A village in an Aberdeenshire parish of the same name, Kemnay lies on the River Don, 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Aberdeen. It developed during the second half of the 19th century after the coming of the railway and the opening of granite quarries by Aberdonian entrepreneur John Fyfe (1830 - 1903). Stone from Kemnay was used in the building of Marischal College in Aberdeen, the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, the Thames Embankment in London, the foundations of the Forth Bridge and the new Scottish Parliament, completed in 2004.

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