Arbuthnott (or Arbuthnot) (Kincardineshire)

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Parish number 250

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Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
War memorial


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OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles


Statistical accounts of Arbuthnott


Maps of Arbuthnott

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Recent photographs of places

See Photographs of Arbuthnott. National Grid ref. NO8074.


Arbuthnott parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO802746. The kirk was dedicated to St Ternan.

Photograph of Arbuthnott Kirk

Second photo of Arbuthnott Kirk

Third photo of Arbuthnott Kirk


Parish ministers 1560-1921

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

Alexander Arbuthnot1569b. 1538; appointed principal of Uni. and of King's College Aberdeen 1569
Alexander Keith1574also had Bervie, Garvock & Kinneff in his charge
Robert Arbuthnot1583-1585, ca. 1592-1603pres. 3 Dec 1583; tr. to Marykirk ca. 1585; returned here aft. 1591; still min. 15 Nov 1603
Archibald Watson1593reader here 1572-85; probably ass. or colleague 1593; reader 1595-1601
Andrew Ramsay1605-1614b. 1574; M.A. Kings Aberdeen; min. here 1605; tr. to Old Greyfriars Edinburgh 28 Apr 1614
Robert Arbuthnott1614-1615son of Robt A. in Craighall; at Aberdeen 14 Dec 1599; adm. Garvock 1604; tr. & adm. bef. 7 Feb 1615; mar. contr. 1605 Helen, dau. of George Barclay of Syde
James Beddie1615-1626adm. 4 Oct 1615; still min. 19 Oct 1626
John Sibbald1630-1662son of Alexander Sibbald, of Sibbalds of Kair; bro. of James Sibbald D.D., min. of Aberdeen; min. ca. 1630; d. unm. 22 Feb 1662
John Chalmer1662-1664M.A.; adm. 28 Sep 1662; tr. to Peterhead 1664
Alexander Arbuthnot1665-1689eldest son of Robert Arbuthnot of Scotsmill; M.A. Marischal 1654; min. of Holywood 1663; tr. & adm. 22 Mar 1665; deprived 19 Sep 1689; retired to Halgreen Castle; bought Kinghornie Estate; d. 27 Feb 1691; mar. (1) 1666 Margaret, dau. of John Lammie, dean of Brechin & min. of Farnell; issue: John, M.D., served heir to his father 1696; Robert, banker in Rouen, France; Alexr; Kath.; Alexr, merchant, Calcutta; Joan; Eliz.; mar. (2) Cath., prob. dau. of David Ochterlony, min. of Fordoun, who survived him; issue: George, of Kinghornie
Francis Melvill1690-1711b. 1665 KCD; ord. 30 Oct 1690; tr. to Aberdeen 20 Dec 1711; d. Dec 1723; mar. (1) 1690 Kath., dau. of James Arbuthnot of Dalladies; issue: Robert, min. of Durris; Eliz.; mar. (2) 1704 Margaret Turnbull, Montrose; issue: Janet
James Douglas1715-1743probably of family of Stanypath ELN; ord. Aboyne 21 Mar 1700; tr. & adm. 16 Mar 1715; d. May or Jun 1743 aged ca. 69; mar. Eliz., dau. of Capt. Robert Arbuthnot in Kirkside of Fordoun
