Welcome to the Archiestown website, created by Archiestown Village Council, which aims to promote the area as a delightful place to live or spend a holiday.
Archiestown is a vibrant community which has expanded in recent years. Currently there are around 180 residents served by a post office/shop and a hotel. The local school is Knockando Primary about 4 miles away.
Although the community of Archiestown is small in number, it is big in heart as is evident in the tidy nature of the village. Archiestown has frequently won the Moray village in bloom competition. Archiestown no longer has its own school and is serviced by the primary school in the tiny village of Knockando which lies around 3 miles to the west.
Archiestown, the only village in the parish of Knockando was founded in 1760 by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk who had inherited his “Highland Estate” on his marriage. Planned villages were mushrooming in the North East of Scotland and Sir Archibald an improver, followed suit establishing it as a community of linen weavers. A fire in 1783 destroyed many of the houses.
Sir Archibald sold part of his estate to a local lad who had made his fortune in Canada and London. Robert Grant became first Laird of Wester Elchies in 1783 and lived at the mansion house. His son Charles inherited the estate and founded Charlestown of Aberlour in 1812. He died unmarried in 1828 and his brother James William became third laird, and though he was an absentee landlord who worked in India until his retirement, he cared deeply for the estate and its people. He was sympathetic towards their financial needs and provided land and materials for churches in Archiestown and Aberlour following the Disruption.
His unmarried son William continued to live at Carron House when he inherited the title as did succeeding lairds. The mansion of Wester Elchies was sold to Gordonstoun’s Kurt Hahn for a prep school and was finally demolished in the 1960s.
The last laird, Archie, died without heirs in 1951.
The village has always been a vibrant community and until recent years was pretty self-sufficient with school, church, district nurse, policeman shops, blacksmith and undertaker to tend villagers every need.
The village retains much of its original character and is a designated Conservation Village.
These days the amenities are fewer but community spirit is still strong as can verified by the many events held within the village – from Village in Bloom competition to annual Fete, Scots Night, Carol Singing and many other events throughout the year. ( See Events)
The village of Archiestown was founded in 1760 by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk. To find out more about the Monymusk Grants please go to www.monymusk.com