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Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 7 1/2, at 17 Fetach Walk, Dyce

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

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Latitude: 57.2112 / 57°12'40"N

Longitude: -2.1858 / 2°11'8"W

OS Eastings: 388874

OS Northings: 813399

OS Grid: NJ888133

Mapcode National: GBR XK.TJB3

Mapcode Global: WH9QH.D0CM

Entry Name: Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 7 1/2, at 17 Fetach Walk, Dyce

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8420

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Dyce

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises milestone 7 ½ of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal. It consists of a granite column, some 0.5m high and 0.35m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '7 1/2' 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 7 ½ was originally by the canal towpath but is now on the garden boundary of 17 Fetach Walk.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is not of national importance as it is a very simple example of a milestone which was a typical feature on roads and canals and are still fairly commonly found today. The milestone is unlikely to support any related buried archaeology as it has been moved from its original location. The milestone has lost its contextual meaning as it no longer stands by the canal it once marked. The removal of the milestone from its original, intended location also detracts from the potential value it can add to our understanding of the Aberdeenshire canal system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 158949 (accessed on 02/11/2018).

Aberdeen Council HER reference number NJ81SE0073 (accessed on 02/11/2018).

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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