More than 600,000 new records have been added to Find My Past's collection of Scotland Memorial Inscriptions which covers over 800 burial grounds across the country.  You can read more about the collection here. We're thrilled to have played a part in this project!

The November 2020 edition of the Society Journal is now available online.  Postal distribution will take place this week. Please login to your membership account to access this Journal.  If you haven't registered your account yet, click on the Register link in the top right corner.

The Kirkyard of Fordyce

ANESFHS & Portsoy Salmon Bothy


A treat of strawberries and Portsoy ice-cream was the form of celebration chosen by elated volunteers when the final gravestone in historic Fordyce kirkyard had been checked. Work there was carried out over some five years by a team from Portsoy Salmon Bothy, with additional input from local ANESFHS stalwarts, all conscious of the thousands of researchers worldwide whose roots go back to Fordyce. MI volunteers at work

The prominence of Fordyce as a parish had already inspired local historian William Cramond to record all the visible gravestones as long ago as 1880, but the venerable Cramond didn't draw up a plan of the stones at the time of his survey. An appreciable number of the inscriptions he transcribed are no longer visible and some stones are no longer standing, so a great deal of thought went into the publication of the latest survey, in order to include every known inscription, even if the location of the stone cannot be determined with certainty.

As always, there were a few surprises along the way. A chance beam of sunshine on an early visit led to the unexpected discovery of a 20th century stone lurking among the dense foliage of a yew tree, which seemed to have grown up around it. Then the long dry summer of 2018 revealed suspicious rectangular patches of dead grass, hinting at the existence of buried stones. Inevitably this added to the complexity of the task. So, all those folk with Fordyce ancestors, you have good cause for celebration, even if Portsoy ice-cream isn't available where you are!

- Alison Smith







Ordering Information


The Kirkyard of Fordyce £3.00 plus postage and packing

In addition to the above title, check out our online Publications List which has a wide range of family and local history titles particularly relating to Aberdeen and the North-East.


To place your order, please visit:  How to Order Publications


We're happy to announce that 2000 people have now joined our Facebook Group.  If you haven't joined yet, please visit us at Aberdeen & NE Scotland Family History Society Facebook Group