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Glenbuchat Heritage

1 Alex Glennie at Glenbuchat and Strathdon 2015
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1 Alex Glennie at Glenbuchat and Strathdon 2015

Alex Glennie at Glenbuchat and Strathdon 2015

The pictures displayed above and which are explained below show:

1. Alex Glennie at the Glenbuchat Old Kirk Graveyard
2. Alex at Bellabeg House
3. The piece of wood with his William Glennie’s signature
4. Copy of the Glennie family history
5. The ‘Glennie’ heritage cider

In August 2015 Alex Glennie from Invercargill New Zealand, visited Glenbuchat, Strathdon and the Lonach Gathering.

Alex is related to a number of Strathdon families, the Glennies, Watties, Grassick sand the Kellas families. In 1865 Alex’s great grandfather emigrated to New Zealand some years after his brother Alexander who had previously emigrated in 1859.

Alex’s father Charles Glennie started compiling a family tree and Alex has continued the work. He has now produced an impressive 252 page book outlining the Glennie family history. Alex has kindly given permission for parts of the family tree that relate to Glenbuchat and Strathdon may be reproduced on this site and this will be done in due course.

This page is just to introduce the subject and record Alex’s visit to the area. A fuller Album on the Glennie family will be prepared later in the web site.

Click for introduction page to the Glennie Family Album

Alex started his visit at the Glenbuchat Old Kirk graveyard and the picture above shows him with the grave of William Paterson who changed his name to his real father’s name, Alexander Glennie, who emigrated to New Zealand.

William Glennie, Carpenter, who died at Aberdeen 19.08.1922 was born William Paterson on 24.10.1859. He was an illegitimate child his mother being Jane Paterson born 03.11.1835 and his father was Alexander Glennie born 23.12.1833. Alexander Glennie emigrated to New Zealand in 1859 and died at Invercargill aged 83 years on 08.12.1916. He is interred in the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill. Jane Paterson later married James Forbes, b. 16 Jun 1833, Glenbucket and they married 23 Nov 1866 at St Nicholas, Aberdeen

The next door grave stone commemorates Margaret Paterson who was Jane Paterson’s daughter and also her mother Margaret Murdoch

Alex also visited Richard Marsh at Bellabeg house, where he was shown piece of wood signed by William Glennie Carpenter 1900 who had helped build an extension to the house. The wood was found when renovations were made to the house a few years ago

The next day Alex attended the Lonach gathering. The Lonach Highlanders march in full highland dress accompanied by a pipe band, from Bellabeg village, up the Glen stopping at few notable houses for a dram. One of the houses is Candacraig House previously owned by Billy Connelly. It is probably as well that he was not there to meet Alex, as one of Alex’s claims to fame is that as a Policeman in New Zealand he stopped Billy Connelly’s car speeding in New Zealand and fined his manager who was driving.

The last stop on the route back is at Bellabeg house hosted by Mr Richard Marsh. It was here that Richard kindly asked Alex to address the marchers, which he did so with fine form. After his speech Richard Marsh presented Alex with the piece of wood from Bellabeg house with William Glennie’s name on it.

Alex also presented two items in return. Firstly he gave a copy of the very comprehensive book of the Glennie family History. Secondly he presented a bottle of New Zealand ‘Heritage’ cider. The bottle was brewed in a specialist brewery in New Zealand. The apples for the cider had been obtained from apple trees that had been planted by James Glennie, his great grandfather’s brother, in 1886 in Balfour South Island New Zealand.

After that Alex was able to enjoy the rest of the spectacle of the Lonach Games. Thereafter he continued his trip to various parts of Scotland

Picture added on 13 September 2015 at 12:18
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My Great Grand Aunt was Margaret Murdoch & her daughter Jane Paterson was my 1st cousin x 2 & William Paterson Glennie was my 2nd cousin x 1.
I also visit Glenbuchat usually every 2 years when in Scotland-this Sept 2015 the most recent.I have info on my family site should you have access through Ancestry.com.
The Lonach is the highlight for visits but this year chose Braemar as it was the 200th anniversary and the Lonach boys were attending, 2 birds with 1 stone and the show was outstanding.
Thank you for your addition to the archives & Best Regards

Added by Murdoch Henderson on 27 September 2015

Thank you for your kind thoughts. My 2015 visit to Strathdon and Glenbuchat will live with me for many years to come. I think of the district and the friendships made often.

Kind regards

Alex Glennie
New Zealand
Added by Alex Glennie on 20 November 2015
Very interesting Alex. You have done a great job
We have learned a lot from your visit to Scotland
Added by James & Rosie Kellas on 22 November 2015
Sorry to be pedantic but sadly the Colquhonnie Hotel does not feature in the March. The Highlanders depart from the village of Bellabeg and finish the March four hours and several dram stops later at the magnificent Lonach Hall, which is owned by the Lonach Society.

Thanks Richard, text ammended
Added by Richard Marsh on 22 November 2015
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