General > Stonehaven History
Stonehaven was first named Kilwhang and lies on the coast approximately fifteen miles South of Aberdeen. The town has an estimated population of 12,000 people. Stonehaven is spectacular with it's bay surrounded on either side by approximately 100ft high cliffs which carry the scenic coastal roads North and South.
To the North is Garron Point and it's amazing 18 Hole golf course. Approximately 2 miles South of Stonehaven,is the hump backed Downie Point, which was the guardian to the town's spectacular Harbour, probably the most photographed in Britain.
The best view of the 20 mile radius of breathtaking coastline, is from the Black Hill, where you will find in superb isolation, the Memorial to those who fought in both World War I and World War II.
In 1562 from the Black Hill, Oliver Cromwell's troops tried unsuccessfully to seize the Crown Jewels of Scotland.
With the cannon, they laid siege to the fortress of Dunnottar Castle , approximately one mile to the South. where the jewels stayed in safe keeping.
Without the enemy knowing, the Crown Jewels were smuggled by the Garrison and were hidden under the floor of the Old Kirk of Kinneff for many years. The nation was eventually re-united with them some years later.
Stonehaven has a Modern layout with 48 foot wide streets, some which are tree lined, these trees being centred round Stonehaven's Market Square. The Market Buildings, built in 1826 dominate the Market Square with its impressive town clock and spire.
Erected in 1790, was the square shaped Town House clock and spire, which is situated in the High Street of the Old Town near Stonehaven's Harbour.
Robert William Thomson was the first local Wool Mill owner of Stonehaven. He invented the Pneumatic Tyre, Solid Rubber Tyre and the the self filling Fountain Pen. After this he went about inventing the first road going Steam Tractor and Rotary Engine.
Lord John Reith,
John Reith was born Stonehaven, Scotland on 20th July, 1889. His father, Dr. George Reith, was a minister of the United Free Church of Scotland. After being educated at Glasgow Academy Reith served an engineering apprenticeship in London. He was appointed director-general of the BBC .
Indoor Bowling Stadium
Amongst other attractions in Stonehaven is a six-rink standard Indoor Bowling Stadium which cost approximately £250,000,.This was completed over a three year period. Next door to the Outdoor Swimming Pool is the indoor Leisure Centre with its indoor pool, gym and sport facilities.
The Dunnottar Quoiting Club
The Dunnottar Quoiting Club is situated approximately seventy yards away from the local Bowling and Tennis courts.The Club is over one hundred years old. This is an example of Stonehaven's ancient past-time and the last of its kind from within the River Forth.
The recreational Mineralwell Park is home to Football, Cricket, and the North of Scotland's only International Racing Car Circuit, which attracts many enthusiasts from throughout the United Kingdom and World Wide.
An all weather astro turf pitch was added in 2016 and has been a great addition for local groups who love to play football.