Alexander Shank1743-1780b. 1708, son of Alexander Shank, min. of Drumoak; ord. St Cyrus 23 Aug 1732; tr. & adm. 26 Aug 1743; d. 3 Jan 1780; mar. 1735 Jane, dau. of bailie Gordon; issue: Alexr, min. of St Cyrus; John, min. here; Wm, min. of Fetteresso; Jean (mar. Kenneth Mackenzie, merchant, Aberdeen); Henry
John Shank1780-1820b. 1738, son of above; ord. 28 Sep 1780; d. unm. 10 Dec 1818
James Milne1821-1850b. 1770, son of an innkeeper, Kirkton of Arbuthnott; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1791; schoolmaster Arbuthnott; ord. (ass. & suc.) Garvock 9 May 1814; tr. & adm. 1 Mar 1821; d. 24 Jan 1850; mar. 1822 Ann, dau. of James Anderson, tenant, Redford
Samuel Trail1841-1844b. 1806 Udny, son of John T.; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1825; tutor to family of viscount of Arbuthnott; ord. (ass. & suc.) 5 Aug 1841; tr. to Birsay 1844 which he res. 8 May 1868 when appointed Professor of Systematic Theology, Aberdeen; LL.D. 1847 D.D. 1852 Kings; provost of Old Aberdeen; d. 1 May 1887 Aberdeen; mar. (1) 1841 Helen, yst dau. of James Scott, min. of Benholm; issue: Hercules Scott; Anne; Hercules; Isabella Anne (mar. Andrew Jamieson, C.E.); John Arbuthnott, M.A., LL.B., LL.D. (Aberdeen 1902), W.S.; Samuel Thomas; James William Helenus, M.D., F.R.S., Prof. of Botany, Aberdeen; mar. (2) 1882 Eliza, elder dau. of Prof. Robert Macpherson, D.D.
Robert Moir Spence1850-1903b. 1827 Kirkwall, son of James S., banker; M.A. Marischal 1846; ord. 8 Aug 1850; D.D. Aberdeen 1898; d. 3 Mar 1903; mar. 1860 Ann Farquhar, dau. of John Glegg, min. of Bervie; issue: Helen, Margaret, Anne, Anne Gerard
Charles Dunn1903-1912b. 1874 Leochel Cushnie, son of Peter D., farmer; M.A. 1895 B.D. 1898 Aberdeen; ass. St Mary's Dundee and West parish Aberdeen; ord. 2 Jul 1903; tr. to Uphall 1912; d. 13 Mar 1931; mar. 1911 Jean, dau. of Wm Munro
Peter Alexander Dunn1913-1920b. 1884 Nova Scotia, son of Charles Dunn, min. of Lybster; M.A. 1908, B.D. 1911 Edinburgh; ass. Morningside Edinburgh; ord. 9 Jan 1913; tr. to Woodside, Aberdeen 1920; tr. to Greenside, Edinburgh 13 May 1924; dem. there 7 Oct 1928; appointed to Central Church, Boston, USA; tr. to St Paul's, Hamilton, Ontario 1932; mar. (1) 1914 Alberta Mary Margaret, dau. of Wm Geo. Freeman, London; had issue; mar. (2) 1942 Dorothy Burton Dewar
John Simpson Mutch1921-1925b. 1892 Huntly, yr son of Alexr M.; M.A. 1913 B.D. 1915 Aberdeen; ass. Scoonie and East parish, Aberdeen; ord. 2 Feb 1921; tr. to St Thomas's, Newport 1925; d. Jul 1977 Fleetwood, Lancs; mar. 1922 Margaret Wood, dau. of James Aitchison, Stronsay
Alfred Saunders Barron1925-1933b. 1890 New Byth, 2nd son of Geo. B., schoolmaster; M.A. 1911 B.D. 1915 (Aberdeen); tr. & ind. Oct 1933 Longside Old; d. 1973 Crieff; mar.(1) 1922 Alice A.M. Mitchell; (2) 1950 Ina Ogilvie; bro. of Wm D., Malayan civil service & of Dr Arthur M. in Poole
Ambrose Shepherd Russell1934-1945M.A.; b. 1905 Partick; lic. 1932; ass. Montrose Old Kirk; ord. & ind. here 30 Jan 1934; tr. to Holm, Orkney, Dec 1945; d. 1983 Elgin; mar. 1939 Jeanie P. Millar


