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The burgh of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire: archaeological evidence from a medieval lordship

The burgh of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire: archaeological evidence from a medieval lordship

Carter, Stephen P.

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 129 (1999), 649-661

ABSTRACT
This paper offers a review of recent archaeological investigations in Inverurie and places them in the
historical context of the 12th-century Lordship of Garioch. Results of excavations in the Stunners,
close to the Bass of Inverurie, suggest that this was not the original location of the burgh. The
probable site of the burgh on the modern High Street has failed so far to produce any evidence for
medieval activity. This negative result is explained by reference to the likely nature and function of
the burgh in the 12th and 13th centuries. It is suggested that burghs like Inverurie have little in
common with the better-known trading burghs and should be treated as components of a medieval
lordship.

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