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Aboyne Castle. The ruins of a 13th Century castle, mentioned in ancient records as the castrum de Obeyn.
Arnage Castle, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is at the centre of the area of Aberdeenshire traditionally called the Buchan. Built by the Cheyne family in 1380, the castle is a an example of the work of Thomas Leiper, a master mason. The Cheyne family who were of Norman origin, lived at Arnage until 1643. In 1702 the castle became part of the property of the provost John Ross.
Balfluig Castle, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Scotland. Built by Mathew Lumsden in about 1550 on account of the unsettled state of the surrounding country. It is the seat of the Forbes, barony of Alford, and above its main door can be seen the date of its construction.
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852.
Balvenie Castle. In 1308 the Comyns were crushed by Robert the Bruce and after his harrying of the Buchan lands, Balvenie Castle stood abandoned for some years.
Banchory is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Braemar Castle was a perfectly formed tower house with a profusion of battlemented turrets, shielded by a low star-shaped curtain wall, studded with gun loops. Built in 1628, it served as a hunting lodge. Braemar Castle.
Brandsbutt Stone. A fine Pictish symbol stone, with a well preserved ogham inscription. The stone was broken up to build into a field dyke, but the pieces have now been put together. Originally it formed one of a circle. located at Brandsbutt Farm, about one mile NW of Inverurie. Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Cairnbulg Castle stands on the right bank of the water of Philorth by a small copse, two miles east of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Caskieben Castle. Situated on the south-east outskirts of the town and ancient royal burgh of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in a great farming region and not far from the Bass, site of an important motte and bailey stronghold.
Castle Fraser. One the great castles of Mar, Castle Fraser near Sauchen in Aberdeenshire is a perfect expression of a castellated Renaissance house.
Castle Forbes, Keig, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Located five miles from Alford off A944.
Set in the fertile Howe of Alford, this is the traditional seat of the Premier Baron of Scotland.
Cluny Castle, Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a large, modern and picturesque neo-baronial pile dating from 1830, when it was built by John Smith, the architect. The existing building incorporates part of a 17th Century "Z"- plan castle built by I. Bell for Thomas Gordon in 1604. From existing drawings it is easy to see that modern Cluny Castle covers what was probably one of the best examples of "Z "-plan tower castles in Scotland. Its architect also designed and built Craigievar. The lands of Cluny were originally granted by King Robert Bruce sometime before 1325
to Sir Alexander Fraser, who had married his sister, Mary.
Colquhonny Castle, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The ruined castle stands on the right bank of the river Donne at Strathdon; it was never completely finished. Building was started on this intended tower-house by a "forbes" at the beginning of the 16th Century, but work finally stopped a few years later after three of the lairds had been killed by fatal falls whilst overseeing the building.
Corgaff Castle. Situated at the end of the Lecht Pass, which connects Strathdon with Strathavon, and facing the steep climb up from Cock Bridge, is Corgaff Castle, twin of Braemar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Craig Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This forbidding castle, which can best be described as a cliff-like block of masonry, is situated 60 feet above the Burn of Craig.
Craigievar Castle. Set in secluded hilly country south of Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is the fairytale Castle of Craigievar, built in 1626 as an "L"-plan tower house for the flamboyant Forbes laird known as "Willie the Marchant of Aberdeen", brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen.
Crathes Castle. Queen Victoria confided in her diary that Deeside seemed to breathe freedom and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils. Some 300 years before this tribute the Burnetts of Leys had been struck by the attractions of Deeside. They chose to build their home, Crathes Castle, on a sunny south-facing slope between Aberdeen and Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
Crovie is a small village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Daviot, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Delgatie Castle stands in wooded grounds not far from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is the tower-house home of the Hays of Erroll. The original 13th Century stone keep with its four-storey tower, each floor was connected with an internal ladder, was slowly added to over the centuries and in many different stages. By the 16th Century Delgatie Castle had been extended three times and was completely rebuilt on an "L"-plan.
Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire. For almost 700 years the name of Drum has been identified with the Irvines who held the castle through twenty four successive generations. Formerly a Comyn stronghold, Drum was gifted by a grateful Robert the Bruce to a loyal friend who had supported him throughout the war with England.
Druminnor Castle, Near Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was built in the 15th Century on lands granted to the Duncan Forbes in 1271. From this earlier date the Forbes family lived in a timber-built motte and bailey stronghold at a site called Castlehill until 1440. In the 15th Century the first Lord Forbes employed John of Kenlock and William of Inverkip from Renfrewshire to build the present castle.
The castle today is only a fragment of its original size but the surviving "palace house" on the basement ground floor, together with staircase, first floor and remains of the present second floor, are thought to date back to 1440. In this section of the castle is the famous "happy room" which takes its name from the 15th Century inscription, believed to have been written by King James II, part of which includes the words "happy room".
In 1571, the Forbes were defeated in the Battle of Tillyangus by the Gordons, and the castle was sacked. In the rebuilding which followed, the round stair with its heraldic panels, gun-loops,
crow-stepped gables and attic windows, was added. The castle has once again restored into a home.
