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Stonehaven, General

Burgh (Medieval), Town (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Stonehaven, General

Classification Burgh (Medieval), Town (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 36934

Site Number NO88NE 52

NGR NO 8729 8600

NGR Description Centred NO 8729 8600

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Fetteresso
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Kincardineshire

Archaeology Notes

NO88NE 52 8729 8600

See also NO88NE 56.00.

Stonehaven was erected a burgh of barony in 1587 and superseded Kincardine as the county town of Kincardineshire in the early 17th century. The town first developed to the S of the Carron Water, the area now known as Old Stonehaven, where there are the harbour (NO88NE 56), the 16th century tolbooth (NO88NE 20) and the market cross (NO88NE 4). In the later 18th century the area known as New Stonehaven was laid out to the N of the Carron Water; the clock tower (NO88NE 68) dates from this period.

G S Pryde 1965; R Gourlay and A Turner 1978; RCAHMS 1984.

Architecture Notes


The National Trust Survey (1938) comments that despite recent demolition in the town, Stonehaven still retains a charming character. One group of houses in the High Street, 49-51, are of particular interest.

Classification: 2A. 4B. 12C. houses.


National Trust for Scotland:

Photographs - Old Pier Tolbooth, 1-3, 2-8 & 7-9 Castle Street. 77-81 High Street & 1-2 Shorehead, 49-51, 43-47, 41, 35-39 High Street. 49-51 High Street. Threadneedle Street, Old Steeple and Cross.

List no.s 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 15, 10.


Scottish Field May 1953. Article and text. NMRS library has not got this issue.


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