Artist of Newburgh

James McBey

In a bid to link his Aberdeenshire birthplace to his spiritual home of Aberdeen Art Gallery where many of his artworks reside, the James McBey Project installed road signs in Newburgh and a plaque on his former childhood home in the village, and unveiled a James McBey tourist trail.

The James McBey Tourist Trail

Visitors are encouraged to explore six local points of interest in relation to James McBey:
(1) His birthplace of Newmill, today the site of Wilkie Engineering where there is a James McBey interpretative board attached at the gable end of the office building.
(2) Foveran Parish Church, the family’s local place of worship where McBey’s mother and grandmother, Annie and Mary Gillespie, are buried in its kirkyard.
(3) Newburgh Village Hall where a bronze plaque donated by McBey’s widow Marguerite in 1961 to Foveran Parish Chruch in memory of her husband is currently held.
(4) Newburgh Mather’s School which McBey attended until 1899.
(5) 80 Main Street, the site of McBey’s former childhood home.
(6) Knockhall Castle, the 16th century ruin, which inspired McBey’s love of art as a child.


Three threshold signs celebrating McBey’s ties to his boyhood home mark the entrances to Newburgh village on the A975 and B9000 roads.

Tourist Leaflets

McBey tourist information leaflets, which include the tourist trail map and more information about the artist, are available to pick up from the Newburgh Inn, the Udny Arms Hotel and the Trellis Cafe.
Or please use our contact page to request a copy and we will send it you.

Visit Newburgh

Start the James McBey Tour on the edge of Newburgh.  Starting at his birthplace of Newmill, today the site of Wilkie Engineering

Find out more

Get in touch with the Newburgh & Ythan Community Trust if you would like to learn more.