Auchterhouse (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Auchterhouse

Parish number 273

map of Auchterhouse

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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Census records
Church Session
Clock & watch tax
Deaths & burials
Estate records
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


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 Auchterhouse


Maps of Auchterhouse

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


Photographs of places

See Auchterhouse - recent photographs of Auchterhouse. National Grid ref. NO3438.


Parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO342381 in Kirkton of Auchterhouse. Remodelled in 1775.

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


Parish ministers 1560-1942

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

Sir Duncan Gray *1563, 1565, 1579vicar and reader 1563, 1565 and 5 Jun 1579
Alexander Tyrie1563-1572, 1581?-16033rd son of Alexr T. in Nevay, of fam. of Drumkilbo; min. in 1563, 1568; pres. to parsonage & vicarage 3 Jul 1564; tr. to Meigle PER 1572; re-adm. bef. 1582, with Mains, Strathmartine & Tealing also in his charge; res. 17 Oct 1603 being old; mar. 1590 Janet Currour, wid. of Thomas Fenton in Blakeirie; issue: James, David, Alexr
James Melville1568pres. to parsonage & vicarage 29 Jul 1568
David Kinnear1604-1633son of John K.; gson of Henry Kinnear, commendator of Balmerino, Fife; adm. ca. 1604; d. 24 Oct 1633, aged 52; mar. Eliz., dau. of John Douglas of Stonypath; issue: John
John Robertson1633-1641M.A.; adm. bef. 2 Oct 1633; tr. to 3rd charge Dundee 8 Dec 1641
William Wemyss1642-1655adm. ca. 1642; d. Nov 1655; mar. Isobel Balfour, who survived him
James Auchenleck1656-1665?elder son of James A., skipper, burgess of Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1609; adm. to Kettins 1618; dep. thence Sep 1649; adm. here 30 Jul 1656; d. 1665?; mar. Grizel Lindsay; issue: Henry, min. of Mains; James, surgeon apothecary, Edinburgh; Wm; Bessie (mar. James Strachan of Kirktoun of Lethendy); Cath.; Magdalen (mar. John Williamson of Barnhill, sheriff cherk of Perth); Margaret
James Campbell1665-1665ord. 29 Sep 1665; suspended 13 Dec 1665 for fornication with Marjory Ramsay, countess of Buchan; min. of Lundie & Fowlis from 1667, by exchange with the following John Robertson
John Robertson1667-1688?son of above John R., min. of Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1659; adm. to Lundie & Fowlis 11 Jun 1665; tr. & adm. 1 Sep 1667; d. betw. 5 Feb 1692 & 15 Dec 1700; mar. 1669 Margaret, dau. of Robert Hay of Dronlaw; issue: Robt
Andrew Robertson1688presbyterian min. in 1688
Patrick Johnstone1702-1740b. ca. 1675, only son of George Johnstone of Pittendreich; M.A. St Andrews 1695; ord. 29 Dec 1702; d. 2 May 1740; mar. 1705 Agnes, 3rd dau. of John Dalgleish, min. of Dundee; issue: Geo., min. of Monikie
David Scott1740-1773M.A. St Andrews 1731; ord. 18 Dec 1740; d. 4 Jan 1773; mar. 1742 Mary, dau. of Thomas Mitchell, min. of Aberlemno; issue: Mary; Jean; Thos; Eliz.; Janet; Helenus, merchant in London; Eliz.
James Scott1774-1804ord. 22 Apr 1774; d. 28 Feb 1804; mar. 1780 Margaret, dau. of James Munro, min. of Kinloss; issue: Adm. George, of Wooden, Roxburgh, R.N.; Robert Haldane, of Kinloss and Wooden; Mary Agnes (mar. George Addison, D.D., min. of Liff); James; Wm Mercer; Gen. Duncan Gordon, of Wooden; Barbara; Margaret (mar. Lt-col. Munro); Kath.; Thos Munro, of Benrig; Milliken; Adam; Janet
George Addison1804-1817M.A.; tr. from Glenisla & adm. 11 Oct 1804; tr. to Liff & Benvie 4 Sep 1817; mar. Mary Agnes, dau. of above James Scott
George Winehouse1818-1851b. ca. 1781, son of Alexr W., gardener, Kemnay ABD; M.A. Marischal 1801; schoolmaster Kincardine, Ross-shire 1803, and Newhills 26 Mar 1806; ord. missionary at Clova 16 Feb 1811; tr. & adm. 2 Jul 1818; d. 28 Jun 1851 London
Hugh Arbuthnott Lyell1844-1878b. 8 Jan 1812, son of David Lyell, min. of Careston; ord. (ass. & suc.) 8 Feb 1844; d. 7 May 1878; mar. 1868 Eliz., eldest dau. of Robert Hardy, Leith; issue: Eliz. Cath. Helen Wedderburn; David John Stewart; Clare Jane Isabella; Williamina Scott Arbuthnott
William Mason Inglis1878-1912b. 1850, son of Alexr I., market gardener; M.A. Edinburgh 1872; ass. Strathmiglo FIF; ord. 24 Oct 1878; d. 10 Jul 1912 unmar.
John Kirkland Cameron1912-1942b. 11 Feb 1871 Rothesay BUT, son of Duncan C.; ass. Kirkliston WLN 1902-3, Ardrossan New 1903; ord. (ass. & suc.) there 29 Sep 1904; tr. & adm. 18 Dec 1912; dem. Apr 1942; d. 12 Mar 1947; mar. 1905 Lillias Stewart, dau. of James Steel Robertson; had issue

