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A fishing village on the Buchan coast of Aberdeenshire, Boddam lies 3 miles (5 km) south of Peterhead by the promontory of Buchan Ness on which stands Boddam Lighthouse which dates from 1827. Officially designated a port in 1845 by Act of Parliament, two harbours were developed at Boddam to the north and south of Buchan Ness. Boddam Harbour was used to export the so-called Peterhead granite, which was being quarried nearby at Stirling. A traditional song The Boddamers hung the Monkey-O tells the tale of local people dispatching a monkey which remained on a wrecked ship from which they hoped to salvage the cargo. This incident is linked to another monkey-hanging supposed to have taken place in the English town of Hartlepool. Further down the coast lie the ruins of Boddam Castle, the former seat of the Keiths of Ludquarn. The staff accommodation for the nearby RAF Buchan was located here until it closed in 2005.

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