Rosehearty  Aberdeenshire


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

Rosehearty, a fishing village in Pitsligo parish, Aberdeenshire, on the coast of the Moray Firth, 4½ miles W of Fraserburgh, and 16 E by N of Banff. It is said to date from the 14th century, and to have originated partly with a few crofters, partly with a small body of shipwrecked Danes; and in 1681 it was constituted a burgh of barony, being governed now by a baron-bailie, a treasurer, and six councillors, under the superiority of Fordyce of Brucklay. ...

The 'Lodging House, 'on the S side of its square, was built in 1753 for a Dowager Lady Pitsligo; and another old house, the 'Jam,' bears date 1573. Rosehearty has a post office under Fraserburgh, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, a branch of the Union Bank, a good inn, a disused tolbooth, a Free church (1844), a U.P. church (1799), a public school, a weekly Saturday market, a horticultural society, and a harbour. The herring fishery, lasting from the middle of July till the end of August, employs 88 boats, manned by 186 fisher men and boys; and the commerce chiefly consists in the exporting of fish, grain, and potatoes, and the importing of coal, salt, lime, and timber. The harbour has a depth of 9 feet in neap tides and 14 in spring tides; is so situated on an exposed part of the coast as to possess much relative importance; and, being the property, not of the superior of the burgh, but of the feuars, has been a principal occasion of the town's prosperity. Pop. (1841) 750, (1861) 908, (1871) 1206, (1881) 1404.—Ord. Sur., sh. 97, 1876.

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


Date accessed: 19th May 2022

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