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Earliest meeting: Monday 1st May 1843
Final meeting: Thursday 18th April 1844
The ancient Scottish town of Kincardine was county town of Kincardinshire and developed around Kincardine Castle on the county borders of Angus and Aberdeenshire, although few signs of the castle remain today. Back in the middle of the 19th century it seemed a most unlikely place to hold races, but it did so initially on Monday 1st May 1843 on a two mile course owned by Mr Stewart. The feature race, a £100 Match over 4 miles of the course, began with a 6 foot wall after which it then became more challenging. It was a novel match because Mr Robinson owned The Queen but rode the other unnamed bay mare to victory. After racing was over an Ordinary was served in a marquee on the course courtesy of the 79th Lancers. A second, less well reported meeting was held on Thursday 18th April 1844.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons 79th Lancers, Mr Stewart
Principal Races Kincardinshire £100 Match, Kincardinshire Steeplechase

Monday 1st May 1843
Kincardinshire £100 Match
1. Unnamed bay horse owned by Mr Hamilton and ridden by Robinson
2. The Queen, bay mare owned by Mr Robinson and ridden by Napier

The final meeting took place on Thursday 18th April 1844.
Course today A two mile course about 8 miles from Aberdeen.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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