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Boundary Changes 1889-92 : Banff

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I.—COUNTY OF BANFF.

The county of Banff had four detached parts all surrounded by 
the county of Aberdeen, viz., the parish of St Fergus, and parts of 
the parish of Gartly, New Machar, and Old Deer. On the other
 hand, it contained a detached part of the county of Aberdeen, which 
was at the same time a detached part of the parish of King Edward.
 Three other parishes (Cabrach, Cairnie, and Keith) were situated
 partly in the county of Aberdeen and partly in the county of Banff,
 and five (Bellie, Boharm, Inveravon, Keith, and Rothes) partly in the
 county of Banff and partly in the county of Elgin. Further, the parish of Gamrie and Inverkeithny and parts of the parish of Alvah and Rothiemay (all Banffshire parishes) were for certain purposes of administration held to form part of the county of Aberdeen.

The county boundaries have been dealt with as follows :—

A. With the County of Aberdeen.

1.—Gamrie, Inverkeithny, Alvah, and Rothiemay.

By section 41 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1889, the
 parishes of Gamrie and Inverkeithny and parts of the parishes of
 Alva and Rothiemay (all of which are Banffshire parishes) are to be 
deemed to be in the county of Aberdeen for public health and road 
administration. Clause (g.) of the section, however, saves the powers of the Boundary Commissioners. By the Order printed at p. 26, it is directed that these parishes shall form part of the county of Banff
 for all purposes not saved by the Act. As the areas affected by the
 Order were held to be in the county of Aberdeen only for certain limited purposes of administration, it does not seem necessary to 
specify the subjects affected. It is sufficient to state that the four
 parishes named are now for all purposes situated wholly in the county
 of Banff.

2.—Cabrach.

The parish of Cabrach was situated partly in
 the county of Aberdeen and partly in the county of Banff. By the Order printed at
 p. 23 it has been placed wholly in the county of Banff.

The following subjects have thus been transferred from the county 
of Aberdeen to the county of Banff (while remaining in the parish
 of Cabrach) :—

PlaceDescriptionProprietor
Aldivalloch,Farm, crofts, houses, and land,Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
Aldunie,Farms and houses,Do.
Auchmair,Farm, houses and land,Do.
Bank,Croft,Do.
Blackwater,Moor,Do.
Bodiebae,Farm, and house with garden,Do.
Bracklach,Farm, and house with garden,Do.
Buck,Farm, houses, and land,Do.
Cabrach,Shooting lodge, moor, and house,Do.
Craigeneat,Croft, house, and mill,Do.
Elrick,Crofts, houses, and land,Do.
Gauch or Reekomlane,Farms and houses,Do.
Haddoch,Farm,Do.
Nether Howbog,Do.Do.
Upper Howbog,Do.Do.
Kirkton,Farm, croft, houses, and land,Do.
Largue,Farm, croft, houses, and land,Do.
Milltown,Farm, croft, houses, and land,Do.
Powneed,Farm, croft, houses, and land,Do.
Redford,Farm,Do.
Torniechelt,Farms,Do.
Whitehillock,Crofts and houses,Do.
Cabrach,Church, manse, glebe, garden, and offices,Heritors of the Parish.
Do.School buildings,School Board of Parish.
Whitehillock,House and shop,Robert Mackintosh.

(Sheet 75 and 85 of the Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch scale.)

3.—Cairnie.

The parish of Cairnie was situated partly in the county of Aberdeen and partly in the county of Banff. By the Order printed at
 p. 28 no change was made on the county boundary, but the Banffshire
 part of the parish was transferred to the Banffshire parish of Keith.
The parish of Cairnie, as altered in area, consists solely of the
 Aberdeenshire part of the old parish of Cairnie.

For details, see Cairnie, &c., infra, p. 164.

4.—Gartly.

The eastern portion of the parish of Gartly formed a detached
 part of Banffshire. This detached part was wholly surrounded by the county of Aberdeen, and has been transferred
 to that county by the Order printed at p. 24.

See County of Aberdeen, Gartly, infra, p. 166.

5.—Glass.

The parish of Glass was situated partly in the county of Aberdeen
 and partly in the county of Banff. It has now been placed wholly
 in the county of Aberdeen by the Order printed at p. 23.

See County of Aberdeen, Glass, infra, p. 168.

6.—King Edward.

There was a detached part of the county of Aberdeen which was also a detached part of the Aberdeenshire parish of King Edward, 
and which was surrounded by the county of Banff. It was situated
 near the town of Banff, and was surrounded by the Banffshire parishes 
of Alvah, Banff, and Gamrie. By the Order printed at p. 27 this 
detached part was transferred to the county of Banff, and was at the
 same time annexed to the parish of Alvah.

The following subjects have thus been transferred from the county
 of Aberdeen to the county of Banff (and from the parish of King
 Edward to the parish of Alvah) :—

PlaceDescriptionProprietor
Estate of Montcoffer—Montcoffer,Mansion-house, offices, garden, farm, woodlands, and fishings,Duke of Fife.
Mains of Montcoffer,Farm,Do.
Beekie's Lands,Crofts,Do.
Corskie and Ferniebrae,Farm,Do.
Gavenwood,House, offices, and garden,Do.
Gavenybrae,Garden,Do.
Gellyburn,Croft,Do.
Gellymill,Garden,Do.
Upper Haugh,Croft,Do.
Kirkside,Farm and croft,Do.
Part of the Great North of Scotland (Banff, Macduff, and Turriff Extension) Railway line (4 chains or thereby) north of Montcoffer, Great North of Scotland Railway Co.

(Sheet 96 of the Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch scale.)

7, 8, and 9.—New Machar, Old Deer, and St. Fergus.

Part of the parish of New Machar, part of the parish of Old Deer,
 and the whole of the parish of St. Fergus formed detached parts of 
the county of Banff surrounded by the county of Aberdeen. These
 detached parts have all been transferred to the county of Aberdeen
 by the Orders printed at pp. 26 and 26. For details as to the subjects
 thus transferred,see County of Aberdeen, infra, p. 169 et seq.

B. With the County of Elgin.

The parish of Bellie, which was situated partly in the county of 
Banff and partly in the county of Elgin, was placed wholly in the county of Elgin by the Order printed at p. 21. 

See County of
 Elgin, Bellie, supra, p. 155.

2.—Boharm.

The parish 
of Boharm was situated partly in the county of Banff and partly in the county of Elgin. By the Order printed 
at p. 21 its has been placed wholly in the county of Banff.

The following subjects have thus (while remaining in the parish of 
Boharm) been transferred from the county of Elgin to the county of 
Banff :—

PlaceDescriptionProprietor
Auchcroisk,Farm,Countess Dowager of Seafield.
Backshalloch,Do.Do.
Balnabriech,Do.Do.
Blackfolds,Do.Do.
Blackhillock,Croft, house, and land,Do.
Boharm,Woodlands,Do.
Do.Governor's croft,Do.
Burghnamary,Farm, crofts, houses, and land,Do.
Cairnty,Crofts, &c.,Do.
Mains and Easterton of Cairnty,Farm,Do.
Newtack of Cairnty,Do.Do.
Woodhead of Cairnty,Do.Do.
Clachnayell,Houses,Do.
Clachwarren,Croft,Do.
Craigbeg,Do.Do.
Craighead,Farm,Do.
Culfoldie and Bauds,Croft,Do.
Cullieshangan,Farm and croft,Do.
Cummingston,Farm, house, and garden,Do.
Delfur,Shooting lodge, &c.,Do.
Drakemyres,Farm,Do.
Lower Drakemyres,Do.Do.
Forgie,Crofts, &c.,Do.
Moor of Forgie,Crofts, &c.,Do.
Newton of Forgie,Farm,Do.
Garlands,Do.Do.
Goodgrain,Crofts,Do.
Gorlieach,Croft,Do.
Holl,Farm and croft,Do.
Janetsleys,Farm,Do.
Jock's Lodge,Croft,Do.
Knoweheads,Farm,Do.
Lachdhu,Croft,Do.
Malcolmsburn,Farm, crofts, houses, and land,Do.
Marchbraes,Farm,Do.
Midtown and Mountfoot,Farm,Do.
Moorfield,Croft,Do.
Mountfoot,Do,Do.
Mulben,Mills and croft,Do.
Mains of Mulben,Farm,Do.
Upper Mulben,Do.Do.
Parkfoot,Do.Do.
Shalloch,Do.Do.
Shandstown,Farm, houses, and land,Do.
Soundmoor,House and garden,Do.
Lower Soundmoor,Farm,Do.
Upper Soundmoor,Crofts,Do.
Starryhowe,Croft,Do.
Stonytown,Farm,Do.
Tam,Do.Do.
Walkerstrough,Do.Do.
Whitehillock,Croft,Do.
Boharm,Old schoolhouse and garden,Representatives of James Cameron, Strypeside.
Do.Fishings,Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
Do.Church, manse, garden, and glebe,Heritors of the Parish.
Do.School buildings,School Board of the Parish.
Blackhillock,Teacher's house,Do.
Forgie,School buildings,Do.
Clockenwells and Lower Strypeside,Land,W. F. Day Stuart of Auchlunkart.
Kirkton,House and garden,Rev. Stephen Ree.
Mulben,House, shop, and stores,William Neish.
Mulben Station,Store,G. G. Kynoch.
Mulben,Houses and land,Highland Railway Co.
Rosarie Gates,Do.Do.
Lochdhu,House and land,Do.
Part of the Highland Railway line (3 miles 75 chains or thereby) west of Keith, Do.
Mulben Station, Do.

(Sheet 85 of the Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch scale.)

3.—Inveravon.

The parish of Inveravon was situated partly in the county of Banff
 and partly in the county of Elgin. By the Order printed at p. 21 it was placed wholly in the county of Banff.

The following subjects have thus (while remaining in the parish of
 Inveravon) have been transferred from the county of Elgin to the county 
of Banff.

