Aberlemno (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Aberlemno

Parish number 269

map of Aberlemno

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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
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Church Session
Clock & watch tax
Deaths & burials
Farm horse tax
Heritors' records
Land owners
Ministers of the parish
Monumental inscriptions
Old parish registers
Parish Church
Photographs of places
Places of interest
Population statistics
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
War memorial


The parish of Aldbar (or Auldbar) was united to Aberlemno in the early 17th C.

Please also visit the page of general information applicable to all of Angus & Kincardineshire.


NLSNational Library of Scotland
NRSNational Records of Scotland, formerly called the National Archives of Scotland [NAS] and, before that, the Scottish Record Office [SRO]
HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY (Tel: +44-131-535-1314)
OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles


Statistical accounts of Aberlemno


Maps of Aberlemno

For the full range of maps of Aberlemno, see National Library's Maps.


Photographs of places

See Geograph.org: Aberlemno - recent photographs of Aberlemno. National Grid ref. NO5255.


Parish church

Aberlemno Parish Church is located at National Grid ref. NO522555. Built 1722, restored 1856. The mediaeval kirk belonged to the Augustinian Priory of Restenneth.

There is an article, with photographs, on Aberlemno Parish Church in A Corpus of Scottish Mediaeval Parish Churches.

Photograph of Aberlemno Kirk

Another photo of Aberlemno Kirk

A third photo of Aberlemno Kirk

Above: Aberlemno Kirk

Aldbar belonged to the collegiate church of Methven PER. Aldbar Kirk was restored in 1853 by the antiquary, Patrick Chalmers of Aldbar, as the private chapel of Aldbar House, but is again a ruin. A coat of arms for Chalmers appears high in the south gable: a demi-lion issuant from a fess and in base a fleur-de-lys. The chapel stands within a small low-walled enclosure, in a wooded den beside a burn. From the enclosure, an archway leads directly on to a stone bridge over the burn. In spring, the ground is carpeted in snowdrops (mainly doubles), there are many primroses and, in sunshine, it is a delightful setting that is neither "difficult to reach" nor "overgrown with nettles", contrary to Mitchell's comments on a visit in June 1978.

There is an article, with photographs, on Aldbar Parish Church in A Corpus of Scottish Mediaeval Parish Churches.

Aldbar Chapel   engraving of Aldbar Chapel

Above, left: Aldbar Chapel in March 2012; right: Aldbar Chapel, by William Hole, from Andrew Jervise's Memorials ..., vol. 2

Door of Aldbar Chapel

Above: the upper hinge of the chapel's door, with "PC" for Patrick Chalmers of Aldbar and "1853" for the year of rebuilding.

Photo of a mediaeval grave slab from Aldbar Chapel, now in the National Museum, Edinburgh.

See also details and photographs of Aldbar.


Parish ministers of Aberlemno 1560-1910

adm.: admitted, ass.: assistant, bapt.: baptised, contr.: contract, dem.: demitted, dep.: deposed, ind.: inducted, lic.: licensed, mar.: married, min.: minister, ord.: ordained, pres.: presented, rel.: related, res.: resigned, suc.: successor, test.: testament, tr.: translated

