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Ordiquill, Banffshire, Scotland

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Ordiquill (sometimes spelled 'Ordiquhill') is described as ... a parish in Banffshire, about 4 miles long, and 3 broad. The surface is highly diversified with hill and dale; about two thirds are arable, and the soil is in general deep and good, but cold and wet, from lying on a tilly bottom. Of late, many extensive plantations have been made out, particularly on the estate of Sir Eneft [Ernest?] Gordon of Park, whose elegant residence has been lately fitted up in the finest modern style. Mr Wlater Goodall, author of "A Defence of Mary Queen of Scots," published in 1750, was a native of this parish. In 1791, the population was 517; decrease 149 since 1755.[1] The name is thought to be Gaellic, meaning 'hollow beside the height,[2][3] and there is a suggestion that the name has also been expressed as 'Ord Fell'[4] which, a fell meaning a hill on Old Norse, would support that meaning and also some Viking influence. It lies about 16 Km South-West of the city of Banff, and was descibed as pastoral or waste land, but has since been used for pastoral and timber purposes.[5] Following resetting of county boundaries the town is now located in Aberdeenshire.

Family history information specific to Ordiquill is available through Old Scottish Gebealogy and Family History.

Croll-284 03:28, 3 February 2021 (UTC)


  1. The Gazetteer of Scotland 1803
  2. Genuki
  3. A History of Britain Through Time
  4. Scotlands Places
  5. Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ordiquhill, in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time. Accessed 17 Aug 2020


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