Torry Battery

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Torry Battery
Aberdeen, Scotland
Torry Point Battery entrance
Torry Point Battery entrance
Torry Battery is located in Scotland
Torry Battery
Torry Battery
CoordinatesCoordinates: 57°8′31″N 2°3′21″W / 57.14194°N 2.05583°W / 57.14194; -2.05583
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The Torry Battery is an artillery battery near Torry in Aberdeen, Scotland, which has overlooked the city's harbour since 1860. It was originally constructed for nine guns with a defensible barracks at the rear. In 1881 the battery mounted three 10-inch Smooth bore guns and five 68-Pounder Smooth bore guns.[1]

The battery was adapted for two 6-inch Breech Loading (BL) guns which were mounted by 1906.[2] These were used for practise by the local artillery volunteer unit, the 1st Aberdeenshire Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers).[3]

Both guns were operational during the First World War.[4]

During the First and Second World Wars it was used to defend the city and was finally decommissioned in 1956. [5] It is now a scheduled monument.[6]


  1. ^ Stevenson, Ian, 1999. Three Scottish Ports, Redan 46:Journal of the Palmerston Forts Society, Gosport, pp28-48
  2. ^ Plan of Torry Point Battery, The National Archives, WO78/5198
  3. ^ Lt Gen Sir James Moncrieff Grierson, Records of the Scottish Volunteer Force 1859–1908, William Blackwood & Sons Ltd, 1909, p.154
  4. ^ Farndale, Martin, 2008. History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery - The forgotten fronts and Home Base, Royal Artillery Institution, London, p402
  5. ^ Fort Record book, Torry Point Battery, 1940-1956, The National Archives, WO192/257
  6. ^ "Torry Battery, battery 130m ESE of Old South Breakwater. SM9215". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 6 March 2017.


Sinclair, Donald, 1907. The History of the Aberdeen Volunteers, Aberdeen Daily Journal Office, Aberdeen

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