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Old Photograph of the town of Huntly taken from the Battlehill in 1895. Aberdeenshire, Scotland

 

Occupation around the Huntly area goes back to Neolithic times with evidence of Stone Circles in the area around c2000 BC and that of the Iron Age Picts and their Symbol Stones of nearly c1500 AD. One stone till this day still remains in the square in Huntly although badly weathered.

The village of Strathbogie and later town stood on the medieval highway between the fords of the river Deveron and River Bogie and was often known as the ‘Raws of Strathbogie’ the lands were awarded to the first Lord of Strathbogie by King William of Lion in the 12th century.

After the Battle of Bannock Burn 1314 and Scottish Independence, King Robert the Bruce then granted title of the lands and village of Strathbogie to Sir Adam Gordon of Huntly in 1318/19 for his loyal support. In 1488, the status of the village of Strathbogie was raised to that of a Burgh of Barony in favour of George, 2nd Earl of Huntly.

1779 saw Alexander the 4th Duke of Gordon enlarge the Town on a grid system leaving many areas for development of houses and factories. Up until then Huntly comprised of the Square and a few lanes, Old Road and Castle Street.

It wasn’t until the second half of the 18th century that the name Huntly was in regular use.

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 Early Panoramic Photograph Huntly Aberdeenshire - Scotland

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Old Panoramic view Huntly Aberdeenshire - Scotland