Broadmuir Farms in the Parishes of Slains and Cruden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Composite image created from detail from Ordnance Survey map, Six-inch Series, 2nd edition, Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Sheet XXXIX.NE, revised 1899, published 1901, with the location of East Broadmuir added from the 1st edition map. Image centred around DMS coordinates 57°23'26"N, 1°54'11"W. Reproduced with permission of the National Library of Scotland.

There were a total of seven farms with the name "Broadmuir" split either side of the border between the parishes of Slains and Cruden in Aberdeenshire:

  • Broadmuir (of Cruden)
  • Broadmuir (of Slains)
  • East Broadmuir
  • Nether Broadmuir
  • North Broadmuir
  • South Broadmuir
  • West Broadmuir

The farms have been identified in a range of maps and documents from the Ordnance Survey (OS), as follows:

The table, below, provides the name of each farm, the parish in which it was located, and information about where their locations can be found on early and present-day maps:

Farm nameParish nameDescription in OS Name BookAppearance on OS 6-inch mapsApparent condition (*)Link to map coordinates
Broadmuir (Cruden)CrudenOS1/1/22/1751st and 2nd edition mapsExtant57°23'37"N, 1°53'49"W
Nether BroadmuirCrudenOS1/1/22/1761st and 2nd edition mapsExtant57°23'14"N, 1°53'44"W
North BroadmuirCrudenNot included2nd edition map onlyDerelict57°23'37"N, 1°53'24"W
South BroadmuirCrudenNot included2nd edition map onlyExtant57°23'24"N, 1°53'19"W
Broadmuir (Slains)SlainsOS1/1/80/161st and 2nd edition mapsExtant57°23'27"N, 1°54'45"W
East BroadmuirSlainsOS1/1/80/161st edition map onlyDemolished57°23'24"N, 1°54'16"W
West BroadmuirSlainsOS1/1/80/131st and 2nd edition mapsDemolished57°23'26"N, 1°55'07"W

(*) The apparent condition of each location given in the table is based on a review of public domain satellite images in June 2020. The author would be pleased to hear from people with local knowledge about the farms of their history.

East Broadmuir only appears on the 1st edition map, so had presumably been abandoned (and possibly demolished) before the maps were revised for the 2nd edition in 1899.

In the OS Name Books, Nether Broadmuir was described as "three small farm houses, each having garden offices &c attached". On the 1st edition map the name "Nether Broadmuir" spreads across three separate groups of buildings. On the 2nd edition map, the same buildings are labelled separately as "North Broadmuir", "South Broadmuir" and "Nether Broadmuir"

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