RE: [Peterhead] What parish
Thank you very much for your reply - That's sorted it out in my brain! And
thank you for the web site which I hadn't discovered previously!
All the best
R. J. B. Collinson
From: Peterhead@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Peterhead@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Mary Barnes
Sent: 13 April 2008 03:19
Subject: Re: [Peterhead] What parish
As nobody else has replied to your question, I'll have a go. I have a
copy of the chapter on Peterhead (pages 344-396) in the 'New'
Statistical Account of Scotland dated 1834-45, which covers the period
you are asking about. You can find it at
The parish of Peterhead included the whole of the town and some of the
adjacent farming land. It extended for about four miles from north to
south and three to four miles from east to west. It was bounded on the
south by the parish of Cruden, on the west by Longside and on the
north by St Fergus.
The churches are described on pages 381-382. There was apparently just
one (Church of Scotland) parish church "standing at the entrance into
the town from the south and west". It contained seating for 2000
people. There was also an East Church described as "a preaching
station in connection with the established church" - a separate
building seating 700 people with its own minister, but belonging to
the same parish. There was also an Episcopal chapel, a United
Associate congregation, an Independent congregation, and a place of
worship for the "Methodist sect". These latter do not seem to have
been called churches.
So I guess where your ancestor was baptised would depend on which
denomination the family belonged to. I'm not sure whether or not
baptisms from other denominations made it into the Old Parish
Registers on Scotlands People. I have been unable to find baptisms for
some of my ancestors who were Methodists.
Hope this helps.