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"The parish is situated about twenty-four miles west from the county town, and extends from north to south about 4½, and from east to west about 3 English miles, comprehending the whole breadth of the county, being bound by the parish of Glass, in Aberdeenshire, on the south, and on the north by part of Dundurcas, in Moray. . . The greater part of the parish consistes of one beautiful strath, situated between two hills to the north and south, with the small river of Isla (which takes its rise in the west part of the parish towards Mortlach) running through the middle of it." [From: The New Statistical Account of Scotland (1841)]



Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) have published a name Index to the 1851 Census for Banffshire. Botriphnie (together with Grange, Keith and Boharm) is published as code AA216.

ANESFHS also hold unpublished indexes and transcriptions of the 1861 Census for most Banffshire parishes (including Botriphnie).

You can view a Gazetteer list including placenames culled from the 1841, 1851 and 1861 Census.


Presbyterian / Unitarian
Botriphnie, Church of Scotland

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Botriphnie Parish area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records

Kirk of Scotland
  • OPRs held by the General Register Office, Scotland.
    GROS Baptism Marriage Death
    148/1 1682-1819 1683-1819 1746-53
    148/2 1820-54 1820-54  
  • LDS Film numbers:
    Baptisms Marriages Deaths
    6901969 6901970 -
  • Batch numbers (for FamilySearch)
    Baptisms (C) Marriages (M)
Kirk Session Records

Kirk Session records generally include records of Discipline, which often include information on illegitimate births, and Accounts, which may mention persons on Poor Relief. The surviving Botriphnie Kirk Session records are listed on a separate webpage.


Description and Travel

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Names, Geographical

You can view a Gazetteer list including placenames culled from the Ordnance Survey "Explorer" (1:25000) map, the 1896 Ordnance Survey 1" map, and the 1841, 1851 and 1861 Census.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Under the "Poor Law Amendment Act, Scotland" (1845) responsibility for Poor Relief was taken from the Parishes of the Kirk of Scotland, and vested in new Parochial Boards, whose territories largely coincided with the old parishes. The Parochial Boards were not (as in England) grouped into Poor Law Unions, and there were few Poorhouses outside the cities and large towns.

Day-to-day administration of the Poor Law was in the hands of the Inspector of the Poor for each parish, and these Inspectors were obliged by law to maintain detailed records of applications and of relief supplied. The most valuable of these are the "Record of Applications" and the "General Register of the Poor". The "Minutes" are very variable, but on occasion can also contain information on named individuals.

The following Poor Law records have survived for the Parish of Botriphnie:

  • General Register of the Poor 1854-1929 *
  • Record of Applications 1855-1929 *
  • Childrens' Separate Register 1861-1893 *

These are held by Aberdeen City Archives. The records are available for viewing, subject to the 100-year rule.
Items marked * are included in a name index compiled by Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS), and held by both ANESFHS and Aberdeen City Archives.



  • according to New Statistical Account:
    Year 1811 1821 1831 1841
    Population 577 572 721 714
  • according to Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1895):
    Year 1801 1811 1831 1861 1871 1881 1891
    Population 589 577 721 867 785 696 729


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.