An internet search of Wikipedia, for example, will reveal a goldmine of information impossible to replicate here, but some important links to our heritage interests and partners are listed below.  If you are aware of other links that we should include , we would of course welcome further information, and please let us know using the “Contact Us” tab.

  1. “Aboyne and Deeside Heritage Facebook Group” is the Facebook page of our society.   This has more than 2250 followers and contains a treasure-trove of wonderful heritage and community materials, photographs, videos, newspaper clippings, documents, memories, etc, with regular postings from members- leading to remarkable exchanges.
  2. The National Library of Scotland’s map room has a rich collection, and its website ( ) provides the user with the tools to track the many changes, developments and transformations which Aboyne and District has undergone- and is undergoing.
  3. The articles by Don Fox referred to in the Books and Articles tab can be found in the following website links:

The Sandisons and the Huntly Arms Hotel: Here

John Davidson, Aboyne Baker and Civic Leader: Here

Rev Andrew Gray: Here

William Cunliffe Brooks: Here

3. is the website of the Braemar Local History Group

4. is the website of the Ballater Local History Group.

5. is the website of the Tarland-based Cromar History Group

6. is the website of the Banchory Heritage Society.

7. is the site, under construction, of the Banchory-based Royal Deeside Centre project.

8. “Mesolithic Deeside” is the Facebook page of the Mesolithic Deeside project run by Alison Cameron. This project conducts archaeological excavations from the mouth of the Dee to its source waters west of Braemar. These digs – crucial for an understanding of the earliest settlements in the Dee Valley after the ice melted – include the 7000 year-old late Mesolithic site at Heughhead, just beyond Aboyne’s western 30 m.p.h. sign.  There are also links to related archaeological Facebook sites such as “Northern Picts”, headed by Professor Gordon Noble of Aberdeen University, recording exploration into our Pictish heritage.

9. records a number of articles by local historian Jim Cheyne. These include:

  • Bonty (an old name associated with what is now Aboyne, but whose precise location has yet to be definitively agreed, with “contesting” options being close to the Tarland burn south of the main road, or near the current bridge over the Dee).)
  • Aboyne Battalion of Lord Lewis Gordon Regiment, which examines the role of Aboyne soldiers in the Jacobite uprising of 1745-46.
  • From Aboyne to Canada: James Thompson, which tells the story of James Thompson, who emigrated from Aboyne to Canada in 1844.

10. This website also contains an article by Jane Kruuk on the Aboyne Gazebo which, now restored, is situated in the grounds of the Huntly Arms Hotel, its heritage being closely linked to that of Aboyne Castle and the 11th Marquis in particular.

11. Saint Lesmo of Glen Tanar: Here

12. William Cunliffe Brooks: Here