"NIGG, a parish in the county of Kincardine, Scotland. It extends about 5 miles in length from N.E. to S.W., with an extreme breadth of 3. This parish, which is situated at the N.E. extremity of the shire, comprises the villages of Cove, Torry, Burnbank, and Charlston. The surface is of a hilly nature, that chain of mountains called the Grampians terminating at the German Ocean here. It is crossed by a ridge, 200 feet above sea-level, but which is arable for some distance from its base. On the summit of the ridge are two extensive cairns, which serve as landmarks. The surface is chiefly of a moory and mossy character. There are several granite quarries, which are worked to a great extent, above 4,000 tons being annually exported. The coast is rocky and bold, the cliffs rising along the E. shore from 60 to 80 feet. The N.E. point, called the Girdle Ness, is a remarkable promontory forming the S. side of the estuary of the Dee. There is a small bay, called the Bay of Nigg, at the head of which stands the parish church. The village of Nigg is about 1 mile S. of Aberdeen. It is situated on a peninsula, formed by the river Dee and Nigg Bay, under Girdleness Point. It formerly belonged to Arbroath Abbey, which had a cell at Abbot's Walls. In the villages of Cove and Torry the fisheries are prosecuted with success. There are both a ferry and a bridge over the river Dee at this point. This parish is in the presbytery and synod of Aberdeen, and in the patronage of the crown. The minister has a stipend of £160. The parish church, erected in 1829, is a structure of granite, with a quadrangular tower. There are a parochial school, and three others. There is a holy well, called Downy Well, in the Bay of Nigg, much frequented by visitors from Aberdeen in the month of May. At Abbot's Walls have been found some silver medals struck in 1559, on the marriage of Queen Mary."

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 Nigg [266] are located in New Register House, Edinburgh.

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    Births Qty Marriages Qty
266 Nigg 6902930 2 6902931 1

Civil Registration

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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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