New Deer (Scottish Gaelic: Achadh Reite) is a settlement in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland that lies in the valley of Deer. It was founded after monks from Deer Abbey, Old Deer built a chapel at Auchreddie, which translates as "field of the bog myrtle". Around 1507 the register of Deer Abbey lists its lands in the "new paroche of Deir". The name Auchreddie has dropped in significance over the years, however the southern end of the village is still known by this name.
There are three churches in the village, only one of which (St Kane's) still functions as a religious establishment; it belongs to the Church of Scotland. One is now used as a gym hall of the primary school and the other one is currently[when?] being built into flats. New Deer (St Kane's) Primary School sits behind the main church, in the centre of the village.
St Kane's opened a church centre in 2003, next door to the church. The building was previously a long-running local general store and accompanying house. The centre includes a café and is used for various community activities.
The public hall, opposite the church centre, is run on a not-for-profit basis and hosts various activities including mother-and-baby groups and exercise classes, as well as being a venue for theatrical productions.
Stands on a hill to the north of the village and commemorates William Dingwall Fordyce. Local Brucklay estate landlord, Fordyce was an Aberdeenshire MP MP. Constructed in 1877, the monument is 80 feet (24 m) high and was designed by James Matthews. Historic Scotland designated it as a Category B listed building in April 1971.
The ruins of Fedderate Castle are to be found 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of the village.
New Deer is currently host to three public houses, the Brucklay Arms on Main Street, the Howe (Earl of Aberdeen Arms), situated on Auchreddie Road East and the Royal British Legion, opposite St Kane's Church.
There has been a bank in the village since at least 1847. For many years this was the Clydesdale Bank until 2006 when the Royal Bank of Scotland took over the branch. Historically the New Deer Savings Bank (est. 1847, and which became part of Trustee Savings Bank (TSB) in 1863), also provided a service to residents, but TSB left the village in the 1980s. The villagers' successful campaign against the removal of banking facilities was partly responsible for it winning the "Calor Gas Scottish Community of the Year" award in 2006.
The Grampian Wildlife Rehabilitation Trust provides help to various wildlife including seals.
After local consultations and fundraising spanning 10 years, during April 2013 construction began on New Deer All Weather Facility at the village's play park. The first stage was building a storeroom and changing rooms.
Other annual village events include a gala and a barn dance.
- William Dingwall Fordyce (1836–1875), MP
- Bertie Charles Forbes (1880–1954), was born and buried in New Deer.
- Alexander Falconer Murison (1847–1934), professor and journalist.
- William Fordyce Mavor (1758–1837), educationalist, was born in New Deer.
In the early 19th century a local miller named John Fraser had a reputation of being in league with the Devil, who was said to operate the mill for him.
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