George Lyall1567reader
William Gardyne1572bro. of Alexander Gardyne of Brakinto; vicar 2 Dec 1558; vicar here and parson of Kirkbuddo, Nov 1572
David Lindsay of Pitairlie1574-1580probably son of sir John L. of P. and gson of David earl of Crawford; min. of Forfar 1566 with Restenneth and Aberlemno also in his charge; removed to Aberlemno ca. 1574, when he also had care of Finavon, Inverarity and Kirkbuddo; d. 11 Mar 1580; mar. B.E. (Barbara Erskine? - see Monikie); issue: Wm, Alex., John, Cath., Barbara
James Ramsay1585-1597min. in 1585; tr. to Aldbar 1589 or 1590; returned 1591; tr. to Tannadice ca. 1597
Henry Stirling1597-1603b. ca. 1555; M.A. Edinburgh 1587; min. of Edzell 1590; tr. & adm. ca. 1597; pres. to treasurership of Brechin 1597 on death of John Hepburn; d. 1603; mar. Margaret Hepburn, who survived him; issue: John, James & others
John Lindsay1604-1649M.A. St Andrews 1599; min. ca. 1604, with Aldbar in the charge 1607; dep. 1649 for immoral conduct; d. bef. 1655; mar. (1) ?; mar. (2) 1641 Margaret Makgill; issue: David, John, Henry, Thomas, Margaret
John Ochterlony1655-1695b. ca. 1623, son. of John O., provost of Brechin; M.A. St Andrews 1643; adm. bef. 1655; d. 1695; mar. Mary Lindsay; issue: Cath. (who mar. James Thomson, min. of Kinnell)
John Ochterlony of Flemington1690-1701b. 1667, son of Alex. O., min. of Carmyllie; nephew of above John O.; M.A. Marischal Aberdeen 1685; ass. to uncle ca. 1690; dep. for episcopacy 1701 and again, after intrusion, 1716; consecrated non-jurant bishop 1726, being assigned Brechin; d. May 1742 Dundee; mar. Margaret Graham, eldest dau. of John G., bailie of Dundee; issue: Alex., merchant, Montrose, later in Philadelphia
John Henderson1709-1711ord. 15 Jun 1709 but had no congregation; tr. to Kirkden 4 Jul 1711
Thomas Mitchell1715-1750b. 1684; ord. 5 May 1715; d. 9 Jan 1750; mar. 1721 Mary Millar; issue: Mary (mar. David Scott, min. of Auchterhouse); Andrew, who succeeded him; Janet (mar. David Fergusson, min. of Farnell); Thomas; Agnes
Andrew Mitchell1750-1794b. 18 Jul 1729, son of above; ord. 15 Aug 1750; d. 3 Jan 1794; mar. 1754 Jean Craw; issue: Eliz., Thos, Wm, Mary, Alex., Andrew, Margaret, James his suc., Janet
James Mitchell1794-1841b. b. 9 Apr 1770, son of above; ord. 25 Sep 1794; d. 13 May 1841; mar. (1) 1792 Elizabeth Sidgwick; issue: Eliza B., Alex., Anna S., Mary S., Marmaduke, Jean C., Cath. B., Andrew, James, Robert J., Ramsay [dau.], Georgina M., Eliza T.; mar. (2) 1821 Janet Webster
John Crombie1841-1844D.D.; tr. from St Andrews Church, London; adm. 9 Sep 1841; tr. to Scone PER 21 Mar 1844
Thomas Myles1844-1891b. 30 Jan 1809 Perth, son of John M., merchant; missionary at Bargrennan and Auchmithie; ord. 10 May 1844; d. unmar. 24 Mar 1891
James Beattie Burnett1891-1905b. 5 Jul 1865 St Cyrus, son of Joseph B.; M.A., B.D.; ass. Kinghorn FIF; ord. 24 Sep 1891; tr. to Fetteresso KCD 8 Mar 1905; D.D. Aberdeen 1931; d. 1 Oct 1945 Aberdeen; mar. 1897 Helen Mary Christison; issue: James Beattie
Frederick David Langlands1905-1909b. 8 Mar 1880 Downfield, Mains, son of Peter L., schoolmaster; M.A.(1901), B.D.(1904) (St Andrews); ord. 2 Nov 1905; tr. to Eastwood RFW 31 May 1909; tr. to Galashiels SEL 30 Jun 1925; D.D. St Andrews 1937; d. 1954 Pollok; mar. (1) 1908 Roberta Agnes Scott; issue: Robt S., Fredk P.; (2) 1943 Elizabeth Clark Forbes
David Nelson1910-1949-b. 15 Jan 1873 Edinburgh, son of Andrew Swan N.; M.A. Edinburgh 1896; ass. at Portobello MLN; ord. South par., Kirriemuir 20 Apr 1905; tr. & adm. 3 Feb 1910; d. 1961 Edinburgh; mar. 1905 Netta McAra Peat & had issue

Ministers of Aldbar

David Fowler [Fullar]1563, 1567reader
Andrew Ker1574reader
James Neilson1576-1580reader
James Ramsay1590-1591removed from Aberlemno 1590, Finavon (Oathlaw) being also in the charge; returned to Aberlemno 1591

Ministers of Aberlemno Free, later United Free, Church

John Dow Fisher1862-1901b. 26 Oct 1832 Monzie PER, son of Alexr F.; ord. 1862; d. 30 Sep 1901; mar. 1867 Mary Henderson; issue: Eliz. Dow; Barbara; Marjory Mary; Agnes Henderson (mar. the Rev. James Haggart Clark - see below); Alexr H.; John D.
James Haggart Clark1901-1915M.A.; b. 24 Oct 1874 Newhills ABD, son of the Rev. Alexr Clark; ord. & ind. Dec 1901; tr. to St Cyrus 1916; South Church, Abernethy; d. 1 Jun 1955 Perth; mar. 1904 Agnes H. Fisher

Ministers of the Congregational Church at Carsegownie

See Congregational ministers at Carsegownie.


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Aberlemno Kirkyard (ca. 90 stones) and in the kirkyard of the former kirk and later private chapel of Aldbar (7 stones of the family of Chalmers of Aldbar) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 1: Strathmore" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1993), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 1. Pre-1855 Strathmore" in their online shop.)

Andrew Jervise recorded several monuments at Aberlemno in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 7-10, and at Aldbar, pp. 10-11 of the same volume.

There is a small modern cemetery immediately north of Aberlemno kirkyard, with ca. 40 monuments.

The following is a complete listing of the visible inscriptions at Aldbar. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering, though there is some doubt about some of these identifications. Uncertain readings are in parentheses, (); square brackets enclose editorial comments.

