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Rhynie and Essie

"RHYNIE-AND-ESSIE, a parish, in the district of Alford, county of Aberdeen, 3½ miles (W. by N.) from Clatt; containing 1035 inhabitants, of whom 240 are in the village of Rhynie, or Muir of Rhynie. . . The PARISH is bounded on the east by the river Bogie, and is nearly five miles in length and almost of equal breadth; comprising about 4000 acres of arable land, and some extensive tracts of moorland pasture, moss, and waste. Its surface is diversified with several hills of considerable height; but the only one deserving the name of a mountain is that of Noth. . . The village, situated on the west bank of the Bogie, was built on lands leased by the Gordons, for the accommodation of the surrounding district, about the close of the last century; and is chiefly inhabited by persons engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in various handicraft trades. . . There are two hamlets in the parish; one in the district of Essie, called Belhennie; and the other in the district of Rhynie, called the Raws of Noth; but neither of them is of any importance. For ECCLESIASTICAL purposes this place is within the limits of the presbytery of Strathbogie and synod of Moray. The minister's stipend is £158, of which £10 are paid from the exchequer; with a manse, and a glebe valued at £13 per annum: patrons, the Duke of Richmon and the Earl of Fife. . . The present parochial church, at Rhynie, was built in 1823, and enlarged in 1838 by the addition of an aisle; it is a plain substantial structure, and in good repair. There are also places of worship for Independents and members of the Free Church. . . 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 Strathbogie - Synod of Moray

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

Film Births Marriages Deaths
237A/1 1740-1819 1741-1819 1783-94
237A/2 1820-54 1820-54  
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Historical Geography

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This parish appears on sheet 37 of the OS Landranger Series, and on sheet 213 of the OS Pathfinder Series.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NJ499271 (Lat/Lon: 57.331741, -2.833768), Rhynie 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.