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The local economy is based primarily on farming, whilst services are provided by a mobile Post Office van, village shop, the Rothie Inn hotel and barber, which has just recently closed down. A recent addition to the community was the high-performance automobile vendor Indy Car Sales, which has since closed. The garage was then bought by K G Autotech and currently does car repairs, services and MOTs. They also sell a small range of used cars. The football pitch was recently refurbished and hosts Rothie Rovers FC, a beginners football club captained by right-back Benjamin Button.
Rothienorman Castle became Rothienorman House and then Rothie House. It was subjected to major rebuilding c.1800 and was baronialised 1862 (architect James Matthews). c.1912 it was owned by Reginald Crawford-Leslie whose family home it was until just after WW2. It belonged to the Crawford family and Henry Nigel Crawford was the last laird of Rothienorman succeeding his brother Jock who was killed in action. The estate consisted of 2,700 acres (11 km2), including the village of Rothienorman. The family name used to be Leslie, became Crawford-Leslie and was then shortened to Crawford. The Leslie family purchased Rothienorman in 1723. The Crawfords had to sell Rothie in 1951 because of death duties incurred during the war. The estate was broken up and the house was stripped by land agents for quick money. The surviving Crawfords now live in New Zealand. The house was still occupied in 1945 but the roof was removed ; the house is now overgrown with ivy and is in a bad state of repair .
Rothienorman was on the Inveramsey - MacDuff Branch Railway which opened in 1857 and closed to passengers in 1951.
Recent changes (2009) see Indy Car Sales closing down, the Post Office under threat of closure and the new primary school close to capacity. The Bowling Club is being torn down for rebuilding.
Recent expansion has seen Rothienorman transformed from a quiet farming village into a dormitory town.
In recent years there has also been a restaurant called The Steadin that has opened. This addition to Rothienorman came almost at the same time as the building of the Scotia Homes which has been dubbed by the villagers as "The new houses."
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