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Holburn, Aberdeenshire

Historical Description

HOLBURN, for a time a quoad sacra parish, in the parish of Old Machar, city, district, and county, of Aberdeen; containing 3757 inhabitants. This was partly a rural, and partly a town, district. A considerable portion of the rural population may be said to be congregated in three villages, the rest being dispersed over the district generally, which comprised an extent of more than two and a half square miles. The church, which was built by subscription, in 1836, at a cost of £1858. 18. 9., and opened for divine service in September, 1837, stands at the junction of the principal roads in this portion of Old Machar, and is a neat edifice containing 1332 sittings. The stipend of the minister is £180, derived from seat-rents, and of which £100 are secured by bond: patrons, the Congregation. Holburn was one of four quoad sacra parishes which were formed under an act of the General Assembly in 1834, out of the parish of Old Machar, and were afterwards abolished.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis