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Auchnagatt

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OS grid reference  NJ932417
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Postcode district  AB41
Local time  Wednesday 9:56 AM
Council area  Aberdeenshire
Scottish parliament  Aberdeenshire East
Country  Scotland
Post town  ELLON
Police  Scottish
Dialling code  01358
Lieutenancy area  Aberdeenshire
UK parliament constituency  Banff and Buchan
Auchnagatt
Weather  3°C, Wind W at 14 km/h, 77% Humidity

Auchnagatt (Scottish Gaelic: Achadh nan Cat) is a village and rural area in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, situated on the Ebrie Burn and on the A948 road between Ellon and New Deer.

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Map of Auchnagatt, Ellon, UK

Schools

Auchnagatt Primary School is situated in the village. The rural areas once supported several primary schools, with those at Clochcan, Knaven and Savoch merging to form Braeside School in 1957. Braeside School in turn was closed in 2005. Arnage School to the south remains open.

Secondary education is provided at Mintlaw Academy, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the village of Auchnagatt.

Transport

Regular public transport is limited to infrequent bus services to Ellon, New Deer and surrounding villages, though an on-demand Dial-a-bus service is also available. The railway station closed in 1979, and now offers an access point to the Formartine and Buchan Way, the long-distance path that follows the route of the former railway.

Other facilities

Facilities in the village include a village hall, post office and a general store ("Taylor's Emporium". There also used to be a Hotel and Pub/Function room called the (The Barons) which has been closed since.

Sports Team

The local football team are called the Auchnagatt Barons, who have been in existence for 36 years. After the 2015/16 season, Auchnagatt Barons achieved promotion to Division 2 of the Aberdeenshire AFA, finishing 2nd in the 3rd division.

History

There is evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area. The remains of two earth houses were found at Windy Hill, south-east of the village, in 1850.

More recent history centred on agriculture until the coming of the railway in the 1860s, when sidings and goods sheds were constructed in the village.

Nowadays Auchnagatt serves largely as a dormitory village for Aberdeen.

Name

Sources dispute the origin of the name Auchnagatt, claiming either "field of the wild cats" (Gaelic achadh na' cat) or "field of withies" (willows), in reference to the currachs or wickerwork creels traditionally produced in the area.

Notable People

  • Johanna Basford - illustrator and textile designer
  • References

    Auchnagatt Wikipedia


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