Maryculter (Kincardineshire)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Maryculter

Parish number 264

map of Maryculter

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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
Population statistics
School records
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 Maryculter


Maps of Maryculter

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


Photographs of places

See Maryculter - recent photographs of Maryculter. National Grid ref. NO8599.


Parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO857992, at Kirkton of Maryculter. Built in 1787.

Maryculter Kirk

Above: the parish kirk

See further photographs of the kirk, including interior views, at Maryculter Parish Church and at Maryculter Churchyard

Bell at Maryculter Kirk

Above: a cracked bell dated 1787 beside the kirk

Other churches

The ruined Maryculter Free Kirk (later, United Free Kirk), between Westside and Stranog, at NO857968 has recently [2014] been converted into a private house.


Parish ministers 1560-1964

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

Alexander Robertson1574-1580reader
William Carmichael1578min. of Nigg; also held this charge 1578
John Milne1585reader & vicar 1585; offered the charge 1602 and 1609 but did not accept; dem.
Andrew Milneca. 1614-1639M.A. Marischal 1610; adm. ca. 1614; d. bef. 20 Dec 1639; mar. Marjory, dau. and heiress of David Menzies of Kirkton of Banchory-Devenick; issue: James
Alexander Leask of that ilk1640-1674son of Wm L. of that ilk; tutor to fam. of sir Thos Burnett of Leys; adm. 1640; d. Jul x Sep 1674; mar. Anna Cuming; issue: John; Wm; Alexr, min. of Turriff; Gilbert
James Garden1675-1676M.A.; tr. from New Machar; inst. May x Jun 1675; tr. to Balmerino 1676
John Lumsden1678-1679pres. Jun 1678; licence revoked but restored 22 Apr 1679
George White1679-1718M.A. Marischal 1657; pres. 2nd charge Ayr 11 Dec 1664; bought patronage here and pres. himself; adm. bef. 11 Nov 1679; dep. Dec 1718; intruded here and Newhills; d. 1724; mar. Marion, dau. of Wm Cockburn, min. of Kirkmichael AYR; issue: Geo., James, Alexr, Agnes, Cath.
William Abercrombie1719-1721ord. 28 May 1719; tr. to Skene 6 Dec 1721
Archibald Napier1722-1761M.A. Glasgow 1707; ord. Bourtie 17 Aug 1720; tr. & adm. 28 Nov 1722; d. 4 Nov 1761 aged ca. 74; mar. 1720 Jean White who d. 1769; issue: Alexr, M.A.; Archd, M.A., M.D.; Mary (mar. James Smith, min. of Garvock); David; John; Jean (mar. Adam Morison)
John Glennie1763-1801b. 1720 Maryculter; M.A. Marischal 1738; ord. Drumoak 10 Jan 1750; tr. & adm. 23 Jun 1763; D.D. Kings Aberdeen 1782; d. 14 Dec 1801; mar. 1754 Jean, dau. of Arthur Mitchell, min. of Skene; issue: John; Arthur; Alexr; Gavin, merchant, London; Wm, M.A., LL.D.; James, merchant, London; John, min. of Dunnottar; Geo., min. of West Church Aberdeen and prof. of Moral Philosophy, Aberdeen; Mary (mar. James Thomson, Aberdeen)
William Paul1802-1811b. 1770, son of Wm P., Old Aberdeen; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1788; ord. 7 May 1802; dem. 17 Oct 1811 on appt as prof. of Natural Philosophy, King's Aberdeen; d. 3 Mar 1834; mar. 1802 Isabel, dau. of John Hucheon, min. of Fetteresso; issue: Mary (mar. James Edmond, advocate in Aberdeen); Wm, D.D., min. of Banchory-Devenick; Cath. Forbes; Robt; Isobel; David Hucheon; John
John Bower1812-1866b. 1786, son of John B., teacher, Aberdeen; M.A. Marischal 1803; ord. 7 May 1812; d. 18 Dec 1866; mar. 1813 Sara Christina, only dau. of Alexr Wilson, min. of Campvere; issue: Agnes (mar. John Dallas)
Charles Nairn Barker Melville1867-1875b. 1835 Kirkcaldy, son of Chas M.; missionary W. Wemyss 1860-7; ord. 15 Aug 1867; d. 25 Dec 1875 Liverpool; mar. 1860 Jessie, dau. of Alexr Williamson; issue: Chas James, banker; Jane (mar. Thomas Elliot Simpson Clarke, D.D., min. of Saltoun); Agnes Margaret (mar. John Linton Dinwiddie, min. of Ruthwell); Alexr Kennedy, M.D., F.R.C.S.E.
George Duncan1876-1899b. 1850, son of Robt D., farmer; ass. West Church Aberdeen; ord. 1 May 1876; d. 24 Jul 1899; mar. 1877 Margaret Laurence, dau. of Wm Leask, shipmaster, Aberdeen; issue: Wm Leask; Mary Gertrude Napier
Charles McGlashan1900-1917b. 1867 Strowan PER, son of Alexr McG; ass. Larbert and West parish Aberdeen; ord. 9 Jan 1900; tr. to 2nd charge St Machar's 12 Jan 1917; tr. to Strichen 15 May 1925; d. 29 Jun 1932; mar. 1902 Ellen Barclay, yst dau. of Francis Love
Andrew Tweedie1917-1936b. 1873 Swinton, son of Geo. T., schoolmaster; M.A. 1893 B.D. 1899 Edinburgh; ass. Selkirk and Newington Edinburgh; ord. Strachan 15 Feb 1907; tr. & adm. 13 Jun 1917; dem. 3 Nov. 1936; d. 4 Oct 1938; mar. 1907 Christine, dau. of Ewen Campbell
William Lees1937-1951
Marcus W. Scott Ross1952-1964

