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Glenbuchat Heritage

188 Lonacg Gatherineg and Bellabeg House 1902-1907
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188 Lonacg Gatherineg and Bellabeg House 1902-1907

Lonach Gathering and Bellabeg House 1902 and 1907

The following Photographs and text were kindly sent in by Mr Alex Glennie of New Zealand. Many thanks to Mr Glennie for donating them. We hope to have more details about the Glennie/Grassick families later

As he indicates below he is related to the Grassick and Glennie families of Strathdon.

1. Men of Lonach 1902

‘I visited the UK, Scotland, England and Ireland as part of a world trip in 2013.
This photograph marked and not in good condition was found in a cousin’s house hanging on a wall. There is a family member with surname of "Grassick" standing somewhere on the on the left side or end of the Lonach Men.

The Grassicks are closely related to me. My great aunt Margaret Isabella Glennie married Alexander Grassick at Strathdon on 16.04.1858. Alexander Grassick was from Parkvilla.’

2. Lonach Highland Games Medal 1907

Inscribed on the front "Lonach 1907" and on the rear "Awarded to W G Grassick for Highland Fling".

Medal was obtained when my uncle Ernest Glennie Visited family in Aberdeenshire during WW1 whilst recuperating from injuries in France.

Ernest Glennie's aunt, my great aunt, was Margaret Isabella Grassick nee Glennie. William Glennie Grassick (1872 - 1940) was the 8th child of Alexander Grassick and Margaret Isabella Grassick of Parkvilla.

Click for newspaper article on the 1907 Lonach games.

3. Bellabeg House 1905

‘This photograph is of Bellabeg House, Strathdon part of the Forbes Estate. It is said to be the "Glennie Ancestral Home" in Aberdeenshire.

It is dated 1905 and was obtained by my uncle Ernest Glennie when he visited family, aunts and cousins during WW1 whilst recuperating from injuries.

His aunt was Mary Jane Kellas nee Glennie wife of James Kellas who lived on Cot Town farm. The postcard is addressed to Mrs Kellas of Rose Cottage, Forbestown.

Ernest Glennie was serving with the 1st NZEF in France and was the son of James Glennie (1840 - 1903) who emigrated to New Zealand in 1865.

James Glennie and Mary Jane Kellas were brother and sister.

I own this postcard which I inherited from family. It has now been donated to the Gore Museum and Archives Centre in Gore, Southland, New Zealand for safekeeping.

Gore is the closest town to Balfour the Glennie ancestral home in New Zealand.

4. The reverse side of the photograph of Bellabeg House dated 1905

I own the photograph that I inherited thru family. It was obtained by my uncle Ernest Glennie serving with the 1st NZEF during WW1. He was visiting family in Strathdon while recovering from wounds in France.’

Alex C Glennie
New Zealand

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