Leuchar Burn

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Leuchar Burn, a rivulet of SE Aberdeenshire, issuing from Loch skene (276 feet), and flowing 7¾ miles south-eastward through or along the borders of Skene, Echt, and Peterculter parishes, till, after a descent of 195 feet, it falls into the Dee at Peterculter church.—Ord. Sur., shs. 76, 77, 1874-73.

Culter, a station, an estate, and a rivulet on the SE border of Aberdeenshire. The station is on the Deeside railway, within Peterculter parish, near the influx of Culter rivulet to the river Dee, 7¾ miles WSW of Aberdeen. The estate is mainly in Peterculter parish, partly in Drumoak, and from the 13th century till 1726 belonged to a branch of the Cummings. Culter House here, 1 mile NE of the station, is a large old mansion, said to have been built by Sir Alexander Cumming, who, in 1695, was created a Baronet, and whose son, Sir Archibald (1700-75), for a time was ruler of the Cherokees. It now is a seat of Rt. Wm. Duff, Esq. of Fetteresso and Glassaugh, who, born in 1835, has sat for Banffshire since 1861, and who owns 1588 acres in the shire, valued at £1747 per annum. The rivulet, rising on the W border of Cluny parish, meanders 10 miles eastward, through Cluny and on Cluny's boundaries with Midmar and Echt; expands into Loch Skene, on the mutual boundary of Echt and Skene; and proceeds thence 4 miles south-eastward, partly on the same boundary partly through Peterculter, to the Dee. Its lower reaches, with features of lake and linn, steep banks and wooded cliffs, bridges and mills, present a series of romantic scenes. See Peterculter.

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