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"Boundaries - The parish of Fordoun is of a quadrangular form, and is bounded on the south-west, by Fettercairn; on the south and south-east, by the parishes of Marykirk, Laurencekirk, and Arbuthnott; on the north-east, by Glenbervie; and on the north-west, by Strachan, which it joins on the summit of the Grampians. The parish extends along the south side of the Grampians, and on the north side of the valley of Strathmore, or rather of that division of it familiarly known by the name of the 'How o' the Mearns', which comprehends the parishes of Fettercairn, Marykirk, Laurencekirk, and Fordoun."

The Statistical Account of Scotland The County of Kincardine


Monumental Inscriptions for the parish have been recorded in Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Kincardineshire, edited by Alison Mitchell, Scottish Genealogy Society, 1986, ISBN 0 901061 29 8.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Fordoun area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Fordoun [259] are located in New Register House, Edinburgh.

These have also been microfilmed by the LDS:


Civil Registration

All records of Civil Registration are held at New Register House, Edinburgh. Microfilm copies of births, deaths and marriages for the years 1855 - 1875, 1881 and 1891 have been filmed by the LDS and can be ordered to any family history centre worldwide. Please check film numbers before ordering.


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Fordoun has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO748759 (Lat/Lon: 56.873870, -2.415034), Fordoun which are provided by:
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