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"ABERNETHY, village in Perthshire, and parish, partly also in Fife. The village stands 73/4 miles south east of Perth, was anciently a seat of Culdees, and a capital of Pictavia; contains an ancient round tower, similar to the famous round towers of Ireland; presents now a plain, modern appearance, and has a post-office with a money order department, under Newburgh, a railway station, an Established church, a United Presbyterian church, and a recently enlarged public school for 362 scholars. Pop. 906. The parish contains also Aberargie village, includes Mugdrum Island, and is nearly 5 miles long and about 4 miles broad. Acres in Perthshire, 7577; in Fife, 1967. Real property in 1880-81, & 12,788 and £2343. Pop. 1586 and 128. About one-third of the surface is low, rich land around and near the confluence of the Earn and the Tay; and the rest is part of the Ochill Hills, cloven by Glenfarg. The seats are Carpow, Ayton, and Carey; and some antiquities are Balvaird Castle, remains of a Roman camp, and vestiges of a vitrified fort."

Wilson, Rev. John, The Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882


  • Abernethy Old

  • Abernethy New

The interment registers for both are available at the local council offices in Kinross. Please consult the cemeteries page

There are pre-1855 inscriptions available in Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in South Perthshire.


The GRO(S) Ref. No. is 326. Please consult the county page for general information.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Abernethy 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

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Church of Scotland (OPR)

GRO(S) Ref. No.      
326/1 B 1690-1733 M 1690-1727 D 1690-1727
326/2 B 1749-1819 M 1783-94 D 1783-94
326/3 B 1820-54 M- D-

Marriages 1845-1917 are in the National Archives of Scotland, Ref: CH2 743/5

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Historical Geography

Until 15th May 1891, the parish of Abernethy was situated partly in the county of Fife and partly in the county of Perth. On that date, various changes to the parish and county boundaries were made. From that date the whole parish of Abernethy was included in the county of Perth.

The following subjects remained in the parish of Abernethy but were transferred from the county of Fife to the county of Perth: Balvaird Farm, Mucklebein Farm, Catochil, Dumbarrow Farm, Dumbarrow House, Glentarkie Farm, Pittuncarty Farm, and part of the lands of Colzie Hill.

The following subjects remained in the county of Fife but were transferred from the parish of Abernethy to the parish of Newburgh: Easter Colzie Farm, part of the land of Colzie Hill, and Lumquhat.

The following subjects remained in the county of Fife but were transferred from the parish of Abernethy to the parish of Strathmiglo: Nochnarrie, Pitlour, and part of the Farm of Wester Pitlour.

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  • A Former Description of the Parish

"ABERNETHY, a burgh and parish, partly in the county of Fife, but chiefly in the county of Perth, 3 miles from Newburgh, containing the village of Aberdargie and the town of Abernethy"

Edited from Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1846.

The part of the parish in Fife accounted for about 10% of the population.

Since 1891, Abernethy parish has been completely in Perthshire.

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

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