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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 ½ of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal. It consists of a granite column, some 0.5m high and 0.3m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '5 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 5 ½ was located by the canal towpath and is now adjacent to a wall but may stand on or very close to its original location.

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 may have been moved from its original location or reset. The milestone has lost most of its contextual meaning as it no longer stands by remains that are clearly identifiable as the canal it once marked. The possible 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 158943 (accessed on 05/11/2018).

Aberdeenshire Council HER reference number NJ81SE0079 (accessed on 05/11/2018).

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

Ordnance Survey (Surveyed 1865, Publication 1900) Aberdeenshire 66.13, 1st Edition. 25 Inches to the Mile. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.


HER/SMR Reference

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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