- How would a sixteenth century resident of Drum Castle near Drumoak have referred to his region? Mar seems wrong, Fife, Moray and Buchan even worse. Would he default to Aberdeenshire?
- I think it would depend on whether the person so indicated was a vassal or
other special feudal relationship with the Earl of Mar - by the 16th
century, that wouldn't have counted for as much as it would have in
earlier times, and I'm not sure how much territory the Earls would have
lost to the crown by then anyway, probably quite a bit; in any event, the
earldom wouldn't have had the territorial autonomy that it would have
possessed in the Middle Ages. Still, Drumoak is both within the ancient
territory of the old Mormaerdom of Mar, and also within the newer county
of Aberdeenshire - it's only 9 miles west of the port, after all. So a
resident of Drum Castle would probably say that they lived in
Aberdeenshire, but under some circumstances or context might acknowledge
Mar as their district; difficult to say with precision, but I'd tend to
think Aberdeenshire more likely. You are quite correct about the other
areas - Fife, Buchan, and Moray are each quite a bit further away, and
wouldn't have figured in local perception of region.
On Sat, July 17, 2010 8:52 pm, lariandrobert@... wrote:
> How would a sixteenth century resident of Drum Castle near Drumoak
> referred to his region? Mar seems wrong, Fife, Moray and
> worse. Would he default to Aberdeenshire?
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