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Scottish Gaelic: An Innis
Insch (Scotland)

Insch shown within Scotland
Population 1630 (2004)
OS grid reference NJ632280
Council area Aberdeenshire
Lieutenancy area Aberdeenshire
Constituent country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town INSCH
Postcode district AB52 6
Dialling code 01464
Police Grampian
Fire Grampian
Ambulance Scottish
European Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Gordon
Scottish Parliament Gordon
List of places: UKScotland

Coordinates: 57°20'28?N 2°36'47?W? / ?57.34102, -2.61302

Insch viewed from the foot of Hill of Dunnideer
Insch viewed from the foot of Hill of Dunnideer

Insch is a town in Garioch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is located approximately 28 miles from the city of Aberdeen. Auchleven and Premnay are villages associated with Insch.


[edit] Etymology

The name of the town may have come from the Scottish Gaelic innis, meaning an island, or, as in this context, a piece of terra firma in a marsh. [1] Alternatively, inch or innis can refer to a meadow or low-lying pasture which more closely corresponds with the site of the town. [2] Innis also indicates the presence of water - a river, loch or estuary, perhaps - often seen as Inch in place names, as in Perth's famous North and South Inches on the west bank of the River Tay. [3][4] Inchnadamph at the eastern end of Loch Assynt is another example. Innis can also be translated as haven or sanctuary - an island where you can be safe from your enemies as much as a resting place on the cattle drove.

This latter meaning is reflected lyrically in Yeats' Innisfree ('heathered haven').

[edit] History

In the Middle Ages, the town was home to a colony of Flemish merchants.[citation needed]

[edit] Transport

The town is served by Insch railway station and has regular bus services to Huntly and Inverurie.

[edit] Facilities

There is a small selection of general and specialist shops, and a post office. There is also a leisure centre with a variety of activities as well as a café next to which there is an 18 hole golf course. Within the village there is a nursery and a primary school.

There are Church of Scotland and Scottish Episcopal churches.

There are two hotels: Carriages (by the railway station, previously named Station Hotel) and another, the Commercial Hotel, towards the centre of the town.

[edit] Insch Golf Club

The local golf club has just celebrated its centenary. The game of golf in Insch was first recorded before World War I, with the course being laid around Dunnideer Hill. It was then moved to its present location around 1923 where it existed until 1940, when the ground was seconded by the War Department for use as a grenade range.

Golf was absent in Insch until a committee was formed in 1977 to provide the village with such a facility. A nine-hole course was built by voluntary labour along Valentine Burn and was reopened for play in 1982. The club expanded further in 1987, when an innovative clubhouse facility – complete with changing rooms, office, bar, café and dance floor – was provided from the remnants of temporary accommodation for a local school.

The course was extended by the addition of 12 new holes on the slopes of Dunnideer. The design intent of the new course was to match that of the old course, in providing a Parkland course for all golfing abilities, designed around the undulating terrain, with innovative use of water and trees, that would mature over time. The course extension started in 1995 and was completed a year later. It was officially opened on 28th June, 1997 and has now fully matured to met the vision of the original course designers.

With rising membership and rapidly ageing clubhouse, the club members approved a new business plan which included the design and construction of a modern clubhouse – to the design outlined below – at the Golf Club EGM held in March 2003.

The vision of the Golf Club Committee was to provide a modern clubhouse facility that would meet the needs of the modern golfer, funded by a modest increase in annual membership fees and designed to retain the friendly club atmosphere and stunning views over the old course and Dunnideer.

This vision became reality in April 2004, when the new clubhouse opened its doors for the first time.

The clubhouse was officially opened in June 2004 by Paul Lawrie, a local Scottish golf hero and past British Open Champion. The highlight of the opening was Paul's hour long coaching session with over 80 budding club junior members, which was watched in awe by all who attended the event.

[edit] Famous residents

Gordon Brown has connections to Insch; his mother's family lived, and ran a business in the town for many years.[citation needed]

[edit] References

  1. , Watson, W.J., Celtic Placenames of Scotland, (Edinburgh, 1926)
  2. , Smith, Alexander (Ed.). A New History of Aberdeenshire in Two Parts: Part II, Lewis Smith, Aberdeen, 1875.
  3. , Watson, W.J. Place-Names of Ross and Cromarty, 1904, reprinted in paperback 1996 by Highland Heritage Books).
  4. , "Glossary of Gaelic origins of place names in Britain (G to L)", Ordnance Survey, accessed 30 September 2007

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