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Gourdon, a coast village in Bervie parish, Kincardineshire, 1 ¼ mile S by W of Bervie town. It has a station on the Bervie section of the North British railway, a post office under Fordoun, with money order, savings'bank, and telegraph departments, a girl's public school, a tolerable harbour, and several large granaries. A shipping-place for the export of grain, and the import of coals, lime, and such like bulky articles, it carries on fishing in 108 boats, with 165 men and boys. The harbour, improved a number of years ago at a cost of £2000, admits at ebb tide vessels drawing 12 feet of water, and affords them anchorage till the flood carries them inward to its quay. Gourdon Hill, 3 furlongs W by S of the village, on the mutual border of Bervie and Benholm parishes, rises to a height of 436 feet above sea-level, and is seen by mariners at a great distance. Pop. of the village (1831) 238, (1871) 714, (1881) 919-Ord. Sur-, sh. 67, 1871.

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