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Provost Skene's House

This is Provosts Skene’s House. Provost is the term for a town mayor in Scotland. Provost Skene's House was named after one of its owners, Sir George Skene. He was a wealthy merchant and Provost of Aberdeen from 1676 to 1685. In Provosts Skene’s House you can have a glimpse at how rich people lived in the past in a series of period room settings. You can also see displays of local interest, coins and archeology and look at changing fashions in the Costume Gallery.

The House is one of Aberdeen’s few surviving examples of early burgh architecture. It has seen life as a wealthy merchant's townhouse, a home to the most influential man in town, Provost Skene and a billet for troops during the Jacobite Rebellion. It was later used as a public lodging house, narrowly escaping demolition in the 1930s. The building was saved by a successful campaign and the House was opened as a museum in 1953 by the Queen Mother.

The Russel HeadThe Russel Head
This carved effigy is of George Russel (1810-1899). He owned and ran a bakery in Aberdeen. The Town Council closed the bakery due to its proximity to a sewer. However, Russel believed his neighbour, Alexander Stephen, had complained to the Council. Russel carved this effigy of himself and fixed it to the the corner of his house so that whenever Stephen approached he would see this gargoyle pulling a face at him.