[M1; cross, within rails] JOHN INGLIS CHALMERS of Aldbar born August 2nd 1809 died May 15th 1868 Our friend sleepeth. St John XI.11. MARGARET INGLIS wife of the above born Decr 7th 1814 died Good Friday April 3rd 1896

[M2] To the memory of FRANCES, daughter of PATRICK CHALMERS of Aldbar, born 8th June 1805, died 10th January 1872.

[M3; east: a cross flory]
[west; very mossy] MARY JANE relict of JAMES INGLIS of Jamaica (Esq.) died at Brechin ...

[M4; coped stone; very mossy; see photo] [PATRI]CK CHALMERS born Octr 31 1802 died ...

[M5?; wheeled cross; no evident inscription; see photo]

[M6?; stone behind M4 in photo of M4; no evident inscription]

[M7?; fallen face up; no inscription given by Mitchell] In affectionate memory of EVELYN C. CHALMERS 1st June 1940.

The following is a partial listing of the inscriptions in Aberlemno Kirkyard, including all the monuments that lie north of the kirk. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. Uncertain readings are in parentheses, (); parentheses on the stones are replaced here by braces, {}; square brackets enclose editorial comments. [buried] means that the inscription is below ground.

North of the kirk, eastwards

[1] Erected by DAVID MILNE, Balbinnie and AGNES CABLE or MILNE Chapelton of Menmuir in memory of their uncle WILLIAM MORGAN of Balbinnie who died at North Mains of Turin on the 15th Dec. 1872, aged 82 years. Where he was life-renter for 56 years.

[2] Erected by DAVID MILNE in memory of his wife JEAN CABLE, who died at Nether Turin 8th May 1869 aged 43 years.

[3] In loving memory of DAVID MILNE, of Balbinny and North Mains of Turin who died on 14th August 1924, in his 70th year. And of his wife CATHERINE MURRAY KENNEDY, who died on 4th January 1928, in her 75th year.

[4] MARY CROOK, aged 81. Loved by all. "Westward look! The land is bright."

[5] M In loving memory of WILLIAM MATTHEW late farmer Balnacake who died 19th March 1893 aged 46 years Gone, but not forgotten. Erected by the family

[6; open book] In loving memory of our dear sons ALEXANDER CARNEGIE who died 22 July 1912, aged 19 years ANDREW FORD CARNEGIE who died 23 Feby 1919, aged 28 years. Ever remembered

[7] In loving memory of ANDREW CARNEGIE, who died at Blackden 25th May 1894, aged 60 years. And of his wife JANE McKENZIE, who died 28th January 1899, aged 67 years. Also their daughter MARGARET, who died 25th Dec. 1915, aged 44 years. Also their sons ANDREW CARNEGIE, who died 8th Oct. 1935, aged 72 years. JOHN CARNEGIE who died 13th Jan. 1948 aged 73 years.

[8] C In memory of our beloved parents ALEXANDER CARNEGIE died 28th June 1932 aged 72 His wife MARY JANE FORD died 14th Sept 1960 aged 91 Also their sons ANDREW FORD died 23rd Feb 1919 aged 28 ALEXANDER died 22nd Aug 1912 aged 19 Resting, where no shadows fall

[9] Erected by PETER MILNE, farmer, Wandershill, & his sister MARY ANN, in memory of their brother, JAMES MILNE, born in this parish, was 17 years in Her Majesty's Civil Service, in India and died on his way home at Liverpool on 9th Nov. 1885, aged 47 years, and lies buried here. Also of JANE DOIG wife of PETER MILNE, who died at Anerley House Brechin 22nd June 1911, aged 75 years. "He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation." Psalm CVII.7.

[10] In loving memory of JAMES NORRIE farmer Howmuir who died 8th May 1895 aged 53 years. And his wife ELIZABETH ROBERTSON who died 26th June 1901 aged 49 years. Also their daughter ISABELLA who died 9th Sep. 1889 aged 3 months. Erected by the family.

[11; small obelisk] Erected by WILLIAM ANDERSON, Crosston, in memory of his daughter MARGARET BAYNE, who died 14 Aug 1890 aged 2 years and 2 months.

[12] Erected to the memory of the Revd JOHN D. FISHER for 39 years minister of the U.F. Church Aberlemno who died 30th September 1901, aged 68 years. His wife MARY HENDERSON who died 21st April 1904, aged 68 years. ELIZABETH D. FISHER who died 18th November 1884 in her 17th year. AGNES H. FISHER wife of Revd J. H. CLARK who died 7th February 1913, aged 40 years. ALEX. H. FISHER who died in Wales Dec. 1928 aged 54.

[13] In loving memory of JAMES FORD, who died 27th March 1915, aged 76 years. And his wife ISABELLA REID, who died 21st Aug. 1927, aged 92 years. Also their son ANDREW who died 6th Feb. 1878 aged 3 years. And their grandchild ISABELLA FORD, who died in infancy 5th Jan. 1899. "Asleep in Jesus"

[14] Erected in loving memory of JAMES DAVIDSON who died at Pitkennedy 17th April 1889, aged 79 years. Also of his wife MARY SMITH who died 30th October 1885, aged 74 years. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."