PlaceDescriptionProprietor
Ballindalloch Estate—Ballindalloch,Castle, garden, policies, offices, and servants' houses,Sir George Macpherson Grant, Bart., of Ballindalloch.
Do.Woodlands,Do.
Do.Fishings in Avon and Spey,Do.
Boldow,Farm,Do.
Delnashaugh,Inn and farm,Do.
South Greenmoss,Farm,Do.
Knocknashaly,Do.Do.
Marionburgh,Factor's house and farm (part),Do.
Shoulder,Farm,Do.
Sunnybrae,Croft,Do.
Tombreck,Farm,Do.
Tormore,Do. (part),Do.
Do.Meal mill, lint mill, and land,Do.

(Sheet 85 of the Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch scale.)

4.—Keith.

The parish of Keith was situated partly in the county of Banff and
 partly in the county of Elgin. By the Order printed at p. 21 it was 
placed wholly in the county of Banff.

The following subjects have thus (while remaining in the parish of
 Keith) been transferred from the county of Elgin to the county of Banff :—

PlaceDescriptionProprietor
Burnside of Allanbuie,Farm,Countess Dowager of Seafield.
Mains of Allanbuie,Do.Do.
North Bogbain,Do. (part),Do.
South Bogbain,Do.Do.
Bowlins,Do.Do.
Broomstrype,Croft,Do.
Easter and Wester Bush,Farm,Do.
Crooksmill,Meal mill, kiln, croft, house, and garden,Do.
Hill of Mulderie,Crofts and land,Do.
Hillockhead of Mulderie,Croft,Do.
Mains of Mulderie,Farm,Do.
Strypeside,Do.Do.
Woodlands, Do.
Part of the Highland Railway line (1 mile 65 chains), Highland Railway Co.

(Sheet 85 of the Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch scale.)

5.—Rothes.

The parish of Rothes, which was situated partly in the county of 
Banff and partly in the county of Elgin, has been placed wholly in
 the county of Elgin by the Order printed at p. 21. See County of
 Elgin, Rothes, supra, p. 156.

II.—PARISH BOUNDARIES.

1.—Alvah.

The parish of Alvah has been increased in area through the 
transference to it of the detached part of the parish of King Edward
 by the Order printed at p. 27. See King Edward, supra, p. 161.

2.—Cairnie and Keith.

The parish of Cairnie was situated partly in the county of Aberdeen and partly in the county of Banff. In dealing with it no changes have been made in the county boundary, but by the Order printed at p. 28 the Banffshire part of the parish has been transferred to the 
Banffshire parish of Keith.

PlaceDescriptionProprietor
Pitlurg,Woodlands and rough pasture,William F. Steuart, Esq., Younger of Auchlunkart.
Little Pitlurg,Farm (part),Do.
North Whitely,Do.Do.
Little Pitlurg,Do.Major L. G. D. Duff of Drummuir.
Mains of Pitlurg and Ardimannoch,Do.Do.
Newtack,Do.Do.
Woodhead and Whitehillock,Do.(part),Do.
Woodlands, Do.
Greenwood,Mansion-house and farm,Francis L. Farquharson of Greenwwod.
Marypark,Farm,Do.
Pitlurg,Woodlands,Do.

(Sheet 85 and 86 of the Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch scale.)


EXPLANATORY NOTES

1. The counties are arranged in the order as in the Census returns, "such that a zig-zag line beginning at the north of Scotland and carried to the south passes successively through every County". The counties have the same numbers as in the Census returns.

2. The subjects transferred are enumerated under the head of the County or Parish to which they are transferred. Thus when an area has been transferred from County A to County B, the subjects affected are enumerated under County B, and a cross reference is given under County A.

3. The names of subjects are those contained in the Valuation Rolls. In the description of subjects the term "farm" includes the farm-house and servants' houses, and the term "croft" includes the house. But where any of the servants' houses on the farm have distinctive names, such houses are detailed separately. "House" includes "cottage", and "land" includes gardens, yards &c.

4. The names of proprietors are in almost all cases those given in The Valuation Rolls of 1890-91. It is therefore to be borne in mind that those who are described as proprietors may be limited owners only, such as liferenters or leaseholders.

5. Where villages or towns are affected, the names of the subjects and proprietors are not usually given. The description of the area transferred is in such cases quite sufficient to show whatever and to what extent any subject in the village or town has been affected by the Order.

6. The Ordnance Survey maps referred to are those published by the Ordnance Survey Department on the scale of one inch to the mile. Those published down to this date (1891), show the Counties and Parishes as they were before the Order of the Commissioners came into operation. It is expected that, when the work of the Commissioners is completed, revised maps will be issued to show the altered boundaries, but the sheets of the revised maps will bear the same numbers as the present maps. The Orders and the explanations can be followed readily on the maps as published at present.

7. An ampersand (&) has been used wherever a County or a Parish has a double name, e.g. "Ross & Cromarty" or "Fetlar & North Yell".

8. In most cases it is necessary to read the text of the order along with the explanation, because the full descriptions contained in the Orders are, as a rule, not repeated in the explanation.