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Arbuthnott Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 100 stones) are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Kincardineshire" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1999), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Kincardineshire MI - The Mearns" in their online shop.)

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Arbuthnott in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 199-208.

See also Arbuthnott Churchyard.

A partial listing for Arbuthnott Kirkyard follows. [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.


Photographs of any of the inscriptions listed below will be supplied on request by e-mail. The photos will be 2304 pixels by 1728 pixels, and approx. 850 kilobytes in size; the photos given here have been reduced in size to 288 x 216 pixels.

[M35; p804] 1779 Here lies JAMES SPARK sometime tennant in Broombank, who died 1760 aged 70 years. As also his spouse MARGARET DUTHIE who died 1778 aged 80 years.

[M26; p805] 1870 Erected by ALEXANDER BISSET, farmer in Upper Pitforthies, in memory of his wife, MARGARET McBAIN, who died 5th May 1867 aged 60 years. Also their children; MARGARET, who died in infancy 22nd Sept 1834. DAVID, who died 18th March 1876, aged 47 years. The above ALEXANDER BISSET, died at Hospital Shields, parish of Marykirk, 19th August 1878, aged 78 years. AGNES daughter of the above ALEXANDER BISSET, died at Lalathan Lodge, St Cyrus, 7th March 1916 aged 68 years. Also of JAMES JOLLY BISSET son of the above ALEXANDER BISSET who died at Lalathan Lodge, St Cyrus, 24th April 1918, aged 77 years. Also of MARY ANN BISSET daughter of the above ALEXANDER BISSET, who died at Lalathan Lodge, St Cyrus, 3rd March 1923, in the 85th year of her age.

[p806] Erected in loving memory of WILLIAM DEANS farmer, Milltown, Arbuthnott who died 1st April 1896, aged 73. His daughter LILLIAS, who died 23rd April 1907, aged 40. His wife JANET WILSON, who died 19th Jan. 1911, aged 86. ANNIE, who died 13th Nov. 1918, aged 56.

[M19; p807] Erected by WILLIAM MITCHELL, farmer, Deep, in memory of MARGARET, his only daughter, who died 24th July 1842; in the 13th year of her age. And MARGARET GARVIE his wife who died 6th March 1856; in the 70th year of her age. In memory also of the abovenamed, WILLIAM MITCHELL, who died at St Cyrus on 6th March, 1873 aged 75 years

[M13; p808] Erected by HELEN & ELIZABETH MORGAN, in memory of their brother Revd JAMES MORGAN, upwards of twenty years minister of the Scotch Church of Dordrect in Holland, thereafter residing in Stonehaven, who died 15th August 1869, in the 86th year of his age. ELIZABETH MORGAN died 11th August 1876, aged 86 years. HELEN MORGAN died 9th February 1878, aged 96 years.

[M2; p809] 1859 Sacred to the memory of JAMES DUNBAR who died 25th May 18(.)3 Also JANNET HENDRY his spouse who died 1795 and JANNET LYAL his spouse who died 20th September 18.. [buried]


Arbuthnott war memorial
At the Grassic Gibbon Centre, NO800753. See Grassic Gibbon Centre


Charles Begg - Peattie
James Begg - Peattie
Duncan Campbell - Bamph
William Copland - Alpity
Fred Crabb - Allardyce
Robert Elrick - Brenzies Hill
John Hadden - Temple of Fiddes
George A. Milne - Millplough
William Munro - Greenden
Alexander Murray - The Mains
William T. Ross - Midgeloch
Francis Thomson - Allardyce
William Young - The Lodge
Robert E. Walker - Drumyochar
Arbuthnott war memorial 1939-1945

William M. Petrie - Home Farm
George Simpson - Chapel Croft

See also Scottish War Memorials Project: Arbuthnott for further photographs and details.


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.

Burial records for Arbuthnott are held by the Registrar in Stonehaven. See Kincardine and Mearns Burial Grounds.

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 Arbuthnott Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/16/...
Minutes & accounts1639-16901


School records

The following records are some of those held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives:

Nature of recordDatesRef.
Arbuthnott School: Log Book1866 - 1899ED/KC5/101/1/1
do1899 - 1944ED/KC5/101/1/2
do1944 - 1973ED/KC5/101/1/3
Arbuthnott School: Admission Register1866 - 1973ED/KC5/101/2/1


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.


Land owners

There were 5 proprietors of land in the parish in 1838:


Estate & family records


Population statistics

1755Dr Alexander Webster
17741040see OSA
17904945471041Old Statistical Account


Testaments & wills

Arbuthnott 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 Arbuthnott people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823

