Newmachar shown within Aberdeenshire
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Newmachar is a village in the north-east of Scotland located within the Aberdeenshire local authority. Situated 10 miles to the north-west of Aberdeen, the settlement has an estimated population of 2,400.
The name originates from the original parish created in 1609, from part of the parish of St Machar's Cathedral. The name refers specifically to the village, originally known as Summerhill, with the surrounding parish being correctly known as New Machar. In 1928, the name Summerhill was changed to Newmachar, which was also the name of the railway station serving the village. The railway station, on the Formartine and Buchan Railway, closed in 1965.
The local Newmachar Golf Club located just outside the village is noted for being the official golf course of Paul Lawrie at the time he won the 1999 British Open. It was also the venue of a hole in one in which the winner became a professional with a handicap of 24. This was because, to claim the 15k prize, he had to be a pro at the sport.
The Newmachar Hotel has been named "Evening Express Pub Of The Year 2010". The Newmachar Hotel retained the title as Aberdeen's Best Pub, having won the last time the competition ran in 1993.
The hamlet of Brokenwind (or Brokenwynd) near Newmachar has been named the UK's third worst place name in a 2012 poll.
- 2008 Mid Year Estimate
- Aberdeenshire 2008 Mid Year Population Estimates
- Formartine & Buchan Railway
- Newmachar Motors
- Newmachar Golf Club
- UEFA All Time Results
- Evening Express Pub of the Year
- "Scratchy Bottom beats Brokenwind, but Shitterton takes the prize... for unfortunate place names". 15 August 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
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