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Daviot, a hamlet and a parish in Garioch district, central Aberdeenshire. The hamlet stands 5 miles NNW of Inverurie, this being 16¼ miles NW of Aberdeen, under which Daviot has a post office. The parish is bounded N and NE by Fyvie, E by Old Meldrum, SE by Bourtie, SW and W by Chapel of Garioch, and NW by Rayne. Its utmost length, from NNW to SSE, is 3¾ miles; its breadth, from E to W, varies between 2½ furlongs and 33/8 miles; and its land area is 4454 acres. Lochter Burn traces all the Bourtie border; and, where it quits this parish, the surface sinks to 200 feet above sea-level, thence rising with gentle undulations to 401 feet near Lumphart, 415 at the church, 513 near Wicketslap, 529 near Loanhead, and 434 at Knowhead. The prevailing rock is trap in the central higher grounds, coarse gneiss in the S and E. The soil, on the lower grounds, is generally peat humus on bluish clay; on the slopes, is commonly a rich loam or a strong clay; on the higher grounds, is gravelly and thin. About 3700 acres are in tillage, 180 under wood, 100 moss, and 150 either waste or very slightly reclaimed. Three stone circles and two preReformation chapels stand or have stood within the parish. Glack, with its lofty tower, is a conspicuous object; and other mansions, also separately noticed, are Mounie and Fingask-4 proprietors holding each an annual value of more, and 4 of less, than £100. Daviot is in the presbytery of Garioch and synod of Aberdeen; the living is worth £153. The church,. built in 1798, contains 400 sittings; and a public school, with accommodation for 150 children, had (1880) an average attendance of 101, and a grant of £92,17s. Valuation (1881) £5532,7s. Pop. (1801) 644, (1831) 691, (1861) 614, (1871) 597, (1881) 515.—Ord. Sur., shs. 76,86, 1874-76.

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