"GLENBUCKET, a parish, in the district of Alford, county of Aberdeen, 2 miles (N. E.) from Strathdon, on the road to Aberdeen; containing 542 inhabitants. This place derives its name from the stream of Bucket, which, rising among lofty mountains, intersects the parish, and falls into the Don near the castle of Glenbucket, the seat of the Gordons of Glenbucket. . . It is altogether a mountainous district, and is entered from the east by a narrow and romantic pass, commencing at the confluence of the rivers Don and Bucket below the castle, which stands on the acclivity of the hill of Benneaw, an eminence rising 1800 feet above the level of the sea. The greatest elevation is the hill of Craigenscore, on the north, the height of which is about 2000 feet. The climate is subject to the extremes of heat and cold, the summers being sometimes intensely hot, and the winters bringing keen north winds, deep snows, and sharp and long-continued frosts. In Glennoughty there are red deer, roe deer, grouse, ptarmigan, blackcock, dotterel, plover, and hares both common and alpine; in the low grounds, snipe, ducks, and curlew. Fine trout-fishing is to be had in the Bucket and the Don. In general the soil is good, and the improved system of husbandry is adopted; but the deficiencies in draining, inclosing, and planting, and the want of roads, form great obstacles to rapid advances in prosperity. . . Ecclesiastically the parish is within the bounds of the presbytery of Alford, synod of Aberdeen; patron, the Crown. The stipend is £158, of whic £125 are drawn from the exchequer; there is an excellent manse, with glebe of about £10 annual value. Glenbucket church, built about sixty year since, is a plain commodious edifice. There is a parochial school, the master of which has the medium legal salary, school fees, a house and garden, with three acres of land. A parochial library is also kept up. . . The old castle, now nearly in ruins, is a highly picturesque object. . . More"
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1851) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]


Church Records

Presbytery of Alford - Synod of Aberdeen

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

200/2 1734-761738-52

Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Glenbuchat which are provided by:





This parish appears on sheet 37 of the OS Landranger Series, and on sheet 227 of the OS Pathfinder Series.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NJ358179 (Lat/Lon: 57.247611, -3.066146), Glenbuchat 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.