[15] In memory of CHRISTINA BURNETT, wife of JOHN LEITCH, farmer Damside, who died 3rd April 1883, aged 66 years. Also the said JOHN LEITCH who died 14th Decr 1909, aged 86 years. And of their family ANNIE, died 22nd Feby 1895 aged 45 years. WILLIAM, died 4th May 1903 aged 40 years.
[south] Also JAMES LEITCH who died 17th Jan. 1937, aged 82 years. And JESSIE LEITCH who died 25th April 1937, aged 81 years
[west] In memory of ALEXANDER LEITCH farmer, Damside, died 21st November 1964, aged 66 years. Beloved husband of LILIAN DONALD who died 11th May 1993, aged 90 years. Mother of BILL Grandmother of HEATHER, SANDY & RENÉE
[north] MARTHA DAVIDSON BULLEN who died 24th Aug. 2008 aged 81 years.

[16] In loving memory of WILLIAM LOWSON, J.P., Kirkton, died 30th Jan. 1925, aged 86 years. And his wife MARY CAY, died 25th April 1931, aged 89 years. Also their children GUY, died 21st Sept. 1911, aged 27 years. MARY, died 3rd April 1886, aged 15 years. JAMES, died 13th JUNE 1876 aged 7 years. CATHERINE, died 26th Jan. 1959 aged 80 years.

[17, M74] Erected by AGNES HUNTER, in memory of her husband GEORGE JARRON, farmer, Mains of Melgund, who died 13th July 1874, aged 70 years. AGNES HUNTER, died Feb. 2. 1882, aged 76 years. GEORGE JARRON son of the above died at Bonnyton, Inverarity, 6th Feb. 1900, aged 54 years.

[18; heart] In loving rememberance of MARY GOVE, wife of ANDREW MOLLISON, Helen St. Forfar who died in Dundee Royal Infirmary 26th May 1910, To memory dear

[19; small] In loving memory of our dear mother MARY GOVE, died 26th May 1910, aged 75 years. And our dear father ANDREW MOLLISON, died 14th Dec. 1926, aged 91 years. Ever fondly remembered

[20; face with inscription detached from rest of stone; late 19th C] Erected to the memory of ELIZABETH BURNS who died 1st March 18(.)9, aged 80 years.

[21; engulfed by 2 yews that seem to have destroyed the main inscription] A few short years of evil past / We reach the happy shore, / Where death-divided friends at last / Shall meet to part no more.

[22, M77] Erected by JAMES McLAREN, farmer Balgarrock, and AGNES JARRON, his spouse. In memory of their children MARGARET, born 16th January 1842, died 30th Septr 1846. ALEXANDER, born 30th April 1843, died 29th March 1848. JAMES, born 15th June 1845, died 15th April 1848. JESSIE, born 9th October 1850, died 26th Septr 1870. The above AGNES JARRON died 11th September 1898, aged 83 years. Also the said JAMES McLAREN died 6th April 1901, aged 85 years. Also JOHN McLAREN of Balgillo born 17th January 1848 died 11th June 1918. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

[23] In loving memory of ANDREW LESLIE MELVILLE died 18th December 1964 aged 8 months. Also his grandmother HILDA DUCKWORTH 8.5.1909 - 24.7.2000

[24, M76] In memory of ANDREW HENDERSON, farmer of Woodwrae for fifty-four years, an upright man and esteemed by all who knew him, born January 1787, died July 1870. And BARBARA JARRON, his wife born Oct: 1799. died Sept: 1876. Also of his sons ANDREW, aged 32 years, who died 2nd June. And GEORGE, aged 24 years, who died 6th July 1866. And his daughters JOANNA, who died May 1848, aged 3 years. ANNE, who died 18th October 1901, aged 75 years. AGNES JARRON, who died 28th January 1921, aged 81 years.
[west] "Because I live, ye shall live also." John XIV.19.

[25] Erected by the widow and family in memory of JAMES MILNE, who was for many years gardener and forester at Turin. He died 3d January 1866, aged 63 years. MARGARET, his daughter died 18th Dec. 1872 aged 41 years. MARY JOLLY, relict of the above mentioned JAMES MILNE, died 22nd December 1884, in the 68th year of her age. Also of MARY ANN MILNE his younger daughter who died at Isla Bank Cottage, Brechin, 3rd May 1911, aged 75 years.

[26; obelisk] In memoriam Rev. THOMAS MYLES born 1809 ordained minister of Aberlemno 10th May 1844 died 24th March 1891
[south] Also MARGARET MYLES sister of Rev. THOMAS MYLES born 16th December 1815 died 22nd July 1896
[west] Absent from the body / Present with the Lord
[north] "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord"

[27] Erected by THOMAS MYLES in memory of his aunt ELIZABETH BLYTH who died at the Manse April 24, 1856 There also his mother MARGARET BLYTH relict of JOHN MYLES Perth died Jan. 7. 1868 aged 93 years
[west] Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely

East of the kirk

[28, M78] 1852 Erected by Mr WILLIAM COOPER contractor, in memory of his late foreman JOHN CLAYTON of Brighouse near Halifax Yorkshire, who departed this life on the 19th June 1852, aged 3(5) years. Much lamented by his friends and acquaintances.

