Formartine

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Map of Scotland showing the present-day committee area of Formartine

Formartine (Scottish Gaelic: Fearann Mhàrtainn meaning "Martin's land") is a committee area in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This district has a long history and extends north from the River Don.[1] It has a population of 36,478 (2001 Census).

Formartine has experienced rapid population growth, particularly around Ellon and Oldmeldrum, and in the south east where development has spread outwith the city of Aberdeen. By contrast, the area around Turriff retains strong dependency on the traditional agricultural economy. The area's coastline and rural environment offer recreation potential including the Formartine and Buchan Way.

History[edit]

The early history of this locale is evidenced by the survival of a number of prehistoric features, including a number of tumuli.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Chalmers, George (1894). Caledonia: Or, A Historical and Topographical Account of North Britain, from the Most Ancient to the Present Times; with a Dictionary of Places, Chorographical and Philological. A. Gardner. 
  2. ^ Hogan, C. Michael (2008). "Catto Long Barrow fieldnotes". The Modern Antiquarian. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 

Coordinates: 57°23′46″N 2°17′13″W / 57.39611°N 2.28694°W / 57.39611; -2.28694