* His protocol book for 1554-1572 is in NRS ref. NP1/16


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Auchterhouse Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 90 stones) are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 3: Environs of Dundee" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1996), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 3. Pre-1855 Environs of Dundee" in their online shop.)

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Auchterhouse in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 1-5.

There is a small modern cemetery immediately west of the kirkyard.


Auchterhouse war memorial

At NO343382 in Kirkton of Auchterhouse. For details, see Auchterhouse war memorial.


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 Auchterhouse Parish Church
Original records are held by Dundee City Archives; repertory is available at NRS ref. CH2/23/...; digital images are available on personal visit to NRS.

Nature of recordDatesDCA ref. CH2/23/...
Communion rolls1863-19657 to 14


Auchterhouse Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR327/...
Minute and cash book1804-19311
Copy resolution adopted by heritors18893
Opinion of counsel re assessment18883
Allocation of church seatsn.d.3
Statement of amended locality18953


Land owners

There were 5 proprietors of land in the parish in 1843:


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

1755600Dr Alexander Webster
1790Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Estate records

Records of the Lands & Barony of Auchterhouse, 1427-1885 - NRS ref. GD16/6 (part of the Airlie Muniments)


Testaments & wills

Auchterhouse was in the Commissariot of Dunkeld [NRS CC7].

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 Auchterhouse people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Dunkeld, 1682-1823
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

Thomas Fermerin Cottoune, par. of Auchterhouse16 Oct 1695
David Jobsontenant at Westmains of Auchterhouse27 Apr 1805
Francis Machantenant at Hill of Dronley and Margaret Boyd, his spouse21 Dec 1818
Isobel Scrimgeourat Bonnyton11 Dec 1818 & 8 Feb 1819
John Scrimgeourtailor & tenant in Bonnyton5 & 9 May 1815
Janet Smithin Scotstown, par. of Auchterhouse1 Mar 1774
Jean Smithspouse to Andrew Weddell, in Kirktoun of Auchterhouse2 Aug 1726
Alexander Websterservitor to John Hill, in Bonytoun of AuchterhouseT. 23 Jan 1700

Testaments of Auchterhouse people 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.

Janet Gibbindweller in Dundee, sometime servitrix of Fairgison Car, in Auchterhouse20 Jan 1613
Mr William Wemysssometime minister at Auchterhouse, and Isobel Balfour, his relict14 Oct 1657

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

Patrick Lyon of Auchterhouse11 Feb 1730

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

James Douglas, Earl of Buchanin Auchterhous in Angus18 Mar 1607
Jonet Whittonespouse to Robert Makie, in the Tempiltoun, par. of Auchterhous, sher. of Forfar25 Jul 1606


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Auchterhouse:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/41


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Auchterhouse:


Places of interest


This page updated 3 Sep 2022