[29] Erected by JAMES BUSH late farmer of Tillywhandland, in memory of his beloved wife AGNES OGILVY who died 27th Dec. 1895, aged 74 years. And of their daughter CATHERINE who died 23rd April 1882, aged 34 years. The above JAMES BUSH died 18th June 1897, aged 75 years. Their son WILLIAM BUSH died 12th Feb. 1901, aged 38 years. And his daughter JANE MAXWELL died 15th Feb. 1900, aged 1 month. CATHERINE HENDERSON wife of the above WILLIAM BUSH who died 23rd Feb. 1924 aged 60 years. Interred in Laurencekirk Cemetery.

[30; small; west] In memory of JANE S. CAMERON, died 18th July 1891, aged 9 months.

[31; defaced]

[32] Erected by GEORGE EDDIE and his spouse JEAN REA to the memory of their daughter ANN She was born 27th Febry 1853 and died 15th April 1857.

[33] In loving memory of my husband JAMES G. FINDLAY, who died 27th Aug. 1942, aged 75 years. Also his wife ROBINA FINDLAY who died 18th Dec. 1948 aged 74 years.

[34] Erected by the family in memory of their father GEORGE PRAIN, who died 20th April 1871, aged 77 years. Also ANN SIM their mother who died 10th June 1882, aged 85 years.

[35, M46] 1756 This stone was erected by JEAN GIB in memorie of her husband DAVID C.A... sometime tennant in Moorside of Melgond he departed this life the 7th day of Febry 1755 aged 38 years.
[west] DC IG; ... / ... / Uncertain (l)ea(s)e wh(o) ... / Tels never when life ends till it be done

[36] Erected by JANE WEBSTER in memory of her husband JAMES DONALD late farmer Muirside of Melgund who died 6th January 1872 aged 63 years. Also of the said JANE WEBSTER who died 6th February 1876 aged 64 years. Also of their family JAMES who died 20th January 1860 aged 27 years JOHN who died 22nd March 1844 aged 5 months. WILLIAM who died 30th March 1890 aged 53 years. HENRY who died 19th September 1908 aged 66 years. JANE who died 15th April 1924 aged 78 years.

Against east boundary wall

[M60] Erected by GEORGE BELL, of Balconnel. In memory of PETER BELL, Esq., of Balconnel, his uncle, for upwards of 30 years tenant in Crosstown Aberlemno who died 3rd Jany 1850: aged 57. As also of JAMES BELL, at Balnacake, his father, who died 2(6)th December 1824 aged 44. And of PETER BELL, his brother, [who died] (10th Jany) 1845 aged (2)1.

[M61] Erected by JAMES DAVIDSON in Pitkennedy and ISABOL IRVINE his spouse in memory of their children, viz. JEAN who died the 13th April 1791 aged 16 years and ALEXANDER who died the 16th Febry 1796 aged 14 years. Also ROBERT who died t[he] ... Novr 1797 aged 18 years. ISABEL who died Sepr 1(.) 18(1.) aged 24 years Also ISABELEL IRVINE his spous who died the 1t Decr 1821 aged 76 years

[M63] A(.) I(.) D(.) M(.) I(.) A(.) ... pulvis ... This stone was erected by JOHN CRAIK and MARGRET STORROCK, somtime in Corstowne of Aberlemno in memory of there children viz. ALLEXANDER CRAICK who died the 10th of May 1730 aged two years. Also MARGARET CRAIK died the 10th of March 1739 aged four years. Also ALLEX CRAIK died August 28th 1740 aged one year. The above JNo CRAIK died 177(3) aged 76 years MARGt STURROCK died 1795 aged 92 years. Their daughter MARY died 1803 aged 62 years Their son JAs died 1808 aged 7(6) years JOHN CRAIK tenant of Balglassie son of the foresaid ... died 6th June 1777 aged 47 years. ... MARGARET ... died 1st Octr 1813 aged 68 years [buried]


Aberlemno war memorial

Inside the kirk: 1914-1919 : 1939-1945


Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1855 to present

Indexes and actual records for Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages & Deaths, beginning 1 Jan 1855, are available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople.

Births, Marriages & Deaths, before 1855

Indexes and actual records for all extant Old Parish Registers (OPRs) (pre-1855) of the Established Church of Scotland are available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople.


