- Crimond Postcode AB43
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Crimond Aberdeenshire, this village and parish, in flat, almost featureless, farming country on the main road (A952) between Peterhead and Fraserburgh, is famous because it gives its name to a very popular psalm tune that to which the 23rd Psalm was sung at the Queen's Wedding.
The present Crimond church was built in l8l2 and it is this church that is associated with the composition ot‘ the psalm tune; but whether by Jessie Seymour Irvine, daughter of the Rev. Alexander Irvine, minister of the parish, or by David Grant of Aberdeen, and named ‘Crimond' in Jessie's honour, still remains a matter of debate. Crimond was, however, the origin of another great Scottish tune the ballad song “Logie 0' Buchan". The Logie of the song has nothing to do with the parish ol‘ Logie Buchan near Ellon, but is Logie in Crimond. the home of a strongly Jacobite branch of the Gordon family, The hero of the ballad Was the gardener at Logie House, while the heroine was Isobel Keith, Who afterwards married a farmer and died in 1826 aged eighty. It is said that the gardener, after leaving or having been dismissed from his service at Logie because Isobel was too susceptible to his charms, took employment with the laird of Kinmundy.
The parish was the site of a former royal burgh, the vanished port of Rattray, not far from Rattray Head Lighthouse built in 1893 on the Ron Rock to warn shipping off the notorious Rattray Briggs, a perilous reef. Before its erection, the best safeguard for mariners was the visual warning provided by the distant outline of Mormond Hill, now the site of an Early Warning System installation.