|Scottish Gaelic: Meall Druim|
Oldmeldrum shown within Aberdeenshire
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|Scottish Parliament||Aberdeenshire East|
Oldmeldrum (commonly known as Meldrum) is a village and parish in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, not far from Inverurie in North East Scotland. With a growing population of over 2000, Oldmeldrum falls within Scotland's top 300 centres of population. The A947 road from Aberdeen to Banff runs through the centre of the village. Oldmeldrum has a primary school and a secondary school, the Meldrum Academy, which also includes the local library. Local industries are agriculture and engineering services connected to the oil industry in Aberdeen.
Each summer on the third Saturday in June the village is host to the popular "Meldrum Sports", which began in 1930 and features highland games, highland dancing, piping, five-a-side football, displays, stalls and a beer tent.
The Sports were first held in 1930 when a group of local men got together to raise funds to provide cocoa to the local children. Over the years thousands of pounds have been donated to local good causes and charities. The Sports are on Saturday 15th June 2013.
To the north of the village is Meldrum House, a mansion and castle built in the 13th century, and now a hotel and golf course. It is said to be haunted by a 'White Lady'. There is another golf course to the east of the village, the Oldmeldrum Golf Club, founded in 1885. A 72-year old golfer died in a bunker on the first hole in 2006.
Tolquhon Castle is about 5 miles to the east of Oldmeldrum.
The remains of a prehistoric hill fort are at Barra Hill, 2 miles south of Oldmeldrum, and Sheldon Stone Circle is about 3 miles to the south-east. the hillfort on Barra Hill was excavated by Murray Cook of Rampart Scotland http://www.rampartscotland.co.uk/, the results indicated that the has at least three phases of fortification: before 500 bc, after 500 bc and again by the Picts around AD 400, thismprojectbformed part ofmthenHillforts of Strathdon Project http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/archaeology/projects/IanShepherdConferencePapers-WebVersion.pdf.
From Oldmeldrum, there are good views of nearby Bennachie (mountain).
There is also a skatepark that was built in June 2009 within Oldmeldrum Pleasure Park, a community park to the east of the main Banff to Aberdeen Road.
Old Meldrum railway station served Oldmeldrum on a line from Inverurie through Lethenty and Lochter until 1965.
- Nicholas Bogdan, archaeologist and architectural historian, lived at Barra Castle.
- George Chrystal, a mathematician.
- Douglas Scott Falconer, a geneticist.
- William Forsyth, a botanist (yellow forsythia named after him) and ancestor of Bruce Forsyth. The William Forsyth Community Garden opened in Oldmeldrum in 2008.
- Donald Gordon, a Canadian businessman.
- William Keith, a California landscape artist
- Sir Patrick Manson, the founder of the field of tropical medicine, was born at Cromlet Hill, now a guesthouse.
- George Smith Morris and Willie Kemp, Doric musicians related by marriage.
- Sir George Watt, botanist in India
- General Register Office for Scotland. "Mid-2004 Population Estimates". Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
- Meldrum School
- Scotland the What? trio to open Sports
- Art and Music Festivals
- Ross, Donna. Trick or treat. Aberdeen Press & Journal, 31 October 2006
- Dow, Bob. AL DIES IN BUNKER Daily Record, Jun 23 2006
- A Vision of Britain Through Time - Oldmeldrum Burgh
- "Nicholas Bogdan". The Guardian (London). 28 August 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- A History of Barra Castle
- Beaton, Alistair. Evergreen entertainer congratulates garden volunteers The Press & Journal
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- Meldrum Online - Community Website
- Inverurie Herald - Out & About In Meldrum & Daviot
- Meldrum & Bourtie Parish Church
- The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum
- Meldrum and Bourtie Community Council
- The Press & Journal
- Mid-Formartine Councillors