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Harlaw


Aberdeenshire

A locality in the Garioch district of Central Aberdeenshire, Harlaw lies 2 miles (3 km) east northeast of Chapel of Garioch and 2½ miles (4 km) north northwest of Inverurie. The locality comprises a small settlement, together with farms at Wester Harlaw, West Mains of Harlaw, Mid Harlaw and Easter Harlaw. Harlaw House dates from 1843, but was reinvented as a tower-house in 1883. A vicious battle took place here in 1411, with Donald, Lord of the Isles, preparing to attack Aberdeen. This was prevented by an army of local gentry, but there was significant loss of life on both sides. A square memorial tower is located a half-mile (0.8 km) to the south, while Liggar's Stane, near Harlaw House, is said to mark the burial place of female camp-followers.


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