Dunnottar Castle. The medieval stone castle at Dunnottar was built in the 1290s by Sir William Keith, Great Marischal, and the only Scottish earl to take his title from his office of state rather than his lands.
RSPB Fowlsheugh, Crawton, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Fraserburgh is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Fyvie Castle, dating from 13th century with later additions, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Haddo House is a Scottish stately home located near Tarves in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Huntly is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, formerly known as Milton of Strathbogie.
Inverurie sits in the Don Valley at the centre of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Loch Kinord has a Crannog Island, probably built for defence reasons and dating from the Bronze Age. It is unique as an early example of man's civil engineering capabilities. This artificial island was formed by a large raft of logs and brushwood on which were built up layers of stone and earth held together by intersecting timbers. The process continued until the structure sank in position and it was then anchored by log piles sunk all around.
Maiden Stone. The most famous of the Early Christian monuments in Aberdeenshire, this stone is associated with several weird legends formerly current in the Garioch. On one side it displays a richly ornamented Celtic cross and other decoration in the same style, and on the other side are Pictish symbols. Located near Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Mysterious Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Pennan is a small village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Peterhead is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Pitmedden Garden is a garden in the town of Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Portsoy is a village on the north facing coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Glenglassaugh.
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, on the northeast coast of Scotland.
Tolquhon Castle. Aberdeenshire abounds in great baronial houses. Almost all of them are towers like Craigievar. William Forbes, 7th laird of Tolquhon, wanted something different however and proceeded to build one of the most remarkable mansions in Scotland.
Turriff is a town in Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
Children of the Manse: Growing Up in Victorian Aberdeenshire What was it like to be a girl, born and brought up within a Free Kirk manse in the heart of Aberdeenshire during mid-Victorian times? A fascinating story by Alice Thiele Smith, ninth of the eleven children born to Jane Robertson and Dr William Pirie Smith, Free Church minister of Keig near Alford, Scotland.
and Royal Deeside (Ordnance... Survey Pathfinder Guide.
This Pathfinder guide covers the part of north east Scotland
that lies between the Cairngorms and the sea - a region of varying
landscapes, which includes Aberdeen, the 'Granite City', Scotland's
third largest metropolis and the beautiful countryside around
Balmoral. The area is rich in heritage and history, with regional
highlights such as Elgin, Haddo House, Huntly and Crathes Castle
featured among the 28 carefully-devised walks. Coastal, town,
riverside, country park and hill routes are all incorporated,
ensuring that local walkers and visitors alike will be able
to make the most of this delightful and unspoilt region. Each
walk features an easy-to-follow route description, fascinating
background and historical detail and recommendations for points
of interest and highlights. The colour maps, specially supplied
by the Ordnance Survey, are clearly detailed with the route
and markers corresponding to the description in the text. With
three grades of walk, easy, moderate and challenging, information
on parking and refreshments, practical advice on walking, and
information on local organisations, this guide is ideal for
locals and holidaymakers, or keen walkers eager to explore the
area. Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
1800 to 2000
Aberdeen is a city shaped by its geography, climate and architecture.
Like the land from which it grew, its projects qualities of
hard work and fortitude, firm solidity, self-confidence and
aspiration. It is a city with a character and personality that
reflects its people. Conservative and "canny" in some
senses, it has often been radical and inovative in its This
book provides an understanding of the changes that have taken
place in Aberdeen's economic and social structure since 1800,
from the age of textiles to the age of oil. It analyzes changes
in work patterns, housing, education, economy, social welfare,
religion, local government, leisure and culture, and discusses
the effects of national and international market forces, periods
of instability and high growth, and political struggles. It
features many of the people who played an important part in
this period of Aberdeen's history. This history by 13 historians,
economists, political scientists and geographers, shows that
Aberdeen has survived economic upheavals and the disruption
of two world wars, emerging as an independent city with a sense
of its own worth and values.politics and in tackling social
issues. Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Road to Maggieknockater: Exploring... Aberdeen and the North-east
Through Its Place-names . It shows how onomastic, the study
of names and their origin, has developed over the years and
it examines various aspects of the place-name game, among them
field names, one retired naval commander called his fields after
the battleships he served on, and place-name rhymes, which were
used by country folk to mock their rivals on other farms and
villages. It takes you to Old Groddie, where illicit stills
were busy in the old days, and to old tracks where 50,000 Hielanmen
went marching to the Battle of Harlaw. It tells you how a tiny
Bible led the author to the wild Aberdour coast to visit 'a
substantial old Scots house of great charm'. It follows the
trail of St Dostan when he came to Scotland to Christianise
Buchan and to Old Deer where the famous Book of Deer was written.
It chases 'ghost Roads', listens to the poem of a humble packmen
near Aberdeen, solves the mystery of the Golden Pumphel, and
heeds a warning to 'Haud yer feet!' In this informative and
fully illustrated book, well-known Aberdeen writer Bob Smith
lets us see the North-east corner in a new and fascinating light.