New Deer

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New Deer
New Deer, Main Street.jpg
The main street in New Deer
Location: 57°30’43"N, 2°11’31"W
Population: 3,047
Post town: Turiff
Postcode: AB53
Dialling code: 01771
Local Government
Council: Aberdeenshire

New Deer is a village and parish in Aberdeenshire that lies in the valley of Deer. It was founded after monks from Deer Abbey, Old Deer built a chapel at Auchreddie, which translates as "field of the bog myrtle". Around 1507 the register of Deer Abbey lists its lands in the "new paroche of Deir". The name Auchreddie has dropped in significance over the years, however the southern end of the village is still known by this name.[1] The parish includes the larger village of Maud and has a total population of 3,047.

The ruins of Fedderate Castle are to be found two miles north of the village.

In 1805 the village was extended to the north by the third James Ferguson of Pitfour (1735–1820), the elder brother of Patrick Ferguson.[1]

Village features

St Kane's Church, New Deer


There are three churches in the village, only one of which (St Kane's) still functions as a religious establishment; it belongs to the Church of Scotland. One is now used as a gym hall of the primary school with the other converted into flats. New Deer (St Kane's) Primary School sits behind the main church, in the centre of the village.

St Kane's opened a church centre in 2003, next door to the church. The building was previously a long-running local general store and accompanying house. The centre includes a café and is used for various community activities.[2]

Public Hall

The public hall, opposite the church centre, is run on a not-for-profit basis and hosts various activities including mother-and-baby groups and exercise classes, as well as being a venue for theatrical productions.

Culsh Monument

The Culsh Monument

Stands on a hill to the north of the village and commemorates William Dingwall Fordyce. Local Brucklay estate landlord, Fordyce was an Aberdeenshire MP. Constructed in 1877, the monument is 80 ft high and was designed by James Matthews. Historic Scotland designated it as a Category B listed building in April 1971.[3][4]


New Deer is currently host to three public houses, the Brucklay Arms on Main Street, the Howe (Earl of Aberdeen Arms), situated on Auchreddie Road East and the Royal British Legion, opposite St Kane's Church.

The Royal Bank of Scotland in 2009


The Grampian Wildlife Rehabilitation Trust provides help to various wildlife including seals.[5]

After local consultations and fundraising spanning 10 years, during April 2013 construction began on New Deer All Weather Facility at the village's play park. The first stage was building a storeroom and changing rooms.[6][7]

Other amenities in the village include builders, butchers, seasonal café, doctors, pharmacy, general grocery stores, hairdressers, photographer, post office, delicatessen and vets.[1]


The New Deer Show is an agricultural show that has been running for over 150 years.[8]

Other annual village events include a gala and a barn dance.

Local notables

  • William Dingwall Fordyce (1836–1875), MP
  • Bertie Charles Forbes (1880–1954), was born and buried in New Deer.
  • Alexander Falconer Murison (1847–1934), professor and journalist.
  • William Fordyce Mavor (1758–1837), educationalist, was born in New Deer.

In the early 19th century a local miller named John Fraser had a reputation of being in league with the Devil, who was said to operate the mill for him.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "New Deer". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. 
  2. "Welcome to St Kanes". St Kane's Church. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. "Hill of Culsh (Dingwall Fordyce Monument). (Ref:16156)". Historic Scotland. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  4. "The BBAF art in the environment database". Banff and Buchan Arts Forum. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. "Rare owl saved by worker on oil rig". The Owl Pages. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  6. "New Deer all-weather scheme nears completion". Inverurie Herald. 7 November 2013. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  7. "MP shows support for New Deer’s All Weather Facility". Buchan Observer. 3 October 2013. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  8. "New Deer Show". New Deer Show. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  9. Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 465. ISBN 9780340165973. 
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