"FOVERAN, a parish, in the district of Ellon, county of Aberdeen, 12 miles (N. by W.) from Aberdeen; containing, with the village of Newburgh and the barony of Knockhall, 1620 inhabitants. This place was formerly remarkable for its castle, called Foveran. . . Agriculture is steadily pursued, and considerable traffic is carried on at the fishing-village and maritime port of Newburgh. . . The mail-road from Aberdeen to Peterhead intersects the parish, and has several branches, one of which, called the Fiddes road, joins the Udny turnpike- road, opening up important facilities of intercourse with that part of the county. . . About twenty head of fat-cattle are shipped every week at the port, for the London market; and lime, coal, timber, bones, &c., are imported. The annual value of real property in the parish is £5713. Foveran is ecclesiastically in th presbytery of Ellon, synod of Aberdeen, and in the patrtonage of the Crown: the minister's stipend is £193, with a manse, and a glebe valued at £11 per annum. The church is a plain substantial edifice, built in 1794, and accommodating 700 persons; it contains two handsome marble monuments to the family of Robertson of Foveran, and another, of very superior character, designed by Bacon, to the Udny family. . . The parochial school affords instruction in the usual branches; the master has a salary of £28, with about £31 fees. There is also a school at Cultercullen, in the wester quarter, with an endowment of £8 per annum, and a free house, and piece of land. . . About half a mile north of Newburgh are the ruins of the castle of Knockhall, built in the year 1565, and accidentally burnt in 1734: it was the seat of the family of Udny, whose ancient burial-ground, also in the neighbourhood of the village, contains the remains of an old chapel generally called Rood Church. . . More"
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1851) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



A book of monumental inscriptions for this parish is available from the Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS.




Church Records

Presbytery of Ellon - Synod of Aberdeen

Here are details of the Birth, Marriage and Death records for this parish, available on the OPR films.

195/4  1760-1819

Description & Travel

Here is a detailed description of the parish, written in 1875.

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This parish appears on sheet 38 of the OS Landranger Series, and on sheet 215 of the OS Pathfinder Series.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NJ959241 (Lat/Lon: 57.307336, -2.069735), Foveran which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Here is a list of place names in the parish.



A booklet containing extracts from the 1696 Poll Book for this parish is available from the Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS.