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.


The Kirk KemnayJames Downie was single when he came to Kemnay and his sister Caroline kept house for him until he married Margaret Nicol, daughter of the forester at Cluny, in July 1901.

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

Funeral Undertaker

Rest roomFuneral undertaking has always been part and parcel of the work of the country joiner and, as in most trades, it has changed over the years to suit the changing needs of society.

For further information about the services Kirstyle can provide, read the Funeral Undertaker page.


Printing Duncan also provides a printing service which is offered to local businesses and groups with a need for newsletters, invitations and the like.

Read more about the printing services available.

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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