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Old Deer

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"Deer, Old, vil., Aberdeenshire, and par., partly also in detached portion of Banffshire -- par., 27,363 ac., pop. 5104; vil., 1 mile SW. of Mintlaw sta. and 9½ miles W. of Peterhead; P.O.; has remains of St Mary's Abbey of Deer, a Cistercian monastery founded 1218-19; all traces of the previous Columban monastery, founded by Columba and his nephew Drostan (close of the 6th century), have disappeared; according to the Book of Deer, it retained its Columban and Celtic character down to the reign of David I. (1123-1153)."

Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887

The parish of Old Deer is nowadays reckoned as belonging to Aberdeenshire, and the main article about it will therefore be found among the GENUKI Aberdeenshire pages. However, before the major re-alignment of parish and county boundaries which came into effect on 1st May 1891, the parish belonged in part to Banffshire. The remaining articles on this page give details.


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

According to the Minister, writing for the "New Statistical Account" in 1840: "... the [Banffshire] portion is generally supposed to be a detached part of a great barony, the body of which constitutes the parish of St Fergus, that belonged to a family of the name of Cheyne, once hereditary Sheriffs of the County of Banff ..."

This anomaly is probably of academic interest only, as the OPRs, the civil records of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the Census for the whole parish of Old Deer are nowadays all catalogued under Aberdeenshire. However, it is possible that older land transactions in this area may be recorded under Banffshire.


Names, Geographical

Places affected: Auchrinny, Braeside, Nether Cabra, Upper Cabra, Cairnorchies, Den o' Howie, Fetterangus Village, Gaval, Gaval Mains, Braehead Gaval, Greens Gaval, Hythie, North Hythie, Middleton of Hythie, Milltown, Netherton.


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.