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Glenbuchat Heritage

99 The Cofts
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99 The Cofts

At the upper end of Glenbuchat just opposite Netherton is the Cottage of Crofts with the derelict Crofts Mill beside it.

1900 Map and pictures of Cottage and Mill shown above.
Crofts Cottage
Crofts Mill
Alternative Names Burn Of Cornabae
Site Type LIME KILN, WATERMILL Canmore ID 126642
Archaeological Notes
This mill lies on the left bank of the Burn of Cornabae 40m SE of Crofts farmhouse (NJ31NE 63), which is in use as a private residence. The mill is aligned NE and SW and survives to gable height. There are entrances in the NE end and NW side, and the wheel-pit is visible at the SW end of the SE side. The lade no longer survives, but a short tail-race extends SE from the wheel-pit into the adjacent burn-gully.
The remains of a limekiln are situated on the edge of a burn-gully about 30m S of the mill. The NE side of the kiln has collapsed or has been robbed, but elsewhere its site is marked by shallow depression surrounded by a stony rim with an overall diameter of about 6m.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, PC), 9 September 1998.

The following is a record of some of the residents of Crofts. The references do not distinguish between the Cottage and The Mill

1696 Poll Book
CROFTS.
Item, Adam Roy, tennent ther, and his wife, generall poll £0 12 0
Item, William Farquhar, a shoemaker, and his wife 0 18 0
Item, William Kelles, tennent ther, and his wife 0 12 0
Item, William Mitchell, weaver, and his wife, generall poll 0 18 0
£3 0 0

1851 Census
Crofts
Johnathan Gauld Head U 51 Farmer of 40 acres emp 4 Lab do, do
Hellen Michie Mother Wid 73 Farmer's Mother do, Strathdon
Crofts William Gauld Brother U 44 House Carpenter Aberdeenshire, Glenbucket
George do do U 42 do do do, do
James do do U 36 Farm Labourer do, do
Henry Farquharson Serv U 18 do do, do
Jean Smith do 12 house Serv do, do

1918 Voters Roll
George & Annie Kerr
George Lawson Miller Croft Glenbucket

From Roots Web

The Murdoch Family

Robert Murdoch
Birth: abt 1779
Burial: aft 10 Apr 1824 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Death: 10 Apr 1824 in Belnaboth, Glenbucket,
Marriage 1 Jean McKenzie b: abt 1784 in Towie,
Married: bef 1804 in Towie,
Children
1. Margaret Murdoch b: 24 Nov 1804 in Towie,
2. John Murdoch b: 08 Jan 1807 in Glenbucket,
3. Robert Murdoch b: 05 Jun 1809 in Glenbucket,
4. William Murdoch b: abt 1811 in Glenbucket,
5. Alexander Murdoch b: 27 Aug 1815 in Glenbucket,
6. James Murdoch b: 06 May 1820 in Glenbucket

John Murdoch
Birth: 08 Jan 1807 in Glenbucket,
Burial: aft 11 Jan 1869 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Death: 11 Jan 1869 in Belnaboth, Glenbucket,
Father: Robert Murdoch b: abt 1779 in prob
Mother: Jean McKenzie b: abt 1784 in Towie,
Marriage 1 Christian McBain b: abt 1811 in Rothiemurchus, Inverness-shire
Married: 25 Nov 1832 in Glenbucket, 7
Children
1. Robert Murdoch b: 02 Jan 1833 in Glenbucket
2. John Murdoch b: 10 Dec 1834 in Glenbucket
3. Margaret Murdoch b: abt 1836 in Glenbucket,
4. Alexander Murdoch b: 25 Sep 1838 in Glenbucket
5. Mary Murdoch b: 04 Jan 1841 in Glenbucket,
6. James Murdoch b: 26 Jan 1843 in Glenbucket,
7. Angus Murdoch b: 26 Apr 1845 in Glenbucket,
8. William Murdoch b: 27 Jul 1847 in Glenbucket
9. Charles C Murdoch b: 02 Mar 1850 in Glenbucket
10. Peter Murdoch b: 25 Jan 1854 in Glenbucket,
11. Jean Murdoch b: 23 Feb 1856 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Belnaboth, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Belnaboth, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Belnaboth, Glenbucket,

