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The third largest city in Scotland, Aberdeen is located in the north east of Scotland, between the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don.

The city's motto is Bon Accord which, roughly translated from the French, means Good Agreement.

Aberdeen is the major logistical center of the North Sea oil industry and is also famous as a fishing port and a center of educational excellence. From late Medieval times until the late 19th century, Aberdeen was home to as many universities as the whole of England.

Aberdeen is known as the Granite City (sometimes also The Silver City with the Golden Sands) from the stone used in the construction of its many fine public buildings. A person from Aberdeen is called an Aberdonian. Aberdeen is the least religious city in Scotland.[1]


Aberdeen FC (nickname: the Dons) is the city's only senior football club. Home matches are played at Pittodrie whose name derives from the Pictish for dung heap. The current manager is Jimmy Calderwood.

Famous Aberdonians

  • Annie Lennox
  • Robbie Shepherd
  • William Hardie
  • John Laurie
  • Denis Law

There are also cities or towns called Aberdeen in Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, California, New Mexico, and Alabama in the United States, Northern Australia, New South Wales, and Tasmania in Australia, and on the southern shore of Hong Kong island.


  1. http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/ACCI/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.asp?lID=1726&sID=332