"ARBUTHNOTT, a parish in the county of Kincardine, Scotland, 3 miles to the N.W. of Bervie. The country is hilly, and the river Bervie flows in a pleasant valley through the parish. Freestone and trap occur, and small quantities of manganese are found. The living, value £225, is in the presbytery of Fordoun, and in the patronage of Viscount Arbuthnott. The church, which is situated in the valley, is ancient, and contains several monuments of the Arbuthnotts. There is a fine aisle attached to the church, which was built by Sir Robert Arbutbnott in 1505. The physician and wit, Dr. Arbuthnott, the friend of Pope and Swift, was a native of this village, and his monument is in the church. Allardyce Castle is the old seat of the family of Allardyce, but is now in ruins, The noble mansion of Arbuthnott stands on the other side of the church. Kair was anciently the seat of the Sibbalds; but Kair House, a pleasant modern mansion, is now the property of the Kinlochs. Arbuthnott gives the title of viscount to the family of the same name."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of
Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]