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Local History / Genealogy

Duncan has had a lifelong interest in the history of the local area and in recent years this has become more important to him as customs and businesses disappear, and families of ex-pats return to their roots wishing to find out about their forebears, their homes and way of life.

He has been involved for nearly ten years, along with a friend, in the ongoing project of cataloguing the extensive records of the Burnett family of Kemnay House. This archive, extending from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, consists of thousands of documents on a wide variety of topics relating to family life and estate management.

Duncan has been contributing a monthly article to Kemnay Newsletter since 2003, on topics relating to the history of the parish.

Local History / Genealogy > 2018

  • THE HAPPY LAND - (28 KB - MS Word)
    A stone built into the wall adjoining Fraser Place bears the inscription: Erected by James Thain in loving memory of his wife SUSAN DURNO died 17th January 1901 aged 61 years...
  • EFFIGIES BURNED - (29 KB - MS Word)
    The inscription on the topmost stone in the north east wall of the area behind the church reads as follows: In memory of JOHN MILNE crofter Glenhead Kemnay died 1st Feb. 1889 aged 55 years...
  • PROTEST MEETING - (29 KB - MS Word)
    The meeting, billed as “Glenhead Eviction Case”, was held in the Public Hall Kemnay on the evening of March 8 1886 and received much publicity in the local press...
  • A PUBLIC SERVANT - (29 KB - MS Word)
    The gravestone immediately next to that of John Milne records: In memory of ANNE URQUHART BROWN wife of Henry Durward McCombie born 27th Jany 1847...
  • A MAN OF LEARNING - (28 KB - MS Word)
    Next stone down from H. D. McCombie’s memorial we find: In affectionate remembrance of the REV. GEORGE PROCTOR M.A. for 33 years schoolmaster of Kemnay...
  • A MUCH RESPECTED MINISTER - (31 KB - MS Word)
    In loving memory of The REV. GEORGE PETER M.A. for 58 years minister of this parish who died on the 12th Dec. 1897 aged 83 years...

  • PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTOR - (31 KB - MS Word)
    In loving memory of PETER TAWSE, Contractor, Aberdeen, who died 8th March 1907 aged 52 years, also LILY EDITH his youngest daughter who died 31st August 1896 aged 3 years...
  • FREE CHURCH MINISTER - (30 KB - MS Word)
    In memory of FRANCES youngest daughter of REV. JOHN DYMOCK born 22 July 1881, fell asleep 30 Oct. 1888, REV. JOHN DYMOCK M.A. for thirty years minister of the Free Church, Kemnay...
  • ALEXANDER WHYTE - (28 KB - MS Word)
    In loving memory of ANNABELLA wife of ALEXANDER WHYTE died 27th September 1904 aged 60 years, the said ALEXANDER WHYTE died 20th March 1924 aged 80 years, ELIZABETH WATT died 29th August 1924...
  • ANDREW STEVENSON, SCHOOLMASTER - (27 KB - MS Word)
    A large sandstone memorial just across the path from the side door of the church commemorates Andrew Stevenson: In memory of ANDREW STEVENSON Esqr Kemnay Academy who died 19th June 1857 aged 63 years...

 

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