- Lost, Aberdeenshire
Lost ("Lòsda" in
Scottish Gaelic); population: less than two dozen; gbmapping|NJ349132 or GBvosi|e=335000|n=813200|cty=54|txt=on 1869 map) is a tiny hamlet in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies 40 miles west of Aberdeenin the Cairngorm mountains. The hamlet is situated near the village of Bellabegwhere the Water of Nochtyfeeds into the River Don. Despite its small population, the people of Lost are famed for their strength and honour [Kay, Billy, The Scottish world: a journey into the Scottish diaspora. Edinburgh. 2006] .
The name comes from the Gaelic word for
inn("taigh òsda"); today the hamlet has a few houses, a war memorial and a farm.
Following publicity in tourist guidebooks, due to its unusual name, Lost has suffered from regular theft of street signs bearing its name. Each street sign costs approximately £100 (US$200) to replace. As a result,
Aberdeenshire Counciltried to change its name to "Lost Farm"; however, in the face of strong local opposition, the hamlet's traditional name was soon reinstated.
* — pictures and discussion of the stolen road signs
* [http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk Aberdeenshire Council]
* [http://www.old-maps.co.uk/gazetteer/10aberd541/10aberd541gazB.htm Free Historical Maps for the county of Aberdeenshire - B (Choose Bellabeg to locate Lost)]
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