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Glenbuchat Heritage

6 Graveyards and Graves
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6 Graveyards and Graves

Graveyards and Graves

In the picture above:
Alex Glennie New Zealand at Strathdon Kirkyard 2013
The lairs are: L-R Peter Glennie, James and Mary Kellas and John Glennie and Jane Bremner
Below are the flat stones at Kildrummy Kirkyard of William Glennie New Bigging, and Alexander Glennie, William Glennie Culquhanny
Picture of Kildrummy Church and graveyard
Grassick family stones at Insch Kirkyard
At the bottom, pictures of Kildrummy and Glenbuchat Kirk and Graveyards

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Strathdon Kirkyard
In the Picture above on the left side is the stone of :
Peter Glennie, 1875, Foggiemill, and Margaret Esson 1903 On the right side is a Kellas stone
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John Glennie Farmer at Cottown
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Mary Jane Glennie wife if James Kellas, late farmer Cot Town, died 28 March 1927, aged 89.
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James Bremner and family
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The other remaining siblings of James and Alexander were John Glennie who died aged 16 years on 27.09.1848 and sister Jean Glennie died 20.12.1842 aged 2 months, both are buried in Strathdon. Despite thorough searches in newspapers of the period, no information either on the births or the circumstances of death for either John or his sister Jean Glennie were located. (Grave located in Strathdon Kirkyard)
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In this regard the reader will see elsewhere in this history the very good records and information available in some of these newspapers i.e. Aberdeen Journal.

Mary Jane Glennie (born 06.3.1837) married James Kellas (born 06.09.1846) of Meikle Tolly on 23.11.1876. There is no record that they ever had children. Mary Jane was the only sibling born to John Glennie and Jane Bremner who reached adulthood and remained in the Strathdon district where born. The rest ended up in Glasgow, Australia and New Zealand. Throughout his life James Kellas is variously recorded as a farmer and with his wife Mary Jane Kellas made their livelihood on Cottown Farm previously tenanted and farmed by his in-laws, John Glennie and Jean Bremner, Mary’s parents. He was predeceased by his wife in 1927 and continued on the farm in his own right until his passing in 1932. Little is known of subsequent tenants since that time.
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In the Census of 1851 (John Glennie and Jane Bremner tenants) the farm is recorded as 15 acres in size, the 1861 Census it is 45 acres in size employing 1 man and the 1871 Census is 60 acres in size, 56 acres of which were arable

In 2013 I corresponded with the current occupier of Cot Town, Michael Anderson. He was born in the farm house but now lives in a cottage on the farm and has been on the property for 57 years. His family held the lease of the farm from 1952 to 2003. Until recent times the name "Glennie" could be seen on a steadfast wall on the farm. This disappeared when the wall was subsequently rebuilt.

Mary Jane Kellas died 26.03.1927 aged 89 years is buried with her husband James Kellas (died 10.04.1932 aged 85 years) at Strathdon

Kildrummy Kirkyard
Stone 156
“Here lies William Glennie sometime farmer in New Bigging died 12 July 1813 aged 76. Also his wife Barbara Reid his spouse died 12 August 1816 aged 67. Also their daughter Rachael died 24th April 1815 aged 28. Their son James died Brae of Cushie 15th April 1847 aged 79 and his wife Isabel Roy died 18th July 1846 aged 64. Bottom: - Done by the care of their son James.”

Stone 157
“This stone is placed here by Alexander Glennie Farmer in New Bigging in memory of his spouse Isobel Glennie died 7th May 1825 aged 36. Also their daughter Janet died 22nd July 1824 aged 5. Above Alexander Glennie died 17th May aged 85”.

Stone 158
“Here lies William Glennie died 2nd March 1729 aged 29 also William Glennie Farmer in Culquhanny died 17th February 1780 aged 52. Also Isabel Cruickshank his spouse died 23rd July 1769 aged 37”.

