Aberdour, parish, ABR Aberdeen

Grid reference

NJ 884 644 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

388400 864400





Nearby places

St Drostan's Church, Aberdour (0 miles)

St Drostan's Well, Aberdour (0.14 miles)

Bridestonefold, settlement, Aberdour (0.45 miles)

Bride's Stone, stone, Aberdour (0.81 miles)

Drostan Leack, Aberdour ABR (1.53 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR for St Drostan's Church.

Relationships with other parishes

Contains Pitsligo, modern parish

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Henry Cheyne bp. of Aberdeen is credited with the creation of this church as a cathedral prebend in 1318. It certainly was so in 1432 (Abdn. Reg. ii 252; CPL viii 407). Both parsonage and vicarage were appropriated, the cure being served by a vicar pensioner (RSS v no.617; Ass. 378v). Cowan 1967, 2-3. A.B. Coll. i 442-8 A.B. Coll. ii 373-82 Act of Parliament creating parish of Pitsligo out of Aberdour 1633 - APS v, 128; quoted A.B. Coll. ii 382-3. Considering the parish of Aberdour ABD is so great and spacious etc., and that Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo, patron of par. kirk of Aberdour, has offered to build and big up 'ane new kirk vpon his lands and baronie of Pitsligo lyand withine the said parochine of Abirdour' - and the new parish created out of Aberdour be 'callit in all tyme coming the paroche kirk and parochine of Pitsligo'. (PTS) A detached part of Aberdour lay east of Tyrie TYR, in what is now the n.w. part of Strichen STR. This part was transferred to STR in 1891, and is described as follows in Shennan 1892, 173 (STR ABR) - Auchinanne, Auchintumb, Auchmacleddie, Braco, Middlemuir. A.B. Coll. i 442-8 A.B. Coll. ii 373-82