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Glenbuchat Heritage

62 Bridge of Buchat Post Office
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62 Bridge of Buchat Post Office

If you look at the old photographs of the Bridge of Bucket you can clearly see the Bridge Cottage which was demolished about 1960 and the attached shed which acted as the Sub Post office and a Bus waiting room. At some time earlier the post office had moved to Davidsons General Merchants store at Craigton.

When the house was demolished, the shed was left and remains today as shown in the photo above. Inside there is much graffiti made by waiting bus passengers and also notices relating to a Foot and Mouth
out break many years ago

You will notice on a Post Card from 1934 that the post mark was Glenbuchat.
From this shed post was sent out around the Glen, initially by Post Runners on bicycle and on foot .
George Tait , was Postie at Glenbuchat for many years. He was born in Aberdeen in 1906.
After training as a Telegraph Messenger, he was appointed Postman at Glenbuchat in 1925.
After his marriage in 1935 he lived at Weavers Cottage. He served on the RAF from 1941-1945 and when he was demobbed he went back to Glenbuchat and remained there until 1959 when the postal districts were amalgamated and mail vans took over from bicycles, to help cope with difficult conditions . He moved to Altdachie, Strathdon at that point and retired from the Post Office in 1966

The original Bridge cottage can be seen on these photographs, Bridge Cottage 1, Bridge Cottage 2

The occupants of the cottage (originally called Inverbucket) at various times have been:

1841 Inverbucket
James Forbes 25 Blacksmith

1851 Inverbucket
Charles Ross Son U 32 Carpenter Aberdeenshire
Donald Ross Son U 30 Carding Miller (Woollen) Aberdeenshire
Helen Ross daur U 28 dressmaker Aberdeenshire
Eliza Ross Grand daur 6 Scholar Aberdeenshire
George Taylor Serv Mar 45 Blacksmith (Journeyman) Aberdeenshire

From Strathdon Vital Recrds

Margaret Mitchell (Widow of William Mitchell, Shepherd)
1906 March Seventh 5h 45m AM Bridge of Bucket, Glenbuchat. F: 83 years
parents: Alexander Grassick, crofter (deceased) & Mary Grassick ms Farquharson (deceased)
cause: Chronic Rheumatism 10 years; old age. As cert by P. Howie MBCM
informant: Helen Wilson Grand-Daughter (present)
1906 March 14th at Glenbuchat. John Callam, Registrar

John Shearer ’Bus Hirer (single)
1891 November tenth 2h 40m AM Heughhead Strathdon (usual residence - Bridge of Bucket)
M: 49 years
parents: James Shearer, Post Runner (deceased) & Margaret Shearer ms Smith
cause: Pneumonia 9 days, asthma 20 years. As certified by P Howie MB, CM
informant: William Shearer, brother, Bridge of Bucket Glenbucket
1891 November 12th at Strathdon. J.B. Innes Registrar

Joan Rose (single) Illegitimate
1900 November Seventh 4h 0m AM Bridge of Bucket, Glenbucket
F: 4 hours
parents: Helen Rose, Domestic Servant [father info blank]
cause: Prematurely Born, 2 hours, 7th Month. As certified by James McKay MB ChB
informant: Helen Rose, Mother
1900 November 13th at Glenbucket. Alexr Callam, Registrar

Elspet Beattie
B - 11 Apr 1862 Glenbucket
M - John Ross, Burnend House (shoemaker) on 5 Jul 1884 in Netherton
D - 15 May 1898, Newbigging, Towie
John & Elspet appear at Bridge of Bucket in 1891 census with four children ages 2-5. John is listed as shoemaker and subpostman. John and Elsie are buried in Towie Cemetery with a number of their children.

At Bridge of Bucket Cottage, Mathew family

Picture added on 20 December 2010 at 17:40
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