Stone 159
“James Glennie/Margaret Walker (No other writings). A correspondent cleaned the stone and found at the top “1772” and on the lower half of the stone “Also James Glennie son to William Glennie Margaret Walker he died 1809 aged 21 years. Also the above named William died at Barn of Desky March 1826. Also Margaret Walker spouse who died at Barns 22nd Feb 1836 aged 71 years”

Note:- This inscription (from stone 159) is not complete and should be read in conjunction with William Glennie and family on page 6 and note 90 on page 166. James Glennie is the son of William Glennie and Margaret Walker and uncle of our Alexander and James Glennie.

My cousin Diana Griffith of Sydney visited Scotland in 1987 meeting Fred MacGregor and his wife Jessie at Strathdon, also visiting Bellabeg House and the House of Newe still owned and occupied by Forbes descendants. The Forbes baronial territory is reported to be well reduced from what it was in former times. In a publication “The Land o’ Lonach” that Diana obtained, John Glennie was shown in 1859/60 as occupier of Cottown Farm and his brother Peter Glennie as occupier of Foggy Mill and Croft of Hillockhead in the Estate of Newe, Sir Charles Forbes, Proprietor (See contents page). Another Glennie features in the book in a poem “The Lass of the Lecht”, about a young girl who was lost and died in a snow storm in 1860 (the Lecht being a mountain road area to the west of Strathdon) :
“The Reverend Glennie a priest of fame,
God bless for aye his honoured name,
Refused to rest or stay at hame,
But sped to the hills that morning.”

Having regard to his epitaph this may well have been our John bearing the complimentary form of address.

The pictures of many more of the Glennie family graves are shown in the Album of photos of the Strathdon Kirkyard.

Glenbuchat Kirkyard

William Glennie is recorded in the 1901 Census of Scotland living with Mary Jane and James Kellas. He was an illegitimate child born 24.10.1859 and christened William Paterson. His mother was Jane Paterson, born 03.11.1835. Tracing him through Census records William was resident at Belnacraig, Glenbuchat in 1861 (with grandparents – Paterson) and in 1871 (with his uncle – Paterson). By the time of the 1881 Census he had changed his surname to Glennie and was living at the Castle Newe sawmill cottage. William made his living as an estate carpenter and died on 19.08.1922 in Aberdeen.
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William Glennie, Carpenter 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.

By the time of the 1881 Census William Paterson had changed his surname to Glennie and in the 1901 Census was living with his aunt Mary Jane Kellas and her husband James Kellas at Cottown Farm, Strathdon.

Alexander Glennie was my great uncle.

William's death certificate recorded his father as "Alexander Glennie deceased". Mary Jane Kellas’s brother was Alexander Glennie who emigrated to New Zealand in 1859, the same year as William's birth. He was my great uncle who died on 08.10.1916 and is interred in the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill.
William is buried in the Glenbuchat Kirkyard, Stone number 64. William never married.

Glenbuchat Kirkyard .. Stone 64 .. Inscription
William Paterson .. Glennie
“Sacred to the memory of George Paterson Crofter, Belnacraig,
Glenbucket died 9th November 1898 aged 65 years. Also his nephew William Glennie Carpenter died at Aberdeen 19th August 1922 aged 63 years. Also William Paterson Upper Minmore died 20th Dec 1924 aged 83 years”
At the base of the stone is “Paterson”
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Jane Paterson, William’s mother married James Forbes on 23.11.1866 and had another 6 children. She died on 12.04.1903 aged 67 years and is buried in the Kildrummy Kirkyard, Stone 207 with husband
James Forbes.

Insch Kirkyard, Aberdeenshire

The Insch Connection Museum records the history of the railway in Insch and the local Insch and Strathdon region. It is housed in the Insch railway station serving the town of Insch, Aberdeenshire. The Insch station is managed by First Scot Rail and is on the Aberdeen to Inverness Line. In 2010 a number of family records were located in the museum. A correspondent from the museum advised “The Grassicks appear to be local to and plentiful in the Strathdon area. Glennies have been recorded in Insch since 1687 and in Strathdon since 1701”.

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