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History of the Parish of Banchory-Devenick
By John A. Henderson (1890)

This is a video on the way to Banchory and then a drive through the town


Boundaries of the Parish
Derivation of name, Banchory

Banchory Lands
Kirktown granted to the See of Old Machar—Banchory-Devenick granted to the Abbot and Convent of Arbroath; thereafter to Lord Alan Hostiarius, History of Lord Alan—Succession of the Meldrum Family, History of the Meldrums, Rental of Fishings, Purchase by the Garden Family, and their History, Forbes Family and their History, Murder of Alexander Irvine of Kingcausie by William Forbes, Purchase by Robert Cruick-shank, Provost of Aberdeen, James Gordon, Purchase by the Thomson Family, and their History, Stewart Family and their History.

Parish Church and History of Saint Devenick
Account of the Saint, with legends, First Historical mention of the Church—Glebe in Old Aberdeen— Introduction of Episcopacy, Account of the old Parish Church, Account of the new Parish Church—Notice respecting old Church Bell.

Ministers of the Parish
John Clatt, Alexander Campbell—Alexander Cabell—Henry Forsyth—Patrick Dunbar—David Menzies, Robert Merser—Robert Merser (son), Andrew Melvin or Melvill—William Robertson, David Lyell, James Gordon, John Maitland, John Lumsden, James Nicolson, George Ogilvie, George Morison, D.D., William Paul, D.D., William Fyfe Lawrence..

Parish Churchyard
Early History, Visit of Resurrectionists, Ancient Funeral Customs, Cases of Longevity,

Banchory-Devenick Free Church
History of Erection, Account of Ministers—David Findlay Arthur, James Ironside Still,

Origin of name, Banchory Wedding, Versified Narrative.

Parish School
Early History, Ancient Scale of Fees, Teachers: William Mar — Robert Jamieson — David Martin—Charles Cay, James Clark—James Hogg—George Skene Keith, Robert Cormack, Robert Adams—Patrick M‘Gregor Grant, John Webster, William Skinner, John Black, Robert Ogilvie, John Garden, Robert Gray, William Reid.

Estate of Ardoe
Extent and Situation—Early History, Mar Family—George Garden—Cheyne Family—Merser Family—Fraser Family—Mowat Family, Menzies Family— Gordon Family, Fordyce Family, Andrew Watson Fordyce—Alexander Ogston—Alexander Milne Ogston, History of the Ogston Family.

Bridge of Dee
Account of erection - Handed over to the town, History of its Chapel, Erection of ports and guarding, Catholic Rebellion quenched, Siege by Montrose, Two timber ports erected, Captain Keith defeated, History of upkeep and repairs, Inscriptions, Suicide of James Grant.


Estate of Findon
Early History, Owned by the Crab Family, Chalmers Family, Richard Vaus, Menzies of Pitfodels—Murder of Alexander Menzies, History of “the Finnan Haddie,” Landing of six Saint Andrews Students who had been driven out to sea.

Estate and Village of Potlethen
David Menzies Proprietor, Sir Wm. Forbes of Monymusk and Banchory, Robert Buchan Proprietor, Sir Robert Patrie, Chalmers Family, Alexander Thomson, Notices respecting, Yeats’ Family, the Family of Gammel, and the University of Aberdeen, Erection of a Public Hall, Notices respecting the School and its Teachers.

Portlethen Church
Early History, Mr. Wilkins appointed minister. Notices regarding Mr. Scorgie and Mr. Pirie, William Law appointed minister, William Bruce, Alex. R. Grant.

Early History, Owned by the Irvines of Kingcausie.

Population—Situation—Established Church.

Two Mile Cross
Situation—Citizens of Aberdeen Encamping—Montrose Encamping, Letter by Montrose to the Magistrates.

Estate of Pitfodels
Owned by the Family of Moray, Family of Reid, Family of Menzies and their History.

Estate of Cults
Owned by the Family of Thomson, Family of Irvine, Provost Alex. Livingston, George Chalmers—William Durward, John Burnett—George Symmers—George Gibb Shirra Gibb.

Cults Free Church
Early History, Notices respecting ministers—William Anderson, C. A. Salmond, Robert William Barbour, Hugh Morrison.

Cults Mission Church
History of erection, Appointment of Charles S. Christie as minister.

Conveyed by Malcolm IV. to the Bishop of Aberdeen, 1163—History of the Chalmers Family, Andrew Buk and Matilda Menzies, Strachan—.Cheyne and Murray, Dr. William Guild and Katherine Rolland, Irvine Family, John Gordon, John Thurburn, Thurburn Maclaine,

Criminal and Ecclesiastical
Two cases of theft and one of debt, Slander and ' assault, Two of murder, Witchcraft, Ecclesiastical,

Druidical Stones at Portlethen, Stone Cairns near Cults House—Find near Findon—Stone Coffins at Clashfarquhar, Stone Coffins found at Cults, Ardoe, and Banchory, Finds at Clashfarquhar and Ardoe, Find of Axe Head at Lynwood, Deebank—and of Quern below West Cults.

Extracts from the Session Records
Parochial Board and Relief of the Poor, Career of Lieutenant-Colonel Joyner, Disbursements, Bequests, &c., Church Laws, Ancient Form of Oath, Offences against the Church, Special Services and Intimations, Church and Parish Property.

Estate of Banchory—Notices respecting Lord Provost Stewart and Provost Robert Cruickshank, Charter by Alexander II. to the Abbot and Convent of Arbroath—Charter to Lord Alan Hostiarius, Charters to William of Melgdrum, Description of lands in Mr. Thomson’s Deed of Entail, Additional particulars concerning the Parish Church and its belongings, Inscriptions on Tablets in Church, Letter by James Calder, Merchant, Aberdeen, intimating Bequest of ,500 to the Poor, Disposition of Saint Devenick’s Bridge in favour of the Kirk-Session, Boundaries of Findon as settled in 1654, Versified Legend of the Baron of Petfoddils quha was Wirriet by his awin cat, Contract between the Lord Forbes, Johne Leslie of Balquhane, and Thomas Menzes of Pittfoddelis, Band of protectioune Huntlie to Pitfoddellis, Charter of Murtle by Malcolm IV. in favour of the Bishop of Aberdeen, Savings Banks, Agriculture, Population Statistics, 296. Inscriptions on Tombstones in the Parish Churchyard.

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