A historian has put together an A-Z guide of the city’s people and places.
Lorna Corall Dey, from Alford, has penned a compact and alphabetical chronicle of Aberdeen.
The book, called A-Z Of Aberdeen, lists characters, people and historical moments in the city.
Readers can look forward to learning about the origin of Nigg.
Lorna, a retired history teacher, mentions in her book the popular bay could have been named after a Celtic chief, Cormac de Nugg – mentioned in a 13th Century charter.
Another interesting detail included by the writer is the history behind the Gordon statue outside Robert Gordon’s College.
The well-known Aberdeen merchant Robert Gordon is not connected with the monument.
Instead, the statue is of Charles Gordon of Khartoum, Sudan.
The north-east soldier and bureaucrat was involved in the Opium Wars and received the nickname “Chinese Gordon”.
He suffered an untimely, grim death in Sudan in 1885 and was honoured by the British government.
Also included is the history of the March stones – the 67 granite stones which make up the city’s boundaries – and facts about the spirits merchant giant John Ironside, Scotland’s first recorded portrait painter.
The book also details the history of the north-east’s rowies and touches on the city’s murky child trafficking past in the 1740s.
The author said: “I was a co-author of a volume on the Howe of Alford published in 2017 which was prompted by our membership of Alford’s local history group.
“Amberley commissioned me to take on an A-Z of Aberdeen, part of a series covering towns and cities across the UK.
“Initially I couldn’t think how to tackle such an undertaking as it’s a bit of a hostage to fortune. If you sat a dozen people in a room and asked them to come up with ideas for inclusion they would suggest a dozen vastly different concepts.
“In the end I plumped for over 120 categories that interested me.
“Tomorrow, I might be inclined to assemble a different group of topics.
“My plan was to incorporate a number of obvious categories familiar to Aberdonians, a few subjects that were far less well-known such as 18th Century Alexander Cruden who was the first person to write an index of the Bible and one or two mentions of things so familiar they are no longer visible to local people – such as the red granite head above Canada House’s doorway.
“Space restrictions meant several items researched and written up failed to make the final edit which is a shame, but inevitable in such work.
“That said I hope the variety of themes which have survived the editorial cut convey a sense of the city of Aberdeen and its people.”
The 125 categories in the book range from the song The Lang Sands O’ Aberdeen to the familiar zulus – small fishing boats from Moray, which were a common sight at Aberdeen Harbour.
Lorna is currently working on her third book with husband Dr Mike Dey, whose book The Granite City was published last year.
Those interested in purchasing a copy or to find out more information can visit bit.ly/2INz1Wi