born in 1850, Mr Dunbar was a son of the late Mr Robert Dunbar, Elgin.  He was educated at Elgin Academy, the Grammar school.  Old Aberdeen, and Aberdeen University, where he graduated in Arts, with honours in mental philosophy in 1885.

After obtaining his degree he entered on educational work, and for some years held the headmastership of Drumblade School. Aberdeenshire.  In 1894 he went to South Africa, and for several years was headmaster of the Public School, Johannesburg.

From Education to Law.
Taking up the study of the law Mr Dunbar in 1900 obtained the LL.B. degree of the University of the Cape of Good Hope, and in 1902 was admitted to the Bar of Cape Colony.  In the same year he was admitted to practise in the Transvaal as an attorney, notary, and conveyancer, and he carried on the general business of a solicitor in Johannesburg.

His wife is a daughter of the late Mr William McArthur, a tenant farmer, Brideswell Estate, Drumblade where her father owned a house and shop, and of Mrs McArthur, Glanourtyn, Huntley.

I think we can now safely say the urban legend is indeed fact, William M Dunbar, and probably influenced by his wife, named our beautiful area after their home town Drumblade in Scotland.

William M Dunbar

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Our Bird List jumps to 205!

As at July 2019.  First the Black Stork, now the Secretary Bird has been confirmed ... click on birds for a full list

Drumblade Conservancy

Drumblade has formed a Conservancy to protect our natural fauna & flora.  We need as much support and as many members as possible.  Contact drumblade for more information


Perdeberg Mountain Provisionally Declared a Provincial heritage Site 

Earlier this year the Drumblade Conservancy applied to the Provincial Heritage Society - Gauteng to have Perdeberg Mountain declared a Provincial Heritage Site.

We have waited for the affected property owners to submit their support / objections to PHARG before making the outcome public knowledge.

PHARG provisionally declared the mountain a protected site in terms of sections 27 and 29 of the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA) 25 : 1999 on the 6th June 2012.

This protection will be valid for two years while various presentations and other investigations are carried out.

Blue Rose objected to the application.  Several landowners sent letters of support for the application.

The Drumblade Conservancy believes the mountain is of great historical, geological and social importance and it is therefore imperative to protect the mountain ridge and cap from potentially damaging developments and possible mining in the future.

The protection of the mountain should not interfere with the current land owners and the use of their properties – unless they also wished to change the “land use” to high density development, or in any way remove or disturb the iron-age / stone-age / Boer war ruins, in which case they would have to follow the same procedures as any other developer would for their intended development in our area.  In addition, PHARG would have to approve the application as well.


If you would like to comment on this matter please write to drumblade


Geocaching has found it way to Drumblade!  Click on the logo to learn more about Geocaching and find out if there is a cache hidden somewhere near you!

Views of Drumblade by Jenny Self, Ray Robson,
Bart Potgieter & Lillian Ruth van Velden
Please respect our wildlife - it is very precious to us. Car lights will blind all nocturnal creatures - flashing your lights at them does more harm than good. Animals have no sense of speed, so slow down or stop all together, until the animal has moved out of the way.