Fishing Boats in Fraserburgh Harbour
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Fraserburgh (Scots: The Broch) (Scottish Gaelic: A' Bhruaich) is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland with a population recorded in the 2001 Census at 12,454. It lies at the northeast corner of Aberdeenshire, around 40 miles (64 km) north of Aberdeen, and 17 miles (27 km) north of Peterhead. It is the largest shellfish port in Europe and a major white fish port and busy commercial harbour.
Politics[change | change source]
- UK Constituency: Banff and Buchan — Alex Salmond, SNP, (1987–), Party leader (1990–2000, 2004–), First Minister of Scotland (2007-)
- Scottish Parliament Constituency: Banff and Buchan — Stewart Stevenson, SNP, (2001–) Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (2007-)
- Aberdeenshire Council Ward: Fraserburgh and District - 3 SNP councillors and 1 independent councillor.
Sports[change | change source]
Fraserburgh golf club is the fifth oldest club in Scotland and seventh oldest in the world. It has both an 18 hole and a 9 hole course, and a modern clubhouse.
Fraserburgh Football Club is a senior football club that plays in the Highland League. Fraserburgh United FC is a junior football club that plays in the Scottish Junior Football North Premier League (also known as the North Superleague).
Notable people[change | change source]
- George Bruce (1909-2002): Poet of the Scottish literary renaissance
- Bill Gibb (1943-): born in Fraserburgh; became international fashion designer
- Steve Fairnie (1951-1993) : Fraserburgh born musician, painter, sculptor, actor, board game designer, chicken hypnotist, frontman of the post-punk band Writz and half of the Techno Twins.
- Thomas Blake Glover (1838–1911): born in Fraserburgh, where his father worked for the coastguard, moved to Japan and founded Mitsubishi Company. Known as the Scottish Samuri. He has a local chip shop named after him.
- Robertson Macaulay (1833-1915): one time president of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada).
- Dennis Nilsen (1945–): Serial killer; born at Academy Road, Fraserburgh.
- James Ramsay (1733–89): born in Fraserburgh; anti-slavery campaigner.
- Sir George Strahan (1838–87): born in Fraserburgh; British colonial governor.
- Joseph Watt (1887-1955): Gardenstown born; recipient of the Victoria Cross 15th May, 1917
- Stan Williams (1940-): Liverpool born but lived in Fraserburgh since 1975; author of 'PENNY LANE is in My Ears and in My Eyes' about growing up with The Beatles
Twin Town[change | change source]
- Bressuire, France
Other websites[change | change source]
- Fraserburgh: Scotland's Leading Light
- Fraserburgh Heritage Centre
- Banff and Buchan College
- Cairness House
- Buchan hillwalking club
- Web Historian's pages on the fishing villages of the North East
References[change | change source]
- General Register Office for Scotland, 2006 population estimate, accessed 12 October 2009
- Comparative Population Profile:Fraserburgh Locality Scotland scrol.gov.uk, accessed 31 October 2008
- Fraserburgh golf club
- George Bruce Poet of the Scottish literary renaissance independent.co.uk, 29 JUly 2002
- Bill Gibb - Fashion fraserburghheritage.com, accessed 31 October 2008
- Back in vogue - Bill Gibb scotsman.com, 15 October 2008
- 1983: Nilsen 'strangled and mutilated' victims BBC News, accessed 31 October 2008
- Famous Criminals crimeandinvestigation.co.uk, accessed 31 October 2008
- Joseph Watt findagrave.com, accessed 31 October 2008
- Another side of a working class hero liverpooldailypost.co.uk, 18 March, 2008