In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Laurencekirk like this:
Laurencekirk, small market town and par. with ry. sta., S. Kincardineshire - par., 5612 ac., pop. 2045; town, 10 miles NE. of Brechin and 30 miles SW. of Aberdeen, pop. 1454; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Monday. The markets of Laurencekirk (for cattle, grain, &c.) are the most important in the district. James Beattie (1735-1803), author of The Minstrel, was a native, and Thomas Ruddiman (1674-1757), the grammarian, was for 5 years parish schoolmaster.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Laurencekirk has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Aberdeenshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Laurencekirk and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Laurencekirk, in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 05th December 2013
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