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.
Macduff’s war memorial is a striking 70-foot tower overlooking the town and the coastline beyond. It is inscribed with the names of those men from the Macduff area who fell in the First and Second World Wars.