Arbuthnott (from Scottish Gaelic Obar Bhuadhnait, meaning 'mouth of the Buadhnat')[1] is a small village in northeast Scotland, 26 miles south of Aberdeen. It is located on the B967 east of Fordoun (on the A90) and north-west of Inverbervie (on the A92) in Aberdeenshire.[2] The nearest train station is Laurencekirk.

Location within Aberdeenshire
OS grid referenceNO8024975550
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
For persons named Arbuthnott, see Arbuthnot
For other named Arbuthnott, see Arbuthnot

The most obvious feature in the village is the 13th Century Parish Church of St. Ternan[3] in which the Missal of Arbuthnott was written.

Lewis Grassic Gibbon hailed from the area and wrote about life in The Mearns. The Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre is located next to the Village Hall, near the Post Office.

Rt Rev George Gleig was born at raised at Arbuthnott.[4]

Arbuthnott House, the seat of the Viscount of Arbuthnott, is near the village.


Some of the nearest Bronze Age archaeological recoveries are situated somewhat to the north near Stonehaven at the Fetteresso[5] and Spurryhillock sites. In the general vicinity of this portion of Aberdeenshire are situated Dunnottar Castle, Fiddes Castle, Fetteresso Castle and Muchalls Castle.

Notable Persons

Community Groups

Arbuthnott contains many prominent community groups:

Arbuthnott Church

Arbuthnott Church [6] is part of Arbuthnott, Bervie and Kinneff Church. Services of worship are held every Sunday at 10am, apart from months with 5 Sundays in which the congregation meets with Bervie Parish Church, with which it has been united for a number of years, on the 5th Sunday. The church building, dedicated to Saint Ternan dates back to the 13th Century and is one of the few pre-reformation churches still in weekly use. The graveyard around the church has a few burials within it every year. The manse for the parish is in nearby town Inverbervie and the minister is the Rev Andrew Morrison. The former manse, located only a few metres from the church, is now owned by the Arbuthnott family.

The Filling Station The Filling Station is a non-denomination Christian gathering that meets monthly on the last Monday of the month in the Grassic Gibbon Centre. It is a cross-church venture, involving people from many different church backgrounds with the aim of bringing the Christian message to those who don't do church. Each meeting involves refreshments, some worhsip music, and a Christian speaker.

Local Radio

Alongside the commercial enterprise of the local newspaper, The Mearns Leader, Arbuthnott has a Local Community Radio Station in Mearns FM. Broadcasting from nearby Stonehaven in the Townhall, Mearns FM helps to keep Arbuthnott up to date with local and charity events, as well as playing a wee bit of music. Staffed completely by volunteers, Mearns FM is run as a not for profit organisation, broadcasting under a Community Radio licence, with a remit to provide local focus news events and programming. Jointly funded by local adverts and local and national grants. Mearns FM has one of the largest listening areas of any Community Radio Station owing to the Mearns' distributed population, Mearns FM was set up to try to bring these distant communities together.[7]

Listed buildings

  1. Arbuthnott House - category A
  2. Arbuthnott House - Doocot - category C(s)
  3. Arbuthnott House - East Gate - category B
  4. Arbuthnott House - Garden House - category B
  5. Arbuthnott House - Ice House - category B
  6. Arbuthnott House Mains Farm - category B
  7. Arbuthnott House Sundial - category B
  8. Arbuthnott House, North Bridge over Arbuthnott Burn - category A
  9. Arbuthnott Parish Kirk - category A

See also



  1. Gaelic Placenames collected by Iain Mac an Tailleir (2003)
  2. AA Touring, 1978
  3. Mearns Community Web. "History of the Howe - Arbuthnott". Retrieved 28 April 2007.
  4. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  5. C.M.Hogan, 2008
  6. Arbuthnott, Bervie & Kineff
  7. Mearns FM 105 - 107 fm
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