Nigg (Kincardineshire)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Nigg

Parish number 266

map of Nigg

Map of all Kincardineshire parishes
More maps of Nigg & Torry

Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Census records
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
Population statistics
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
War memorial


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

Note: There is a parish of the same name in Ross-shire.


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 Nigg


Maps of Nigg

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

Copies of the old Ordnance Survey plan of Aberdeen (Ferryhill & Torry), dated 1900 & reduced from 25 inches to the mile to about 15 inches to the mile can be bought from Alan Godfrey Maps. The plan includes the built-up area of Aberdeen south of the River Dee. These are not coloured maps.


Photographs of places

Nigg Community Council: Gallery - photographs on Nigg Community Council's web-site Nigg - recent photographs of Nigg. National Grid ref. NJ9604. Torry - recent photographs of Torry. National Grid ref. NJ9404. Cove Bay - recent photographs of Cove Bay. National Grid ref. NJ9500.


Parish church

Nigg Kirk (now closed), built in 1829, is at NJ947031. Photograph.

The ruined St Fittick's kirk is located at National Grid ref. NJ963049. It belonged to the Abbey of Arbroath.


Parish ministers 1560-1900

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

David Menzies1567min. of Banchory-Devenick, with Nigg also in the charge
John Leslie1567reader here and at Aberdeen
Andrew Strachan1574min. here 1574; tr. to Inverkeilor same year
Edward Menzies1574reader 1574
Walter Richardson1576reader 1576
William Carmichael1578-1579min. here and at Maryculter
Robert Williamson1580-1582adm. 1580; tr. to Cromarty 1582
Abraham Sibbald1585-1586adm. bef. 1585; tr. to Deer 18 Jun 1586
William leask1586-1588adm. 1586; tr. to Dunnottar 1588
John Roche1588-1620adm. 1588; still min. 2 Oct 1620
William Robertson1622-1630?M.A.; adm. ca. 1622
James Wemyss1630-1632adm. bef. 6 Apr 1630; d. bef. 24 Dec 1632
Patrick Barclay1633-1656adm. 1633; d. Dec 1656; mar. Catherine Rickart who survived him; issue: John
Adam Barclay1656M.A.; said to be min. 1656; also said to be min. of Towie 1656; possible error
James Douglas1657-1673son of Wm Douglas, prof. of divinity, Kings, Aberdeen; M.A. Kings 1649; adm. bef. 20 Oct 1657; d. bef. 29 Jul 1673 aged ca. 45
Richard Maitland1674-1716probably son of Richd M., min. of Inverkeithny; schoolmaster Foveran 1671; ord. aft. 31 Mar 1674; dep. 27 Jun 1716; d. 1719; mar. (1) contr. 1677, Susanna, dau. of Alexr Irvine, min. of Longside; mar. (2) Kath., dau. of John Mylne, min. of Fetteresso; issue: Richd; Margaret; Charles; Christian (mar. Thomas Nevay of Arduthie); Cath.; John; Richd; Elspeth; Anna (mar. Andrew Livingston, merchant); Alexr; Patrick, merchant, Abd; Wm, mercht, Abd; Helen (mar. Geo. Maitland, min. in Aberdeen); mar. (3) Mary, dau. of George Keith, min. of Deer
James Farquhar1717-1756b. 1666; ord. Tyrie 1701; dem. thence 31 Aug 1709; adm. 6 Mar 1717; d. 23 Dec 1756; mar.; issue: James, of Balmoor; Eliz. (mar. capt. Charles Gray of Carse); Margaret (mar. John Gellie, min. here)
John Gellie1743-1753b. 1708; ord. (ass. & suc.) 27 Jul 1743; d. 15 Jan 1753; mar. (1) Margaret, dau. of above James Farquhar); issue: capt. Patrick, his heir 1755; mar. (2) 1751 Eliz., dau. of Alexander Gordon of Auchleuchries)
John Farquhar1757-1768b. 1732, 2nd son of Robt F., min. of Chapel of Garioch; ord. 1 Sep 1757; d. 25 May 1768; mar. 1764 Anne, dau. of James Morison, provost of Abd; issue: Robt, James, John
David Cruden1769-1826b. 1746, son of Wm C., mercht, Abd; bro. of Wm C., provost of Abd; M.A. Marischal 1764; ord. 7 Jun 1769; D.D. Marischal 1796; d. unm. 8 Nov 1826
Alexander Thom1826-1843b. 1758, son of John T. in Frosterhill; M.A. Marischal 1779; master, Gordon's Hospital, Abd; ord. (ass. & suc.) 2 Nov 1826; d. 11 Jul 1843; mar. 1827 Mary, only dau. of John Bryce, min. of South par., Abd
Robert Fairweather1843-1890b. 1817 Brechin, son of Geo. F., mail-coach driver; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1835; ord. Rotterdam, Aug 1839; adm. 7 Dec 1843; d. 12 Aug 1890; mar. 1839 Isabella, 3rd dau. of John Guthrie, banker, Brechin; issue: John Bisset; Alexander Ferrier Angus, M.A., M.D.; Isabella Guthrie (mar. capt. Sam. E. Wood); Jane Agnes; Geo. Angus
Hugh McConnach Smith1888-1923b. 1857, son of Rev. James S., teacher, Tullynessle; M.A. Aberdeen 1879; ord. (ass. & suc.) 23 Feb 1888; res. 15 Jun 1923; d. 28 Dec 1923 Aberdeen; mar. 1901 Jane, dau. of James Beattie, farmer; issue: Hugh McConnach Beattie
John Edmund Mitchell1923-1928b. 1882 Omagh, son of Joseph M.; B.A., M.A. Dublin 1906; ord. Ballymore, Antrim 28 Sep 1910; ass. Bridgeton Glasgow 1918 and Shettleston; adm. 17 Oct 1923; d. 2 Jun 1928; mar. (1) --; (2) 1922 Jessie Stewart, dau. of John Downie

