Mortlach, Banffshire, Scotland

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Mortlach (#162)


Census Records

Church Records

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers

Years Covered FHL Film Numbers
Births: 1741–1854 0990989
Marriages: 1741–1836 0990989
Deaths: No entries

Condition of Original Registers—

For an index to these records, see Scotland’s People website, a pay-for-view website. The Scottish Church Records Index is also still available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Births: There are two pages of irregular entries at February 1766. At June 1803 there are several pages of baptisms of children of “Popish parents” and others previously omitted, dated from 1775.
Marriages: No entries exist for February 1766–March 1770.
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records

Minutes 1623–1654, 1669–1678, 1711–1731, 1766–1773, 1813–1833; no minutes kept 9 May 1647–11 May 1650
Scroll Minutes 1846–1849.
Collections 1711–1731
Distributions 1818–1825
Collections and Disbursements 1799–1818, 1825–1834.
Poors’ Fund 1711–1725.
Miscellaneous Letters and Minutes 1811–1821
List of the Duke of Gordon’s Tenants 1826
Accounts 1751–1782
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, records CH2/529.

Nonconformist Church Records

Mortlach Free Church

In 1839, a group left the Established Church. They aligned themselves with the Free Church as the Disruption in 1843.
Membership: 1848, 253; 1900, 231.
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details are given in the source.

Deacons’ Court Minutes 1846–1896
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, records CH3/467.

Roman Catholic Church

A chapel was located at Shenval 1728–1793, no known registers; succeeded by one at Keithock 1794–1825, no known registers; and moved to Dufftown in 1825. It was known as St. Bean 1851–1858 and was dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption in 1858.
Membership: 1836, 170.
Source: Catholic Missions and Registers, 1700–1880, Scotland, by Michael Gandy, pub. 1993. FHL Brit Ref. Book 942K24gm, vol. 6.

Baptisms 1849–1858
Marriages 1850–1861
Confirmations 1849–1855
Burials 1850–1861
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record RH21/19.