Coat of Arms of The Royal Burgh of Auchtermuchty

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Royal charter600On 25th May 1517 King James V published a Royal Charter making Auchtermuchty a Royal Burgh.

This year we shall be celebrating the 500th anniversary and an informal group, Muchty 500, has been formed to look at ways of celebrating.

The group includes many well-kent faces in Auchtermuchty and has met with the Auchtermuchty Community Association at the Community Centre and has since had two more meetings in the Cycle. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

It has been decided to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday 10th June with most events centering around the Cross and including the area around Bellevue and the gardens of Macduff House.

At present the suggestions include:

  • A street market in the morning with a street party in the afternoon at the Cross.
  • Craft demonstrations and medieval re-enactments around Bellevue
  • Traditional garden games in Macdiff House garden
  • A pageant or procession and a re-enactment of the delivering of the Royal Charter at some point in the afternoon.
  • A celeidh in the evening.
  • An historical display and timeline of Auchtermuchty in the Church.

 

The Church Hall has been booked in case of bad weather.

 

 

 

Sir Jimmy Shand MBE MA

28th January 1908 -
23rd December 2000

The bronze sculpture of Auchtermuchty's most famous resident was unveiled by the Rt Hon Earl of Elgin on Friday 12th September 2003.

Although not originally from 'Muchty, Jimmy had long made his home here and to Scots worldwide the names "Auchtermuchty" and "Jimmy Shand" were virtually synonymous.

 
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The sculpture by David Annand is located in a small garden just off the Newburgh Road, just up from the Auchtermuchy Community Centre.

"You're frae Auchtermuchty?

Ye'll ken Jimmy Shand then?"

 
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"How do you torture a Scotsman?

Nail his feet to the floor and play a Jimmy Shand record"
Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2

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Sir Jimmy Shand MBE MA

Born 28th January 1908
Died 23rd December 2000

"Happy To Meet
Sorry To Part
Happy To Meet Again"

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