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Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 10, at Shady Neuk, Beidleston

A Scheduled Monument in Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone, Aberdeen City

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Latitude: 57.2262 / 57°13'34"N

Longitude: -2.2385 / 2°14'18"W

OS Eastings: 385700

OS Northings: 815080

OS Grid: NJ857150

Mapcode National: GBR XH.8J6W

Mapcode Global: WH9Q8.LM8N

Entry Name: Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 10, at Shady Neuk, Beidleston

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8428

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Dyce

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises milestone 10 of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal. It consists of a granite column, some 0.60m high and 0.3m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '10' is inscribed in a round sloping panel.

This canal ran from Port Elphinstone to Aberdeen harbour, following a course 18.25 miles (29km) in length above the right-hand bank of the River Don. An Act of Parliament sanctioned its construction in 1796 and the canal opened in 1805. It operated until 1854, when it was replaced by the Aberdeen to Inverness line of the Great North of Scotland Railway, which was built along roughly the same alignment, obliterating much of its course.

Milestone 10 was found in a field dyke and has since been re-erected in the garden of Shady Neuk, Beidleston Farm.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as representing one of only a small number of surviving elements of what was at one time a significant economic artery, serving the agricultural hinterland of the city of Aberdeen. Its importance is further enhanced by the documentary evidence that also exists relating to the legal and commercial history of the canal during its period of use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Aberdeen City Council HER reference number NJ81NE0059 (accessed on 01/11/2018).

Graham, A. (1967-8) Two Canals in Aberdeenshire , Proceedings of Society of Antiquities of Scotland, Vol. 100, 170-78.


HER/SMR Reference

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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