Alyth (Angus/Perthshire)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Alyth

Parish number 328

map of Alyth

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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Burgh records
Census records
Church Session
Deaths & burials
Estate records
Farm horse tax
Heritors' records
Land owners
Marriage contracts
Ministers of the parish
Monumental inscriptions
Old parish registers
Parish Church
Photographs of places
Places of interest
Population statistics
Provosts of Alyth
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
Town clerks
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 Alyth


Maps of Alyth

1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1959

1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1863, published 1867

1:2500 (25 inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1863, published 1867

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

map of Alyth

Above: modern street map of Alyth (© OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA)
Click on the map above to go to OpenStreetMap centred on Alyth


Photographs of places

See Alyth - recent photographs of Alyth. National Grid ref. NO2448.

Aerial photos of Alyth & neighbourhood


Parish church

The ruined Old Kirk is located at National Grid ref. NO245488.

There is an article, with photographs, on [Old] Alyth Parish Church in A Corpus of Scottish Mediaeval Parish Churches.

Some history, details and photos of the present kirk are at Alyth Parish Church: History.


Parish ministers 1560-1932

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

Robert Graham1561vicar
James Sandeman1567, 1580reader
Laurence Duncan1567, 1569reader here and at Ruthven
James Graham1569vicar 1569; prebendary of Alyth
David Ramsay1572-1602entered Nov 1572, with Rattray, Ruthven also in the charge; in 1574, had Glenisla, Ruthven, Meigle in charge; pres. to vicarage of Ruthven 19 Apr 1583; d. 29 Jun 1602; mar. Bessie Annand; issue: David, mariner; Margaret (mar. John Moncur, Dundee); Elspeth (mar. John Fullerton, Dundee); Matilda (mar. Alexr Brown, Dundee)
Thomas Lundie (Lundin)1602-1636b. 1579; M.A. St Andrews 1598; adm. 1602; d. 8 Jun 1636; mar. Johanna Blair (d. 22 May 1636); issue: Grizel; Isobel; Magdalen; Jean (mar. Geo. Chalmers, portioner of Banchory); James; Robt; Robt; Thos, min. of Rattray
John Stewart1610prebendary of Alyth, on death of James Graham
John Rattray of Blackhills1637-1678prob. son of Silvester Rattray, min. of Rattray and bro. of David R. of Craighall; M.A. St Andrews 1618; adm. Rattray bef. 20 oct 1629; tr. & adm. 15 Jan 1637; prisoner in Tower of London 1651; returned Jun 1652; d. ca. 13 Jan 1678, aged ca. 80; mar. Margaret Ramsay; issue: John, min. of Ruthven; Alexr; Patrick; Wm; Margaret (mar. James. son of Alexr Arbuthnot of Blackston); Eliz.; Isobel (mar. Thos Robertson, min. here); Helen; Jean
Thomas Robertson1669-1685M.A. St Andrews 1662; preacher in Dundee; ord. (ass. & suc.) 12 Sep 1669; d. Nov 1685, aged ca. 44; mar. (1) 1669 Isobel, dau. of above Mr John Rattray of Blackhills; issue: John, Margaret, Thos, Iso.; mar. (2) 1677 Anne Haliburton; issue: James, Margaret, Alexr, Anna
John Lowson1686-1689son of James L., baxter, burgess of Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1679; chaplain to Bishop of Dunkeld; adm. 1 Jun 1686; deprived 10 Oct 1689 but stayed on in the manse; d. 20 May 1693; mar. issue: Jean (mar. --- Blair, session clerk)
John Mathers1690M.A.; formerly min. of Ceres FIF; intruded here 1690
---1690-1702no minister; Thomas Ogilvy, probationer, held temporary charge 1695-7
John Thomson1702-1719M.A. St Andrews 1697; ord. 7 May 1702; d. 29 Dec 1719, aged 41; mar.; issue: Jean; Marjorie (mar. 1737 Geo. Scott, Northumberland)
Thomas Ayton1720-1735ord. 21 Sep 1720; tr. to Kilconquhar FIF 6 Nov 1735
John Robertson1737-1772b. 1709; ord. 20 Jan 1737; d. 3 Jun 1772; mar. 1735 Margaret Meek, who d. 4 Jun 1772;
Colin Symers1773-1817son of Colin S., cordiner, Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1761; ord. 4 Mar 1773; d. 22 Jan 1817; mar. 1777 Helen, dau. of John Haliburton, min. of Kettins; issue: David, min. of Kettins; Margaret (mar. John Macpherson Cunningham, min. of Kinglassie FIF); Eliz.; Colin, collector of customs, Dundee; Helen; Amelia; Euphemia; Mary; John; Janet; James; Lilias; John, merchant, Dundee; Thos; Geo., merchant, Dundee
William Ramsay1817-1846b. 14 May 1791, son of Wm R., min. of Cortachy; M.A. Aberdeen 1809; ord. 11 Sep 1817; d. 16 Apr 1846; mar. 1821 Mary, dau. of James McNicoll, factor; issue: Wm, min. of Guthrie; James, min. here; John; Stewart Grant; Alexr Keith; David Graham Drummond Ogilvy, min. of Closeburn; Geo. McRitchie; Mary Stewart; Eliza (mar. Alexr Henderson); Robt; Clementina (mar. Addison Newton, Arbirlot); Keith Davidson, shipowner, mayor of Dunedin N.Z.
James Ramsay1846-1866b. 14 Sep 1823 Alyth, son of above; ord. 20 Sep 1846; res. Oct 1866; d. 25 Apr 1876; mar. 1848 Eliz. Gray; issue: Wm; Margaret; James McNicoll; Ann Ogilvy; Mary; John McNicoll, min. of Shotts LKS; Geo. Ogilvy; Sarah Elizabeth Smith Whitson; David Graham Drummond
Robert Murray1866-1885b. ca. 1831 Kilmarnock, son of John M., weaver; ass. Kilwinning AYR 1860-4; ord. (ass. & suc.) 8 Feb 1866; d. 13 Dec 1885
John Reid Maclaren1886-1895b. 17 Dec 1848 St Martins, son of Wm Macl.; ass. Creich FIF 1873; ord. Ceylon 7 Jan 1875; returned; ass. Abdie FIF; adm. here 31 Mar 1886; retired 2 Dec 1895; d. 7 Jun 1908 British Columbia; mar. 1878 Mary Jane, dau. of Alexr Wylie; issue: lieut.-com. Wm Richard, D.S.C., R.N.; Frank Wylie, factor; Charlotte Mary; John
James Meikle1897-1932b. 7 Nov 1861 Tarbolton, son of Robt M.; M.A. 1883 B.D. 1886 Glasgow; ass. Dalziel 1886-92, St George's Glasgow 1892-7; ord. (ass. & suc.) 7 Jul 1897 [?]; dem. 12 Oct 1932; d. 9 Feb 1947 Edinburgh; mar. 1897 Janet, dau. of Robt Hogg; issue: Robt