Robert Murdoch
Birth: 05 Jun 1809 in Glenbucket,
Burial: aft 04 Mar 1889 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Death: 04 Mar 1889 in Glack, Migvie,
Father: Robert Murdoch b: abt 1779
Mother: Jean McKenzie b: abt 1784 in Towie,
Marriage 1 Isabella Brodie b: bef 20 Nov 1821 in Glenbucket,
Married: 31 Jan 1846 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. James Murdoch b: 14 May 1846 in Strathdon
2. Mary Ann Murdoch b: 27 Feb 1848 in Strathdon,
3. John Watt Murdoch b: 26 Dec 1849 in Strathdon
4. Isabella Murdoch b: 20 Jan 1852 in Strathdon
5. William Murdoch b: 20 Jun 1854 in Strathdon,
6. Margaret Murdoch b: 01 Sep 1856 in Tarland & Migvie,
7. Robert Murdoch b: 13 Feb 1859 in Tarland & Migvie,
8. Alexander Murdoch b: 07 Jun 1860 in Tarland & Migvie,
9. Ann Murdoch b: 29 Sep 1862 in Tarland & Migvie,
10. Elizabeth Murdoch b: 03 Jul 1865 in Tarland & Migvie,
11. Archibald Murdoch b: 04 Apr 1869 in Strathdon,
Census: 1841 Heughhead, Strathdon,
Census: 1851 Heughhead, Strathdon,
Residence: 23 Aug 1865 Craigielea, Tarland, 4
Census: 1881 Craigielea, Tarland, 7

Isabella Murdoch
Birth: 20 Jan 1852 in Strathdon,
Death: 21 Aug 1865 in Mill Dam at Crofts Glenbucket,
Burial: aft 21 Aug 1865 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Father: Robert Murdoch b: 05 Jun 1809 in Glenbucket Mother: Isabella Brodie b: bef 20 Nov 1821 in Glenbucket,

Alexander Murdoch
Birth: 27 Aug 1815 in Glenbucket,
Death: 26 Nov 1891 in Aberdeen, 3
Father: Robert Murdoch b: abt 1779
Mother: Jean McKenzie b: abt 1784 in Towie,
Marriage 1
Isabella Ingram b: 29 Apr 1821 in Rothiemay, Banffshire,
Married: bef 1844 in prob Rothiemay, Banffshire,
Children
Margaret Murdoch b: 23 Jul 1844 in Glenbucket,
Isabella Murdoch b: 03 Dec 1846 in Glenbucket,
Jean Murdoch b: 03 Nov 1848 in Glenbucket
Mary Murdoch b: 11 Jan 1851 in Glenbucket,
Helen Murdoch b: 25 Jun 1853 in Glenbucket,
William Murdoch b: 12 Apr 1855 in Glenbucket,
Ann Walker Murdoch b: 22 Feb 1857 in Glenbucket,
Lydia Jessie Murdoch b: 31 Aug 1859 in Glenbucket,
Elizabeth Murdoch b: 06 Nov 1862 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Belnaboth, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Delfrankie, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Minister Lane, Old Machar,
Census: 1881 Blackburn Street, Govan Church, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Census: 1891 Summer Street, Old Machar,

