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"The length of this parish is rather more than 5 miles, and its breadth somewhat above 3. It is bounded, on the south, by Grange; on the west, by Rathven; on the north, by Cullen, and that part of Rathven annexed quoad sacra to Cullen; and on the east, by Fordyce. . . The form of the parish is nearly that of a parallelogram. It is intersected by a small stream called the burn of Deskford, which rises in the adjoining parish of Grange, and is increased in its course through Deskford by many streamlets from the rising grounds on each side of it, running down small glens or ravines, beautifully fringed with natural wood on each side of them, as is the burn." [From: The New Statistical Account of Scotland (1836).]



Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) hold some unpublished MIs for Deskford. Members may request lookups

These are included in the Online Index to the MIs

Presbyterian / Unitarian
Deskford, Church of Scotland


Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) have published a name Index to the 1851 Census for Banffshire. Deskford (together with Fordyce and Cullen) is published as code AA214.

ANESFHS also hold unpublished indexes and transcriptions of the 1861 Census for most Banffshire parishes (including Deskford).


Presbyterian / Unitarian
Deskford, Church of Scotland

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Deskford 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
    151/1 1660-1819 - -
    151/2 - 1659-1819 -
    151/3 1820-55 1819-55 -
  • LDS Film numbers:
    Baptisms Marriages Deaths
    6901975(2) 6901976(1) -
  • 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 Deskford Kirk Session records are listed on a separate webpage.


Description and Travel

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Names, Geographical

You can view a comprehensive Gazetteer list including placenames culled from the Ordnance Survey "Explorer" (1:25000) map, the 1896 Ordnance Survey 1" map, the 1841, 1851 and 1861 Census and Thomson's "Atlas of Scotland" (1832).


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 Deskford:

  • Minutes

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 Statistical Account and New Statistical Account:
    Year 1790 1811 1821 1831
    Population 752 634 693 828
  • according to Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1895):
    Year 1801 1831 1861 1871 1881 1891
    Population 610 828 1031 972 849 745


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.