Ministers of Alyth (Antiburgher)

James Hay1783-1831b. ca. 1754; from Abernethy; ord. 11 Nov 1783; incapacitated 1831; d. 4 Oct 1833; 4 sons studied theology, 1 of them ordained (the Rev. Joseph Hay, Arbroath); a dau. mar. the Rev. William Ramage, Kirriemuir
Robert Hogg1833-1866b. ca. 1796; from Hamilton (Saffronhall); ord. Whitehaven 27 Jun 1821; res. 11 Apr 1832; inducted 22 May 1833 as colleague; d. 6 Apr 1866
John Dunlop1866-1890b. ca. 1837; from Campbeltown ARL; ord. colleague & successor 1 Mar 1866; d. 26/7 Oct 1890
John A. Hutton1892-1898M.A.; b. ca. 1837; from Dunbeth, Coatbridge LKS; ord. 13 Apr 1892; loosed 20 Jul 1898; tr. to Bristo, Edinburgh as colleague
John Keddie Graham1899-1907M.A.; from Hamilton (Saffronhall); ord. 8 Feb 1899; tr. to Alva 1907; tr. to John Ker U.F., Edinburgh 1912; tr. to Ford MLN 1926

Ministers of Alyth Free Church, later North United Free Church

Archibald Ferguson?-1851-1891-?b. ca. 1820 Kincardine (Menteith) PER; d. 29 Oct 1898 Stirling; mar. 1865 Margaret Duncan Low; issue: Margt D.; Cath. M.; David
James Webster?-1901-?B.D.; b. 12 Oct 1863 Newhills ABD, son of James W.; mar. Annie M. --; issue: James M.; Annie F.

