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Encyclopaedia of the North East

P - Pittodrie to Puirshoos


Pittodrie n 
Ancient North-East placename, 
esp stadium of Aberdeen Football Club, [probPictish from pett meaning 'share' or 'manor'] 

Charlie Nicholas was the toast of the Red Army after delivering the goal the Aberdeen fans had patiently been waiting for.
Green Final 24/9/1988 

potato n orig 
The sweet potato, now the South American plant Solanum tuberosum grown in temperate areas for its tuberous root. 

The potato or tattie is a relative newcomer to the North East. It was only cultivated from the 17th century and then only as an ornamental plant in the gardens of the rich. In the mid 18th century it was recognised as a good food source and well suited to the North East climate (its original home was in the Andes). Now it is thought of as a native plant, being used in traditional recipes like Stovies.

puirshoos la18- n 
Apoor house, a house established at public expense for sheltering the poor, a workhouse. 

It has been said that the poor shall never cease out of the land, for at all times and in all places there will be aged and infirm men and women, widows and deserted wives, with children depending on them for support; and the question that is always asked is, How shall help be afforded to effect the greatest amount of relief at the least possible expense?
William Watson 1877 Pauperism, Vagrancy, Crime & Industrial Education in Aberdeenshire 1840 - 1875.


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P - Pittodrie to Puirshoos