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"Ordiquhill is of Gaelic original, and signifies, the 'hollow beside the height.' The Earl of Findlater is patron; and though he has not a foot of ground in the parish, pays most of the stipend. The parish is of an oblong form, being near 4 miles in length, from N. to S. and about 3 in breadth. It was formerly a chapelry in the parish of Fordyce, where public worship was performed once a month; and seems to have been erected into a separate parish, about the year 1622. The church, which was built about the same time, on the spot where then stood St. Mary's chapel, is, at present, in bad repair; as is also the mance and office houses. The stipend, including the glebe, which here is not worth much, is about L. 70 sterling yearly - Previous to the augmentation, which took place in 1766, it was one of the smallest stipends in Scotland, being in all not above L. 30 sterling per annum. - The schoolmaster's salary is 8 bolls of meal, L. 1 5 as session clerk; and, the profits arising from baptisms and marriages, and from about 40 scholars." [From The Statistical Account for Scotland, 1791-1799 Volume XVI, Banffshire, Moray & Nairnshire.]



Unpublished MIs for this parish are held by Aberdeen & N.E. Scotland F.H.S. and members may request lookups.

Presbyterian / Unitarian
Ordiquhill, Church of Scotland


Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) have published a name Index to the 1851 Census for Banffshire. Ordiquhill (together with Banff and Boyndie) is published as code AA213.

ANESFHS also hold unpublished indexes and transcriptions of the 1861 Census for most Banffshire parishes (including Ordiquhill).


Presbyterian / Unitarian
Ordiquhill, Church of Scotland

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Church Records

  • OPR dates: Baptisms 1704-1854, Marriages 1723-1854, Burials 1783-1792.
  • LDS Film number - 0990990.
Free Kirk
The following registers of the Ordiquhill congregation are held at the National Archives of Scotland with the catalogue numbers shown:
  • B and M: 1845-74 (CH3/1045/5)
  • B: 1874-90 (CH3/1045/7)
  • B: 1883-1942 (CH3/1045/8)
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 Ordiquhill Kirk Session records are listed on a separate webpage.


Description and Travel

A transcript of Parish of Ordiquhill (Presbytery of Fordyce, Synod of Aberdeen, County of Banff.) by the Rev. Mr. Robert Ogilvie.

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Names, Geographical

You can view a comprehensive Gazetteer list for Ordiquhill 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 Ordiquhill:

  • General Register of the Poor 1925-30 *
  • Record of Applications 1876-1940 *
  • 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 1805 1811 1821 1831
    Population 510 521 506 651
  • according to Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1895):
    Year 1801 1831 1861 1871 1881 1891
    Population 510 655 764 761 714 684


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