|Scottish Gaelic: Athfort|
|Scots: Aaford or Awfort|
Alford shown within Aberdeenshire
|Population||1,925  (2001 census)
est. 2,050 (2006)
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
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]
- Alford is the birthplace of the renowned poet, Charles Murray.
- Stewart Milne, chairman of both the Stewart Milne Group and Aberdeen Football Club was born nearby and attended school in Alford
- Alford is also the birthplace of the person who played the most games for Glasgow Rangers, Douglas Herbert Gray, who played 948 games for the team.
References[change | edit source]
- "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.
- Scots Language Centre: Scottish Place Names in Scots
- The Online Scots Dictionary.
- "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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