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Old Aberdeen


Aberdeen City

Old Aberdeen
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Old Aberdeen

A northern suburb of the City of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, as the name suggests, refers to the oldest parts of the city and is situated 1¼ miles (2 km) north of the modern city centre. It was once an independent burgh, but came together with New Aberdeen in 1891. Originally known as Aberdon 'the mouth of the Don', Old Aberdeen was burned by King Edward III of England in 1336. Today it is dominated by the campus of the University of Aberdeen while to the north sits the 12th-century St Machar's Cathedral.


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