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By Elma McMenemy
Aberdeen has been inhabited for 8,000 years, because the first Hunter-Gatherers settled at the banks of the River Dee. 4,000 years later, Bronze Age peoples left their mark at the panorama by means of developing a major variety of recumbent stone circles, as soon as regarded as areas of sacrifice. Invaders together with Celts, Romans and Vikings met violent, bloody resistance, and the positive Roman military left millions of Caledonian corpses for the crows following the conflict of Mons Graupius. From the slaughter of Aberdeen Castle's English garrison (part of a electorate' rebellion in aid of Robert the Bruce) to all-out attacks at the urban via Kings, Royalists and Nazis, no century has left the town unmarked. Plague, struggle, extended family feuds, murderers, witches, covenanters and slavers - all have stained the silver urban purple with blood!
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Some were built on hilltops, easily seen from the surrounding countryside or from the sea. Others were built on lower-lying terraces by the rivers. 5 metres high. Over a period of about 2,000 years, some were altered and extended. Long Barrows and Long Cairns can still be seen in many locations in and around Aberdeen. Full-scale reconstruction of a Burial Kist by Dr Sue MacLaughlin-Black. (Photo taken with kind permission of the Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott) Towards the end of this period, about 4,500–5,000 years ago, ritual ceremonies were held in circular meeting places called Henges.
In memory of my Auntie Anne, Annie Hutton Numbers, MA, BSc, PhD, 1897–1988, one of the ‘spinster generation’. Without her unfailing guidance and encouragement in my early life I would have achieved very little. CONTENTS Title Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction 8200–500 BC Earliest Times AD 0–800 The Picts and the Coming of the Romans AD 800–1093 The Bloody Succession of Early Scottish Kings (including Macbeth) AD 800–1200 Hide Your Women: The Norsemen are Coming! AD 1249–1306 The Wars of Independence: ‘Braveheart’ v.
AD 1297–1319 THE WARS OF INDEPENDENCE King Robert the Bruce ROBERT BRUCE, GRANDSON of Balliol’s rival for the throne, is better known to Scots as Robert The Bruce. He was initially torn between loyalty to Scotland and loyalty to Edward I. In 1297 he declared support for Wallace but the following year fought for the English at the Battle of Falkirk – over the years he changed allegiance five times. However, finally he realised he was the natural leader his country so desperately needed and made a pact with the Bishop of St Andrews to strengthen his claim to the throne.
Aberdeen by Elma McMenemy