Fordoun

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Fordoun
Scottish Gaelic: Fordun
Fordoun is located in Aberdeen
Fordoun
Fordoun
 Fordoun shown within Aberdeenshire
OS grid reference NO750758
Council area Aberdeenshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district AB30
Dialling code 01561
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
UK
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Coordinates: 56°52′23″N 2°24′42″W / 56.872920°N 2.411751°W / 56.872920; -2.411751

St Palladius Fordoun

Fordoun (Scottish Gaelic: Fordun) (Pronounced "For-Dun") is a parish and village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Fothirdun (possibly "the lower place"), as it was historically known, was an important area in the Howe of the Mearns. Fordoun and Auchenblae, together with their immediate districts form the Parish of Fordoun with the Parish Church [1] in the vicinity of the original settlement, now absorbed by Auchenblae.

In the 19th Century a railway station was opened approximately 3 miles to the South East of Fordoun Church and the original settlement. A village grew at the site of the railway named Fordoun Station (opened in November 1849 and closed in June 1956)[2] where there were also a number of shops, but only a pub and a seasonal farm shop remain.[3] In the time since the founding of the railway station the village formerly known as Fordoun Station has come to be known simply as Fordoun and the site of original settlement has been absorbed by Auchenblae.

History[edit]

Pictish stone at Fordoun.

There is a Pictish symbol stone, the Fordoun Stone (also known as St. Palladius' Stone), in the parish church on the outskirts of Auchenblae at NO726784[5]

In his 1819 Geography, James Playfair notes that[6]

Fordoun is a mean town, and the seat of a presbytery, noted for being the birthplace or temporary residence of John Fordoun, author of the Scotichronicon; and of Palladius, who was sent by Pope Celestine into Scotland, in the 5th century, to oppose the Pelagian heresy. The chapel of Palladius, adjacent to the church, is 40 by 18 feet; at the corner of the minister's garden there is a well still called Paldy's well; and an Annual fair in the neighbourhood is styled Paldy-fair.

North of the village is a disused airfield that was active during World War II. A two-runway satellite for Peterhead airfield, Fordoun Aerodrome operated from 1942 to 1944.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Fordoun and Auchenblae". Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Aberdeen Railway". Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  3. ^ Mearn Community website. "Fordoun and Auchenblae". Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  4. ^ Julie Watt. "James Beattie Biography". Retrieved 2007-04-239. 
  5. ^ "Fourdoun Stone". Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  6. ^ Playfair, James (1819). A Geographical and Statistical Description of Scotland II. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co. p. 37. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Disused WWII Airfields in N.E. Scotland". Archived from the original on 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2007-04-29.