Tributes to woman who went from housemaid to boss of North-east building firm

Peggy McIntosh

Tributes have been paid to a woman who helped establish one of the North-east’s largest family businesses.

Peggy McIntosh, one of the founders of McIntosh Plant Hire, has died aged 96.

Mrs McIntosh’s husband Abbie died in 2001, but up until their retirement in 1976 the pair built up the business near Mill of Hirn in Aberdeenshire.

Their son Bert, who took over the firm, spoke highly of his parents’ humble spirit and marvelled at how hard they had worked. Born in New Pitsligo, Mrs McIntosh was the daughter of a travelling dairy worker.

It was when the family lived in Aboyne and she had completed school at Glen Tanar at the age of 14 that she found work as a housemaid at Hawkhill, then Stoneywood House.

In 1941 she worked at Paterson’s Saw Mill near Banchory as part of the war effort.

Here she met future husband Albert, and the couple married in 1943, before he left to serve with the RAF in Burma. Upon his return in 1946, the couple started up McIntosh Builders and were joined by their children Bert, Ronald and Keith.