Airlie (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Airlie

Parish number 270

map of Airlie

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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


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The arms of Fenton of Baikie


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 Airlie


Maps of Airlie

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


Photographs of places Airlie - recent photographs of Airlie. National Grid ref. NO3151.


Parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO313514. Built 1783.

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


Parish ministers 1560-1960

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

Andrew Ogilvie1567-1589b. ANS; min. of Keig, Leslie and Premnay 1564; tr. & adm. 2 Feb 1567, with Glenisla also in the charge; d. 1589 unmar.
William Malcolm1590-1636bro. of John Malcolm, min. of Perth; M.A. St Andrews 1580; pres. to vicarage of Kingoldrum 13 May 1588; tr. & adm. early 1590; d. 14 Apr 1636; mar. (1) Grisel Matthor/Matthew; issue: James; mar. (2) Helen Sommer; issue: John; Robert, min. of Bendochy; Agnes (mar. contr. 1633 Oliver Peebles of Chapelhall); Isobel (mar. John Robertson, min. of Perth)
John Malcolm1637-1646neph. of above; M.A. St Andrews 1620; ass. here; ord. 1637; d. bef. 21 Aug 1646; mar.; issue: James, Robt, Wm, Eliz., Joanna
John Robertson1650-1662b. ca. 1623 Coupar Grange, son Patrick R., notary, Rattray; M.A. St Andrews 1644; adm. bef. Nov 1650; dep. 1662; d. at Dundee; mar. 1650 Isobel, dau. of James Blair of Ardblair; issue: James; John, writer, Edinburgh
John Lyon1663-1681M.A.; ord. 27 Oct 1663; tr. to Glamis 21 Dec 1681; tr. to Tealing bef. 27 Jul 1684
Frederick Lyon1682-1699bro. of above; 5th son of John Lyon of Wester Ogil; M.A. St Andrews 1672; adm. 12 May 1682; d. Sep 1699, aged ca. 47; mar. 1683 Isobel, dau. of James Cramond of Balnakeith; issue: Patrick; John; James, of Easterdeanhouses; Wm; Helen; Geilles; another dau. (mar. George Lyon, min. of Yersdon)
William Lyon of Wester Ogil1700-1743neph. of F.L.; b. 9 Oct 1675 W. Ogil, 2nd son of Georege Lyon of Wester Ogil; ord. 25 Sep 1700; d. 4 Jan 1743; mar. (1) 1704 Jean, dau. of David Melvill of Pitgarvy; issue: Jean (mar. Alexander Moncrieff of Culfargie, min. of Abernethy); Margaret; George, of Wester Ogil, min. of Longforgan PER; mar. (2) Agnes, dau. of Alexr Glas, min. of Kinclaven PER; issue: Christian; Wm, solicitor; Kath.; Alexr; John; Margaret; Eliz.; Robt, merchant; Thomas
David Thomson1743-1779b. 1714, son of David T., min. of Meigle; ord. 12 oct 1743; d. 9 May 1779; mar. 1745 Margaret, eldest dau. of Thomas Tullidelph, D.D., principal of St Andrews Uni.
James Stormonth of Kinclune1780-1809b. 1753, son of Alexr Stormonth of Kinclune; M.A. Aberdeen 1774; ord. 27 Jul 1780; d. 27 Dec 1809; mar. 1786 Isobel, dau. of Robert Wedderburn of Pearsie; issue: Isobel; Eliz. (mar. James Maxwell, surgeon, Dundee); Alexr, of Kinclune; Kath. (mar. David Fraser, min. of Nigg, Ross-shire); Jean; Graham (dau.); Margaret (mar. David Carment, min. of Rosskeen)
Robert Aikman1810-1832b. 1764 Dundee; teacher; ord. 26 Sep 1810; d. 8 Jul 1832; mar. 1830 Barbara Thomson; issue: Mary
David White1833-1843b. 1807 Dunnichen, eldest son of Alexr W., linen manuf., Brechin; tutor in Galloway; ord. 24 Apr 1833; joined Free Kirk 1843; min. of Airlie Free Kirk 1843-72; d. 29 Dec 1873 Dundee; mar. 1836 Isobel, dau. of Alxr Balfour, Edinburgh; issue: Henry; Geo.; Isabella Balfour; 6 more
Thomas Reid1843-1889b. 1803 Kirriemuir, son of John R., schoolmaster; ass. teacher Kirriemuir; ass. Airlie 1830-2; teacher Kirriemuir; ass. Kirriemuir; ord. 24 Aug 1843; d. 11 Dec 1889; mar. 1840 Janet, dau. of James Fenton, Lintrathen; issue: James; Jane (mar. Thomas Munro Nicoll)
William Wilson1890-1931b. 1860 Coatbridge, son of Wm W.; missionary Caldercruix; ass. Perth Middle 1888; ass. Forgandenny; ass. Brechin Cath., Sep 1889; ord. 18 Jun 1890; D.D. Glasgow 1926; adm. to united charge 2 Feb 1931; dem. 14 Oct 1931; d. 4 Nov 1936 Coatbridge
William Cowie Farquharson1932-1937b. 1903 Cairnie; from Gallatown, Kirkcaldy; ind. May 1932; tr. to Fintray 1937; d. 1985 Edinburgh; mar. 1930 Janet W.G. Mathieson
Edward Thomas Hewitt1938-1940b. 1912 Hamilton; ass. Old Kirk, Lesmahagow; ord. 2 Mar 1938; tr. to Loudon 1940; d. 1999 Strathaven; mar. 1938 Rachel C. Hunter
John Alexander Stables1941-1960-?mar. 1952 Bessie Higgs

