Aberdeen historian set to unlock ‘Aultoun’s’ hidden past as part of architectural tour

The University of Aberdeen.

A tour dedicated to the hidden and forgotten history of Old Aberdeen is set to take place this spring.

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, who runs Hidden Aberdeen Tours, is behind the event on April 6, which is dedicated to the architecture and hidden past of the city.

The event route takes in some lesser-known features of thehistoric city.

Fiona-Jane said: “One of the main ones is the Snow Kirk, which is a hidden gem.

“All that’s left of it is a burial ground which is kind of hidden when you go into Johnston Halls of Residence.

“People are really surprised to know about it.”

The “Aultoun” or Old Aberdeen was originally known as Aberdon and was founded as a bishopric in 1136 AD, separated from the “new” town by the Dee and the Denburn.

The tour will tell of the bishops, architects and priests of years gone by and will cover the famous tale of Downie, the very unpopular sacrist who met his doom in the old college library.

The Old Town House
The Old Town House

The route also takes in iconic buildings such as King’s College and the Old Town House and reveals some of the stories and urban legends which help bring the buildings to life.

Find out more about the event, including how to get tickets, here.

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