List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
ABERDEEN Aberdeen Aberdeen Aberdeen Aberdeen Aberdeen Aberdeen Stewart's Modern Geography
Burgh Boundary Reports for Scotland
Johnston's County Map of Aberdeen
Oliver and Boyd's Almanac 1865-66
Post Office Directory 1866-67
Fullerton's Gazetteer Volume 1
"Is a royal burgh of great antiquity, and one of the most important cities in Scotland for wealth and population. It is pleasantly situated on the western shore of the German Ocean in latitude 57° 8' 58" N. [North], and longitude 2° 5' 42" W. [West] on the north bank of the River Dee, which there, forms the south boundary of Aberdeenshire. In regard to its antiquity, we find special mention made of it in the time of Gregory, King of Scotland, who died in the year 893, in the Castle of Dunnideer in the Garioch, which is distant from Aberdeen, about 28 miles to the north-west. The earliest Charter extant is one by King William the Lion, dated at Perth 1179, confirming to the burgesses of Aberdeen all that their ancestors had enjoyed in the time of his grandfather David I. This Charter is earlier than that of any other burgh in Scotland. William subsequently granted two other Charters, both dated at Aberdeen 28th August 1196, with more extensive privileges and exemptions. He also built a palace near the east end of the Green, and had also an Exchequer, with a mint for the Coinage of money, in the west end of Castle Street, the site of which is still known by the name of Exchequer Row. Alexander II. by a charter dated 27th February, 1222-23, granted and confirmed to the burgesses of Aberdeen the privileges which were enjoyed by those of Perth, - such as, liberty of holding weekly markets, to which alone all the country merchants were to bring their goods for sale, etc. King Robert the Bruce, by a Parliamentary grant, annexed to Aberdeen, for the support of its political dignity, more ample possessions than those enjoyed by any other royal burgh in the kingdom. And David II, with the sanction of a Parliament held in Aberdeen, passed a charter in 1342, confirming to the burgesses and the community all that they had enjoyed from his royal predecessors. But its great Charter, and the latest, is that by Charles I., dated at Oatlands 9th Septr [September] 1638. It narrates that his "Illustrious ancestors of immortal memory" had erected Aberdeen "one of the most ancient and illustrious burghs in all the kingdom of Scotland into a "Royal Burgh," and that, by the "virtue, industry, and diligence of the worthy inhabitants thereof, endowed with virtue," it had become a "populous city, famous for humanity and renown and much extolled above all other burghs and cities whatsoever in the north," and confirms all former Charters, Acts of Parliament, grants, gifts etc., made at any time in favor of the Provost, Baillies, Councillors, and community, in regard to the property, government, jurisdiction, trade, and commerce etc. of the City. This Charter was subsequently confirmed by Parliament. During the years 1511, 1537, 1562 and 1650."

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