Church Session Records of Aberlemno Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/5/...
Minutes & accounts1731-17651
Communion roll1948-19578
Leaving certificate (Mr & Mrs A. Watson)19539

Church Session Records of Aberlemno Free Church
later, United Free; congregation dissolved in 1924

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/6/...
Deacons' Court minutes1857-19242
Communion Roll1903-19233


Aberlemno Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR310/...
Minute book1854-19311
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (manse, churchyard)1891-19312
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1926, 19303


Land owners

There were 10 proprietors of land in the parish in 1842:


Farmers / Tenants

AldbarPatrick Chalmers of Aldbar-1906-
doCapt. William Scott-1924-1931-
doP. & T.L. Cooper-1935-
doAlexander P. Jackson-1938-1942-
BalbinnyWilliam M. Milne-1924-
Balbinny & North Mains of TurinWilliam M. Milne-1928-1942-
BalgarrockJames McLaren of Wester Balgillo [d. 1901]-1877-1901
doJohn McLaren-1906-1921-
doTrustees of John McLaren-1924-
doWilliam Butter-1922-1942-
BalgaviesMiss A. Lowson-1906-
doJ.C. Seaton-1938-1942-
BalglassieAlexander Miller-1886-
doJohn Leighton-1902-
doJohn Blythe Myles-1906-1935-
doLt.-Col. Robert Forbes-1938-1942-
BalnacakeWilliam Matthew [d. 1893]-1893
doAndrew Lindsay, jun.-1902-1914-
doJoseph Lamb-1918-1921-
doMessrs Lamb [James, jun. & Joseph, jun.]-1922-1942-
William Reid-1885-
doJames Ford-1902-
doWilliam Mollison [d. 1933]-1906-1933
doJohn Patrick-1935-1942-
BlackdenAndrew Carnegie-1893-
doJames Thomson-1906-
doJohn Neill-1910-1924-
doD. & S.A. Smith-1928-
doS.A. Smith-1931-1942-
Blaikie Mill
[Mills of Blaikiemill]
Robert Graham-1906-
doR.W. Garland-1910-1914-
doGeorge Guild-1918-1924-
doW. Watson-1928-
doJames Scott-1931-1942-
BlibberhillPeter S. Fairweather-1902-1931-
doMessrs Pattullo-1931-
doFairweather & Pattullo-1935-1942-
Bog of PitkennedyWilliam [d. 1905] & David Sherret-1902-1905
doDavid Sherret1905-1906-
doAlexander Anderson-1910-1928-
doA. Buchan-1931-1942-
BroomknoweDavid Inglis-1902-1906-
doStewart Dick-1908-
doJohn & Robert Dick-1910-1921-
doStewart Dick-1924-1928-
doJ. Duff-1931-1942-
CarsegownieCharles S. Salmond-1902-
doWilliam Wyllie [d. 1932]-1906-1932
doP. Peace-1935-1942-
Carsegownie MuirPeter Taylor-1906-
doPeter Taylor-1924-1928-
doJ.S. Taylor-1931-
doC.W. Henderson-1935-1942-
Cotton of PitkennedyC. Gray-1931-
CraiksfoldsJames Martin-?-
doJames Fairweather-1902-1906-
doGeorge Doig Ramsay [d. 1921]-1910-1921
doRepresentatives of George Doig Ramsay-1924-
doGeorge Findlay-1928-1931-
doG.T. Leuchars-1928-
doG. Leuchars-1935-1943-
doFor SaleOct 1943
CrosstonPeter Bell of Balconnel [d. 1850]-?-
doJohn Kennedy-1892-
doMrs C. & John M. Kennedy-1902-
doWilliam M. Milne-1910-1918-
DamsideJohn Leitch [d. 1909]-1870-1909
doJames Leitch-1914-1931-
doJames [d. 1937] & Alexander Leitch-1937
