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A rebooted chronicle of horrors!! The Black Kalendar was the city's list of court proceedings over several centuries in which were told some of the city's most gory murders and dastardly deeds. In this revived tour, find out...


the true story of the arm which was spiked on the Justice Port for 11 years from 1650 (definitely not William Wallace's)

the revenge murder of "The Black Drummer", John Sampson outside a local brothel in 1807

the "burning times" when Aberdeen executed 27 women for witchcraft in the winter of 1596/97

the story behind Andrew Hosack, accused of a double-murder 13 years before he was hanged for theft in 1810

the Frankenstein Doctors of Marischal College and the "Galvanic Arc" experiment on killer George Thom in 1821

the brutal killing of Alexander Seaton by John, Master of Forbes in front of Pitfodels Lodging in 1526


and a few more tales of minor crooks who were severely punished for the least thing!

Suitable for age 12 and above. Dogs welcome if well-behaved.

MEET: MERCAT CROSS - middle of Castlegate, in front of the Salvation Army Citadel
DURATION: approx 2hr
TERRAIN: Mostly pavements, grassy areas, flat streets with some gentle gradients
TICKETS: Adults £15/ Concessions £10 - Click HERE to book 

Covid Instructions: Please maintain 1m+ between you and your fellow customers; mask-wearing optional, if you feel safer doing so; no children under 12 allowed at present. 

Catch our new podcast running on; Click HERE to access the episodes so far. 

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June 2021

Hidden Aberdeen Tours has been rebranded as "Hidden Aberdeen City & Shire" to reflect our new business model - we are primarily a historical research consultancy now, but will still offer walking tours by appointment. A few public tours will be offered, but anyone who wishes to join those MUST book in advance, we cannot have walk-ups due to the restrictions still being in place.  It's far more simple to choose a tour, contact us and we can arrange a mutually acceptable date and time to take your group on one of our many themed routes. 

Events like storytelling and outdoor theatre are still on the back burner just now until all the restrictions are off.  But if venues are willing to take us, then we'll do it! Keep your fingers crossed! Keep an eye on our events page AND on Facebook if you are on there - our Facebook page is  

New Podcast!

The coronavAnchor FM Logoirus pandemic has shocked everybody, not least of all us! Unable to tour for the foreseeable future, we decided to get local history out to you via a different medium, AUDIO! Our director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown has started a podcast on which can also be accessed on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePodcasts, RealRadio and a number of other platforms.  The episodes are usually posted at the weekend, The first series of 10 is available.  The History Quine covers some of the material from Dr Brown's former column in the Evening Express and her books, so expect to range about Aberdeenshire as well as hear about stories from the city.  You can listen to them directly from or use any of the platforms to store them.  

If you have any suggestions for topics, or want to share your stories of city and shire, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we can record interviews via Zoom or Skype.  The link for The History Quine is HERE.

Research Projects

IMG chpudzIn 2018, our director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown had been commissioned to research Rubislaw Den House for its owners, Opitimus Ltd.

This lead to many fascinating discoveries including that the original Georgian mansion was most likely built by William Dauney, master mason, and maternal uncle of Aberdeen's most famous architect, Archibald Simpson.  William built it for his own brother, Alexander, who was Under-Sheriff of Abereenshire and a local advocate. 

The current house, designed for granite merchant, William Keith, was home to Alexander Anderson, Provost of Aberdeen, but best known for being the founder of CALA (City of Aberdeen Land Association) now CALA Homes.  Anderson shaped most of Victorian Rubislaw and Torry due to his shrewd development of those areas.   Rubislaw Den House was also the last residence of Lady AberLady Aberdeen and familydeen before her death.  She spent her last years writing her memoirs; renaming the property Gordon House, which it remained thereafter as a university hostel, then returned to its original name when it was converted to a nursing home.

Dr Brown hopes that other organisations in significant listed buildings will come forward and invest in similiar research.  Any such enquiries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  



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Our listing with VISIT ABERDEENSHIRE is now live.  Our friends at this local tourism promotion agency have been snowed under with updates to their business pages, so if you've recently visited it and found obsolete information, it's now been fixed! Click HERE to view and let us know if you spot any errors in future! 


Current Projects

As well as tours and storytelling sessions, Hidden Aberdeen is also works with various local businesses, charities and third sector organisations:

Discover Maps Aberdeenshire

Currently working with EGCP (East Grampian Coastal Partnership) on the Discover Maps project to create 3 maps of the Aberdeenshire coasst including the Mearns, Formartine and Buchan.  So far the Mearns map text has been completed. Dr Brown will be curating the text and images for the next two maps up to October.  Learn more at EGCP's web site -


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Hidden Aberdeen Tours (founded 2011) is wholly owned by Dr Fiona-Jane Brown as a sole-trading operation which occasionally works with contractors.

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