Alex Murdoch was born in Glenbuchat, Strathdon, in 1815, the son of an agricultural labourer, and died in Aberdeen 26 November 1891. He began to make violins there in 1852 and he removed to Aberdeen about the year 1867. Murdoch was a very prolific, if somewhat uninspiring maker and many of his robust instruments are in regular use today. He was originally in business with a partner as a musical instrument dealer with premises in the Aberdeen Market. Latterly his workshop was in Minister Lane, which ran from Kidd Lane to Skene Street.
Alexander Murdoch 1815 - 1891
Alexander Murdoch was born sometime around 1815 at Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire.
His father was Robert Murdoch an agricultural labourer and his mother’s maiden name was Jane McKenzie. No further records of either of them has been located.
He married Isabella Ingram from Rothiemay Banffshire sometime after 1841, probably in 1844 when he was some 30 years old.
The first census record found is for 1851 by which time he was living at Belnaboth, Glenbucket with Margaret and four children. His occupation is given as a Cart and Plough Wright.
In 1861 the couple are living at Defrankie, Glenbucket with six children, Alexander is described as a Master House Carpenter.
There are records of eight children in total born between 1844 and 1860, of these only one was a boy, William.
It is probable the family moved to 8 Minster Lane, Aberdeen sometime before 1868.
They were still resident there in 1871 with five children, a grandson and a lodger. The older children are mill workers and Alexander is a fiddle maker.
By the time of the 1881 census Alex, Isabella and their youngest daughter had moved to 27 Blackburn Street, Govan Church in Lanarkshire. They were joined by another grandson and a son in law. Alex is now a master violin maker.
Before April 1891 they had returned to Aberdeen and were living at 92 (possibly 52) Summer Street with yet another grandson and a lodger. Alex’s occupation is given as violin maker.
Alexander died aged 75 at 2.55 in the morning of 26 November 1891 at 92 Summer Street. The cause of death was stated as Debility of Old Age. His wife survived him for a further five years.

The Gauld Family

John Gauld
Birth: abt 1711 in prob Glenbucket,
Death: 06 Feb 1802 in Netherton, Glenbucket,
Burial: aft Feb 1802 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Marriage 1 Elizabeth Grassick b: abt 1741
Married: 31 Jan 1754 in Glenbucket, 1
Children
1. Jean Gauld b: 09 Apr 1753 in Glenbucket,
2. Janet Gauld b: 23 Aug 1755 in Glenbucket
3. William Gauld b: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket,
4. John Gauld b: 28 Aug 1760 in Glenbucket

William Gauld
Birth: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket,
Death: 25 Apr 1842 in Crofts, Glenbucket,
Burial: aft 25 Apr 1842 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Father: John Gauld b: abt 1711 in prob Glenbucket,
Mother: Elizabeth Grassick b: abt 1741
Marriage 1 Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon,
Married: abt 1798 in prob Glenbucket,
Children
1. Jonathan Gauld b: 01 Jul 1799 in Glenbucket,
2. John Gauld b: 17 Mar 1801 in Glenbucket,
3. Janet Gauld b: 24 Mar 1803 in Glenbucket
4. Helen Gauld b: 25 May 1805 in Glenbucket,
5. William Gauld b: 15 Jan 1807 in Glenbucket,
6. George Gauld b: 25 Mar 1809 in Glenbucket,
7. Alexander Gauld b: 17 Aug 1812 in Glenbucket,
8. James Gauld b: 30 May 1814 in Glenbucket,
9. Robert Gauld b: 30 May 1819 in Glenbucket, ,
Census: 1841 Crofts, Glenbucket, 3

1841 Scotland Census about William Gauld
Name:William Gauld
Age:83 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1758
Gender:Male
Where born:Civil parish:Glenbuchat
County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Crofts
Occupation:Farmer
Parish Number:200
Household Members:NameAge
William Gauld83
Helen Gauld60
Jonathan Gauld40
James Gauld20
Helen Gauld30
Alexr Kellas15

George Michie
Birth: abt 1720
Death: 10 Dec 1797 in Invernochtie, Strathdon,
Burial: aft 10 Dec 1797 Strathdon Churchyard, Strathdon,
Marriage 1 Katherine Gordon b: abt 1731
Children
1. Jonathan Michie b: 04 Sep 1774 in Invernochtie, Strathdon,
2. Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon

Helen Michie
Birth: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon,
Death: aft 1851 in prob Glenbucket,
Father: George Michie b: abt 1720
Mother: Katherine Gordon b: abt 1731
Marriage 1 William Gauld b: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket,
Married: abt 1798 in prob Glenbucket,
Children
1. Jonathan Gauld b: 01 Jul 1799 in Glenbucket,
2. John Gauld b: 17 Mar 1801 in Glenbucket,
3. Janet Gauld b: 24 Mar 1803 in Glenbucket
4. Helen Gauld b: 25 May 1805 in Glenbucket
5. William Gauld b: 15 Jan 1807 in Glenbucket,
6. George Gauld b: 25 Mar 1809 in Glenbucket,
7. Alexander Gauld b: 17 Aug 1812 in Glenbucket,
8. James Gauld b: 30 May 1814 in Glenbucket,
9. Robert Gauld b: 30 May 1819 in Glenbucket
Census: 1841 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Crofts, Glenbucket,


Janet Gauld
Birth: 23 Aug 1755 in Glenbucket,
Death: Bet 1841 AND 1850 in Belnaglack, Glenbucket,
Father: John Gauld b: abt 1711 in prob Glenbucket,
Mother: Elizabeth Grassick b: abt 1741
Marriage 1 William Brodie b: bef 1764
Married: 20 Oct 1784 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. William Brodie b: bef 30 Nov 1785 in Glenbucket,
2. Jean Brodie b: 28 Feb 1788 in Glenbucket,
3. Alexander Brodie b: 28 Feb 1788 in Glenbucket,
4. Elizabeth Brodie b: bef 05 Jul 1790 in Glenbucket,
5. Isobel Brodie b: bef 02 Jun 1793 in Glenbucket
6. James Brodie b: bef 12 Feb 1796 in Glenbucket,
7. Helen Brodie b: bef 08 Jun 1798 in Glenbucket
Census: 1841 Belnaglack, Glenbucket,

William Gauld
Birth: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket,
Death: 25 Apr 1842 in Crofts, Glenbucket,
Burial: aft 25 Apr 1842 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Father: John Gauld b: abt 1711 in prob Glenbucket,
Mother: Elizabeth Grassick b: abt 1741
Marriage 1 Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon,
Married: abt 1798 in prob Glenbucket,
Children
1. Jonathan Gauld b: 01 Jul 1799 in Glenbucket,
2. John Gauld b: 17 Mar 1801 in Glenbucket,
3. Janet Gauld b: 24 Mar 1803 in Glenbucket,
4. Helen Gauld b: 25 May 1805 in Glenbucket,
5. William Gauld b: 15 Jan 1807 in Glenbucket,
6. George Gauld b: 25 Mar 1809 in Glenbucket,
7. Alexander Gauld b: 17 Aug 1812 in Glenbucket,
8. James Gauld b: 30 May 1814 in Glenbucket,
9. Robert Gauld b: 30 May 1819 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Crofts, Glenbucket, 3

1841 Scotland Census about William Gauld
Name: William Gauld
Age:83 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1758
Gender:Male
Where born:Civil parish:Glenbuchat County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Crofts
Occupation:Farmer
Parish Number:200
Household Members:NameAge
William Gauld83
Helen Gauld60
Jonathan Gauld40
James Gauld20
Helen Gauld30
Alexr Kellas15

Jonathan Gauld
Birth: 01 Jul 1799 in Glenbucket,
Death: 16 Jan 1876 in Crofts, Glenbucket,
Father: William Gauld b: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket
Mother: Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon
Marriage 1 Mary Ann Brodie b: 11 Dec 1828 in Glenbucket,
Married: 19 Feb 1858 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. William Gauld b: 31 Jan 1859 in Glenbucket,
2. Jonathan Gauld b: 08 Jan 1861 in Glenbucket,
3. Mary Ann Gauld b: 31 May 1863 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Crofts, Glenbucket,

