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Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

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Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Portsoy is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, formerly in the county of Banffshire. The original name may come from Port Saoithe, meaning "saithe harbour'". It is known for: local jewellery made from "Portsoy marble" (which is not marble, but rather serpentine) locally milled oatmeal which is sold around the world Scottish Traditional Boat Festival which is worth over £4 million to the local economy.
Post townBANFF
Administrative CountyAberdeenshire
Traditional CountyBanffshire
OS GridNJ5866
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01261
Population1,734 (Census 2001)

Portsoy, Aberdeenshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Portsoy, seaport town and quoad sacra par. with ry. sta., Fordyce par., Banffshire - quoad sacra par., pop. 2313; town, 8½ miles W. of Banff, pop. 2091; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Portsoy ranks as a creek under Banff, and carries on trade coastwise and with the Baltic. A number of the inhabitants are engaged in the fisheries. There is an extensive distillery (Glenglassaugh) in the neighbourhood. Portsoy was made a burgh of barony in 1550; the Earl of Seafield is the superior.

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