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From: Gavin Bell <>
Subject: Re[ABERDEEN] Highlands
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 20:10:49 +0100
> Geographically speaking, Scotland has 2 " fault lines", which divide
> Scotland into 3 parts....Highlands, Central Lowlands, and Southern
> Uplands. These lines run from Helensburgh to Stonehaven, and Girvan
> to Dunbar.
"Fault lines" belong to the science of Geology. But while it also
begins with "G" and ends in "-logy", the science of Genealogy is
concerned with rather different considerations: social and economic
history, language, ethnic origins, none of which have very much to do
> Aberdeenshire, being above the first fault line, is a
> highland county, and Angus, being below it, is a lowland county.
This, I am afraid, is nonsense. The great bulk of the land area of
Aberdeenshire (and the overwhelming majority of its population) belong
socially, ethnically and linguistically, to the Lowlands. And Angus,
while it is mostly Lowland, also has a number of Parishes where the
highland way of life predominated in days gone by.