Ministers of the Cove & Torry Mission of the Episcopal Church

William Disney Innes?-1905-?priest


Monumental inscriptions

Full texts of all extant inscriptions in St Fittick's Kirkyard, Nigg have been published by the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHS. They have an online search facility for names of people on the monuments they have recorded. Their list of publications is here.

See also Nigg Churchyard and St Fitticks Churchyard.


Nigg war memorial

Scottish War Memorials Project: Nigg


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 Nigg Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/555/...
Minutes (register of doctrine & discipline)1757-17871
Accounts (cash book)1867-189112
General ledger1875-189414
Money register1757-179915
Baptisms (copy)1819-185416
do (scroll copy)1819-182617
Seat register1773-179920
Extract K.S. minutes re burial grounds & church officers1757-189122
Communion rolls1874-189923 to 27
Minutes & accounts of society of whitefishers
in Cove, or the Cove-Society
Commonplace book of Dr David Cruden, min. of Nigg1810-182629
Minutes1902-199930 to 35
Register of discipline1905-193436
Congregational Board minutes1966-197637
Communion roll183439
Communicants' roll1900-192543 to 47
do1927-194148 to 49
Supplementary communion roll1938-199453


Nigg Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR487/...
Minute book1842-18511
Minute book (with accounts)1914-19283
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (church, manse, glebe, churchyard, Nigg and Cove schools)1827-19206
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1926-19277
Abstracts of Accounts of County Road Clerk and Treasurer, county of Kincardine1877-18899


Land owners

The chief proprietors of land in the parish in 1838:


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

17551289Dr Alexander Webster
17911090Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:


* i.e., 370 in Torry, 393 in Cove, 60 in Burnbank, 198 in Charlestown, 663 in the landward part


Testaments & wills

Nigg 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 Nigg people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823
The list includes some people who may have been residents of Torryburn FIF, rather than Torry in Nigg KCD.

John Andersonburges of Aberdon, residenter in Torrie7 Dec 1672
Robert Andersonfarmer, Coves, par. of Nigg8 Oct 1804
George Baxterin Torry, par. of Nigg24 Jan 1771
Elspet Bissetspouse to Andrew Skinner, husbandman in Banagask, par. of Nigg20 Oct 1635
Miss Marjory Crudenresiding at Manse of Nigg31 May 1819 & 9 Apr 1822
Mr James Farquharminister at Nigg11 Feb 1757
William Finlayin Torie, par. of Nig18 Feb 1614
Alexander Forbeswhitefisher and pilot in Torrie, par. of Nigg1 & 2 Mar, & 17 Jul 1820
Andrew Forbeswhite fisher in Torry, par. of Nigg20 Jan & 1 Feb 1816
Mr John Gellieminister at Nigg28 Nov 1753
Elspet Harrowin Cove, par. of Nigg13 Jun 1676
James Harviein Balnagask, par. of Nigg18 Feb 1614
Elspet Hayspouse to Andrew Clyde, in Torrie [Nigg?]9 May and 7 Jun 1620
Andrew Hunterin Lowristoun, par. of Nig12 Oct 1675
Robert Jamiesonsometime in Tullois, par. of Nigg18 Feb 1614
Robert Jamiesonin Over Torrie, par. of Nigg22 Mar 1627
Gilbert Keithin Loirstoune, par. of Nigg26 Aug 1619
Janet Lochheadrelict of John Hunter, feuar in Torry [Nigg?]28 Nov 1800
Janet Lowin Cove, par. of Nigg10 Jul 1779
John Mackeanat the Ferrie heugh of Torrie, par. of Nigg26 Apr 1673
Alexander Menziesnatural son to umquhile Thomas Menzies, Provost of Aberdeen, par. of Nigg21 Dec 1615
David Robertsonat Bridge of Dee, par. of Nigg12 Feb 1816
William Somerin Kirkhill, par. of Nigg18 Feb 1614
Andrew Summerin Balnagask, par. of Nig18 Jul 1650
George Summerin Torrie, par. of Nigg10 Dec 1706
Marjorie Taylorspouse to George Sym, bailie in Torrie, par. of Nigg21 Oct 1684
James Templemansmith in Torrie [Nigg?]1 July 1650
James Troupin North Potheugh or Faughinches, par. of Nigg2 May & 30 Jun 1810

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

John Davidsonin Balnagask, par. of Nigg22 Nov 1765
Margaret Hutchisonspouse of Alexander Sadler, in Cove, par. of Nigg13 Sep 1738
Mary Keithspouse to Mr Richard Maitland, minister at Nigg3 May 1738

Testaments of Nigg people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Aberdeen, 1715-1800

Mr Richard Maitlandminister at Nigg11 Nov 1725 and 27 Nov 1740

Testaments of Nigg 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.

Mr Patrick Barclayminister at Nigg, and Catherine Rilkert26 Jul 1657


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Nigg:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/79


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Nigg:


This page updated 29 Jun 2012