Winter morning over Marnoch
The Burgh of Aberchirder & Parish of Marnoch, North-East Scotland - Past & Present.
Aberchirder & District Community Association set up this site to document the history and culture of the village and the surrounding area. Its purpose is also to promote the ideal location from which to access the numerous and varied places of interest within the north-east corner of Scotland. This website contains over 500 pages of historical facts, information and images covering many aspects of life and times in and around Aberchirder. A visit to our Virtual Museum will reveal an ever expanding hoard of subject matter from days gone by.
Quick links to Virtual Museum
Foggieloan, or to give it its official title, Aberchirder, is situated in North-East Scotland and is well served by roads leading from the Moray Firth coastal route and the surrounding area of Aberdeenshire. It lies at the centre of the Parish of Marnoch, on the A97 road between Huntly and Banff and is most easily reached by car, although it is also served by buses and the railway station at Huntly. The city of Aberdeen is about an hour's drive away and Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, can also be reached in little over an hour. Click here to see a location map.
Satellite Navigation Users - The postcodeAB54 7TA will take you to the town centre.
Aberchirder was originally known as Foggieloan and was named such after a nearby ferm toun. To find out more about this and its origin, visit the brief history section of our Virtual Museum. So where did the name come from? There are various theories; the most likely is that there is a stretch of moorland north of where the ferm toun existed (and, now, north of the village) which was named Foggieloan Moss from two Gaelic words foidh (peat moss) and lon (meadow), so Foggieloan means peaty or boggy meadow.
Many people have contacted us via this web site seeking details of their family history. Unfortunately we have neither the resources nor the experience to deal with such requests. However, we have put together a series of links to web sites where research can be carried out on people from the Aberchirder area and North-East Scotland generally. Please visit our section on Genealogy - click here.
Routes To Your North East Roots
The following website has been set up by Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Councils to assist those seeking to trace their roots in North East Scotland. The site acts as a directory to organisations and institutions holding original or secondary sources of information useful in the quest for ancestors.
Accommodation in Aberchirder
Those who get involved in researching their family history like to visit the places from which their ancestors originated. Should you wish to visit the Aberchirder area you will be made very welcome. Accommodation can be found using our Businesses & Services page.
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to public demand, a link to the Picture Gallery housed in the Virtual
Museum has been re-instated on this page.
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ADCA Aberchirder, North East Scotland.
Site Updated 11 December 201