David Alexandersonin Peathill, par. of Arbuthnott2 Apr 1624
Isobel Allardycespouse to James Lepar, in Banff, par. of Arbuthnot11 Apr 1617
Thomas Allardycetenant in Pitcarles, par. of Aberbuthnot13 Mar 1751
William Andersonin New Thorntoun, par. of Arbuthnot21 Oct 1684
Alexander Arbuthnotin Craighall of Arbuthnot25 May 1614
Alexander Arbuthnotin Pitcarlis, par. of Arbuthnot20 Apr 1615
James Arbuthnotin Gariotismyre, par. of Arbuthnot24 Nov 1618
John Arbuthnot, Viscount of Arbuthnotpar. of Arbuthnot8, 13 and 29 Jun, 28 Jul, 9 Aug, 29 Oct, 7 and 21 Nov 1791, 22 May 1792 and 27 Jun 1793
Margaret Arbuthnotspouse to George Preschok, in Leys, par. of Arbuthnot1 Nov 1616
Robert Arbuthnot, Master of Arbuthnottpar. of Arbuthnott1 Aug 1785
John Beattiecotterman in Quheitfeld of Arbuthnot, par. of Arbuthnot2 Apr 1618
William Blaebarin Mekill Fiddes, par. of Arbuthnot5 Jun 1627
Alexander Buchan of Auchmacoypar. of Arbuthnot9 Nov 1711
George Cairdin Kardoun of Arbuthnot25 Aug 1614
Janet Cairdspouse to Alexander Robertson, in Ledneskyne, par. of Arbuthnot11 Aug 1618
Margaret Crawspouse to John Fettus, par. of Arbuthnot24 Jan 1683
Alexander Crowin Parkhead of Arbuthnot23 Aug 1620
George Crowin Auldceok, par. of Arbuthnot23 Aug 1620
Robert Duncecotterman in Claschburne of Allardoss, par. of Arbuthnot1 Apr 1607
Joseph Durwardat Drumnyochar, par. of Arbuthnot16 Mar 1797
James Duthiesheen of Arbuthnott12 May 1807
William Erskinein Muirtoun, par. of Arbuthnot19 Dec 1618
Andrew Fetteswright in Boghall, par. of Arbuthnot19 Jan 1619
Bessie Fraserin Mekill Fiddess, par. of Arbuthnott, spouse to John Middleton20 Jun 1605
Margaret Fraserrelict of Alexander Kemlo, at Miln of Arbuthnot, thereafter in Bervie19 Sep 1788
Alexander Garviein Boghall, par. of Arbuthnot1 Jul 1674
James Greigshoemaker in Boghall of Arbuthnott28 Mar 1823
Claris Guthrie, alias Wobsterspouse to Robert Edward, in Clohog, par. of Arbuthnot27 Feb 1618
John Herdin Balmakellie, par. of Arbuthnot23 Jul 1662
George Hudsonmerchant, etc., Inverbervie, Arbuthnott4 Dec 1809
Dame Mary Keithspouse of Sir Robert Arbuthnot of that ilk, knight, par. of Arbuthnot31 May 1619 and 16 Apr 1621
Robert Keith of Old Caikpar. of Arbuthnot17 Jun 1696
Joseph Kemlosometime in Badismyln, par. of Arbuthnot23 Oct 1685
William Kermockat the Myln of Pitcarrie, par. of Arbuthnot18 Oct 1681
Alisoune Lindsayspouse to John Allardyce of that ilk, par. of Arbuthnot27 Feb 1618
Elspet Lynnspouse to Thomas Allardyce, in Bankhaid, par. of Arbuthnot3 Jun 1626
Christian Mathiespouse to John Wyiss, in Pitcarlie, par. of Arbuthnot3 Nov 1613
Isobel Melvillespouse to Andrew Coullie, in Colleistoun, par. of Arbuthnot13 Aug 1613
Andrew Milneat the Milne of Pitrarry, and Margaret Milne, his relict, par. of Arbuthnot20 Jun 1605
Robert Milneat Mill of Allardice24 Mar 1823
Robert Mollisontenant in Miln of Arbuthnot14 Jun 1760
James MurrayHornershole31 Mar 1809
Elizabeth Napierspouse to Alexander Young, in Drumzocher, par. of Arbuthnot3 Jul 1675
Elizabeth Napierspouse to Robert Scott, gardener at Arbuthnot16 May 1690
Margaret Napierspouse to John Fettus, in Barnyards of Allardyce, par. of Arbuthnot17 Jul 1662
William Napierin Bamff of Arbuthnot21 Oct 1684
Elspet Ogilviespouse to Thomas Allardes, in Classindrum, par. of Arbuthnot19 Jun 1619
Mr James Pearsonlawful son to the deceased Alexander Pearson, sometime notar-public in Montrose, par. of Arbuthnot24 Jan 1683
Alexander Prattupon Luther-Water-syde of Drumagar, par. of Arbuthnot20 Jun 1605
Robert Raitsometime in Meikle Fides, par. of Arbuthnot7 Jul 1687
Rev. Mr John Shankminister of Arbuthnott26 & 27 Mar 1819
James Shepherdin Boghall, par. of Arbuthnot1 Apr 1607
Andrew Sheratin Montgoldrum, par. of Arbuthnot3 Nov 1613
Helen Shop (Schop)spouse to Alexander Wilson, in Potertoun, par. of Arbuthnot19 Sep 1650
Richard Smithtenant in Mains of Allardice9 Apr 1823
Margaret Soutarspouse to William Chap, in Pitcarrie, par. of Arbuthnott12 Sep 1621
Walter Sparkin Kirktoun of Arbuthnot20 Ap 1624
Isobel Strattounsometime spouse to Alexander Strachauchin, in Pitgarvy, par. of Arbuthnot4 Jan 1606
Jean Strattounspouse to James Preschok, in Auldceok, par. of Arbuthnot27 Jun 1617
Lady Anna Sutherland, Viscountess of Arbuthnot20 Jan 1696
Robert Thomsonlate writer in Edinburgh, par. of Arbuthnot26 Aug 1751, 3 Jun 1752 and 5 Jan 1756
Marion Torriesometime spouse to John Bard, in Mekill Fiddes, par. of Arbuthnot20 Jun 1605
Catherine Walkerspouse to Paul Wallace, in Purtakshauche, par. of Arbuthnot5 Jun 1627
Jean Wallacesometime in Boghall, par. of Arbuthnot15 Feb 1686
James Walsh, alias Soutterin Cotslaik, par. of Arbuthnot4 Apr 1626
Janet Wattsometime spouse to David Noray, par. of Arbuthnot22 Jun 1605
Thomas Wattcotter in Caldham, par. of Arbuthnot19 Jun 1619
Margaret Welshspouse to John Allan, in Segedaill, par. of Arbuthnot20 Aug 1662
John Williamsonin Kair, par. of Arbuthnot22 Oct 1685
Robert Williamsonin Woodend of Carie, par. of Arbuthnot6 Aug 1684
David Wysesometime in Girrit's-myre, par. of Arbuthnot18 Jul 1694
Alexander Youngin Drumzocher, par. of Arbuthnot7 Jul 1687
David Youngin Montgowdrum, par. of Arbuthnott27 Jun 1636

