Parish of Logie Buchan

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1791-99: Logie-Buchan
1834-45: Logie-Buchan

Logie-Buchan, a parish of E Aberdeenshire, whose church stands oil the right bank of the Ythan 2 miles E by S of the station and post town, Ellon. The parish is bounded N by Cruden, E by Slains, S by Foveran, SW by Udny, and W by Ellon. Its utmost length, from N to S, is 5¼ miles; its breadth varies between 7¼ furlongs and 4¾ miles; and its area is 6975 9/10 acres, of which 1981/3 are foreshore 33/8 water, and 90½ tidal water. The river Ythan, here navigable at full tide for small sloops, winds 33/8 miles south-eastward across the interior and along the Ellon and Slains boundaries, dividing the parish into two pretty equal halves; and its little affluents the burns of Auchmacoy, Forvie and Tarty, trace part of the western and all the eastern and southern boundaries. Precipices of gneiss rock flank the river on the western border, and in a calm evening give a very distinct echo to short sentences. The surface is comparatively flat, attaining a maximum altitude of 184 feet above sea level to the S, and of 234 to the N, of the Ythan. The predominant rock is gneiss; and the soil is generally loam of various quality, incumbent upon clay. Nearly nine tenths of the entire area are in tillage, some 70 acres are under wood, and the rest of the land is either pastoral or waste. In 1597 the lands of Logie, Rieve, Allatham, and Bonitown were taken from Logie Buchan to form part of Udny. In 1644 the Royalists defeated a Covenanting force on the lands of Tarty, and gave occasion to that hasty rising of the Gordons which led to the flight of the Marquis of Huntly and the execution of Sir John Gordon. The Boat of Logie, a well known tune, has reference to this parish ; but the still better known song of Logie o' Buchan relates to a gardener about the middle of last century, at Logie in the parish of Crimond. Alexander Arbuthnot (1538 83), first Protestant principal of King's College, Aberdeen, was minister from 1568 till his death. Auchmacoy, noticed separately, is the only mansion but 4 proprietors hold each an annual value of more, 4 of less, than £500. Logie Buchan is in the presbytery of Ellon and synod of Aberdeen ; the living is worth £293. The parish church, built in 1787, contains 300 sittings ; and two public schools, Artrochie and Tipperty, with respective accommodation for 76 and 81 children, had (1882) an average attendance of 72 and 77, and grants of £59 and £69, 12s. 6d. Valuation (1860) £4479; (1884) £5678, plus £161 for railway. Pop. (1801) 539, (1831) 684, (1861) 762, (1871) 808, (1881) 767. — Ord. Sur., shs. 87, 77, 1876-73.

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