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Aboyne and Glentanner

"ABOYNE-AND-GLENTANNER, a parish (united), in the district of Kincardine-O'Neil, county of Aberdeen, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Kincardine O'Neil; containing, with the burgh of barony of Charlestown, 1138 inhabitants. The Gaelic words A, signifying a "ford," and boinne or buinne, a "thin rippling water, "originated the appellation of the first of these places, on account of its proximity to a ford on the river Dee; and the name Glentanner is said to be compounded of the Gaelic terms Glean-tan-ar, meaning "the glen of scanty arable land." The date of union is uncertain; but previously to 1763, there was a church in each parish, the two being served by one parochial minister. Glentanner, before the union, formed a separate chapelry, and Aboyne was then united to Tullich, an intermediate chapel being situated at Braeroddach, equidistant from the churches of Aboyne and Tullich. . . Ecclesiastically the parish is in the presbytery of Kincardine O'Neil, synod of Aberdeen, and in the patronage of the Marquess of Huntly. The minister's stipend is £158. 6. 8., part of which is received from the exchequer; with a manse, and a glebe of twenty acres of very poor land, assigned in lieu of the old glebes of the two parishes, when a central church was built for the united parish, in 1763: the present handsome edifice, containing 628 sittings, was erected in 1842, at an expense, exclusive of carriage, of £900. . . More"
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1851) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]


A book of monumental inscriptions for this parish is available from the Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS.


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Church Records

Presbytery of Kincardine O'Neil - Synod of Aberdeen

Here are details of the Birth, Marriage and Death records for this parish, available on the OPR films.

Film Births Marriages Deaths
170/1 1744-1819 1754-1819 1754-1809
170/2 1820-54 1820-54  
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Historical Geography

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This parish appears on sheets 44 & 37 of the OS Landranger Series, and on sheet 257 of the OS Pathfinder Series.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO525985 (Lat/Lon: 57.075126, -2.785116), Aboyne which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

Here is a list of place names in the parish.


A booklet containing extracts from the 1696 Poll Book for this parish is available from the Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS.