"A parish extending about 6 miles in length and from 3 to 4 in breadth. It is situated partly in the vale of Strathmore, and partly in the Grampian hills, which bound the Strath on the north. The surface, even of the lower part, is by no means level. Of the 5900 acres which the parish is supposed to conatin, 4000 acres are arable; the rest being muir and moss, and a small part occupied by plantation. Airly Castle, the residence of the Earl of Airly, is a fine modern house, erected on the ruins of an ancient castle of the same name. It is situated on a promontory, at the conflux of the rivers Isla and Melgums, elevated at 108 feet above their level."

The Gazetteer of Scotland, W Chalmers, Dundee 1803



Monumental Inscriptions of the Parish Churchyard of Airlie 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 Airlie  are held at Angus Recreation Services, County Buildings, Forfar.



All census returns for the parish of  Airlie 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:

1841 0101798
1851 0103635
1861 0103786
1871 0103938
1881 0203472
1891 0208697



Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Airlie (270) are located in New Register House, Edinburgh. These have also been microfilmed by the LDS Church. The records contain:

270/1 b 1682-1685, m 1682-1711 LDS No. 0993388
270/2 b 1685-1819, m 1700-1794, d 1748-1818 LDS No. 0993389
270/3 m 1711-1748, d 1711-1748 LDS No. 0993328
270/4 m 1748-1819, d 1848-1819 LDS No. 0993328
270/5 b 1820-1854, m 1820-1854, d 1820-1845 LDS No. 0993328

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


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 by clicking here. 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 Airlie 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.  Airlie was in the Sheriffdom of Forfar and details of these records can be found here. Records of the Commissary Courts and Sheriff Courts are held at the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Airlie 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 emmigrated 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 Airlie has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



General History is dealt with in the following book:

Airlie, a parish history
by William Wilson, Coatbridge, 1937

Additional information can also be found in the three Statistical Accounts.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO331493 (Lat/Lon: 56.630577, -3.092556), Airlie which are provided by:



Year Population Year Population
1755 1013 1861 845
1801 1041  1871 778
1811   1881 844
1821   1891 741
1831   1901 698
1841   1911 723
1851 856