"PREMNAY, a parish, in the district of Garioch, county of Aberdeen, 3½ miles (S. S. W.) from Old Rain; containing, with the village of Auchleven, 691 inhabitants. . . The surface is considerably diversified. A chain of beautiful little hills or undulations extends along the centre from east to west: it is entirely cultivated except on the summits. . . The crops consist of oats, bear, turnips, potatoes, and grass; the cultivation of which, with the rearing of black-cattle and a few sheep and horses, constitutes the chief employment. . . Licklyhead, a castellated mansion, long the family seat of the proprietors of Premnay, was erected about 200 years since, and is still inhabited. Overhall is a modern residence, built in a plain manner, and in pretty good repair. The village of Auchleven contains about twenty houses, and also one of the three corn-mills in the parish, which is turned by the water of the Gady. . . There is also a small manufactory at Auchleven, where two spinning-jennies, two carding-engines, and two or three hand-looms are employed in the manufacture of woollen cloth. . . Ecclesiastically the parish is within the limits of the presbytery of Garioch, synod of Aberdeen, and in the patronage of Sir Andrew Leith Hay, of Rannes: the minister's stipend is £159, with a manse, and glebe valued at £12 per annum. Premnay church, built in 1792, has 36 sittings, all of which are free with the exception of sixty in a gallery erected in 1827 by the Kirk Session. . . More"
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1851) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]