NEFA - The North East Folklore Archive

Resources - Links

Aberdeenshire Arts

Aberdeenshire Arts, from Aberdeenshire Council. A useful site for what's going on in Aberdeenshire and the surrounding area. The site includes a What's On guide along with a directory of Artists and Organisations, funding, news and opportunities.

Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council's Home Page. Useful links and local information.

Book of Deer

This site is dedicated to the ancient Book of Deer, the Gospels written by the monks of Deer, Aberdeenshire, c900. The earliest known manuscript examples of Scottish Gaelic are written in the Book's margins.

Bill Buchan

Virtual home of North East poet and songwriter. Peterhead born Bill works mainly in his native "Buchan Tongue".

Buchan Observer

News and views from Peterhead and district.


THE Celtic music archive.

Daisy Chapman

An interesting study of the life and times of one of Buchan's best known singers, Daisy Chapman (1912 - 1985). Born at Broadleys O' New Pitsligo, she became a highly respected singer and bearer of the tradition.


Scotland's dance tradition hosted by dance master Mats Melin.

Elphinstone Institute

The Institute is an initiative on the part of the University of Aberdeen to introduce the study of human traditions into its research portfolio, especially the traditions of the North and North-East Scotland. Activities include conferences, lectures, workshops and publications.

Family History

The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society is a registered charity and was founded in 1978. The Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North East corner of Scotland, covering the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire.

Family Search

The vast collection of records held by the Mormon Church, now available on-line.


Site dedicated to the history of Aberchirder, Banffshire, the small town known to locals as Foggieloan or Foggie. (Foggy Loan was a farm on the site where Aberchirder now stands).

Leopard Magazine

The North East's very own magazine; historical features and a variety of contemporary articles focussed on Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

Map of Scotland's Counties

Select a county from the map for useful information and links to other sources. Lots of help for the family history researcher!

Mudcat Cafe

On-line traditional music magazine. International folk news, views, and a vast collection of folk song lyrics - midi melody lines with a handy word search.

Musical Traditions

"The Magazine for Traditional Music Throughout the World." Articles, reviews, discographies - including a detailed discography of Topic Records.

North East Archaeology

Aberdeenshire and Moray Archaeology Service.
The present landscape of the North East of Scotland has been formed by several hundred generations of hunters, herdsmen, farmers and foresters. Traces of many of their houses, farms, religious sites or burial monuments survive beside more recent features such as castles, industrial sites and kirks. Stone circles, standing stones.

North East Scotland

Aberdeenshire Local History.
Historian Colin Milne's personal look at the North East. Includes useful family history research information.


Aberdeen based design company. This site is an example of their work.

Oral History

AROHA, Aberdeen and Region Oral History Association.

Orcadian Lore

Cultural traditions of the Orkney Islands.

Peterhead Community Web

"Bloo Toon Dot Com" - Based in, and serving the locality of the town of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Many useful links.

Routes to your North East Roots

Recently established portal site providing a broad range of contact information for those who wish to research their North East family history.

School of Scottish Studies

Established in 1951 by the University of Edinburgh as a centre for interdisciplinary research on Scottish subjects, the School provides extensive opportunities for study and for research.

Scottish Folk Directory

An on-line version of the established publication listing contact information for all things "folkie" in Scotland - musicians, folk clubs, record labels, events, etc. etc.

Scottish History On Line

Scottish History Club


The Scottish Cultural Access Network. A millennium project, building a networked resource base of Scottish history and material culture.


[Gaelic: health] The web site of the Scottish Library Association and the Scottish Library and Information Council. Information on people, organisations, libraries, events and resources of Scottish interest. Biographies of Scottish authors include Auchterless born James Leslie Mitchell (1901 - 1935) aka Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

Traditional Music and Song

The TMSA (Taditional Music and Song Association) was established in 1966 to promote, present and preserve the traditional music and song heritage of Scotland. It is a membership organisation, with members coming from all walks of life - musicians, singers, festival goers, tutors, people with an interest in traditional music and song, and other organisations in the field of traditional arts.

What is Folklore??

There are lots of definitions of folklore and the related terms folklife and folk arts. Here are some definitions and explanations drawn from various scholarly works.



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