King Street, Inverbervie
|Population||est. 1,980 (2004)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Inverbervie (from Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Biorbhaidh or Biorbhaigh, "mouth of the River Bervie") is a small town on the north-east coast of Scotland, south of Stonehaven, in the Aberdeenshire council area.
Inverbervie appears in written history at least as far back as the 12th century AD; in a document relating to Arbroath Abbey, Simon of Inverbervie is noted as having witnessed a charter transferring the lands of Balfeith to the Abbey. The settlement was formerly a royal burgh from 1342 to 1975 and a parliamentary burgh from 1708 to 1950, the former status being conferred by David II of Scotland for hospitality he and his Queen received when shipwrecked there the previous year when returning from exile.
A small harbour in the town was important in early years but despite improvements by Thomas Telford in 1819, disappeared by 1830 owing to the buildup of the shingle bar at the river mouth. The first flax spinning mill in Scotland was established here at the Haughs around 1790 and by 1910 there were nine in operation employing 500-600 workers. As a result of this, the population of the settlement peaked at over 2,500 around the turn of the 20th Century but has since declined owing the downturn in that industry.
The town was within the county of Kincardineshire until 1975, when the county was merged into the Grampian Region. The Aberdeenshire unitary council area, which now includes Inverbervie, was created when the region system was eradicated in 1996. Aberdeenshire is also the name of another former county which was merged into the Grampian Region in 1975.
Prominent local buildings include Hallgreen Castle, founded in 1376, standing on a bluff overlooking the sea towards the southern end of the town.
The parliamentary burgh which existed from 1708 to 1950 was a component of the Aberdeen district of burghs of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832.
In 1832 Inverbervie became a component of the Montrose district of burghs.
In 1950 it was merged into the North Angus and Mearns constituency. North Angus and Mearns was replaced with new constituencies in 1983. With effect from the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections, Inverbervie will be back within the Mearns and Angus constituency, following boundary changes.
Inverbervie has The Bervie Chipper which in 1998 was awarded the title Fish & Chip Shop of the Year 1997.
- The local newspaper is the Mearns Leader which is published by Johnson Press and edited in the neighbouring town of Stonehaven.
- Bervie is served by local radio station, Mearns FM. Broadcasting from nearby Stonehaven in the Townhall, Mearns FM aims to keep Bervie up to date with local and charity events, as well as playing music. Staffed completely by volunteers, Mearns FM is run as a not for profit organisation, broadcasting under a community radio licence, with a remit to provide local focus news events and programming. Jointly funded by local adverts and local and national grants, it has one of the largest listening areas of any community radio station owing to the Mearns' distributed population. The station was set up to try to bring these distant communities together.
- Bervie Primary School serves Bervie and the surrounding rural area. The school roll is about 200. In its last HMIe inspection Bervie became a notable primary school after being highly rated and featured in a video of the top 90 primary schools in Scotland.
- Mackie Academy in Stonehaven is where most teenagers attend. Mackie has a roll of 1200.
Bervie contains many prominent community groups:
Bervie Church is part of Arbuthnott, Bervie and Kinneff Church. It is on the main street in close proximity to the school. The parish also owns the Church Centre (formerly the manse) next to the church, and the Herd Centre (formerly YWCA Hall) at the bottom of Town Head. The church elected the Rev Dennis Rose of Boghall Church, Bathgate on Sunday 27 June 2010 who was inducted as minister on 30 September 2010.
Scouting and Guiding
The Guides and Rainbows also hold meetings in the Scout Hall.
The Brownies hold meetings in the Burgh Hall.
The Living Rooms
The Living Rooms Christian Centre and Coffee Shop is in the school car park behind the church. The Living Rooms is an evangelical centre which aims to reach out to people. The Coffee Shop is a popular centre of the community. Services of worship are held in the centre as well as prayer meetings, a youth group and other special events.
Gala and fireworks
Every year the Gala Committee organise the climax of the community diary in June. As part of this event a 'citizen of the year' and 'young citizen of the year' prizes are awarded. The fireworks display is organised and held by the caravan site every year on the Sunday nearest to Bonfire Night.
- John Arbuthnot, mathematician, physician, satirist and polymath
- Lewis Grassic Gibbon, author, lived in nearby Arbuthnott
- David Gowan, born in Inverbervie.
- Hercules Linton, designer of the Cutty Sark clipper ship
- List of burghs in Scotland
- Aber and Inver as place-name elements
- Allardice Castle
- Arbuthnott, Bervie & Kinneff Parish Church
- "Inverbervie". National Place-Names Gazetteer. Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
- "Gaelic Placenames collected by Iain Mac an Tailleir (2003)" (PDF).
- "Federation of Fish Friers - Serving the Fish and Chips Industry - Quality Award". www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk.
- "Mearns FM - Local Radio for the Mearns". Mearns FM - Local Radio for the Mearns.
- Association, Press (23 May 2017). "Government borrowing topped £10.4 billion in April".
- "Bervie School - Aberdeenshire Council". www.bervie.aberdeenshire.sch.uk.
- "Mackie Academy — Mackie Academy". www.mackie.aberdeenshire.sch.uk.
- "Home". www.arbuthnottbervieandkinneff.org.uk.
- "The Living Rooms Inverbervie". www.thelivingrooms.org.
- Alan Murphy, Scotland, 2004, Footprint Travel Guides, 692 pages ISBN 1-903471-94-X