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Aberdeen, Fonthill Road, Fonthill Barracks

Barracks (First World War), Barracks (Second World War), Barracks (20th Century), Poor House (19-20th Century)

Site Name Aberdeen, Fonthill Road, Fonthill Barracks

Classification Barracks (First World War), Barracks (Second World War), Barracks (20th Century), Poor House (19-20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Albany Road; Hardgate

Canmore ID 149031

Site Number NJ90NW 956

NGR NJ 9339 0521

NGR Description Centred NJ 9339 0521

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Aberdeen
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (12 September 2013)

Fonthill Barracks was built as the Aberdeen West Poorhouse in 1853, by the architect William Henderson. Following the opening of the Oldmill Poorhouse in 1908 the building was acquired by the Territorial Force Association and converted in barracks. Various units were base there during both wars, and the barracks also acted as drill hall; Osborne records it in 1914 as being the base for No. 1 Company, North Scottish Royal Garrison Artillery - Defended Ports, and for 3 Company Highland Division Transport and Supply Column, Army Service Corps. It was also the HQ and base for "A" to "C" Companies, 1 & 2 Highland Division Field Ambulances, RAMC.

The complex is marked as West Poorhouse on the 2nd epoch OS map, and appears, unlabelled, on the 3rd epoch map.

The complex was demolished at some point after the Second World War.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 12 September 2013.

Archaeology Notes

NJ90NW 956 centred 9339 0521


Project (March 2013 - September 2013)

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.


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