doAlexander Leitch [d. 1964]1937-1942-
East FramedrumRobert Falconer-1902-
East & West FramedrumRobert Falconer-1906-
doJ. Sherret-1928-
doAlbert Cockie-1935-1942-
Easterton of MelgundJohn Smith-1910-1924-
doRobert Smith-1928-
doJames Isles-1931-1942-
FlemingtonPatrick Webster-1902-1906-
doCharles Joseph Mitchell [d. 1919]-1906-1919
doJohn Grant [d. 1933]-1924-1933
doJ. & D. Grant-1935-1942-
HowmuirJames Norrie [d. 1895]-1895
doMrs Elizabeth Norrie-1902-1906-
doRepresentatives of Mrs Elizabeth Norrie-1910-1914-
doD. & G. Rough-1918-1921-
doD.F. Rough-1924-
doE. Weighton-1928-1931-
doL.S. Meikle-1935-1942-
KirktonWilliam Lowson-1902-1914-
doJohn Wishart-1918-1928-
doDavid Alexander Peebles-1930-1931-
doJames Mitchell-1935-1942-
Mains of BalgaviesGeorge Wedderspoon-1902-1914-
doF. McDiarmid-1918-1931-
doR.W. Thomson-1935-1942-
Mains of CarsegowniePeter Taylor-1910-1921-
Mains of MelgundGeorge Jarron [d. 1874]-1874
doJohn Neish Jarron [d. 1907]-1902-1907
doArthur Jarron-1910-
doA. & A. Kydd-1914-
doArthur Jarron-1918-1942-
Mains of TurinDavid Grant [d. 1894]-1894
Melgund BankRepresentatives of Charles Buchan-1924-
doAlexander Beattie & William Bradford-1928-
doWilliam Bradford-1931-1942-
Muirside of MelgundJames Donald [d. 1872]-?-
doAlexander Carnegie & Andrew Carnegie, jun.-1902-
doJohn Smith-1906-
doDavid Mollison-1902-
doJames Thomson-1902-
doCharles Buchan-1910-1914-
Nether Turin & North Mains of TurinDavid Milne, jun.-1902-1906-
Nether TurinDavid Milne, jun.-1910-1924-
Netherton of MelgundPeter Herald-1902-1906-
doR. Grant-1910-
doJohn Grant-1914-1921-
doDavid Gorrie-1924-1931-
North Mains of BalgaviesJames Cattanach [d. 1900]-1900
doRepresentatives of James Cattanach-1902-1921-
doJ. Cattanach-1924-1942-
North TurinJames Abercrombie-1910-1914-
PitkennedyDavid Alexander [d. 1899]-1899
doRobert Oldham-1902-1910-
doRobert & George Oldham-1914-1921-
doGeorge Keith Oldham-1924-1928-
doD.G. Nicoll-1931-
doDavid D. Nicoll-1935-1942-
doWilliam Meiklejohn-1950-
Southtown of MelgundJohn McDonald-1902-1906-
doJames Neill, jun.-1910-1924-
doR.R. Wood-1928-
doMessrs Smith-1931-1942-
TillywhandlandDavid Black Brown-1880-
doJames Bush [d. 1897]-?-
doAlexander Davidson-1902-1924-
doP. Peace-1928-1931-
doGeorge Easton [d. 1939]-1935-1939
TurinMrs & John Grant-1906-
doAndrew S. Calder of Turin-1924-
WandershiellPeter Milne-1902-1906-
doWilliam Bairner-1910-1928-
doJames Inverarity-1931-1942-
West FramedrumG. Leuchars-1931-
West MilldensWilliam Keddie-1902-1906-
doAlexander Beattie & William Bradford-1910-1924-
doJ. & J. McNay-1928-1935-
Wood of AldbarR. Falconer-1910-1924-
doW.R. Stephen-1928-1931-
doWilliam Forbes-1935-1942-
WoodendWilliam Calder-1902-1931-
Andrew Henderson [d. 1870]-1870
doWilliam Salmond-1894-1906-
doWilliam S. Stephen-1906-
doRobert Alexander Alexander [d. 1912]-1910-1912
doRepresentatives of Robert Alexander Alexander-1918-1921-
doMrs Alexander-1924-1942-
doRobert Alexander-1937-


