Welcome to Kirkstyle


Kirkstyle, Kemnay, lying in the pleasant rural landscape of Aberdeenshire under the shadow of Bennachie – has been the home of the Downie family since 1898.

This website contains information on Kirkstyle, the history of the Downie family, and lots of local history information for people wanting to know about Kemnay and the people who once lived there.

Kirk Session Records


The Kirk KemnayWhen James Downie took on the lease of Parkhill Croft, Kemnay, in May 1898, Kirkstyle was very much a hamlet in the country, there being only the smiddy and the joiner's workshop along with the dwelling houses and their respective crofts, the Manse, and nearby Kirkstyle Farm.

Read more about the background of the Downie family in Kemnay.


Duncan has been interested in printing for many years, initially being involved in the 1960s with a Gestetner hand-operated printer.

In 1998 he purchased a Riso Printer; a low-cost high-output ink printer, and started printing newsletters for various organisations in the area.


Local History / Genealogy

Kemnay map detailDuncan has had a lifelong interest in the history of the local area, and in recent years this has become more important to him.

There is a wealth of local history information and research written by Duncan about Kemnay and its history. New articles are added on a regular basis! Read the latest articles.

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