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Craigiebuckler

A peripheral district and former estate in Aberdeen, Craigiebuckler lies 1¼ miles (2 km) northeast of Cults and 2¼ miles (3.5 km) west southwest of the city centre. The area comprises a series of private housing estates developed from the 1960s to the 2000s. At the centre of the district is the Aberdeen campus of the James Hutton Institute (formerly Macaulay Land Use Research Institute) on the former Craigiebuckler estate, bought for the purpose by Canadian philanthropist Dr. Thomas Bassett Macaulay (1860 - 1942). Craigiebuckler House was built in 1826 as his country house by James Blaikie who became the first Lord Provost of Aberdeen in 1833. An arboretum in the grounds of the house features many fine specimen trees. The name Craigiebuckler means a little hill where cattle were watched, from the Gaelic words creagan or 'little hill' and buachailleach pertaining to watching cattle.


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