John Gauld 1
Birth: 17 Mar 1801 in Glenbucket,
Death: 21 Dec 1871 in Upperton, Glenbucket, 3
Father: William Gauld b: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket, Mother: Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon
Marriage 1
Margaret Sim b: abt 1814 in Knockando, Morayshire, Scotland
Children 1.
Alexander Gauld b: abt 1840 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 2
Unknown b: bef 1825
Children
1. William Gauld b: abt 1845 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 3
Jean Beattie b: bef 21 Oct 1832 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. Robert Gauld Anderson b: 29 Jul 1862 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Upperton, Glenbucket,

Alexander Gauld
Birth: abt 1840 in Glenbucket,
Death: aft 24 Oct 1909 in prob St Machar,
Father: John Gauld b: 17 Mar 1801 in Glenbucket, Mother: Margaret Sim b: abt 1814 in Knockando, Morayshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 Barbara Reid Kesson b: 05 Oct 1842 in St Nicholas,
Married: 22 Jun 1864 in Baltimore, Glenbucket,
Children
1. Margaret Sim Gauld b: 21 Mar 1865 in Kincardine O'Neil,
2. Archibald Reid Gauld b: 04 Feb 1867 in Old Machar,
3. Alexander Gauld b: 12 Jun 1869 in Old Machar,
4. Helen R Gauld b: abt 1874 in Old Machar,
5. Edward George Gauld b: 15 Jan 1876 in St Nicholas,
6. Williamina Gauld b: abt 1878 in Old Machar,
7. Alfred J Gauld b: abt 1880 in Old Machar,
8. Harry R Gauld b: abt 1883 in Aberdeen,
Census: 1841 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Residence: 22 Jun 1864 Craiglash, Kincardine O'Neil,
Census: Apr 1871 Watson Street, Old Machar,
Residence: 26 Dec 1871 Aberdeen,
Census: 1881 Powis Place, Old Machar,
Census: 1891 Albert Street North, Old Machar,
Census: 1901 Albert Street, St Machar,
Residence: travel record of son Harry R Gaul 09 Nov 1907 Albert Street, St Machar,
Residence: travel record of daughter Helen R Gauld 24 Oct 1909 Albert Street, St Machar,

1841 Scotland Census about Alexander Gauld
Name:Alexander Gauld
Age:1 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1840
Gender:Male
Civil parish:Glenbuchat
County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Upperton Parish Number:200
Household Members:NameAge
John Gauld35
Alexander Gauld1
James Kellas15
Isabel Grant20
Ann Stuart10

William Gauld
Birth: 15 Jan 1807 in Glenbucket,
Death: aft 1891 in prob Glenbucket,
Father: William Gauld b: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon
Marriage 1 Margaret Ann Fraser b: abt 1836 in Kirkmichael, Banffshire
Married: 16 Jul 1857 in Meal Market Street, St Nicholas,
Children
1. William Gauld b: 21 Nov 1858 in Glenbucket,
2. Helen Michie Gauld b: 29 Jun 1861 in Glenbucket,
3. Archibald Reid Gauld b: 02 Jan 1863 in Glenbucket,
4. Margaret Ann Gauld b: 10 Mar 1865 in Glenbucket,
5. Isobel Gauld b: 29 Mar 1867 in Glenbucket,
6. Jonathan Gauld b: 15 Dec 1868 in Glenbucket,
7. George Gauld b: 12 Feb 1871 in Glenbucket,
8. James Henderson Gauld b: 28 Feb 1873 in Glenbucket,
9. Mary Gauld b: abt 1875 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Residence: 16 Jul 1857 Achavaich, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Auchavaich, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Auchavaich, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Auchavaich, Glenbucket,
Census: 1891 Auchavaich, Glenbucket,


Beattie Family

William Beattie
Birth: 28 Apr 1782 in Belnaglack, Glenbucket,
Death: 12 Apr 1847 in Upperton, Glenbucket,
Marriage 1 Isabella Gordon b: abt 1791 in probably Cabrach,
Married: 16 Aug 1814 in Cabrach,
Children
1. Ann Beattie b: 29 Jul 1815 in Glenbucket
2. William Beattie b: 1 Jan 1817 in Glenbucket,
3. Isobel Beattie b: 7 Jan 1825 in Glenbucket, c:
Census: 1841 Upperton, Glenbucket, 5

