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It crowns a rising-ground 745 feet above sea level amid a fertile district. It is situated several miles northwest of Alford and is near both the River Don and the upper course of the Water of Bogie.
The village was founded around 1825 by Harry Leith Lumsden of Auchindoir on what was then a barren moor.
The population in 1840 was 243, in 1861 478, 1871 487, 1881 519. The population in 2009 is 344 a decline to levels before 1861.
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