"MONYMUSK, a parish, in the district of Garioch, county of Aberdeen, 125 miles (N. by E.) from Edinburgh; containing 895 inhabitants. This parish appears to have derived its name from two Gaelic words, Monaugh, "high or hilly", and Mousick, "low and marshy ground"; which are descriptive of the general appearance of the land. A priory was founded here in the eleventh century by Malcolm Canmore. . . Few other events of historical importance have occurred; but near the bank of the river Don is a field called the Camp Field, where, according to tradition. King Robert Bruce's army lay immediately previous to the battle of Inverury. . . Monymusk House, the only mansion of any note, is an ancient and a spacious structure, pleasantly situated on the south bank of the Don. It has a library containing about 5000 volumes, and a collection of valuable paintings, most of which are by the old masters. . . For ECCLESIASTICAL purposes the parish is within the bounds of the presbytery of Garioch and synod of Aberdeen; patron, the Crown. . . Monymusk church is very ancient, with a square tower at the west end: it is supposed to have been built in the eleventh century. . . There is also an episcopal chapel in the village, seating about 150 persons. . . More"
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1851) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



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



Episcopal Church of Scotland
Monymusk, Scottish Episcopal

Church Records

Presbytery of Alford - 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
224/1 1678-1819 1678-1819 1784-96
224/2   1729-64  
224/3 1820-54 1820-54 1796-1853

Description & Travel

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

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Historical Geography

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



This parish appears on sheets 38 & 37 of the OS Landranger Series, and on sheet 229 of the OS Pathfinder Series.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NJ681160 (Lat/Lon: 57.233971, -2.530489), Monymusk which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Here is a list of place names in the parish.



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