Drumoak (/drəˈmk/, Scottish Gaelic: Druim M'Aodhaig, lit.the ridge of St Aodhag) is a village situated between Peterculter and Banchory in North Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.[2] Drumoak is proximate to the River Dee, with Park Bridge, named for the local Park Estate, being a local crossing; Park Estate,[3] was formerly owned by the railway engineer Sir Robert Williams;[4] Sir Robert is interred at Drumoak.


Drumoak Village
Location within Aberdeenshire
Population860 (2012)[1]
OS grid referenceNO7999
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtAB31 5xx
Dialling code01330 811 xxx
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament

There is a church, small shop, bowling green and the Irvine Arms restaurant (aptly named after the family that owned the 13th century Drum Castle). Drum Castle is run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to visitors. Relics and portraits of the Irvine family are kept here, and it was conferred by Robert the Bruce onto William de Irvine. There are a number of housing developments progressing; a small primary school with about 100 pupils serves Drumoak. The Dee River gravels also attract gravel extraction on both sides of the river.

Drumoak Manse in 1638 was the birthplace of James Gregory,[5] discoverer of diffraction gratings a year after Newton's prism experiments, and inventor of the Gregorian telescope design in 1663. The design is still used today in telescopes such as the Arecibo Radio Telescope upgraded to a Gregorian design in 1997 giving Arecibo a flexibility it had not previously possessed. His older brother David was also born there in 1620.[6]

Between Drumoak and Peterculter is the site of a Roman encampment Normandykes


A history of Drumoak was commissioned by the Kirk Session of Drumoak Parish Church in 2000 in order to commemorate the second millennium. It was entitled The Parish of Drumoak and was written by Robin Jackson. Copies of the book can be obtained from the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Family History Society, 164 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5BD. http://www.anesfhs.org.uk

See also


  1. Estimated population of settlements by broad age groups, mid-2012 nrscotland.gov.uk
  2. AA Touring Guide to Scotland (1978)
  3. ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2005. Retrieved 15 December 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)"
  4. Robert Clarke Hutchinson, George MartelliRobert's People: The Life of Sir Robert Williams, Chatto and Windus, 1971
  5. http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Gregory.html
  6. John Keay; Julia Keay (2000). Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-710353-9. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
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