Ministers of Airlie Free Church, later U.F. Church (South Church)

David White1843-1872see above entry under parish ministers
John Fleming Linn1872-1922-?b. ca. 1844 Maryhill, Glasgow, son of Walter L., railway superintendant; M.A.; d. 11 Sep 1930 Port Bannatyne BUT


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Airlie Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 70 stones) 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 some monuments at Airlie in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 162-3.


Airlie war memorial

See Photographs & names.


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 Airlie Parish Church (Airlie North)

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/1443/...
Cash book1757-18131
Papers re division of church18291
List of male heads of families18341
Locality of stipend18131
Congregational Board minutes1944-19672
Communion rolls1898-19678 to 11

Church Session Records of Airlie Free Church
later, United Free; Airlie South Ch. of S.; united with Airlie (North) in 1931

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1441/...
Deacon's court minutes1870-19133
Register of baptisms1872-19305
Communion roll1872-18816


Airlie Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR170/...
Minute book (with accounts)1861-19291
Cash book1906-19302
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1926-19293
Papers re the Scottish Land and Property Federation and its views in connection with the Church of Scotland (Property and Endowments) Act of 19251918-19264


Land owners

There were 7 proprietors of land in the parish in 1843:


Estate records

Records of the Lands & Barony of Airlie, 1431-1882 - NRS ref. GD16/1 (part of the Airlie Muniments)


Farmers / Tenants

AuchindoryAlexander Reid-1841-1861-
doAlexander Gibb Rattray & William Stevenson Rattray-1891-
doJohn Watson-1901-
BaikieRobert Campbell-1841-
doGrace Easson-1841-
doDavid Rattray [d. 1883]-1841-1883
doFrederick Hood-1901-
BaitlandWilliam Lydie-1841-
doJanet Kidd-1861-
doJohn Walker-1901-
Barns of AirlieJohn Lowdon-1841-
doAndrew Nicoll [d. 1906]-1871-1906
BlackhillJohn Baxter-1841-
doWilliam Stewart-1841-
doLeonard Small-1841-
doPeter Mitchell-1861-
doJohn Easson-1861-
doJohn Easson-1901-
Brae of AirlieCatherine H G Davie & John Davie-1871-
doJohn Davie-1901-
BraidestonAndrew Cordeau?-1841-
doJames Hill-1861-
doJames Adam-1901-
Braideston MillDavid Jack-1861-
doAdam Wilson-1891-
doLachlan Wilson-1901-
CardeanJohn Drain-1841-
doPeter Birrell-1861-
Carling WellJohn Colville-1841-
doJames Mealmaker-1861-
ClickimJohn Duncan-1841-
doWilliam Duncan-1861-
CookstonGeorge Ballingall [d. 1886]-1841-1886
doWilliam Ogilvy Ballingall & John Whyte Ballingall-1901-
CrawfordGeorge Fairweather-1841-
DairsieJohn White-1841-
doCharles Donald-1841-
doGeorge Lowdon-1841-
doCharles Donald yr-1861-
doDavid Neill-1861-
doDavid Smith-1841-1861-
doRobert Meek-1861-
doPeter Lowden-1861-
doPeter Lowden & James Tosh-1901-
DillavairdFrancis Lamond-1841-
doAndrew Milne-1861-
doJames McHardy-1871-
doJohn McHardy-1901-
DrumfundieRobrt McIntosh-1841-
East MainsFrancis Lamond-1861-
doJohn Melville-1871-
Egna? MossendJohn Edward-1861-
GhentyJohn Lamond-1841-1861-
doBetsy Lamond-1901-
Grange of AirlieThomas Soutar & James Soutar-1861-
doWilliam Saddler-1901-
HillockheadPeter Smith & John Smith-1841-
doJohn Davie-1891-
doJames Jeffrey-1901-
KinaltyPeter Simpson-1841-1861-
doWilliam Finton-1901-
Kinalty HaughsWilliam McKenzie-1901-
LendrickWilliam Simpson-1841-
Leys of LindertisJames Mealmaker-1841-
doThomas Mealmaker-1861-
doRobert Mealmaker-1891-
doThomas Mealmaker & Robert Mealmaker-1901-
LinrossJohn Hood-1861-
doGeorge Ballingall [son of George B. at Cookston]-1891-
doJohn Pattullo-1901-
LittletonAlexander Nicoll-1841-1861-
doThomas Munro Nicoll-1901-
Mains of AirlieJames Gordon-1871-
Mid BraeJohn Anderson-1841-
MidtownSusan Symons-1901-
MuirhousesJames Barrie-1841-
doWilliam Ramsay-1861-
doDavid Ramsay-1901-
Nether KinaltyWilliam Spencer-1841-
Newton of AirlieJohn Pattullo [d. 1893]-1841-1893
doHugh M Pattullo-1901-
PowmyreJohn Ogilvy-1841-1861-
ReedieJohn Nicoll [d. 1901]-1861-1901
SimprimJohn Barclay-1861-
West BraeDavid Davie/Davis-1841-1861-
West CardeanGeorge Hunter-1841-
WesthillPeter Bruce-1841-1861-


