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Banchory, Aberdeenshire

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Banchory (Scottish Gaelic: Beannchar)

Banchory is the eighth largest town in Aberdeenshire, with a population of 7,111 in 2011. See Wikipedia: Aberdeenshire

Banchory is a burgh or town about 18 miles west of Aberdeen, near where the Feugh River meets the River Dee.

The name is thought to come from an early Christian settlement founded by St. Ternan. It is claimed that Ternan was a follower of St. Ninian. Tradition has it that he established his settlement on the banks of the River Dee on what was later to become the kirkyard of the medieval parish of Banchory-Ternan. The village and parish retained the name until the 1970s. Relics associated with St. Ternan were preserved by hereditary keepers at Banchory until the Scottish Reformation. See Wikipedia: Banchory

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