Logie Buchan


A New History of Aberdeenshire, Alexander Smith (Ed), 1875

The name Logie is derived from the Gaelic Lag, meaning "a hollow," or Lagan, "the stream of the hollow," and has been first applied to the place where, or near to where, the church and manse stands, on the right bank of the Ythan. From this place the name has been afterwards extended to the parish; and to distinguish it from other Logies, Buchan is the addition made to the name, from the circumstance that the north division of the parish lies in that district.

It is bounded on the north by Ellon and Cruden; on the east by Slains; on the south by Foveran; and on the west by Udny and Ellon.

The greatest length in a direct line, from the Ythan opposite Mill Tarty, to the burn of Auchleuchries on thc north, is about five miles; and the greatest breadth, from the mouth of the burn of Tarty on the Foveran boundary, to Logierieve in Udny, on the south-west, also in a direct line, is about four miles; and the whole area is computed to be 6,538 acres; 3,300 acres falling on the south side of the Ythan, and 3,238 on the north.

That part of the parish north of the Ythan is comparatively flat, but undulatory, the land rising in gentle slopes from the river on the south, the burn of Artrochie on the east, the Oldmill burn on the west, and the burn of Auchleuchries on the north. The southern division of the parish stretches south-westwardly from the Ythan, rising into the broad rounded hills of Tarty and Tipperty, in the direction of the hill of Cross-stane (in Ellon), which is 217 feet above sea level. The hill of Tarty is said to be 135 feet; and the Ythan at Water-town, a little above the "Boat of Logie," is equal to the level of the sea at half flood, which is the Ordnance Survey Datum line, and nearly four feet above extreme low water mark. At extreme high water, the tide is perceptible at the bridge of Ellon, about three miles higher up the river than the church.

[A New History of Aberdeenshire, Alexander Smith (Ed), 1875]