Ae, Dumfries an Gallowa

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View o the green an hooses in the veelage o Ae
The veelage o Ae
Map shawin Ae in the sooth o Scotland
Map shawin Ae in the sooth o Scotland
Location within Scotland
Population200 (approx)
OS grid referenceNX983891
• Edinburgh70 mi (110 km) NE
• Lunnon340 mi (550 km) SE
Cooncil aurie
Lieutenancy aurie
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Postcode destrictDG1
Diallin code01387
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
55°11′10″N 3°35′49″W / 55.186°N 3.597°W / 55.186; -3.597Coordinates: 55°11′10″N 3°35′49″W / 55.186°N 3.597°W / 55.186; -3.597

Ae (pronoonce't // or "eh”) is a veelage in Dumfries an Gallowa, soothwast Scotland.[1] The village is locatit on the edge o a 15,000 acre man-made conifer forest, an is aboot 9 mile north o Dumfries.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Robert Chambers wrate aboot the Ae aurie in 1826, descrievin it as a muir wi a glen (kent as Glenae),[2] whase woners wis "lang-fame't for broils, battles, an feats o acteevity".[3] Chambers wrate that the majority o the men in the aurie wis employed in fermin an transportin guids on horseback atween the veelage an Glesga, as weel as the ceetys o Cairl an Manchester.[3] Thir "lads o Ae" haed a reputation that preceedit thaim, bein famous for "cudgel-playin an boxin at ilka fair an waddin the aurie haudit.[3]

The veelage o Ae is ane o the youngest veelages in Breetain, haen been foondit in 1947 bi the Forestry Commission.[1]

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

The veelage is situatit atween the Watter o Ae an the Goukstane Burn efter thay hae flowed oot o the Forest o Ae. The population is aboot 200, wi 50 dwallins. Faceelitys in the veelage includes a public hoose (forgane a post office), a schuil, an a community haw.[1]

Experiments at Ae includes successfu afforestation o umwhile bogs, thocht tae be unplantable afore. Plantation haes been estaiblished at a heicht o 1,750 fit an aw. The forest consists o mainly Sitka spruce,[4] but thare is larch, Scots pine, an Norway spruce an aw. Thare is a hantle o wildlife, includin deer, tod, maukin, whitrat, cushat, yorlin, spur-hawk, jay, pheisant, paitrick, an ferret.

Toponymy[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 1787, the aurie's name wis written wi the ligature Æ.[5] By 1826 the name wis written Ae that, bi repute, is the shortest place name in the Unitit Kinrick.[1] Houiver the Scots Gaelic name o the island o Iona comprises a single letter, I.

The name likely comes fae the Auld Norse wird aa, meanin "watter, river".[6]

Muntain bikin trails[eedit | eedit soorce]

Near til the veelage is the local aurie heidquarters o the Forestry Commission. The commission haes been instrumental in developin a muntain bikin centre, that provides access tae cycle trails o various difficulty. Tae cater for veesitors, thare is a smaw café an a bike shap.

Wheelchair accessible walks[eedit | eedit soorce]

Thare is a 3.5 mile lang wheelchair accessible circular trail alang the Ae riverside fae the main car pairk whaur thare is disable't pairkin. The paith is wide an generally flet an consists o a combination o cinder an compactit graivel tracks wi no mony law sticks, an slicht slents. The route is suitable for manual wheelchair uisers, juist follae the yellae post merkers. Thare is the option o pairkin at the upper/owerflowe car pairk an aw shortenin the walk tae less nor 2.5 mile avydin the first pairt o the trail that is skare'd wi vehicles. For the muir adventurous wi "aff-road" wheelchaires the yellae trail can be extendit bi follaein the greed muntain bike trail merkers up tae Dan's Puil an back.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sources[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Reader's Digest Association (1990), Book of British Villages, London: Reader's Digest, ISBN 0-276-42018-7, OCLC 35330841
  • Chambers, Robert (1826), The Popular Rhymes of Scotland, W. Hunte
  • Great Britain House of Lords (1787), Journals of the House of Lords / Great Britain, Parliament, House of Lords, 38, HMSO
  • Pye, Kenneth; Croft, Debra (2004), Forensic geoscience: principles, techniques and applications, London: Geological Society, ISBN 1-86239-161-0

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