Ministers of the Free Kirk, Maryculter

George Ogilvie1843-1850b. 1817 (possibly: Dundee, son of James O., writer); ord. 1844 Maryculter; d. 6 Jul 1850 Dundee
William Selbie1853-1895b. 10/11 Nov 1823 Maryculter, son of John S., land steward; teacher of English, Aberdeen; ord. 13 Oct 1853; d. 4 Dec 1895 Maryculter; mar. 1850 Helen Philip; issue: Wm; Barbara H.; John Alexr, minr of Birsay Free Kirk, Orkney; Eliz. P.; Mary Anne; Horace M.; Margaret


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Maryculter New Kirkyard (ca. 30 stones) and at Templars' Park (Maryculter Old Kirkyard) (ca. 100 stones) bearing pre-1855 information 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.)

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Maryculter in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 118-25.

See also Maryculter Churchyard and Templars Park Churchyard.

The following two inscriptions are on plaques on the wall of Maryculter Kirk:

Erected by the Free Church congregation and other inhabitants, of the parish of Maryculter in memory of the Revd GEORGE OGILVIE, as an expression of their cordial love and gratitude to him who laboured unceasingly, to promote their spiritual interests and to extend among them, the kingdom of the blessed saviour. He died at Dundee 6th July 1850, in the thirty third year of his age, and seventh of his ministry.

In memory of the Revd Wm SELBIE for 42 years minister of Maryculter Free Church. Born 11. Nov. 1823, ordained 13. Oct. 1853, died 4. Dec. 1895. His congregation, other inhabitants of the parish, and friends elsewhere have united in erecting this tablet in token of the esteem and affection with which he was regarded by the whole community, as a preacher, a pastor and a friend. Rev. XIV.13.


Maryculter war memorial
In the new kirkyard

Maryculter WW1 memorial 1914-1919

William Rae
William Weir
William Silver
James Henderson
Alexander Booth
Alexander Catto
Edwin Middleton
Norman McDonald

John W. Ross
Charles Lovie
George Silver
Francis K. Smith
William Barclay
Alexander Stephen
Robert Middleton
William Falconer
Maryculter WW2 memorial 1939-1945

Alexander Anderson
John G. Boddy A.M.
Bruce Emslie
Tom D. McGill

See also Scottish War Memorials Project: Maryculter


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.

Burial records for Maryculter are held by the Registrar in Banchory. See Kincardine and Mearns Burial Grounds.

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.

Maryculter Church of Scotland Parish Registers 1696-1855 have been published on CD by the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHS. Their list of publications is here.


Church Session Records of Maryculter Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/498/...
List of members1834-18414
Session register18804
Cash book1825-18816

Church Session Records of Maryculter Free Kirk
later United Free; Maryculter Altries Ch. of S.; congegation dissolved in 1935

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/225/...
Deacons' Court minutes1844-18565
Account book1898-19359
Baptisms - scroll version of vol. 101853-189512
Communion roll1874-190713


Maryculter Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR218/...
Minute Book1861-18942
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (church, manse, school)1815-19005
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1926-19296


Land owners

There were 7 heritors of the parish in 1833, including:


Estate records

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives hold:

Papers of Menzies of Pitfodels, relating to Maryculter and Blairs, 1783-1826 - ref. DD8/A/5



Following records are held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives:

Nature of recordDatesRef.
Maryculter Parochial Board: Minute Book1856 - 1877AS/KPmyc/1
Maryculter Parochial Board / Parish Council: Minute Book1878 - 1896AS/KPmyc/2
Maryculter Parish Council: Minute Book1929 - 1930AS/KPmyc/3
Maryculter Parish Council: General Register of the Poor1917 - 1929AS/KPmyc/4
Maryculter Parish Council: Applications for Poor Relief1904 - 1930AS/KPmyc/5
Maryculter Parish Council: Register of Guardians1919 - 1929AS/KPmyc/6


School records

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

Nature of recordDatesRef.
Maryculter School Board: Census Book (Children)1888 - 1897AS/KSmyc/11
do1900 - 1906AS/KSmyc/12


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

1755746Dr Alexander Webster
1790280350630Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

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

Robert Duncanin Swelend, parish of Maryculter23 Dec 1746
John Gordonlate in Whitehouse of Maryculter13 Jul 1792
Mr Archibald Napierlate minister at Maryculter24 Jun 1762
William Snawieservant to Mr John Glenny, minister at Maryculter3 Jun 1768

Testaments of Maryculter people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1800

Isobel Williamsonspouse to William Duncan, in Standing Stones, par. of Marycoulter7 Jan 1657

Testaments of Maryculter people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1800, that have been lost, for which only entries in the minute books are extant.

Mr Thomas Keithin Avester Tilburnies, par. of Maryculter26 Aug 1762


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Maryculter:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/79


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Maryculter:


This page updated 13 Mar 2015