People and places



Bringing the past to life: here we delve a little deeper into Lumphanan's  fascinating history...........


Click on the links below to meet some of the past residents of Lumphanan, learn a little more about how the area was shaped through time and the hard work of past inhabitants.


Over time, we’ll share stories of families or individuals who lived and worked in the Lumphanan area. Farmers who worked their farms all their lives, others who set sail to find a better life the other side of the world. Learn about the Travelling Folk, the “Summer Walkers” who used our tracks as they passed through, telling stories round their camp fires in the evening light on the Church Track (Old Military Road on the Lumphanan Circular walk). There’s also the fascinating history of the Loch of Auchlossan, and many more stories to be recorded before they are forgotten forever. We’ll be shining a light on the past of this parish, with many stories reflecting the greater picture of life through the ages in Aberdeenshire.

Get involved - what are your living memories and stories of Lumphanan?

Did you work or travel on the railway or know someone who did? Do you remember Lumphanan floods or the draining of the Loch of Auchlossan in the 1940's? What about the village shops, or galas and dances at the hall? Or buildings that have changed use or long gone? Do you have any old photographs? We’d be delighted if you could share your stories of people, places and events you remember so that we can build a rich patchwork of Lumphanan stories for all to read. Please email us at

Photo credits left to right: 1. Lumphanan Railway workers  and 2. Lumphanan Emporium 1937  photographer is A. Morrison, courtesy of Kathleen Massie.

3. Adrian Williams - courtesy of Flora Williams. copyright Aberdeen Journals Inc.; 4. Satan's Den  Image from Old Midmar & Cromar by David Jamieson and W. Stewart Wilson, courtesy of Stenlake Publishing Ltd.   We are grateful to Lumphanan Heritage Society for photos 1 -3.

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Read about the last of Scotland’s Traveller Storytellers,  Stanley Robertson, and the significance of the Church Track - the Old Military Road and green lane which is still enjoyed by Lumphanan's residents and visitors today.

​Read about Stanley here.


June Armstrong writes about the fascinating objects discovered during archaeological field walking, and what this reveals about Lumphanan's history.

Explore here to read more!


Find out former Lumphanan resident Betty Moir here, and the significance of the Comply (the path which runs eastwards from Milton of Auchenhove to Roadside, just south of the old school) in her life. We may all wonder on the many tales this old track has hidden in its past as we wander along the Comply again!

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Maggie McGregor

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