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Event launches new book about Bennachie

By Chris Cromar

Questions such where are the remains of a 17th century Bede House, which provided refuge for the old and infirm of the parish, which have been discovered on the slopes of Bennachie located?

Or that a local living history garden is finding out what fruits were available to 19th century colonists on the slopes of Bennachies and indeed what are the carvings on MitherTap are set to be answered in a new book furthering knowledge about the hill range, which will be published this month.

You can find out more at the book entitled Bennachie and the Garioch: Society and Ecology in the History of North East-Scotland at the Garioch Heritage Centre in Inverurie on Thursday, November 21 when it is officially launched at 7pm.

Three of the contributors to the book will be giving short talks and there will be an opportunity to ask questions, time to mingle and refreshments will be served.

There is no charge for attending the event.

This is the fourth volume from the Bennachie Landscapes Group, a project organised jointly by the Bailies of Bennachie and the University of Aberdeen.

It has been running since 2010 and researches the social and natural heritage of

Bennachie and its surrounding landscape.

Commenting: Fiona Cormack,outreach officer of the Bailies of Bennachie said: “We care about Bennachie, its natural environment, history and culture, protecting this unique landscape for future generations.

“The Bailies are delighted to be presenting this high quality volume reflecting work done by the Bennachie Landscapes Group. Chapters range from geology to archaeology, history to gardening and a survey of the moth population.

“The book launch promises to be an entertaining evening and everyone is welcome to attend.

“There are limited editions of this new book, which will make a great Christmas present.”

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