Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates: 57°14′N 2°43′W / 57.23°N 2.71°W / 57.23; -02.71

Alford
Scottish Gaelic: Athfort[1]
Scots: Aaford[2] or Awfort[3]
Road Junction in Alford - geograph.org.uk - 28867.jpg
Alford is located in Aberdeen
Alford

 Alford shown within Aberdeenshire
Population 1,925 [4] (2001 census)
est. 2,050[5] (2006)
OS grid reference NJ5716
Council area Aberdeenshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Alford
Postcode district AB33
Police Grampian
Fire Grampian
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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Alford (pronounced "aaford") is a large village in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland, lying just south of the River Don. The place-name is thought to come from the Scots "auld ford"; its original position being on the banks of the Don. The "L" sound in the word has, over time, been dropped, and is silent.

Notable residents[change | edit source]


References[change | edit source]

  1. "Rannsaich an Stòr-dàta Briathrachais Gàidhlig" (in Scottish Gaelic). .smo.uhi.ac.uk. 2010-11-10. http://www2.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/faclair/sbg/lorg.php?facal=Athfort&seorsa=Gaidhlig&tairg=Lorg&eis_saor=on. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  2. Scots Language Centre: Scottish Place Names in Scots
  3. The Online Scots Dictionary.
  4. "Comparative Population Profile: Alford Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Population&mainArea=alford&mainLevel=Locality. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
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