Ministers of Alyth Barony Church, Commercial Street

Thomas Forsyth Torrance1940-1947b. 30 Aug 1913 China, son of Thos T., missionary; ord. 20 Mar 1940; tr. to Beechgrove, Aberdeen 1947; d. 2 Dec 2007 Edinburgh; mar. 1946 Margaret E. Spear
Graham Wilberforce Hardy1948-1953-?mar. 1947 Hazel R. Noakes

Ministers of Alyth South U.F. Church

James Holburn1899-1926b. 30 Jul 1864 Stewarton, son of James H., teacher; d. 24 Jul 1926 Dundee; mar. 1899 Agnes Ada Dunlop

Ministers of St Ninian's Episcopal Chapel, Alyth

Anthony S. Aglew?-1891-?b. ca. 1836 England; mar. Margaret E. --; issue: Margareta K.


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Alyth Old Kirkyard (ca. 120 stones), Alyth Cemetery (ca. 30 stones) and Drumfork (6 stones) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in East Perthshire: Strathmore & the Carse of Gowrie" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1997), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Perthshire MI - Perthshire East. Pre-1855" in their online shop.)


Alyth war memorial

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.

Burial grounds at Alyth


Marriage contracts

DateTypePartiesNAS ref.
16 Nov 1818post-nuptialColin Symers, minister in Alyth
Helen Haliburton, his spouse


Church Session Records of Alyth Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/912/...
Minutes & accounts1669-1688, 1698-16992
Heritors' minutes1756-17753
Bill of morality1747-17543
Minutes & accounts1792-1825, 1783-17924
Baptisms, marriages & burials1783-17844
Heritors' minutes1786-17874
Cash book1809-18277
Accounts & a few minutes1804-18269

Church Session Records of Alyth Associate Session Church (antiburgher)
later, United Presbyterian; United Free South Church; united with Alyth North U.F. in 1927

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/15/...
Minutes1820-1825, 1833-18583
Minutes1824-1833, 1859-18634
Managers' minutes1784-17957/1
Managers' accounts1781-17957/1
Managers' minutes and accounts1795-18267/2
Managers' minutes1826-18928
Managers' accounts1827-18918
Managers' minutes1892-19279
Communion roll1866-187910
Baptismal register1866-192612

Church Session Records of Alyth Free Church
later, North United Free Church; united with Alyth South U.F. in 1927

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/808/...
Deacons' court minutes1845-18873
Deacons' court minutes1887-19114
Account book1880-19195
Communion roll1846-18936
Deacons' court minutes1911-19278
Minutes of congregational board1927-195212


Alyth Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR572/...
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (church, manse)1820-18391
Papers re teind and stipend 1620-1883 (including rentals of barony of Alyth, 1629, 1682)1620-18832
Newspaper cuttings and loose minutes formerly enclosed with HR572/41907-19275


Land owners

The main 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
These figures are for the whole parish:

1755Dr Alexander Webster
17922723*Old Statistical Account

* of whom, 1060 were in the village of Alyth

The following are data for the part of the parish in Angus:

1755Dr Alexander Webster
1792Old Statistical Account

The following are data for the part of the parish in Perthshire:


The parish was confined to Perthshire from 1891.


Estate records

Records of the Lands & Barony of Alyth, 1427-1898 - NRS ref. GD16/12 (part of the Airlie Muniments)


Testaments & wills

Alyth 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 Alyth 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.

