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Glenbuchat Heritage

4 Glennies in Strathdon
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4 Glennies in Strathdon

Glennies in Strathdon

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Jean Bremner’s family came from Strathdon and have been traced as follows:
Robert Brebner and his spouse Ann Fife in Ardler, Strathdon. Baptised their children:
John 11.11.1753,
Alexander 16.3.1755,
Lachlan 8.8.1756,
Garden 28.5.1758.

Garden Bremner (1758 - 1848) and Janet Wattie(1780 - 18.11.1840) lived at Strathdon and baptised their children there:
Dorothy 13.12.1801,
Anne 16.11.1802 (on 1.12.1885 Ann Barron wife of James Barron, master mason, aged 82 years, died at Auchernach Lodge, Strathdon),
William 18.07.1804,
Jean 17.04.1806 (married John Glennie of Towie 1829, died 25.11.1862 at Cottown aged 56),
Betty 10.3.1808 (death registered at Strathdon 26.5.1880 as Elizabeth Bremner, single, aged 72 years),
James (01.5.1810 - 14.10.1849)
John (26.6.1815 - 01.12.1880).

The Bremner family seem to be mostly interred in the Towie Kirkyard.

John Bremner turned his hand to the Presbyterian Church.
The Synods of Aberdeen and of Moray have the following biography recorded:-

"John Bremner, born Strathdon, 26th June 1815, son of Garden Bremner and Janet Wattie; Educated at Kings College, Aberdeen; M A (master of Arts) 1836; Licenced by the Presbytery of Forres 24th July 1844; Ordained to Glenlivet 11th April 1850; Presented by Queen Victoria 8th July 1850: Transferred and Administered 24th September 1863; died at Elgin, 1st December 1880. He married Helen Stewart (05.04.1831 - 16.07.1895), daughter of Lieut. Robert Innes, Aberlour and had issue Robert Garden Bremner (11.07.1864 - 12.03.1898), John William Bremner (born 05 the July 1868) and Helen Grace Bremner (born 10th June 1870)".

At some point he ministered at Glenbuchat. The Synod records the following: - "Glenbuchat. The church of Glenbuchat was dedicated to St Peter. The Parish was annexed to Cabrach by the Commissioner of Teinds 7th July 1618. Aberdeen Horinys 24th November 1631".

In the copy of the Valuation Roll of Strathdon 1870 sent to me by Doris Anton both John and Peter are still shown as occupiers of the same farms. Doris thought that Peter Glennie of the Croft of Hillockhead was another Peter, no relation, but perhaps he tenanted both areas as the combined rental of Foggy Mill and Croft of Hillockhead was £32 15s whilst that of Cottown Farm was £42. The Mansion House of Bellabeg annual rent was £16 and the land at Bellabeg was £15.

According to Mrs Pamela Marsh, 1987 owner of Bellabeg House (also picture of Glennie Medal), there are only four names on the deeds of the property and Glennie is not one of them, so whatever association our Glennies did have with Bellabeg House (stated to be the “birthplace of the Glennies”) they never actually owned it.

I would expect that James our grandfather grew up on the farm (or estate) as later in life he demonstrated a sound knowledge of horses, implements and the farming skills of the period (see pages 14 - 18). It appears that he had a good education.

In 2011 the photo above signature is the only known example of James’s writing that now exists. This was found in the Probate record left by James and held at Archives New Zealand in Dunedin.

(In 2015 Alex Glennie was presented a piece of wood, pictured above, from Bellabeg House signed by William Glennie, Carpenter, 1900)

His daughters, Jean and Isabella both had samples of his handwriting said by Isabella’s daughter Edith to be beautiful 19th century script. Isabella said he read many books and must have had a reasonable education for his era.

In 2014 efforts were made to locate school records of the period in Strathdon and district without success. It was discovered that schooling and records previously controlled by the Church did not become compulsory and government run in Scotland until 1872, long after the Glennie siblings were of school age.

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