The old church of King Edward with historic graveyard was founded around 1124 by St Aidan. The last service in the old church was on 25 June 1848 and services moved to new building alongside the main road.
Probably the best known inhabitant was William Guild who was minister at the church from 1608 to 1631. Dr Guild went on to become principal at Marischal College, Aberdeen. Guild street in Aberdeen is named after him.
The name itself has nothing to do with any "King Edward", but is a corruption of an earlier Scottish Gaelic name. The first element "King", usually appears as "kin" in Scottish placenames, and derives from "Ceann" meaning a headland. The second element is less certain but may derive from "Eadar" (between) or "cathair-thalmhainn" (yarrow).
The parish of King Edward has had approx 24 variations of the name: Kynedor (12th Century), Kynedward and Kinedart to name a few.