Banchory Ternan (Kincardineshire)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Banchory Ternan (or Over Banchory, Banchory Trinity) and the Burgh of Banchory

Parish number 252

map of Banchory Ternan

Map of all Kincardineshire parishes
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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Census records
Church Session
Clock & watch tax
Deaths & burials
Electoral rolls
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
Provosts of Banchory
School records
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
Town clerks
War memorial


The parish of Banchory Ternan was formerly partly in Aberdeenshire.

seal of Banchory

The Common Seal of the
Burgh of Banchory

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

Photo-books - old photographs of Banchory


Statistical accounts of Banchory Ternan


Maps of Banchory Ternan

1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1957 (East part of the parish)

1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1961 (The burgh and west part of the parish)

1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1864, published 1868 (The burgh and west part of the parish)

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

See also ScotlandsPlaces: Banchory - recent & old photographs of Banchory; also maps, plans & other records.

map of Banchory

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


Photographs of places

See Banchory - recent photographs of Banchory. National Grid ref. NO6995.

Aerial photos of Banchory & neighbourhood

See also ScotlandsPlaces: Banchory - recent & old photographs of Banchory; also maps, plans & other records.


Parish church

The ruined former kirk is located at National Grid ref. NO715963. Built in 1665. The mediaeval kirk was dedicated to St Ternan and belonged to Arbroath Abbey.


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

James Reid1567-1602yr son of James Reid of Pitfoddels; also had Strachan in the charge 1567; tr. to Colstone 1573; re-tr. from Birse; pres. to vicarage 2 Mar 1582; d. bef. 16 Jul 1602; mar. Isabel Meldrum; issue: Robert, min. here; Thomas, M.A. Marischal 1600, M.A. Oxon 1620; Alexr, physician; James; Peter; Adam, min. of Methlick; Cath. (mar. Wm Burnett, min. of Kinairney); Elspeth (mar. Alexr Youngson, min. of Durris)
Robert Reid1602-1643son of above; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1600; pre. 16 Jul 1602; still min. 19 Oct 1643; mar.; issue: John, of Birnes (who was father of Robert, min. here)
Alexander Cant1646-1662son of Alexr Cant, min. of Aberdeen; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1636; adm. bef. 29 Jul 1646; dep. 1662; d. 30 Mar. 1665 Aberdeen; mar. Isobel, dau. of Alexander Douglas of Downies; issue: Andrew, min. of Trinity College Kirk, Edinburgh and later a bishop; Isobel (mar. James Stuart, min. of Inveravon); probably also Margaret (mar. Wm Mitchell, min. of Dundee)
Robert Reid of Balnakettle1662-1682son of John Reid of Birnes; gson of above Robert Reid; d. bef. 21 Sep 1682; mar.; issue: Mr Robert, of Balnakettle, his heir; Alexr; Thos; John; Elspet (mar. col. John Farquharson); Jean (mar. Robert Burnett, min. here)
Robert Burnett1682-1695M.A.; inst. 7 Nov 1682; dep. bef. 6 Oct 1695; later, min. of Fintray
Martin Schank1699-1747b. 1670, son of Henry Schank, bailie of Kinghorn; M.A. St Andrews 1690; chaplain to Mrs Edmonston of Ednam; ord. Auchtertool 20 Sep 1694; tr. to Newhills 29 Apr 1697; tr. & adm. 12 Jul 1699; d. 18 Apr 1747; mar. 1697 Margaret, dau. of Thos Downie, merchant, Edinburgh; issue: Alexander, of Castlerig; Matthew
George Campbell1748-1757M.A.; ord. 2 Jun 1748; tr. to 2nd charge Aberdeen 23 Jun 1757
Francis Dauney1758-1800b. 1719; M.A. Marischal 1737; ord. Lumphanan 8 Jun 1743; tr. & adm. 6 Jul 1758; d. 2 Apr 1800; mar. 1748 margaret, dau. of Alexander Chalmers, min. of Marnoch; issue: Alexr, sheriff-subst. of Aberdeen; Barbara (mar. Wm Simpson, merchant); Cath,; Francis, sheriff-subst. of Aberdeen; Wm; Margaret (mar. John Shand, min. of Kintore); Mary; Isobel; Eliz.; John
James Gregory1801-1829b. 1746, son of Geo. G., tenant, Dunnottar; M.A. Marischal 1766; schoolmaster Fetteresso; ord. Gilcomston 5 Nov 1778; tr. & adm. 26 Mar 1801; d. 8 Sep 1829; mar. 1773 Ann, dau. of James Milne of Johnshaven; issue: Annabella (mar. David Buchanan, Montrose); Geo.; Cath. (mar. Wm Buchanan, advocate, Edinburgh); Eliz.
William Anderson1830-1843b. ca. 1800, son of James A., draper, Peterhead; ord. 24 Mar 1830; joined Free Kirk 1843; appointed prof. of History & Morals, Agra; LL.D. 1855 Edin.; returned to London; d. 7 Dec 1870 Edinburgh
James Scott1843-1846ord. St James, Alnwick 1837; tr. & adm. 20 Sep 1843; dep. 26 May 1846; d. unm.
George Hutchison1846-1894b. 1818 Forres, son of Geo. H.; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1840; ord. Monzie 31 Mar 1845; tr. & adm. 12 Nov 1846; D.D. Aberdeen 1870; moderator 1887; d. 20 Nov 1894 London; mar. 1847 Jane Stewart, 3rd dau. of George Wright, min. of Kingsbarns; issue: Geo. Wright, M.D.; John; Maxwell, min. of Kirkmahoe; Euphemia (mar. Wm Burt Wright of Auchinvole); Anna Moncrieff
James Hall1894-1920b. 1859 Ballater, son of James H., builder; ord. (ass. & suc.) 6 Sep 1894; d. 14 Aug 1920; mar. 1895 Christian, dau. of George Jamieson, D.D., min. of Old Machar; issue: James Christian, M.B., Ch.B.; Geo. Jamieson
John Wilson Anderson1921-b. 1883 Foveran, son of John A.; M.A. Glasgow 1906; B.D. St Andrews 1909; ass. West parish Aberdeen and St Giles Edinburgh; ord. Anstruther Easter 9 May 1912; tr. South par., Aberdeen 18 Feb 1917; tr. & adm. 19 Jan 1921; mar. 1912 Jessie Murray, dau. of James Farquhar, Aberdeen

