Aberdeenshire aerial photography

Portsoy

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Portsoy Aberdeenshire (Historic Banffshire)

23 Sept 2018

Portsoy aerial photography

Portsoy (Scottish GaelicPort Saoidh)[2] is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The original name may come from Port Saoithe, meaning “saithe harbour”.[3]

Portsoy is located on the Moray Firth Coast of North East Scotland, 50 miles North West of Aberdeen & 65 miles East of Inverness. It had a population of 1752 persons at the time of the 2011 census.[4]

Portsoy is known for local jewellery made from “Portsoy marble” (which is not marble, but rather serpentinite). The annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival was started in 1993 to celebrate the 300th year of the harbour.[5][6]

Portsoy, notably the harbour, has featured in BBC period dramas “The Camerons” and “The Shutter Falls”, a Tennent’s Lager advert (parodying “Whisky Galore”) and, most recently, was the principal film location for Gillies MacKinnon’s 2016 film ‘Whisky Galore’ (a remake of the 1949 film of the same name); Portsoy represented the fictional island of Today.

Portsoy became a Burgh of barony in 1550, under Sir Walter Ogilvie of Boyne Castle, and the charter was confirmed by parliament in 1581.[7][8]

From the 16th century until 1975, Portsoy was in the civil and religious parish of Fordyce.[9] It lost its status as a burghin 1975 and became a part of the District of Banff And Buchan.[10] In 1996 administration was transferred to the Aberdeenshire council area.[10]

The “Old” Harbour dates to the 17th century and is the oldest on the Moray Firth. The “New” Harbour was built in 1825 for the growing herring fishery,[11] which at its peak reached 57 boats.

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