New Deer

The village of New Deer is focussed on the main street, which contains the bank, terraces of cottages, and most of the shops. The skyline of New Deer is dominated by two churches, St Kane's, the parish church, and one that is now St Kane's Church Hall. Both churches are built of granite, the former with a tower, the latter with a spire and spirelet at its gable.

There is an imposing monument at Culsh (by New Deer), raised to the memory of William Dingwall-Fordyce, MP, (18361875) standing on an eminence and visible for many miles around. It is possible (in principle) to ascend the internal staircase in the monument and see a panorama of the gently rolling Buchan countryside, including the ruins of the Castle of Fedderat.

According to Pratt:

The northern tradition is, that Fedderat should never be taken till the wood of Fyvie came to the siege; and that the soldiers of William of Orange, on dislodging the the adherents of the Stuart from Fyvie Castle, and knowing that they had taken refuge in Fedderat, cut down the wood at Fyvie, and carried it with them, to aid them in the siege of the place.

. . . and fall it did.

(The 3rd of 6 pages. Revision date: Friday 16th March 2012)

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