Ministers of the Free Church, Banchory Ternan

Robert Reid?-1851-1881-?b. ca. 1811 Rathven BAN; d. 11 Apr 1893 Banchory; mar. Mary Cruickshank; issue: Francis Farquharson; Harriet Morris; Jane C.

Ministers of the United Presbyterian Church (later, North United Free Church), Banchory Ternan

Thomas Taylor1879-1888b. ca. 1854 England; from Alloa (West); ord. 18 Nov 1879; tr. to Grahams Road, Falkirk & ind. there 7 Feb 1888
Colin Nicol (alias McNicol)1888-1892b. 21 Jan 1858 Dalry AYR, son of Duncan (Mc)N.; from Kilwinning AYR; ord. 5 Jun 1888; tr. to Clydebank 1892; mar. Margaret --; issue: Duncan R.; Mary E.; Annie C.; Colina M.
James Reid Wark1892-1901-?M.A.; b. 14 Jun 1863 Irvine AYR, son of Hugh W.; from Irvine (Trinity); ord. 15 Dec 1892; mar. Annie R. ---; issue: Hugh A.; Margt B.

Ministers of the South United Free Church, Banchory Ternan

William Cowan?-1901-?b. ca. 1865 Perth; mar. Henrietta Edith Leslie ---; issue: John MacQ.; Henrietta E.; Harriet Mgt

Ministers of St Ternan's Episcopal Church, Banchory

George Sutherland?-1861-?M.A.; b. ca. 1832 ABD


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Banchory Ternan Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 230 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.)

Full texts of all extant inscriptions in Banchory Ternan Kirkyard 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.

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Banchory Tenan in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 1-7.

See also Banchory-Ternan Churchyard.


Banchory war memorial

Scottish War Memorials Project: Banchory


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 Banchory Ternan Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/505/...
Scroll minutes of the presbytery of Kincardine O'Neil1821-182515


Banchory Ternan Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR400/...
Minute book1829-19291
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (church, manse, glebe, churchyard)1820-19294
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1927-19305
Locality of stipend18356


Land owners

The principal proprietors of land in the parish in 1842:



Information, maps & photographs of Poorhouse in Banchory-Ternan.

