Drumoak

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Drumoak
Gaelic: Druim M'Aodhaig
Aberdeenshire
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Drumoak Village
Location
Grid reference: NO7999
Location: 57°5’10"N, 2°20’18"W
Data
Population: 810  (2006 [1])
Postcode: AB31
Dialling code: 01330
Local Government
Council: Aberdeenshire
Parliamentary
constituency:
W. Aberdeenshire & Kincardine

Drumoak is a village and parish in Aberdeenshire situated between Peterculter and Banchory. The parish extends west of the Couper's Road which here forms the county border with Kincardineshire.[1] Drumoak is proximate to the River Dee, with Park Bridge, named for the local Park Estate, being a local crossing; Park Estate,[2] was formerly owned by the railway engineer Sir Robert Williams;[3] Sir Robert is interred at Drumoak.

There is a church, small shop, bowling green and the Irvine Arms restaurant (aptly named after the family that owned the 13th century Drum Castle). Drum Castle is run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to visitors. Relics and portraits of the Irvine family are kept here, and it was conferred by Robert the Bruce onto William de Irvine. There are a number of housing developments progressing; a small primary school with about 100 pupils serves Drumoak. The Dee River gravels also attract gravel extraction on both sides of the river.

Drumoak Manse in 1638 was the birthplace of James Gregory,[4] discoverer of diffraction gratings a year after Newton's prism experiments, and inventor of the Gregorian telescope design in 1663. The design is still used today in telescopes such as the Arecibo Radio Telescope upgraded to a Gregorian design in 1997 giving Arecibo a flexibility it had not previously possessed. His older brother David was also born there in 1620.[5]

Between Drumoak and Peterculter is the site of a Roman encampment Normandykes.

History

A history of Drumoak was commissioned by the Kirk Session of Drumoak Parish Church in 2000 in order to commemorate the second millennium. It was entitled The Parish of Drumoak and was written by Robin Jackson.

References

  1. AA Touring Guide to Scotland (1978)
  2. "http://www.georgegoldsmith.com/estates/detail.html?id=49"
  3. Robert Clarke Hutchinson, George MartelliRobert's People: The Life of Sir Robert Williams, Chatto and Windus, 1971
  4. http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Gregory.html
  5. John Keay; Julia Keay (2000). Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-710353-9. http://books.google.com/books?id=j6AUAQAAIAAJ. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
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