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"BANCHORY DEVENICK, a parish, partly in the county of Aberdeen, and partly in county Kincardine, Scotland, 3 miles to the W. of Aberdeen. It is situated on the seacoast, and on the banks of the river Dee, which is crossed by a suspension bridge 305 feet in length, constructed for foot passengers. The parish contains the villages of Dounies, Findon, and Portlethen, the last of which is a station on the Scottish North-Eastern railway. The soil is of various characters, and the district is partly hilly and heathy. Blue granite of very firm texture is found, but little used on account of the difficulty of working it. Some of the inhabitants are employed in the fisheries. The living, of the value of £159, is in the presbytery of Aberdeen, and in the patronage of the crown. The kirk stands on the left bank of the Dee. There are several endowed schools. Banchory House is the chief residence. Two Druid circles and several tumuli exist here."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



Monumental Inscriptions for the parish have been recorded in Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Kincardineshire, edited by Alison Mitchell, Scottish Genealogy Society, 1986, ISBN 0 901061 29 8.


Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Banchory-Devenick [251] are located in New Register House, Edinburgh.

These have also been microfilmed by the LDS Church:

    Births Qty Marriages Qty
251 Banchory-Devenick 6902879 2 6902880 1

Civil Registration

All records of Civil Registration are held at New Register House, Edinburgh. Microfilm copies of births, deaths and marriages for the years 1855 - 1875, 1881 and 1891 have been filmed by the LDS and can be ordered to any family history centre worldwide. Please check film numbers before ordering.


Year Birth Death Marriage Year Birth Death Marriage
1855 0103353 0103487 0103595 1867 0350952 0349044 0348996
1856 0256463 0256412 0256518 1868 0352728 0363249 0363203
1857 0280426 0280262 0280143 1869 0340315 0384132 0384479
1858 0280489 0280318 0280179 1870 0352801 0385333 0363142
1859 0280552 0280371 0280220 1871 0224469 0224595 0224541
1860 0280616 0292810 0292769 1872 0300073 0300308 0300214
1861 0224092 0224407 0224165 1873 0300147 0300366 0300261
1862 0292925 0292866 0294870 1874 0329022 0340253 0347929
1863 0294804 0294745 0294914 1875 0384396 0412905 0363302
1864 321194 0323659 0323613 1881 0232636 0234191 0233477
1865 321263 0330115 0330174 1891 0255099 0256349 0256084
1866 0332603 0350892 0333286        



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