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Drumblade

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"DRUMBLADE, a parish, in the district of Strathbogie, county of Aberdeen; adjacent to the town of Huntly, and containing 945 inhabitants. The ancient name of this parish, Drumhlail, which is Gaelic, signifies "covered hills or braes". . . The parish is about six miles in its greatest length, and between four and five miles in its greatest breadth, and contains above 7600 acres. Its surface is diversified by small hills, mostly cultivated, and by gently sloping valleys, with an extensive plain on the north, called the Knightland Moss. . . In the parish is the mansion-house of Lessendrum, partly an old and partly a modern building. Most of the inhabitants are engaged in agricultural pursuits, but a few are employed in a distillery, a bleach-field, and two potato-flour manufactories, in a meal-mill, a lint-mill, and two wool-mills: at the distillery 40,000 gallons of superior malt spirits are annually produced, yielding to government about £10,000 year duty. . . The annual value of real property in Drumblade is £5520. Ecclesiastically the parish is within the bounds of the presbytery of Turriff and synod of Aberdeen; patron, the Earl of Kintore. The stipend is £159, of which £51 are paid by the exchequer; and there is a good manse, with a glebe of ten arable acres, valued at £16 per annum. Drumblade church, a plain edifice, was built in 1773, and improved in 1829, and contains 500 sittings. The members of the Free Church have a place of worship. The parochial schoolmaster receives £30 a year, and about £24 fee , with an allowance for a house, and a portion of the Dick bequest: Latin, mathematics, mensuration, and all the ordinary branches are taught. . . More"
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1851) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

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Cemeteries

A book of monumental inscriptions for this parish is available from the Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS.

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Churches

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Church Records

Presbytery of Turriff - Synod of Aberdeen

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

Film Births Marriages Deaths
188/1 1702-1819 1745-1819 1783-94
188/2 1820-54 1820-45  
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Description & Travel

Here is a detailed description of the parish, written in 1875.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Drumblade 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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Maps

This parish appears on sheet 29 of the OS Landranger Series, and on sheets 181 & 197 of the OS Pathfinder Series.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NJ564390 (Lat/Lon: 57.439215, -2.728642), Drumblade which are provided by:

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Names, Geographical

Here is a list of place names in the parish.

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Taxation

A booklet containing extracts from the 1696 Poll Book for this parish is available from the Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS.