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Brig Street, Strichen, shawin the distinctive Toun Hoose
Strichen is located in Scotland
Location within Scotland
Population1,020 [1] (Aiberdeenshire Cooncil)
OS grid referenceNJ946551
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
  • Aberdeenshire
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Postcode destrictAB43
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
57°35′11″N 2°05′25″W / 57.5865°N 2.0904°W / 57.5865; -2.0904Coordinates: 57°35′11″N 2°05′25″W / 57.5865°N 2.0904°W / 57.5865; -2.0904

Strichen is a smaw village in Aiberdeenshire, Scotland. It sits on the A981, connectin it tae New Deer, 7.2 mile tae the soothwast, an the Broch, 8 mile tae the nor'-nor'east, an the B9093, connectin it tae Cyaak aboot 4 mile tae the wast. The village taks its name fae Laird Strachen. It is locatit on the River Ugie at the fithill o Mormond Hill. The Strichen White Horse is makit o quartz on Mormond Hill, some 1,500 metre nor'east o Strichen.[2]


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There is muckle evidents o airly man bidin in an aroon Strichen. Strichen Stane Circle can be fand near Strichen Hoose on publicly aiccessible laund. Cairn Catto an a nummer o tumuli lie forder sooth.[3]

There ar mony listit biggins inwith the village.[4] The maist significant is the category A listit Toun Hoose biggit tae a design bi Aiberdeen airchitecht John Smith in 1816. It is descrieved bi Historic Scotland as an "excellent example of an early 19th century castellated Town House".[5]

Strichen Hoose, designt in 1821 bi John Smith as weel, wis peyed fur bi Thomas Fraser, 12t Laird Lovat.[6][7] It fawen intae ruin in 1954.

Strichen Schuil wis designed bi Aiberdeen airchitect Robert Gordon Wilson in 1873.[8]

Notable fowk

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Scotland's umwhile First Meenister Rt Hon Alex Salmond bides in a converted mill in the village wi his wife Moira.[9][10]

Author an screenscriever Lorna Moon wis born in Strichen in 1886. Her 1925 quair o short stories Doorways in Drumorty wis scrieved when she bided in Hollywood an is based on her mindins o Strichen. Her 1929 novelle Dark Star featurs scenes o Strichen an Aiberdeenshire as weel.[11]

Serial killer Dennis Nilsen spent pairt o his bairnhood in Strichen.[12]

The bacteriologist Robert Cruickshank FRSE wis born here.[13]


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  1. "Aberdeenshire Settlements Populations 2016" (PDF). Aberdeenshire Council. 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  2. "Peterhead historical site". Archived frae the original on 18 Juin 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  3. C. Michael Hogan (2008) Catto Long Barrow fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian
  4. "Strichen Parish (search results)". Historic Scotland. Archived frae the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. Historic Environment Scotland. "Town House High Street and Bridge Street (LB16551)". Retrieved 15 Apryle 2019.
  6. Historic Environment Scotland. "Strichen House, Stableblock, (Barnyards of Strichen) Strichen Mains (LB16547)". Retrieved 15 Apryle 2019.
  7. "Strichen House". Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. Historic Environment Scotland. Archived frae the original on 18 August 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. Alex Salmond MSP www.scotland.gov.uk accessed 11 July 2008
  10. Cramb, Auslan (10 Mey 2007). "Moira Salmond: A reluctant First Wife". Telegraph. Retrieved 14 Januar 2012.
  11. Overview of Lorna Moon
  12. Buchan, Jamie (29 December 2009). "Author inspired by serial killer Nilsen". Press & Journal. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  13. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)