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Aberchirder

(Foggieloan)

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Aberchirder (Gael. abhir-chiar-dur, 'confluence of the dark brown water'), a village in Marnoch parish, Banffshire, 5½ miles SSE of Cornhill station, 7 W by N of Turriff, and 9¼ SW of Banff. It has a post office under the last with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, a branch of the North of Scotland Bank, and an hotel: and contains, besides, an Established mission church (200 attendants: minister's salary £51), a handsome Free church (built on occasion of the Disruption contest in Marnoch), a U.P. church, a Baptist chapel, St Marnan's Episcopal church (1824: enlarged and restored, 1875-76: 130 attendants), and a Roman Catholic station, served monthly from Portsoy. A public and an Episcopal school, with respective accommodation for 400 and 74 children, had (1879) an average attendance of 207 and 68, and grants of £132, 13s. 2d. and £25, 4s. The name Aberchirder, originally borne by the whole parish, referred probably to the moss-burn of Auchintoul's confluence with the Deveron. Pop. (1861) 1273, (1871) 1312, (1881) 1358.

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