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.

There is a roll of male heads of families in 1834 in the North Airlie Kirk Session records [NRS CH2/1443/1].


Population statistics

17551012Dr Alexander Webster
1792865Old Statistical Account


Testaments & wills

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

Christian Adamin Brydistoune, par. of Airlie5 Jun 1618
Margaret Adamspouse to Walter Great, in Cotton of Kynnaltie, par. of Airlie7 Jul 1618
William Andersonfarmer at Carlin Wells, afterwards residing in Perth Rd, near Dundee, spouse of Mary Hood, dau. of decd. David Hood, tenant at Newton of Airly9 & 12 Mar 1822
James Arnotttenant in Brydestown, par. of Airlie20 Feb 1792
Christian Bonarsometime spouse to John Edward, par. of Airlie23 Aug 1598
Thomas Brownin the Barony of Airlie21 Jan 1629
Andrew Chaplainin Lenderbus, par. of Airlie7 Sep 1624
John Clydein Auchindorie, par. of Airlie4 May 1618
Patrick Cookat the Kirktoun of Airlie5 Mar 1616
Thomas Cookin the Cottoun of Grange, par. of Airlie27 Jul 1624
John Cornwallin Boydestoun, par. of Airlie3 Sep 1617
Isobel Cowsneyspouse to William Donaldson, in Carden, par. of Airlie27 Feb 1617
Mr James Crichtonin Brydiestoun, par. of Airlie10 Oct 1681
Patrick Crichton elder of Mylnehollpar. of Airlie30 Jul 1709
Elspet Deucharsspouse to James Hill, in Newtoun of Airlie5 Mar 1616
Benjamin Farquhargardener at Lindertis20 Aug 1816
Helen Gardner spouse to Andrew Cuik, in Grange of Airlie22 May 1627
John Haliburtonin the par. of Airlie29 Nov 1753
Marjorie Henryrelict of William Harkitt, par. of Airlie21 Jun 1688
James Hillin Newtoun of Airlie22 Aug 1662
Robert Hillat the Kirk of Airlie27 Feb 1617
George Ironsin Auchindorie, par. of Airlie13 Jul 1635
Janet Jackin Haystoun, par. of Airlie9 Jan 1617
John Lindsayin Lenrose, par. of Airlie7 Oct 1681
Elspet Lowspouse to William Fentoune of Kirkden, par. of Airliel0 Dec 1708
Janet Lukein Kynnaltie, spouse to William Roger, there, par. of Airlie19 Jun 1617
Agnes Mathiespouse to David Broun, in Littilltoun, par. of Airlie19 Jun 1617
James Mitchellin Muirhouse, par. of Airlie8 Apr 1648
George Morphiein Cottoun of Blakstoune, par. of Nether Airlie14 Jun 1621
Janet Murrayrelict of Robert Hill, at the Kirk of Airlie, par. of Airlie12 Mar 1616
John Mustardmillar at the Myln of Cookstoun, par. of Airlie11 Oct 1681
Robert Mustardlawful son to umquhile David Mustard, in Carden, par. of Airlie18 Feb 1618 and 20 Jan 1619
William Mustardin Carden, par. of Airlie5 May 1614
Andrew Nicollin Achindorie, par. of Airlie25 Mar 1617
Christian Nicollspouse to Henry Smyth, in Bakie, par. of Airlie7 Feb 1617
Isobel Nicollspouse to John Mitchell, in Balkie, par. of Airlie6 Aug 1613
Mr John Ogilviebrother-german to James, Lord Ogilvie of Airlie18 Mar 1626
Joanna Ogilvyresiding abroad, only surviving sister of decd. David Ogilvy, commonly called earl of Airlie8 Oct 1818
Marjorie Piggotspouse to Thomas Mustart, in Easter Cuikstoune, par. of Airlie18 Apr 1614
Alexander Ray or Royschoolmaster at Airlie26 Sep & 4, 5 Nov 1816
David Rodgerin Kinnaltie, par. of Erlie21 Nov 1640
Christian Roriespouse to John Hutcheoune, in the Grange, par. of Airlie2 Aug 1613
John Roughin Cookstown, par. of Airly2 Sep 1778
Alexander Roy or Rayschoolmaster at Airlie26 Sep & 4, 5 Nov 1816
Margaret Setonrelict of John Seton, schoolmaster at Dykehead of Craig, par. of Airlie22 Feb 1759
George Shepherdin Cookston, par. of Airliel0 Feb 1652
Thomas SmithLundies, Airly14 Dec 1801
James Stormonthminister of the gospel at Airlie2 Jan 1811
Christian Wallacespouse to Henry Smyth, in Baky, par. of Airlie16 Jul 1617
Thomas Whitein Bray of Airlie, par. of Airlie12 Mar 1616
Thomas Wilsonin Craigtoun, par. of Airlie18 Mar 1617
James Wrightat the Mylne of Cuikstoun, par. of Airlie11 Aug 1624
Margaret Wrightspouse to David Rodger, in Kynnaltie, par. of Airlie31 Jul 1627

