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"Glamis parish is large in extent, being about twelve miles long by one to five miles broad. A portion of the Loch of Forfar is within the boundary. On the north, the parish is bounded by Airlie and Kirriemuir, on the west by Eassie and Nevay, on the east by Forfar and Kinnettles, and on the south by Tealing, Auchterhouse and Newtyle. The northern part of the parish is completely level, only broken here and there by gentle uplands and grassy knolls. The soil is poor, being of a light sandy nature. In the central portion the soil is rich, and in the glens it is gravelly, yet good. The hills on the south are heatherclad, and contain stretches of moorland. The Glen of Ogilvy and Glen of Denoon are enclosed by three parallel ranges of the Sidlaws, the highest point of which, Craig-oul, 1493 feet above sea level."

Glamis, A Parish History by John Stirton.

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Glamis village is the main centre of population within the parish and there are a number of hamlets such as Milton, in the Glen of Ogilvy, and Jericho. The village of Charleston was built in the 1830's to the south of Glamis village on the road to Dundee.

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Cemeteries

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Census

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

18411042678
18511042225
18610103790
18710103947
18810203493

  An enumeration of the heads of family within the parish in communion with the Church of Scotland was taken in December 1834.

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Churches

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Church History

Church History is dealt with in the following books.

  • "Glamis, A Parish History"
    by John Stirton,
    Forfar, 1913, W Shepherd,

  • "Glamis Castle, its origin and history: with a brief account of the early church of the parish"
    by John Stirton,
    Forfar, 1938, W. Shepherd

  • "Glamis: Its History and Antiquities,"
    by Andrew Jervise,
    Edinburgh, 1861.
    (This book is very rare with only 12 copies printed, 1 copy located in Forfar Public Library and 1 copy in Dundee University Library, Kinnear Local Collection.)

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Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Glamis (289) are located in New Register House, Edinburgh. These have also been microfilmed by the LDS Church (Film number 0993434). The records contain:

289/1b 1677-1715; m 1699-1715; d 1685 - 1715
289/2b 1716-1819
289/3b 1820-1868; m 1834-1854; d 1834-1854

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

The Kirk Session records of Glamis 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:

CH2/170/1Minutes 1719-1747
CH2/170/2Minutes 1780-1833 (with Accounts)
CH2/170/3Minutes 1833-1874 (with Accounts)
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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 the parish number and this can be found on the list of Angus parishes. PLEASE CHECK FILM NUMBERS BEFORE ORDERING.

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Court Records

Details of Wills and Testaments can be found in Commissary Court Records. Persons from Glamis 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. Glamis 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.

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Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Glamis which are provided by:

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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.

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Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for Glamis from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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Genealogy

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.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Glamis 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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History

General History is dealt with in the following books:

  • "Glamis, A Parish History"
    by John Stirton,
    Forfar, 1913,

  • "Glamis Castle, its origin and history: with a brief account of the early church of the parish"
    by John Sirton,
    Forfar, 1938,

  • "Glamis: Its History and Antiquities",
    by Andrew Jervise,
    Edinburgh, 1861.
    (This book is very rare with only 12 copies printed, 1 copy located in Forfar Public Library and 1 copy in Dundee University Library, Kinnear Local Collection.)

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO392454 (Lat/Lon: 56.596424, -2.992574), Glamis which are provided by:

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Nobility

Information regarding the nobility in Glamis can be found in "Glamis, A Parish History", by John Stirton, 1913, Forfar. Covering mainly the Bowes-Lyon family but with references to others.

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Population

YearPopulationYearPopulation
1755178018611980
1801193118711813
1811 18811631
1821 18911464
1831 19011351
1841216719111159
18512152  
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Societies

There has been a Lodge of Ancient and Free Masons in Glamis since 1738. There was a Society of Free Gardeners which no longer exists.