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Longside, Aberdeenshire

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Longside

Longside is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, some 7 miles west of Peterhead and 2 1/2 miles east of Mintlaw.

Longside consists of a single main street. It lies seven miles inland from Peterhead and two miles from Mintlaw on the A950. The River Ugie flows through it.

It lies in the center of what was the ancient parish of Longside, established in 1641 and covering an extensive area. There are a number of listed buildings in the village. During the first World War, the most northerly Royal Navy air station was based within the parish, and there was also an active airfield used during World War II on a different site close to the village.

There is considerable evidence of prehistoric activity in the nearby area, most notably in the form of the Catto Long Barrow and numerous tumuli (mounds over graves).

The records of the Parliament of Scotland shows an act was passed in November 1641 to allow the erection of a kirk at Longside. A church had previously been sited in Longside dating back to 1620.

Almost a century later, following the Penal Act of 1746, the Episcopal Church at Longside was burned down by the Hanoverians. The village was extended by the Laird of Pitfour, James Ferguson (the Member) around 1801 as part of the planned villages development in the area. In 1882, there were two schools recorded at Longside.

Longside railway station was part of the rail link between Mintlaw and Peterhead opened to both freight and passengers on 3 July 1862. It was a station on the Formartine and Buchan Railway until the service was terminated as part of the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. [[1]]

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