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The New Statistical Account of Scotland (1845)
Volume XII - Aberdeen
Parish of Cluny


PRESBYTERY OF KINCARDINE O'NEIL, SYNOD OF ABERDEEN.
THE REV. JOHN FRASER, MINISTER. THE REV. D. CAMPBELL, Assistant.

I.—Topography and Natural History.

Name.—The word Cluny in Gaelic signifies meadows interspersed with rising grounds. It is descriptive of the surface of this parish and district.

Boundaries, &c.— The parish is bounded on the north, by Mo-nymusk and Kemnay; on the south, by Midmar and Echt; on the east, by Skene; on the west, by Tough. It is about 10 miles long from west to east, and about 2 broad.

The soil, in general, is warm and dry, and the climate salubrious.

II.Civil History.

Parochial Registers — There is a register of baptisms, which commences in 1761, but it has been irregularly kept. There is also one of marriages, commencing in 1772, which has been kept regularly; from that date the minutes of kirk-session have been recorded.

Land-owners.—These are, Colonel Gordon of Cluny; Colonel Fraser of Fraser Castle; Mrs Davidson of Kebatty; Mrs Brebner of Lairney; and Mr Burnet of Kemnay.

III.—Population.

Amount of population in 1801, 821
1811, 823
1821, 867
1831. 939
1841, 959

Illegitimate births within the last three years, 16.

IV.Industry.

Agriculture.—The average rent of land per acre is 13s. The improvements of land have kept pace with those of the neighbouring parishes.

V.—Parochial Economy.

Ecclesiastical State.— There are six Dissenting families in the parish, three Episcopalian, and two Roman Catholic. The stipend somewhat exceeds the minimum. The glebe is of rather more than the usual value and extent. The manse is very old, and in indifferent condition.

Education—There are two schools in the parish,—one the parochial, the other for girls, supported by the Castlefraser family, The parochial teacher's salary is the maximum. He participates in the Dick Bequest.

Poor.—Average number of poor, 22; average annual amount of contributions for their relief, about L.50.

August 1842.


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