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Grid reference: NO7278
Location: 56°53’24"N, 2°27’36"W
Post town: Laurencekirk
Postcode: AB30
Dialling code: 01561
Local Government
Council: Aberdeenshire
W. Aberdeenshire & Kincardine

Auchenblae is a village in the parish of Fordoun in Kincardineshire. As the village has grown towards Fordoun the two have merged together, such that Auchenblae now incorporates the original village of Fordoun. It is featured in Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel, Sunset Song. The name is a derivation from the Gaelic for "Field of Flowers" possibly due to the growing of flax in bygone times.

The village was known for its weavers, a whisky distillery and the annual Paldie's Fair horse market. The current parish church, on the opposite side of the Luther Water was built next to an older chapel dedicated to St. Palladius and was formerly known as Fordoun Parish Church. This location, known as at Kirkton of Fordoun was the birthplace of the chronicler John of Fordun (before 1360 – c. 1384) and has been a religious site since the 7th century. St Palladius died and was reputedly buried here. There is a Pictish cross slab, the Fordoun Stone, in the kirk's vestibule. In the graveyard is the ancient ruin of St Palladius' Chapel and there is a memorial to Scotland's first Protestant martyr George Wishart, born at Mains of Pittarrow in the parish of Fordoun and burnt at the stake under the orders of Cardinal Beaton in St Andrews.

See also

Line notes

  • George Robertson (1810) A General View of Kincardineshire, Or, The Mearns, R. Phillips (Originally published by Oxford University), 576 pages


  • A. Grove, The History of Auchenblae, Scottish Women's Rural Institutes, Auchenblae Branch, Angus, Scotland (1967)
  • Ronald P.A. Smith, Stonehaven/Portlethen Street Plan: Including Auchenblae, Drumlithie, Gourdon (1998) ISBN 1-85812-904-4
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