Patrick Alexandersometime in Ballendoch, par. of Alyth22 Sep 1714
John Allansometime in Easter Craig, thereafter in Alyth30 Nov 1752
Margaret Andersonin Alyth14 Apr & 19 May 1813
William Barnetin AlythT. 21 Feb 1688 and 21 Feb 1688
John Baxtersometime in Alyth20 Sep 1770
John Baxterat Bleachfield of Ballhary, par. of AlythT. 11 Jun 1779
Euphan Bissetrelict of John Hackney, merchant in Alyth2 Feb 1805
Mary Cameronin Alyth30 Mar 1811
Alexander Campbellmerchant in Alyth30 Mar 1758
William Cant of Alyth21 Jun 1690
Margaret Cargill in Newtone of Bamff, par. of Alyth, spouse to James Cargill5 Apr 1690
Thomas Cargillin Alyth24 Feb & 17 Mar 1812
Andrew Chalmers of Allrieflesher in Alyth31 Aug 1727
John Chalmersmerchant in AlythT. 21 Jun 1784
Margaret Chalmersin Alyth28 Nov 1765
John Crockatin Easter Letfie, and bailie of the Lordship of Airly, par. of AlythT. 29 Nov 1782
Marjorie Crockatrelict of James Ogilvie, late bailie in Alyth18 Nov 1725
William Dickapothecary in Alyth27 Jun 1713 and 3 Jun 1721
Thomas Duncan, seniormerchant in Alyth23 & 25 Nov 1805
Marjory Findlaywife of John White, weaver in Alyth17 Jun 1756
Samuel Forbes chapman in AlythT. -- 1750
Andrew Gallowaywright in Alyth28 Apr 1804
Alexander Geekietenant at Auchter Alyth16 & 23 May 1818
Gilbert Geillochwright in Alyth18 Jul 1758
Robert Gorthymerchant in Alyth, formerly in Dundee27 May 1820
James Grewerin Kirklandbank of Alyth24 Sep 1741
David Hackneyin Buchat, par. of AlythT. 9 Aug 1783
Thomas Hallbrewer in Alyth18 Mar 1740
James Hay surgeon in Alyth21 Apr 1761
Alexander Hunterin Alyth14 dec 1738
David Jamiesonmerchant in Alyth28 Feb 1751
Thomas Lindsaybrewer at AlythT. 15 Aug 1778
Elspeth Mairrelict of John Bruce, in Blacklounans, par. of Alyth1 Jan 1690
William Marshalllate tenant in Burnside, par. of AlythT. 29 May 1777
David Melvillin Pitnacres, sometime dyker at Banff22 Sep 1817
Margaret Millin Bruchtie, par. of Alyth5 Apr 1690
Thomas Millarwriter in Alyth3 Nov 1738
William Moncrieffin Alyth5 Jul 1688
David Moncurbrewer in Alyth17 Jun 1720
Alexander Mustardin Alyth14 Jun 1688
David Nivenfeuar in Alyth, and Isobel Mitchell, his spouse29 Jul 1742
James Nivenbrewer in Alyth2 Feb 1748
Thomas Ogilviebrewer in Alyth29 Dec 1731
John Olipherin Bermanie, par. of Elyth4 Jul 1688
Duncan Palmerlate servant to Sir James Ramsay, bart., Banff9 & 11 Nov 1815
James Philipbrewer in AlythT. 21 May 1779
John Pilmerin Alyth, and Isobel Murray, spouses14 Mar 1750
John Pullarin Little Barrie, par. of Alyth4 Apr 1690
Beatrix Ramsayin Alyth23 Mar 1773
John Ramsaywriter in Alyth6 Jan 1726
William Ramsayin AlythT. 8 Jul 1700
Andrew Rattrayfeuar in Alyth30 Mar & 13 Apr 1814
John Rattray of Borlandpar. of AlythT. 2 Apr 1705
John Rattray merchant in Alyth29 Mar 1722
Silvester Rattrayin Broomhill, par. of Alyth9 Oct 1690
John Reidin Alyth30 Jun 1818
John Scrimgeoursurgeon apothecary in Alyth10 Mar 1726, 1 Jul 1729, and 29 Jun 1731
Marion Simpsonspouse to John Strachan, in Hallyeards, par. of Alyth9 Apr 1690
Alexander Smithin Alyth29 Jul 1714
Isobel Smithspouse to James Turnbell, in Auchter Elight, par. of Alyth4 Jul 1688
Adam Spencefeuar in Alyth19 Dec 1818
David Steelat Dudhope, and Elizabeth Smyth, his spouse16 Mar 1818
Colin Symersminister in Alyth13 Dec 1819
David Thomin West Drummie, par. of AlythT. 18 Dec 1782
Patrick Whitsonin Lutfie, par. of AlythT. 28 Oct 1711
Hugh Wilsonmerchant in Alyth18 Jun 1718

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

Sophia Ramsaydau. to Sir James Ramsay of Bamff, knight bart.,at Clashbenny, par. of Erroll24 Jul 1717

