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Learn about the 'Aultoun' and its buildings, from the medieval Snow Kirk and Kings College...

Learn about the 'Aultoun' and its buildings, from the medieval Snow Kirk and Kings College to the artisan housing of the 18th and 19th century, and the hidden secrets of the university campus, including the tales of Charles Gordon, Priest of Aberdeen, now buried in the secret Snow Kirkyard, MacLean of Coll, whose townhouse still stands on High Street, Lady MacRobert, the founder of the MacRobert Trust, and Bishop Elphinstone’s memorial which wasn’t fit for purpose, literally! William Elphinstone was the founder of Kings College, little did he know at the end of the 15th century that many centuries of building of both sacred and secular kinds would rise up around his new university, and that the Protestant troops of General Monck would destroy St Machar Cathedral with their scavenging for stones to build up their hastily-planned fort on Castlehill in the New Town. For anyone who ever wondered 'if walls could talk...'!

Start: Outside Kings College, High Street, Old Aberdeen
End: Seaton Park at the Tillydrone Motte
Length: 1.8 miles
Terrain: mostly pavements, park paths 


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