Strathdon / Invernochty


"STRATHDON, or Invernochty, a parish, in the district of Alford, county of Aberdeen, 19 miles (W. by S.) from Alford; containing 1563 inhabitants. This parish, originally called Invernochty, derived that name from the position of its church near the influx of the river Nochty into the Don; and its present appellation, from its extensive and beautiful strath, or valley, through which the river Don takes a winding course, dividing the parish into two nearly equal parts. . . The parish, which constitutes the western extremity of the county, is about twenty-three miles in length, and varies from three to eight miles in breadth. . . Its surface is strikingly diversified, presenting in fine contrast a considerable extent of level and fertile vale, and large tracts of mountainous elevation, combining all the varieties of wild and rugged Highland scenery. . . On the arable lands the soil, is mostly a deep loam, in some places alternated with gravel: the lower acclivities of the hills are especially fertile. There are large peat-mosses on the summits of the hills. . . The corn crops are oats, a small quantity of barley, and considerable quantities of bear; turnips are cultivated to a great extent, and potatoes are also grown. . . The agricultural produce beyond what is requisite for the supply of the inhabitants, and also the fat-cattle, are sent to Aberdeen. . . For ECCLESIASTICAL purposes this place is within the bounds of the presbytery of Alford and synod of Aberdeen. The minister's stipend, including a commutation of £17. 12. for peats, is about £210; with an excellent manse, and a glebe valued at £2. 12. 6. per annum: patron, the Crown. The church was rebuilt in 1757, and reseated and repaired in 1808; it is a substantial structure containing 504 sittings. . . 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.

Film BirthsMarriagesDeaths
240/1 1667-17471672-1747 
240/2 1727-18191753-1819 
240/3 1820-541820-54 

Description & Travel

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

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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 NJ301119 (Lat/Lon: 57.192508, -3.158084), Strathdon / Invernochty 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.