town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

Stonehaven (Steenhive in the Doric dialect of Scots) and Cala na Creige in Gaelic is a town with around fourteen thousand inhabitants (9,577 in the 2001 census) on the northeast coast of Scotland. It is the county town of the historic county of Kincardineshire or The Mearns and the present day county of Aberdeenshire. It grew around an Iron Age fishing village, now the "Auld Toon" ("old town"), and expanded inland from the Seaside. As late as the 16th century, old maps indicate the town was called Stonehyve or Stonehive.


Market Square, Stonehaven
Stonehaven is located in Aberdeen
Location within Aberdeenshire
Population9,577 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceNO8786
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtAB39
Dialling code01569
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°58′N 2°13′W / 56.96°N 2.21°W / 56.96; -2.21

Famous People change

Stonehaven was the birthplace of Robert William Thomson, inventor of the pneumatic tyre and the fountain pen, of journalist James Murdoch and Lord Reith of Stonehaven, first Director-General of the BBC.

Stonehaven was a holiday retreat of the poet, Robert Burns.

The novelist Lewis Grassic Gibbon (James Leslie Mitchell) attended school at what was the old Mackie Academy (now Arduthie Primary). Mackie Academy now serves over 1000 pupils and they study his work.

Famous historical visitors include William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

References change

  1. "Comparative Population Profile: Stonehaven Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012.

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