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

William Chaplandsurgeon in Arbuthnot12 Jul 1727
John Davidsonin Milnplaighe, par. of Arbuthnot16 Jul 1725
Philip Fullerton of Thorntounpar. of Arbuthnot30 Nov 1739
William Hutchisonin Leys, par. of Arbuthnot24 Jun 1731
Robert Middletonin Dava, par. of Arbuthnot3 Mar 1725
Francis Raittson of David Raitt, in Pitcarles, par. of Arbuthnot26 Mar 1731
Alexander Sparkmerchant in Parkside, par. of Arbuthnot20 Jul 1726
Mr Robert Thomsonfactor for Lord Arbuthnot13 Sep 1738
John Wylliein Mains of Ceir, par. of Arbuthnot12 Aug 1724

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

Andro Arbuthnot of that ilkin the Mearns19 Nov 1606
David Arbuthnot of Findowriepar. of Arbuthnet, in the Mernes14 Dec 1602
Patrik Barclayin Barnezairdis of Allardess, par. of Arbuthnet, in the Mearns5 Mar 1606
Andro Burnetin Pitcurrie, par. of Arbuthnot, in the Mearnes3 Aug 1602
Arthur Lawin Bankheid of Allerdes, in the Mearns22 Mar 1604
Margaret Middletounsometime spouse to Alexander Arbuthnot of Pitcairlis, par. of Arbuthnot, in the Mearns18 Feb 1607
John Sibbald of Kairpar. of Arbuthnot, in the Mernes16 Dec 1601

Testaments of Arbuthnott people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1801-1823

John Arbuthnot, viscount of Arbuthnot26 Feb 1801


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Arbuthnott:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/77


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

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Places of interest



This page updated 2 Sep 2022