Cruden  Aberdeenshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Cruden like this:

Cruden (croju or crush -Dane, according to the popular etymology), a coast parish of Buchan, NE Aberdeenshire, with a post office of its own name at Auchiries hamlet, 8¼ miles SSW of Peterhead, and 9¾ NE of its station and post-town, Ellon, with which it communicates daily by coach. ...

It is bounded NW by Longside, NE by Peterhead, E by the German Ocean, S by Slains and Logie-Buchan, SW and W by Ellon. Its utmost length, from E to W, is 7½ miles; its breadth, from N to S, varies between 27/8 and 6½ miles; and its area is 18,444 1/3 acres, of which 164½ are foreshore and 14 water. Except for 2 miles of sands at Cruden Bay, the coast-line, 7½ miles long, is fringed with a range of stupendous cliffs, projecting the headlands of Hare Craig, Murdoch Head, and Wardhill, and indented by Long Haven, Yoag's Haven, North Haven, the Bullers of Buchan, Robie's Haven, and Twa Havens, whilst off them lie Dunbuy islet and a long sunken reef, the Scares of Cruden. The cliffs to the S, 100 feet high, consist of greenstone or basalt; and those to the N, at points attaining 200 feet, of reddish granite, with trap-dykes on the Blackhill. Inland the general surface sinks little below 100, and little exceeds 200, feet above sea-level; but rises to 281 at the Hill of Ardiffery, 354 at the Hill of Auquharney, 447 at the Corse of Balloch, 346 at Hillside of Aldie, and 374 near Newtown, the three last close to the Longside border. Cruden Water, rising just within Longside, winds 11 miles east-by-southward to the northern corner of Cruden Bay, dividing the parish into two nearly equal parts, and receiving the burns of

Cruden through time

Cruden is now part of Aberdeenshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Aberdeenshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Cruden itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cruden in Aberdeenshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th July 2024

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