Branches from the various families of Birse have spread themselves far and wide to other places, other lives and other times. If you are reading this, then chances are your family, like mine, will be a branch of one of those families.
The Parish of Birse lies along the southern border of the County of Aberdeenshire.  Birse shares its border with the parishes of Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Banchory Ternan and Strachan.  If you read the various Statistical Accounts available you are able to get an idea of its size, the waters that criss-cross its area (including the Feugh and the River Dee) its flora and fauna and perhaps even knowledge of its people.
I thought I “knew” Birse from my research but, until my first visit in 1999, I had no idea of just how beautiful Birse was and still is.  I share with you now a little of my Impressions of Birse, hopefully in some small way, you will see it through my eyes and perhaps gain a feel for the place our folk left behind.
If you don’t see it then please feel free to email me.  I will be only too happy to help if I can.
Created January 2002
Copyright © BirseFolk 2006

Last Updated:

April 3, 2014

Robert Coutts (1830 - 1860)

Was he “The Birse Forger”?

During my years of research many facts have come to light on the life and times of

Robert Coutts, son of  

John Coutts and Isabella McCondach.  

at the 

Now Available:

census for Birse (1841-1871)

And Strachan (1841-1861)

in  searchable pdf format  

The Buzz from Birse

Old newspaper articles ~ does your family feature?


Please remember that any transcriptions which appear on this website are my interpretation only of the original document or film. Some documents, dates, places and names are extremely hard to read.  If in doubt, always consult the original source.  
If there is no source given, then it is purely my speculation and caution should be exercised before adopting my thoughts as your family.  

New:  Snippets from other Parishes in “Beyond Birse”

The Two Pipers of Strachan

Robert Bell Nicol

Robert Urquhart Brown