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Turriff, Aberdeenshire

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Turriff (Scottish Gaelic: Torraibh / Baile Thurra; Scots: Turra)

Turriff is the ninth largest town in Aberdeenshire, with a population of 4,804 in 2011. It lies on the River Deveron, about 166 feet (51 m) above sea level

The Knights Templar appear to have had a base in the area, and a nearby site is still known as "Temple Brae".

Turriff was notable as the scene of the very first engagements of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639–51). Early in 1639, the Marquis of Huntly assembled his forces here, and then went to Kintore in lower Aberdeenshire, eventually marching from there to Aberdeen itself.

Historically, Turriff was an important center for agricultural trade, with its mart being mentioned in the mid-19th Century Second Statistical Account of Scotland as one of the largest in the country. The mart ceased operation in December 1989, having been eclipsed by the newer Thainstone Mart at Inverurie. At one time, the town was served by the Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway. [[2]]

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