George Robertson Christie
1897 - 1952
Nurseryman and Horticulturist
Owner of Christies Nurseries, Fochabers. Forest tree specialists
Fochabers Representative on Moray & Nairn Joint County Council 1943-1952
Christies Nursery was established in 1820 by Mr George R Christie's grandfather, Thomas Christie. When he died, his son, William, then only 17 years old, helped his mother run the business. Thereafter, William's son, George, took over the running of the Nursery in 1921 at the age of 23 and expanded the business until his untimely death after a short illness in 1952, aged 55.
The growing of young forest trees was originally the mainstay of the business, supplying the young trees to estate owners and foresters throughout the length and breadth of the country. The fertile Moray soil provided a perfect nursing ground for these seedlings to become healthy specimens. Gradually, market gardening was established under George's careful care, with a large area under glass devoted to the growing of tomatoes both for wholesale and retail markets. The introduction of flower growing expanded the business further in the florist trade.
George was keenly interested in all matters pertaining to the village's common good and in his role as County Councillor, he involved himself in many worthwhile projects of the day. He was Chairman of the Fochabers District Council, Chairman of the Area Education Sub-Committee and a Justice of the Peace. During any leisure time, George enjoyed a game of bowls and was also a member of the Fochabers Miniature Rifle Club.