The Ardgrain Name

Ardgrain

From its earliest Celtic origins, the name Ardgrain has slowly evolved over time while remaining easily recognisable and totally unique

 

Celtic Origins

The name Ardgrain has gradually evolved and changed in spelling over the past centuries. With few people able to write, many references to Ardgrain were transcribed from word of mouth, and local accents and changing dialects have played a part in the various spellings.

The Ardgrain name itself has strong Celtic origins. The Celtic word for hill, point or store is 'ard' and Ardgrain is thought to mean either grain point, grain store or grain hill.

The hill behind the house is now known as "Hill of Ardgrain" on maps. Later houses were built near Ardgrain, and Ardgrain eventually became known as Nether (or lower) Ardgrain as neighbouring houses were named Upper Ardgrain and North Ardgrain.

Hill of ArdgrainHill of Ardgrain

The Evolution of 'Nether Ardgrain'

 

Popular Ardgrain history articles:

Blaeu Atlas of Scotland

As one of only three Ellon buildings worthy of mention, the Bleau Atlas highlights the importance of Ardgrain in the 1600's

 "...on the other bank is the parochial village of Ellon, close to which are Abbotshall, Ardgrain, and Auchterellon, castles or houses of the Forbeses, the Kennedies and the Udnies respectively..."  Read more » 

Aberdeen to Fraserburgh Road

The road that leads to Ardgrain was once the main Aberdeen to Fraserburgh route, which passed through the market town of Ellon before winding its way northwards

The main Fraserburgh road would have been a prominent position to site a Baronial house like Ardgrain, commanding views down the hill towards Ellon and beyond. Centuries after Ardgrain was built, a new road was to Fraserburgh was constructed, a few miles away.  Read more » 

Alexander Seaton Ratification (1681)

Ratification in favour of Sir Alexander Seton of Pitmedden

 

Scottish parliment records from 28th July 1681, which feature the Barony of Ardgrain. At the time of King James II, these texts describe a ratification in favour of Sir Alex Seton of Pitmedden.  Read more »