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"STRACHAN, a parish in the county of Kincardine, Scotland. It extends in length about 13 miles from N.E. to S.W., with an extreme breadth of 9 miles, and is bounded by the counties of Forfar and Aberdeen, also by the parishes of Banchory-Ternan, Durris, Glenbervie, Fordoun, and Fettercairn. It lies amongst the Grampians, and is of a mountainous character, the highest point being reached by Mount Battock, which rises 3,459 feet above sea-level. The northern part of the parish contains the whole of the arable land, which is of a fertile character, and watered by the river Dee and its tributaries, the Avon or Aven, Feugh, and Dye. The prevailing rocks are granite and clay slate. In the vicinity are three artificial mounds, also two stone cairns measuring about 300 feet in diameter and 30 in height. The village of Strachan is about 15 miles W. of Stonehaven, and 94 from Edinburgh. It is traversed by the road from Brechin to Inverness, and is within easy access of the Deeside railway at Banchory. This parish is in the presbytery of Kincardine O'Neil and synod of Aberdeen. The minister has a stipend of about £158. The parish church was erected in 1802, and was enlarged and restored in 1837. There are a Free church, parochial school and library, and three other schools. The fairs,- formerly held in May and November, have been abolished."

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.

Secession churches (Scotland)
Strachan Free Church, Strachan, Free Church


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Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Strachan [268] are located in New Register House, Edinburgh.

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    Births Qty Marriages Qty
268 Strachan 6902934 1 6900187 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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