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"The name of the parish was formerly 'T Eunan, or St. Eunan, after the titular saint of that name, to whom the church or chapel has been dedicated. The common name now is Forglen, or Foreglen, to distinguish it from the neighbouring parish of Alvah or Back Glen. For some time, the two parishes were joined, and supplied by one pastor; but, before the middle of last century, Forglen became a separate erection, and an annexation was made to it from the parish of Marnoch, comprehending the greater part of the estate of Carnousie. The annexation of both quoad sacra et civilia. At Burn-end, about half a mile to the W. of the present church, is to be seen the remains of a small chapel, probably the place of worship of Popish times. For more conveniency, the church had afterwards been transferred to its present situation. On a stone built into the S. wall of it, is an inscription, in these terms: This church was re-edified by George Ogilvie, Master of Banff, 1692." [From The Statistical Account for Scotland, 1791-1799 Volume XVI, Banffshire, Moray & Nairnshire.]



Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have been published by the Aberdeen & N.E. Scotland F.H.S. (Booklet AA134).

These are included in the Online Index to the MIs

Presbyterian / Unitarian
Forglen, Church of Scotland


Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) have published a name Index to the 1851 Census for Banffshire. Forglen (together with Marnoch, Inverkeithny and Rothiemay) is published as code AA211.

ANESFHS also hold unpublished indexes and transcriptions of the 1861 Census for most Banffshire parishes (including Forglen).


Presbyterian / Unitarian
Forglen, Church of Scotland

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Church Records

Kirk of Scotland
  • OPR dates: Baptisms 1647-1854, Marriages 1685-1854, Burials 1784-1789.
  • LDS Film number - 0990993.
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 Forglen Kirk Session records are listed on a separate webpage.


Description and Travel

A transcript of Parish of Forglen (County of Banff, Synod of Aberdeen, Presbytery of Turriff.) by the Rev. Mr. Robert Ballingall.

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Names, Geographical

You can view a comprehensive Gazetteer list for Forglen 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 Forglen:

  • Record of Applications 1856-1943 *
  • 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 New Statistical Account:
    Year 1755 1782 1788 1794 1811 1821 1831
    Population 607 577 613 600 628 750 820
  • according to Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1895):
    Year 1801 1831 1861 1871 1881 1891
    Population 605 820 783 845 744 714


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