Welcome to our Archive page. We often get emails from people interested in sharing their memories of the Howe or tracing their ancestors or submitting material to a suitable archive. This is the place to start. We hold a collection of documents, pictures and artefacts donated to us over the years. They range from the 19th Century to today.

They mainly concern the Howe of Cromar which broadly is centred around the village of Tarland, see the map on our Aims page.  The main communities are Tarland, Logie Coldstone, Coull, Ordie and Migvie. We do not hold the archives for communities on Deeside or the Don valley.

What would you like to do?

Alex Innes shoemaker
Pupils at Tarland School

We may have some material relating to areas outside of the Howe, but if your family came from outside of the Howe, you should look for History Groups closer to where they lived. If you are researching your family history in the North East of Scotland, more information is available at :

If your family lived on one of the great Estates, we do not hold their records which are usually held by the Estates themselves. Relevant Estates are :

  • The MacRobert Trust : Associated Houses are Douneside and Alastrean (previously House of Cromar) link: The MacRobert Trust
  • Tillypronie Estate and House; This has recently changed hands but previously belonged to the Astor family. The Astor family records are now held at Aberdeen University.
  • Coull Estate : Associated houses Mains of Coull and Coull House. The Lilburn Estate no longer maintains an Estate Office.
  • Haddo Estate : Between the early 18th century and the mid-1930s, much of the land in the Howe of Cromar was owned by the Earls of Aberdeen.  Their archives are kept at the Estate Office at Haddo House, Tarves, Ellon, AB41 7LD. and more information about the family can be found at : The Haddo Estate

You can contact the archives team for advice or to submit material by emailing

Finally, we would like to thank those who have helped fund the archive project for their kind donations : The Jennie S Gordon Memorial Foundation; WildFox (Etape Royal Cycle Race) and the Marr Area Partnership.