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"MARYKIRK, (or Aberluthnott), a parish in the county Kincardine, Scotland, 3 miles S.W. of Laurencekirk, by the Scottish North-Eastern railway, on which it is a station. It is situated on the N. bank of the North Esk, at the extremity of the How or Hollow of the Mearns, and includes the villages of Luthermuir and Marykirk. It is bounded by Garvock and St. Cyrus on the E., Laurencekirk on the N., and Fettercairn on the W. It is 4 miles in length by between 3 and 4 in breadth, and has an area of 9,600 acres. The surface is level, and the soil, though various, is chiefly fertile, and well cultivated. Sandstone abounds and is extensively quarried, and in some parts various kinds of trap occur. The parish is in the presbytery of Fordoun and synod of Angus and Mearns. The minister's stipend is £246. The par, church is a modern structure. In the district there are the following places of worship:-a Free church, an United Presbyterian church, a Baptist chapel, and a Congregational chapel. There are five non-parochial schools. The ancient name of the parish was Aberluthnott, and it was given by Cardinal Beaton in 1540 to Barclay of Mathers. The parish contains several corn-mills, five saw-mills, a flax-mill, and a spinning-mill. Hand-loom linen-weaving employs a good number of the inhabitants. Balmachewan, Hatton, Inglismaldie, Kirktonhill, and Thornton Castle, are the principal seats. There are Druidical remains at Hospital, Balmakillie, &c. It is said that a battle was fought between the English and Scots at Inglisburn. The parish is intersected by the Aberdeen railway."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


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.


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Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Marykirk [265] are located in New Register House, Edinburgh.

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    Births Qty Marriages Qty
265 Marykirk 6902928 2 6902929 1

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Year Birth Death Marriage Year Birth Death Marriage
1855 0103353 0103487 0103595 1867 0350952 0349044 0348996
1856 0256463 0256412 0256518 1868 0352728 0363249 0363203
1857 0280426 0280262 0280143 1869 0340315 0384132 0384479
1858 0280489 0280318 0280179 1870 0352801 0385333 0363142
1859 0280552 0280371 0280220 1871 0224469 0224595 0224541
1860 0280616 0292810 0292769 1872 0300073 0300308 0300214
1861 0224092 0224407 0224165 1873 0300147 0300366 0300261
1862 0292925 0292866 0294870 1874 0329022 0340253 0347929
1863 0294804 0294745 0294914 1875 0384396 0412905 0363302
1864 321194 0323659 0323613 1881 0232636 0234191 0233477
1865 321263 0330115 0330174 1891 0255099 0256349 0256084
1866 0332603 0350892 0333286        

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