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Location of Inveravon Parish

See the Maps Section below for links to a fully-detailed version of this location plan.

"Consisting, in by much the larger proportion, of moorland and mountain, this extensive parish has upon the whole a bleak and barren appearance, particularly when entering the lower end of the parish (by the toll-road) from the east; but along the rivers, near the banks of which both the arable land and natural woods chiefly lie, the prospect is in general pleasing, and occasionally highly picturesque and attractive. ... A lofty range of mountains extending from Benrinnes to the Aven divides the lower part, or what may be termed Inveraven proper, from Glenlivet - while some six or eight miles further on, Glenlivet is itself divided into nearly equal parts by the Bochle, a high hill rising up in the centre of the valley... These three districts, thus divided by natural boundaries, are pretty well equal in point of extent, and have an average population of about 900."

- from the article contributed to The New Statistical Account of Scotland in 1836 by the Minister, the Rev. William Asher


Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS) have published a name Index to the 1851 Census for Banffshire. Inveravon (together with Kirkmichael and Tomintoul) is published as code AA218.

ANESFHS also hold unpublished indexes and transcriptions of the 1861 Census for most Banffshire parishes (including Inveravon).

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Church Records

Kirk of Scotland

As with other large parishes, Inveravon needed more than one church to comfortably service the population. The parish church lay at the western end of the parish, and from the mid-18th century, there was a "Mission on the Royal Bounty" for Glenlivet. However, this Mission does not appear to have kept separate Registers.

Catholic Records

Writing in the 1836, the Minister of Inveravon wrote:

"In Glenlivet, where about three-fifths of the people are of the Roman Catholic persuasion, there are two Roman Catholic chapels, - the one at Tombia, pretty far up the glen, - the other at Chapeltown, in the Braes of Glenlivet. The former is a large building capable of containing from 800 to 1000 persons, - but only partly finished; the latter contains about 300."

The following records are held at the National Archives of Scotland with the catalogue numbers shown:

Kirk Session Records

Kirk Session records generally include records of Discipline, which often include information on illegitimate births, and Accounts, which may mention persons on Poor Relief. The surviving Inveravon Kirk Session records are listed on a separate webpage.

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Historical Geography

The southern part of the parish, Glenlivet, was in 1865 raised to the dignity of a quoad sacra parish. More significantly for BDM and Census data was its erection into a new civil Registration District in 1869. Up until that date, the whole of the parish of Inveravon formed a single Registration District (Ref. No. 157, later 157/1) , but in that year, Glenlivet became a separate Registration District (Ref. No. 157/2).

Until the major realignment of parishes and counties which took place in 1891, a small part of the western end of Inveravon parish was deemed to belong to the County of Moray. From 1891 until 1974, the whole parish belonged to Banffshire. This does not appear to have significant implications for OPRs, Civil Registrations or Census, but the places affected are: Ballindalloch, Boldow, Delnashaugh, South Greenmoss, Knocknashaly, Marionburgh, Shoulder, Sunnybrae, Tombreck and Tomore.

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There is a wide range of maps available for Inveravon, historical and modern, on paper and online. Many ancient placenames continue in use, and will therefore appear on modern maps, but as parishes ceased to be of any significance for Local Government in Scotland in 1974, parish boundaries will be found only on historical maps.

Maps on Paper
Maps Online

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Names, Geographical

Achdregnie, Achnascraw, Aldich, Allanreid, Auchavaich, Auchbreck, Auchnarrow, Auchorachan, Avon, Badievochel, Ballindalloch, Balnafuaran, Bellehiglash, Belnoe, Blairfindy, Bluefolds, Bochet, Bodach, Bogarrow, Bolldow, Bolletten, Braeval, Burnside, Cairnacay, Calier, Castleton, Castletown, Chapeltown, Claggan, Clashnoir, Cordregnie, Corries, Corrunich, Corry, Corshelloch, Coul, Craggan, Craighead, Craigroy, Croftbain, Culantuim, Culquaich, Culraggie, Dalmenach, Dalnashaugh, Dalrachie, Delchirach, Delgarvon, Delhandy, Demickmore, Derrylane, Deskie, Downan, Drum, Drumagrain, Drumin, Dualts, Eastertown, Eskemore, Eskemulloch, Faemore, Gallowhill, Garline, Georgetown, Glack, Glendalloch, Glenlivet, Hillhead, Inveravon, Inverblye, Kilnmaichlie, Knockandhu, Knocknashaig, Knowhead, Kymah, Ladder, Lagavaich, Laggan, Lagmore, Lagual, Lapprach, Larryvarry, Letterach, Lettoch, Livet, Lynebeg, Lynerlach, Marionburgh, Marypark, Morinsh, Mulgainich, Mullochard, Nethertown, Nevie, Norlynn, Ordhead, Parkhead, Peterfair, Phones, Quirn, Refreish, Rhindhu, Scalan, Shenval, Shoulder, Slack, Slateford, Suie, Tervieside, Thain, Tom An Ime, Tomachar, Tomalienan, Tombae, Tombreck, Tombreckachie, Tomfarclas, Tommore, Tomnabrilach, Tomnaglein, Tomnareave, Tomnavoulin, Tomnrieve, Tullich, Weiroch, Westertown, Whitefolds, Woodend

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Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

Under the "Poor Law Amendment Act, Scotland" (1845) responsibility for Poor Relief was taken from the Parishes of the Kirk of Scotland, and vested in new Parochial Boards, whose territories largely coincided with the old parishes. The Parochial Boards were not (as in England) grouped into Poor Law Unions, and there were few Poorhouses outside the cities and large towns.

Day-to-day administration of the Poor Law was in the hands of the Inspector of the Poor for each parish, and these Inspectors were obliged by law to maintain detailed records of applications and of relief supplied. The most valuable of these are the "Record of Applications" and the "General Register of the Poor". The "Minutes" are very variable, but on occasion can also contain information on named individuals.

The following Poor Law records have survived for the Parish of Inveravon:

These are held by Aberdeen City Archives. The records are available for viewing, subject to the 100-year rule.
Items marked * are included in a name index compiled by Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS), and held by both ANESFHS and Aberdeen City Archives.

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