Banffshire – The Royalist supporters
Also called County of Banff, Banffshire used to be a government county of Scotland. Its territory is bordered by the Grampian Mountains, and the North Sea. A particularity of the area stays with the fact that the historic county town, Banff, is now part of the county of Aberdeenshire. As well as the other historic counties of Scotland, from 1890 until 1975, the area was run by a county council.
Humans existed in the area of Banffshire from ancient times, proofs of their living here still being found at the Longman Hill, and Cairn Lee, along the coastline.
Even so, area clans continued to fight for years, with no end in sight. Towards the end of the 17th century, Banffshire was considered to be Jacobite. Uprisings took place, against the Jacobite ruling, in 1715, and later, in 1745, but the shire suffered little from the religious conflicts. Later, Banffshire became a strong supporter of Catholics, and it remained so from that point on. The War of the Three Kingdoms found Banffshire as a stronghold for the Royalist party.
Ruins of medieval castles dating from the 12th century are still standing on the lands of Banffshire.
While the lands were used mostly for agricultural purposes, Banffshire was not affected by the rise of the industrial age. Only in the 19th century, the region became a destination sought by tourists.
|Site created and maintained by Sue
© Births Deaths and Marriages Exchange ~ a Scotland genealogy resource