Census records

Records of the official censuses of the parish in 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921 are held in Register House, Edinburgh and are open to the public on payment of a fee.

Indexes to all the original census records, and the records themselves, can be accessed online at modest charge at ScotlandsPeople.

Microfilm copies are also widely available in libraries. The 1881 census is available on CD-ROM.

The early censuses of 1801-31 do not name individuals.


Population statistics

1755943Dr Alexander Webster
17901033Old Statistical Account


Testaments & wills

Aberlemno was in the Commissariot of St Andrews.

Indexes to all extant pre-1926 testamentary records (wills & inventories of moveable property) can be searched free of charge at ScotlandsPeople. Digital (and paper) copies of the documents can be purchased at that site. See further the introduction to Angus & Kincardineshire at Testaments.

Testaments of people of Aberlemno and Aldbar from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1800

John Adamin the Kirktoun of Aberlemno12 Oct 1681
Barbara Allanspouse to James Crawmond, in Burnesyde, par. of Auldbar13 Mar 1618
George Allanat Woodside of Auldbarr, par. of Aberlemno5 Mar 1778
James Allanin Belliehill, par. of Aberlemno24 Oct 1687
James Beaton of Melgundpar. of Abirlemno22 Jul 1613
John Bowmanin Corstoun of Aberlemno, par. of Aberlemno6 Jul 1614
Alexander Buchanin Baldardie, par. of Aberlemno24 Oct 1687
Alexander Campbell of Carsgowniepar. of Aberlemno20 Oct 1692
David Campbellyoungest lawful son to the deceased Alexander Campbell of Carsgownie, par. of Aberlemno13 May 1706
Elizabeth Cantspouse to William Allan, in Belliehill, par. of Aberlemno24 Oct 1687
Barbara Carnegiespouse to John Jonkein, in Balbenie, par. of Aberlemno6 May 1641
Isobel Childspouse to David Wallace, in Sourdoch, par. of Aberlemno18 Apr 1620
Agnes Craikspouse to John Langlands, in Cottoun of Melgum, par. of Auldbar7 Mar 1621
David Craikin Carsgownie, par. of Aberlemno8 Mar 1648
Margaret Cramondspouse to Walter Bellie, in Laws of Flemingtoun, par. of Aberlemno12 Jan 1616
George Crichtonin Balgaivie, par. of Aberlemno1 Sep 1606
John Davidsonin the Mursyde of Melgund, par. of Aberlemno3 Nov 1675
Elspet Dempsterspouse to John Bellie, in Nathertowne of Melgum, par. of Aberlemno1 Jun 1638
Marion Drummondspouse to David Lour, in Holl of Woodwrey, par. of Aberlemno6 May 1641
Gelis Esplinspouse to David Symsoun, in Balgaie, par. of Abirlemno1 Sep 1606
Henry Esplinin Kirktoun of Guthrie, par. of Aberlemno[?]15 Oct 1746
Isobel Ferrierin Aberlemno8 Oct 1613
David Fitchellsometime tenent in Nether Fuern, par. of Aberlemno29 Sep 1784
Agnes Foxspouse to John Jamesone, par. of Auldbar18 Aug 1613
Isobel Fullartonspouse to Alexander Corcar, in Holmur, par. of Aberlemno24 Oct 1687
George Gallowayin Howmure, par. of Aberlemno26 Aug 1626
Lilias Gray, Lady Drumkilbopar. of Aberlemno18 Nov 1615
Euphame Greenspouse to George Smith, in South Melgum, par. of Auldbar10 Jun 1635
Andrew Guthriein Woodhead of Auldbar18 Aug 1713
David Jamiesonin Coltoun of Steymingtoun, par. of Aberlemno24 Sep 1640
Mary Lindsayspouse to Mr John Ouchterlonie, minister at Aberlemno11 Oct 1681
Catharine Lyonspouse to Andrew Deuchars, in Balbeadie, par. of Aberlemno23 Oct 1683
Alexander Marnoin Wodwray, par. of Aberlemno24 Oct 1687
Mary Millarresidenter in Forfar, and relict of the Rev. Mr Thomas Mitchell, late minister at Aberlemno, par. of Forfar2 Dec 1755
Elizabeth Morrisspouse to James Carnegie, in Corstoune of Aberlemno, par. of Aberlemnoch16 Feb 1619
William Nicollin Balgayes, par. of Abirlemno18 Apr 1620
Janet Ogilviespouse to John Pitbladow, at the Milne of Melgund, par. of Aberlemno7 Dec 1615
William Scottcotterman in Cottoun of Turing, dwelling for the time in par. of Aberlemno10 Jul 1599
Marion Simpsonspouse to George Spuner, par. of Auldbar18 Aug 1613
Elspet Smithspouse to William Symsoun, par. of Aberlemnoch18 Jan 1621
Gilbert Smithat the Mylne of Ballgayis [Balgavies], sher. of Forfar18 Mar 1651
Hercules Spoynerin Blaberhill, par. of Auldbar20 Jan 1615
Charles Strachan of Balgavispar. of Aberlemno24 Jul 1723
Helen Strachanrelict of John Guthrie, in Woodend, par. of Auldbar18 Aug 1613
William Strachan of Balgavispar. of Aberlemno3 Oct 1722
John Waddielate at the Walk-miln of Dunbar, par. of Aberlemno28 May 1755
Alexander Watson of Turinpar. of Aberlemno14 May and 10 Dec 1798
Robert Wattin Kellokschaw, par. of Auldbar19 Oct 1613
John Williamsonin Tilliquhanlane, par. of Aberlemno27 Apr 1639
Robert Young of Auldbarrpar. of Aberlemno14 Feb 1717

Testaments registered at St Andrews that have been lost, for which only entries in the minute books are extant

David Langlandsin Nethertoun of Melgund, par. of Aberlemno22 Oct 1729
Robert Young of Aldbarpar. of Aberlemno19 Jun 1734

Testaments of people of Aberlemno and Aldbar from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1800
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

Alexander Chrystiein Craigend of Auldbarr9 Aug 1721
Isabel Neishspouse to Thomas Grub, in Burnside of AuldbarT. -- 1735
Agnes Thomsonspouse to Alexander Coull, in Cottoun of Melgund, par. of Auldbar28 Apr 1600
William Wattin Corstoun of Aberlemnocht11 Nov 1600
Margaret Woodrelict of David Taylor, late tenant in Chappell of Auldbarr8 May 1776

Testaments of Aberlemno people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1601-1700

James Belliein Polgarrok, par. of Abirlemnoche, in Angus29 Jan 1607
Thomas Fyfein Baglassie, par. of Aberlemno, sher. of Angus20 Jan 1603
John Mortimer of Flemyngtounin Angus20 Jun 1609
Elspeth Wishartsometime spouse to John Mortimer of Flemyngtoun, par. of Aberlemno, in Angus16 Jul 1602


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Aberlemno:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/57


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Aberlemno:


Places of interest


This page updated 31 Aug 2022