Following records are held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives:

Nature of recordDatesRef.
Banchory Ternan Parish Council: Minute Book1895 - 1912AS/KPban/1
do1913 - 1927AS/KPban/2
do1927 - 1930AS/KPban/3
Banchory Ternan Parish Council: General Register of the Poor1907 - 1946AS/KPban/4


School records

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

Nature of recordDatesRef.
Banchory Academy: Log Books1869 - 1963ED/GR6S/K6/1
Banchory Academy: Admission Registers1867 - 1967ED/GR6S/K6/2
Crathes School: Log Books1874 - 1966ED/GR6S/K13/1
Crathes School: Admission Registers1919 - 1950ED/GR6S/K13/2
Inchmarlo School: Log Books1885 - 1964ED/KC5/112/1
Inchmarlo School: Admission Registers1866 - 1963ED/KC5/112/2
Raemoir School: Log Books1901 - 1968ED/KC5/117/1
Raemoir School: Admission Registers1901 - 1968ED/KC5/117/2
Tilquhillie School: Log Books1876 - 1924ED/KC5/122/1


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.


Population statistics
For 1871 and 1881, the numbers in the Kincardineshire (KCD) and Aberdeenshire (ABD) parts of the parish are given separately.

17551736Dr Alexander Webster
17901340Old Statistical Account
1871 (KCD)137814922870
1871 (ABD)325
1881 (KCD)148815753063
1881 (ABD)123

After confinement of parish to Kincardineshire:



Electoral rolls

Electoral roll for Banchory-Ternan in 1894 - NRS ref. CH2/602/19 (part of the records of the Presbytery of Kincardine O'Neil)


Testaments & wills

Banchory Ternan was in the Commissariot of Aberdeen [NRS CC1].

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 Banchory Ternan people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Aberdeen, 1715-1823

Robert Donaldin Kirktoun of Banchory12 Feb 1726
Mr Robert Farquharschoolmaster at Bancbory-Ternan4 Nov 1731
William Farquharin Banchory-Ternan14 May 1731
John Forbesservant to Mr Douglas at Inchmarlo, par. of Banchory Ternan1 Aug 1806
Mary Gellanservant to Mr Martine Shank, minister at Banchory-Ternan6 Jun 1728
James Gordon of Banchory18 Oct 1751 and 20 Jun 1753
Elizabeth Middletonschoolmistress at Banchory26 Nov 1724
John Petriein Bush, par. of Banchory-Ternan27 Jul 1742
Janet Ridlerspouse to Alexander Burnet, in Upper Banchory7 Aug 1733
Mr Martin Shankminister at Upper Banchory24 Sep 1747
Katharine Skenewidow of Alexander Thomson of Banchory10 Mar 1778
Andrew Thomson of Banchory18 Oct 1806
Margaret Thomsononly daughter of late Andrew Thomson of Banchory14 Jan 1800
Mr James Wilsonlate schoolmaster at Banchory-Ternan16 May 1740

Testaments of Banchory Ternan 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.

Alexander Bissettsometime in Hirne, par. of Over Banchrie, and Agnes Smith, his relict22 Apr 1657
Isobel Blackhallspouse to James Petrie, of Busse, par. of Banchrie28 Oct 1657
Alexander Buckein Auchortes, par. of Banchorie, and Isobel Wobster, his relict8 Sep 1658
Sir Thomas Burnet of Leys, knight baronetpar. of Banchrie9 Jul 1656
Christian Grayspouse to Robert Mollesone, at the Mylle of Barronrie of Tilleboy, par. of Over BanchrieT. 28 Oct 1657
Barbara Kelliespouse to John Lyon, in Killdithie, par. of Over Banchrie28 Oct 1657
Mr James Skene of Ramoirepar. of Banchrie-Trinity24 Sep 1656
Gilbert Thomsonin Cairmewheine, par. of Over Banchrie, and Elspet George, his spouse9 Jul 1657


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Banchory Ternan ("Upper Banchory"):

NRS ref. E326/12/2/79


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Banchory Ternan ("Upper Banchory"):


Provosts of the Burgh of Banchory, to 1975

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
--- Bisset?-1894-1897-?
Dr --- McHardy?-1913-1919-?
--- Burnett?-1941-?
Donald Munro?-?


Town clerks of Banchory

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
Joseph Merson1893-1904-?16 May 1864 Strichen ABD12 Aug 1949
William Emslie?-1959-?


Places of interest


This page updated 1 Dec 2016