Roman legions marched from Raedykes to Normandykes Roman Camp through the Durris Forest, not far from Balfour as they sought higher ground evading the bogs of Red Moss and other low-lying areas associated with the Burn of Muchalls. That march used the Elsick Mounth, one of the ancient trackways crossing the Mounth of the Grampian Mountains, lying west of Netherley. The important Mesolithic settlement of Balbridie is located nearby.
The Farquharsons of Balfour were the main landholders in the area.
- United Kingdom Ordnance Survey Map Landranger 45, Stonehaven and Banchory, 1:50,000 scale, 2004
- C. Michael Hogan. Andy Burnham, ed. "Elsick Mounth". Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
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