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

Margaret Adamrelict of John Jack, in Bastard-bank, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth5 Jul 1587
Robert Alexanderin Bugeris-Wallie, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth15 Jul 1597
Edward Brownin Westquarter of Alyth, sher. of Perth23 Jun 1596
James Cowson lawful of John Cow, in Burnesyde of Alyth, sher. of Perth6 Jul 1594
John Cowin Burnesyde, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth16 Jan 1598-9
Elizabeth Fentounsometime spouse to Edward Broun, in the West Quarter of Alyth, sher. of Perth21 Apr 1591
George Fentounin Blind-Welleyis, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth16 Jan 1598-9
Alexander Forrester, alias Tailzeour, elderin Alyth, sher. of Perth15 Jul 1597
John Gibat the Boit of Bermonie, par. of Alyth, dioc. of Dunkeld21 Apr 1591
Archibald Gibsonin Nether-Tullymurdoch, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth2 Jun 1584
Thomas Hutcheouncorn-coupper, in Alyth, sher. of Perth8 Jun 1596
James Jackin Bastard-bank of Alyth, dioc. of Dunkeld22 Jan 1592-3
Walter Millarat the Mylne of Balharre, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth26 Jun 1596
James Mitchellin Bothrie, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth3 Jan 1594-5
John Ogilviein Mylnhauch of Alyth in Angus21 Jun 1583
Marion Ogilviesometime spouse to Walter Cargill, in Reidlake, par. of Ailleit22 Apr 1577
David Phalterin Alyth, sher. of Perth15 Jul 1597
Alexander Ramsayin Halyairds, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth20 Aug 1595
Elizabeth Smyth spouse to John Cow, in Burnesyde of Alyth, dioc. of Dunkeld22 Jan 1592-3
Katherine Smyth sometime spouse to Walter How, in Bardmony, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth7 Feb 1587-8
Thomas Smyth in Balharrie, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth28 Feb 1595-6
Isobel Soutersometime spouse to John Lowson, in Bardmoney, par. of Alyth, sher. of Perth6 Dec 1594
Isobel Tyndellsometime spouse to John Hunter, in Balharie, par. of Alyth19 Feb 1592-3
John Weichtanein Quhytsyde of Alyth, sher. of Perth4 Jan 1600

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

Bessie Annandand David Ramsay, minister at Aleyth and Glen-Ilay [Glenisla], her spouse, sher. of Perth18 May 1603

Testaments of Alyth people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1701-1823

Sir George Ramsay of Banff, bart.22 Aug 1797
William Ramsay of Banff, bart.30 Jan 1809


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Alyth:


Provosts of the burgh of Alyth, to 1975

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
James Tod-1897-1898-
David Smith Johnston-1900-19018 Mar 1846 Alyth1 Oct 1919 Lintrathencashier
John Smart1901-1904ca. 183922 Mar 1909 Alyth
Lt.-col. David Mitchell Robertson, V.D.1904-190727 Jan 1838 Alyth28 Dec 1907 Alythof Wm Robertson & Sons, boot & shoemakers; son of Wm R. and Marjory Mitchell; bro. of Wm R., postmaster, Alyth and James R., M.A., D.D., professor of oriental languages, Glasgow; see Robertson memorial window
David McLeish1908-19101850/51Jun 1939 Meigle
David Dorward Findlay1910-19122 Oct 1868 Alyth26 Apr 1912 Alyth
David Alexander Sandilands-1913-1916-22 Dec 1862 Abernethy PER1 Aug 1927 Alyth
-- Inglis-1921-1926
James Newbigging-1927-1931-1 Dec 1866 Carstairs23 Mar 1948 Alythmarket gardener
J. T. Morrison1932-1943
D. Sim1943-1949-
Robert Alexander Ball-19751923 Annan DFSJan 2009 Blairgowrie


Town clerks of the burgh of Alyth

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
William Stewart Wilkie?-1880-1885-?ca. 1837 Kirriemuir12 Aug 1904 Liff
John Reid?-1887-1901
John Yeaman?-1905-192314 Oct 1930
W. Ritchie Smith1923-1943-?
Charles Anderson?-1975


Burgh of Alyth: burgh records, 1665-1975

See the Perth & Kinross archive online catalogue and search for Alyth burgh, or go directly to Alyth Burgh



Details for Alyth Library are at Perth & Kinross Council: Libraries: Locations and Opening Times



Current paper (online):

Alyth Voice (1997-)

Old papers available on microfilm in the Local Studies Department of the A. K. Bell Library, Perth.


Places of interest

Alyth Family History Project


This page updated 2 Sep 2022