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Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire

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Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire

Laurencekirk is a small town in the old county of Kincardineshire, modern county of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, just off the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen main road which is bypassed in 1985. It is the largest settlement in the Howe o' the Mearns area and houses the local secondary school; Mearns Academy, which was awarded the Charter Mark in 2003. The 2004 population is estimated at 3,596.
Administrative CountyAberdeenshire
Traditional CountyKincardineshire
OS GridNO7171
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01561
Populationest. 3,596 (2004)

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

Lawrence Kirk

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

Laurencekirk, small market town and par. with ry. sta., S. Kincardineshire - par., 5612 ac., pop. 2045; town, 10 miles NE. of Brechin and 30 miles SW. of Aberdeen, pop. 1454; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Monday. The markets of Laurencekirk (for cattle, grain, &c.) are the most important in the district. James Beattie (1735-1803), author of The Minstrel, was a native, and Thomas Ruddiman (1674-1757), the grammarian, was for 5 years parish schoolmaster.

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