"Situated in the County of Angus. Its extent is about 6½ miles long and 5 broad. The surface is various, being part hilly, and covered with heath, while the greater part is flat and fertile. It lies on the banks of the South Esk, which is sometimes apt to overflow its banks. Neither coal or lime are found in the parish. There are two obelisks which are fine pieces of antiquity; one in the churchyard, and the other on the road from Brechin to Forfar; erected to commemorate the total defeat of the Danes."

From The Gazetteer of Scotland, W Chalmers, Dundee 1803



Monumental Inscriptions of the Parish Churchyard have been recorded in Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Angus, vol 1 edited by Alison Mitchell, Scottish Genealogy Society, 1979, ISBN 0 901061 20 4. (Follow links to online shop, then memorial inscriptions, then Angus.) Burial records for the Churchyard of Aberlemno are held at Angus Recreation Services, County Buildings, Forfar. A full survey of monumental inscriptions has been made and will be published by Tay Valley FHS in the future. Also within the parish of Aberlemno is the small chapelyard of Aldbar.



All census returns for the parish of  Aberlemno are held at New Register House, Edinburgh and can be consulted there. The census returns have been microfilmed by the LDS church and the film numbers are:




Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of  Aberlemno (269) are located in New Register House, Edinburgh. These have also been microfilmed by the LDS Church (Film number 0993327). The records contain:

269/1b 1706-1819, m 1707-1819, d 17061715, 1723-1729
269/2b 1819-1854, m 1817-1854
269/3Separate indexes to both the above volumes.

Births and marriages have been indexed and the deaths will eventually be included in the National Burial Index.

The Kirk Session records of  are held in the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh. They have been microfilmed and copies of these can be bought from them. Three volumes are at the SRO:

CH2/5/1Minutes and Accounts 1731-1765 (incl. a few loose leaves of accounts 1727-1730)
CH2/5/2Minutes and Accounts, 1765-1794
CH2/5/3Minutes and Accounts, 1794-1856
CH2/5/4Minutes and Accounts, 1856-1893

Aberlemno Free Church Records are also located in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh. They contain the following:

CH3/6/1Session Minute Book, 1857-1924
CH3/6/2Deacons' Court Minute Book, 1857-1924
CH3/6/3Communion Roll, 1903-1924

Civil Registration

All records of Civil Registration are held at New Register House, Edinburgh. Microfilm copies of births, deaths and marriages for the years 1855-1875, 1881 and 1891 have been filmed by the LDS church and can be ordered to any family history centre worldwide. Microfilm numbers for Births, Deaths and Marriages in Angus can be found on the Civil Registration page. It is necessary to know that parish number and this can be found on the list of Angus parishes. PLEASE CHECK FILM NUMBERS BEFORE ORDERING.


Court Records

Details of Wills and Testaments can be found in Commissary Court Records. Persons from Aberlemno can be registered in the Commissary Courts of St Andrews, Brechin, Dunkeld or Edinburgh. Indexes to these records have been published by the Scottish Record Society until 1800.  Aberlemno was in the Sheriffdom of Forfar and details of these records can be found on the Forfar Sheriff Court page. Records of the Commissary Courts and Sheriff Courts are held at the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Aberlemno which are provided by:


Emigration & Immigration

Population movement can often be very difficult to trace. There are a number of publications which can help trace individuals who may have emigrated from the county of Angus such as Tay Valley People in North America, and Tay Valley People in Australia, both published by Tay Valley Family History Society along with The Scots Overseas: emigrants and adventurers from Angus and Perth by David Dobson, 1996, St Andrews.





Tay Valley Family History Society, based in Dundee which promotes genealogy in Angus, Perth, Fife and Kinross has published a number of books about genealogy in Angus, including regular Members Interests of research.


Historical Geography

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



Information can be found in the three Statistical Accounts.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO533546 (Lat/Lon: 56.681065, -2.763524), Aberlemno which are provided by:



1811 1881993
1821 1891926
1831 1901804
1841 1911728