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Encyclopaedia of the North East

R - Rock to Rowie


rock n 
Ageneral term for the solid material that forms the earth's crust. 

Aberdeen is built on granite. The cold enduring strength of the rock is reflected in the character of the city. Elgin is built on sandstone, a softer material more given to flamboyance. Both the strength and the flamboyance are part of the North East landscape and people. 

Roman adj of or pertaining to Rome esp 
1 the ~ Empire or 
the ~ Catholic church 

The Roman armies marched into the North East Scotland several times between the late 1st and 3rd centuries AD but they never stayed and the area was never part of the Roman Empire. The military campaigns are only marked by the faint traces of the temporary camps, usually only visible in aerial photographs. Stray finds such as the gold coin found on the route of the armies. march may mark their passing- or may have been bribes to native inhabitants. The glass bottle from Kinnord may represent more peaceful contacts such as trade or barter. 

rowie or butterie la19- n 
Abutter biscuit, a type of bread roll made with a high fat content similar to the French croissant. 

Say rowie or butterie to an exiled native of the North East and their eyes will glaze over in reverie. It is one of the great delicacies of the area and must be eaten really fresh, preferably from a local baker. The modern tendency to try and spread mass produced articles as wide as possible has led to the rowie making a token appearance South of the Tay, but only as a slightly stale pre-packed fatty travesty.


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