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"The form of the parish is irregular, and not easily described, so as to be understood. . . Its greatest length from the head of Glenrinnes to the opposite end near the Spey, that is, from south to north, is eleven or twelve English miles; and its greatest breadth from the banks of the Doveran to the foot of Benrinnes, that is, from east to west, may be about as much. . . The appearance of the country is very fine. Variegated with hill and dale, wood and water, growing corns and pasture covered with flocks, it looks both beautiful and rich. And even in winter, the trees skirting the river banks with their snowy foliage, and the lofty mountains all in white, exhibit a diversity of view abundantly pleasing and grotesque." [Contributed ca. 1790 by the Rev. George Gordon, Minister of Mortlach, to The Statistical Account of Scotland.]



Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) have published a name Index to the 1851 Census for Banffshire. Mortlach (together with Aberlour and Cabrach) is published as code AA217.

ANESFHS also hold unpublished indexes and transcriptions of the 1861 Census for most Banffshire parishes (including Mortlach).


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Mortlach 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
    162/1 1741-1819    
    162/2   1741-1819  
    162/3 1820-54 1820-54  
  • LDS Film numbers:
    Baptisms Marriages Deaths
    6902581(2) 6902582  
  • 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 Mortlach 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 for Mortlach including placenames culled from the current Ordnance Survey "Explorer" (1:25000) and "Landranger" (1:50000) maps, the 1887 Ordnance Survey 1" map, the 1841, 1851 and 1881 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 Mortlach:

  • *General Register of the Poor 1845-1903 (BC 6/19/9)
  • *Record of Applications 1857-1879 (BC 6/19/10)
  • *Record of Applications 1874-1905 (BC 6/19/11)
  • *Record of Applications 1879-1893 (BC 6/19/12)
  • *Record of Applications 1894-1906 (BC 6/19/13)
  • *Record of Applications 1906-1917 (BC 6/19/14)
  • *Record of Applications 1917-1930 (BC 6/19/15)
  • 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 Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1895):
    Year 1801 1831 1861 1871 1881 1891
    Population 1876 2633 3095 3059 2934 3035


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.