"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.




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.