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Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 5 1/2, off Stoneywood Terrace, Dyce

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

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Latitude: 57.191 / 57°11'27"N

Longitude: -2.1778 / 2°10'40"W

OS Eastings: 389350

OS Northings: 811142

OS Grid: NJ893111

Mapcode National: GBR XM.3L6H

Mapcode Global: WH9QH.JJ46

Entry Name: Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 5 1/2, off Stoneywood Terrace, Dyce

Scheduled Date: 20 December 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8434

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Newhills

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises milestone 5 1/2 of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal.

This canal ran from Port Elphinstone, just S of Inverurie, to Aberdeen harbour, following a course 18.25 miles (29km) in length above the right-hand bank of the River Don. The Act of Parliament that sanctioned its construction in 1796 declared its purpose as being to 'promote the improvement and better cultivation of the inland parts of the country'. Construction was carried out by various contractors, with George Fletcher as resident engineer and John Rennie as consultant.

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 the canal's course.

The milestone stands on the E side of a private lane, about 10m N of its junction with Stoneywood Terrace, Dyce, and 20cm from the wall of 57 Stoneywood Terrace.

The lane rests on top of the flattened tow-path bank of the canal, whose course to the N is preserved by an existing belt of trees. The stone may therefore be in situ, or very close to its original position. It consists of a granite column standing some 0.5m above ground and measuring 0.3m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '5 1/2' is inscribed in a rounded panel. The inscription bears traces of yellow paint.

The monument to be scheduled comprises the milestone itself, at the position indicated in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as representing one of only a handful of surviving elements of what was at one time a significant economic artery, serving the 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



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ81SE 45.01.


Eadem, (May 1964)Journal Transport History, 6.3.

Graham, A. (1967-68) Two Aberdeenshire Canals, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 100, 170-78.

Lindsay, J. (1968) The Canals of Scotland (Newton Abbot) 99-112.

Milne, J. (1911) Aberdeen.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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