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Rhynie
Aberdeenshire

A village in an Aberdeenshire parish of the same name, Rhynie lies between Ord Hill and the Water of Bogie, 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Alford. A former market centre, the village was also known as Muir of Rhynie. In the old kirkyard of Rhynie three Pictish symbol stones dating from the 6th-7th Century AD are to be found. Two more Pictish stones stand in the village square and at the entrance to the school is a cast of the Rhynie Man taken from a stone now located at Woodhill House, Aberdeen. A mile (2 km) to the northwest, on the Tap o' Noth (564 m / 1849 feet) there is a spectacular hill fort occupied on at least two occasions between the 1st millennium BC and the early 1st millennium AD. The Old Red Sandstone of Rhynie has provided some of the best fossil specimens of the primitive Rhynia, one of the earliest land plants dating from the Devonian period of geological time.


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