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Aberdeen
ABERDEEN (/æbərˈdiːn/ ( listen ); Scots : Aiberdeen, listen (help ·info ); Scottish Gaelic : Obar Dheathain ; Latin
Latin
: Aberdonia) is Scotland
Scotland
's third most populous city , one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
's 37th most populous built-up area , with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
and 229,800 for the local authority area. Nicknames include the Granite
Granite
City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen's buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver because of its high mica content. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, other nicknames have been the Oil Capital of the World or the Energy Capital of the World
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City Status In The United Kingdom
CITY STATUS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM is granted by the monarch of the United Kingdom to a select group of communities: as of 2014 , there are 69 cities in the United Kingdom – 51 in England , six in Wales , seven in Scotland and five in Northern Ireland . The holding of city status gives a settlement no special rights other than that of calling itself a _city_. Nonetheless, this appellation carries its own prestige and, consequently, competitions for the status are hard fought. The status does not apply automatically on the basis of any particular criteria, although in England and Wales it was traditionally given to towns with diocesan cathedrals
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Marischal College
Wallace Whittle LISTED BUILDING – CATEGORY A DESIGNATED 12 January 1967 REFERENCE NO. 20096MARISCHAL COLLEGE is a large granite building on Broad Street in the centre of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
in north-east Scotland
Scotland
, and since 2011 has acted as the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council
. However, the building was constructed for and is on long-term lease from the University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
, which still uses parts of the building to house a museum and for ceremonial events. Today, it provides corporate office space and public access to council services, adjacent to the Town House, the city's historic seat of local government. Many Aberdonians consider Marischal College
Marischal College
to be an icon of the "Granite City" and to symbolise the zenith of Aberdeen's granite-working industry
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Aberdeen Beach
ABERDEEN BEACH AND QUEENS LINKS is located in Aberdeen
Aberdeen
, Scotland
Scotland
. The beach itself is famous for its golden sand and its long curved length between the harbour and the River Don's mouth. The beach suffers from significant erosion of the sand so there are distinctive groyne or walls, to help keep the sand in place. The beach is popular with walkers, surfers and windsurfers. Recently in an expensive million pound operation, sand was taken by ship from further down the coast to the south of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
and sprayed on the beach to replace some of the lost sand. Rocks were then placed in a v-shape formation to try to prevent erosion, much like the groyne. The beach has an amusement area along the Beach Esplanade where there are restaurants and the city's amusement park Codonas
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Coat Of Arms Of Aberdeen
The COAT OF ARMS OF ABERDEEN consists of three towers within a border decorated with fleurs-de-lis . This design is known to have been used on city seals from the 15th century onwards, if not earlier. CONTENTS * 1 Arms * 2 Supporters * 3 Motto * 4 References ARMS Shield of the arms The three towers represent the three buildings that stood on the three hills of mediaeval Aberdeen: Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Castle on Castle Hill, the city gate on Port Hill, and a chapel on St Catherine's Hill. The latter two are no longer in existence, and St Catherine's Hill has in fact been levelled. Conversely the image of a single tower, rather than the triple, is often used in the city. Notably they can be seen in the arms of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Grammar School , Robert Gordons College , Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen

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Scotland
SCOTLAND (/ˈskɒt.lənd/ ; Scots : ; Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
: _ Alba
Alba
_ ( listen )) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
. It shares a border with England
England
to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
, with the North Sea
North Sea
to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides
Hebrides
. The Kingdom of Scotland
Kingdom of Scotland
emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707
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Geographic Coordinate System
A GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATE SYSTEM is a coordinate system used in geography that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position , and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position . A common choice of coordinates is latitude , longitude and elevation . To specify a location on a two-dimensional map requires a map projection
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United Kingdom
The UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, commonly known as the UNITED KINGDOM (UK) or BRITAIN, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland , the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
includes the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland
Ireland
and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
is the only part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland
Ireland

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Countries Of The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) comprises four countries : England , Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland . Within the United Kingdom, a unitary sovereign state , Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have gained a degree of autonomy through the process of devolution . The UK Parliament and British Government deal with all _reserved matters _ for Northern Ireland and Scotland and all _non-transferred matters_ for Wales, but not in general matters that have been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly , Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales
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Subdivisions Of Scotland
For local government purposes, Scotland
Scotland
is divided into 32 areas designated as "council areas", which are all governed by single-tier authorities designated as "councils". They have the option under the Local Government (Gaelic Names) (Scotland) Act 1997 of being known (but not re-designated) as a "comhairle" when opting for a Gaelic name; only Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Council of the Western Isles) has chosen this option, whereas the Highland Council (Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd) has adopted its Gaelic form alongside its English equivalent informally. The council areas have been in existence since 1 April 1996, under the provisions of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994
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Lieutenancy Areas Of Scotland
The LIEUTENANCY AREAS OF SCOTLAND (Scots : _Lieutenancy auries o Scotland_) are the areas used for the ceremonial lord-lieutenants , the monarch 's representatives, in Scotland
Scotland
. The lord-lieutenants' titles chosen by the monarch and her legal advisers are mainly based on placenames of the traditional counties of Scotland
Scotland
. In 1794 permanent lieutenancies were established by Royal Warrant . By the Militia Act 1797 (37 Geo.3, C.103), the lieutenants appointed "for the Counties, Stewartries, Cities, and Places" were given powers to raise and command County Militia Units. While in their lieutenancies, lord lieutenants are among the few individuals in Scotland
Scotland
officially permitted to fly a banner of the Royal Arms of Scotland
Scotland
, the "Lion Rampant" as it is more commonly known
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Aberdeen City Council
ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL represents the Aberdeen
Aberdeen
City council area of Scotland
Scotland
. The council area was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 . However, a sense of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
as a city , with its own city council, can be traced back to 1900, when the county of the city of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
was created. In 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
, counties of cities were abolished
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List Of Provosts And Lord Provosts Of Aberdeen
The LORD PROVOST OF ABERDEEN is the convener of the Aberdeen
Aberdeen
City local authority in Scotland
Scotland
. They are elected by the city council and serve not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city. They are equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor
Mayor
that exists in many other countries. Each of the 32 Scottish local authorities elects a Convener
Convener
or Provost , but only the cities of Glasgow
Glasgow
, Edinburgh
Edinburgh
, Aberdeen
Aberdeen
and Dundee
Dundee
have a Lord Provost
Lord Provost
. This was confirmed in the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and subsequently in the Local Government etc
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Members Of The 5th Scottish Parliament
This is a list of Members of the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
(MSPs) who were returned to the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
. Of the 129 MSPs returned at the 2016 election , 73 were returned from first past the post constituencies with a further 56 members returned from eight regions , each electing seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation . Parliament reconvened on 12 May 2016 with the swearing-in of MSPs and the election of the presiding officer and two deputy presiding officers. Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
formally opened the fifth session on 2 July 2016
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Mark McDonald (politician)
MARK MCDONALD (born 7 June 1980) is a Scottish politician who was the Minister for Childcare and Early Years in the Scottish Government . He is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Donside constituency. He previously represented the North East Scotland region between 5 May 2011 and 14 May 2013. Suspended by the SNP on 16 Nov 2017 after further information came to light after standing down as Minister for Childcare and Early Years. Mark stood down after appologising for inappropriate behaviour on 4th November 2017. CONTENTS * 1 Education and early career * 2 Aberdeen
Aberdeen
City Council * 3 Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
* 4 References * 5 External links EDUCATION AND EARLY CAREERMcDonald was educated at Dyce Primary School and Dyce Academy
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