For over two hundred years Banff was known for the high quality work produced by generations of silversmiths. These skilled craftsmen made items ranging from communion cups for churches to cutlery, ewers, watchcases and even buckles.
The town of Macduff has grown up around its busy working harbour and thriving shipbuilding industry which continues today.
James Macpherson, or ‘James of the hills’, has been described as Banff’s Robin Hood. He and his band of followers roamed the north east, and were said to steal only from those who could afford it and to give much of their loot to the poor.
Aberdeenshire and Banffshire were Jacobite heartlands. The unsuccessful 1715 Rising had begun at Braemar, where the Earl of Mar raised the Jacobite standard in support of James Francis Stuart’s claim to be King James VIII and III.
A blue plaque on the gable end of a house on Deveronside marks the home of Thomas Edward (1814-86), naturalist.