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

Isobel Haldanespouse to John Wilkie, in Crookston, par. of Airlie30 May 1740
Alexander Hoodin Reidie, par. of Airlie25 Jun 1729
Henry Smith in Lundis, par. of Airly13 Dec 1732
John Spencetenant in Kinaldy, par. of Airlie9 Dec 1730

Testaments of Airlie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1823
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

William Arrotin Grange of Airlie, and Margaret Fullartone, his spouseT. 13 Apr 1659
David Ogilvie, Earl of Airlieand Lady Grizel Lyon, his spouse18 Jul 1722
Lady Helen Ogilvieonly lawful daughter to the deceased David, Earl of Airlie18 Jul 1722
Mr John Ogilviebrother-german to the late Earl of AirlieT. -- 1673
Walter Ogilvy, earl of Airlie7 & 10 Feb 1820

Testaments of Airlie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600

John Brydiein Cukestoune, par. of Airlie21 Feb 1576-7
John Chisholmein Lendartous, par. of Arlie3 May 1580
Alexander Dickin Gallowhill, par. of Nether-Airlie in Angus2 Dec 1591
John Jamesonin Brydestoun, par. of Airlie14 Jul 1580
Henry Smythin Bakie, par. of Airlie, sher. of Forfar17 Jul 1584
William Smith elderin Carden, par. of Airlie in Angus30 Jun 1591
Alexander Stewartin Cuikstoun, par. of Airlie in Angus2 Feb 1590-1
Isobel Stiblisrelict of George Wryght, in Cuikstoun, par. of Airlie, sher. of Forfar30 Jan 1600
Isobel Webstersometime spouse to John Brydie, in Cukestoun, par. of Nethir-Airlie21 Feb 1576-7
David Wrightin Cuikstoun, son lawful of umquhile Thomas Wright, in Kynnaltie, par. of Nethir-Airlie in Angus6 Aug 1588
George Wrightin Cuikstoun, par. of Airlie, sher. of Forfar1 Aug 1589
Isobel Wrightsometime spouse to James Brown, in Lunros, par. of Nether-Airlie20 Oct 1580
John Wrightin Dairsie, par. of Airlie, sher. of Forfar23 Dec 1595

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

James Hillin Cairneywell, par. of Airlie, sher. of Angus9 Mar 1603
James Rodgerin Reddie, par. of Nather Airlie, in Angus(vol. 45) 29 May 1610
Henry Smithyoungest lawful son to umquhile Henry S., in Bakie, par. of Nether Airlie, in Angus28 Feb 1607
John Smithin Bakie, par. of Nether-Airlie, in Angus29 Jan 1606


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Airlie:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/45


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Airlie:


Places of interest


This page updated 5 Feb 2024