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Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh (Scots: The Broch or Faithlie, Scottish Gaelic: A' Bhruaich) is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland with a population recorded in the 2001 Census at 12,454 and estimated at 12,630 in 2006. It lies at the far northeast corner of Aberdeenshire, about 40 miles north of Aberdeen, and 17 miles north of Peterhead. It is the biggest shellfish port in Europe, landing over 12,000 tonnes in 2008, and is also a major white fish port and busy commercial harbour.
Administrative CountyAberdeenshire
Traditional CountyAberdeenshire
OS GridNJ9967
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01346
Population12,630 (2006)

Other names by which Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire has been known in the past


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

Fraserburgh, seaport town and par. with ry. sta., at NE. extremity of Aberdeenshire, on S. side of Kinnaird's Head, and on W. shore of Fraserburgh Bay, 17½ miles NW. of Peterhead, 47½ N. of Aberdeen, and 575 NW. of London -- par., 8367 ac., pop. 7596; town, pop. 6583; P.O., T.O., 5 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. Fraserburgh was originally called Faithlie, but afterwards took the name of its founder (1569), Fraser of Philorth. It is one of the chief seats of the Scotch herring fishery; during the season it sends out nearly 1000 boats, and exports #200,000 worth of herrings. The harbour is one of the best on the E. coast of Scotland. It consists of an inner harbour (area 20 ac.), and an outer harbour (area 8 ac.) of sheltered water, where the largest fishing-boats can at all times lie in safety. A considerable trade is done in the export of agricultural produce and the import of coals and timber.

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