RATHEN, a parish, in the district of Deer, county of Aberdeen, 4 miles South from Fraserburgh; containing the villages of Cairnbulg, Charleston, and Inverallochy. This place, which is of some antiquity, originally included the greater portion of the adjacent parish of Strichen, and a considerable part of the parish of Fraserburgh. The church, a very ancient structure of unknown date, was repaired in 1767; it contains 684 sittings, but is very inadequate to the wants of the population, and a church has therefore been erected for the accommodation of the inhabitants of Cairnbulg and Inverallochy.
Rathen was founded in the 13th century around 1261 as place for a castle fortress.
During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenburg concentration camp was located here.