Ann Beattie
Birth: 29 Jul 1815 in Glenbucket,
Death: 23 Jul 1862 in Upperton, Glenbucket,
Father: William Beattie b: 28 Apr 1782 in Belnaglack, Glenbucket,
Mother: Isabella Gordon b: abt 1791 in probably Cabrach,
Marriage 1 Harry Michie b: bef 1815 in probably
Married: 11 Jan 1835 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. Maria Michie b: abt 1835 in Glenbucket,
2. Helen Michie b: abt 1837 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Residence: Jan 1835 Upperton, Glenbucket, 6

William Beattie
Birth: 1 Jan 1817 in Glenbucket,
Death: 16 Jan 1900 in Upperton, Glenbucket,
Father: William Beattie b: 28 Apr 1782 in Belnaglack, Glenbucket,
Mother: Isabella Gordon b: abt 1791 in probably Cabrach,
Marriage 1 Jean Forbes b: 12 Apr 1837 in Glenbucket
Married: 27 Nov 1856 in Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Children
1. Ann Beattie b: 16 Apr 1858 in Glenbucket,
2. Isabella Gordon Beattie b: 12 Dec 1859 in Glenbucket,
3. William Beattie b: 6 Oct 1861 in Glenbucket,
4. Helen Beattie b: 30 Nov 1863 in Glenbucket,
5. Mary M Beattie b: abt 1867 in Glenbucket,
6. James Beattie b: 5 Feb 1872 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1861 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1891 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Residence: Nov 1856 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Occupation: 27 Nov 1856 Farmer
Occupation: 1861 Farmer of 28 Acres
Occupation: 1871 Farmer of 50 Acres of which 30 are Arable

Ann Beattie
Birth: 16 Apr 1858 in Glenbucket,
Death: 4 Aug 1931 in Crofts, Glenbuchat of Malignancy of Gall Bladder (of long duration) (as cert. by J.N. Howie, M.B. &c.)
Father: William Beattie b: 1 Jan 1817 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Jean Forbes b: 12 Apr 1837 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 1 George Kerr b: 22 Jun 1869 in Strathdon,
Married: 4 May 1904 in Upperton, Glenbuchat,
Census: 1861 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1891 Upperton, Glenbucket,
Census: 1901 Upperton, Glenbucket,

From Glenbuchat Ancestors

Christenings

1732 GORDON – Feby 14 – Bapt Mary daur to Peter Gordon in Crofts
1734 13 – Bap: Isobel daug to Peter Gordon Younger in Crofts
1738 GORDON – March 7 – Bap ALEXR son to Peter Gordon in Crofts
1738 GORDON – [May] 11 – Bap JOHN son to Peter Gordon in Crofts
1739 August 11 – Bap Ann to John McDonald in Crofts begotten in Fornication
1741 GORDON – [May] 11 – Bap JOHN son to Peter Gordon in Crofts
1743 GORDON – June 17 – Bap Jean daur to Peter Gordon in Crofts
1745 Septr 11 – Bap: Peter son to Peter Gordon in Crofts
1765 Jan 31st – Bapt Walter Son to William Stuart in Crofts
1782 LINDSAY – August 13 – Mr Charles Lindsay in Crofts had a daughter baptized named HELLEN before witnesses Mr Anderson in Invernettie &c
1807 SHAND – [March] 21 – Alexander Shand in Crofts and Mary Walker his spouse had a son baptized called John 1808
SHAND – September 6th – Alexander Shand in Crofts & Mary Walker his spouse had a son baptised called ALEXANDER before witnesses
1810 SHAND - July 23 Alexander Shand in Crofts and Mary Walker his spouse had a daughter baptised called Barbra before witnesses
1812 SHAND – August 16th – Alexander Shand in Crofts and Mary Walker had a child baptized called William before witnesses
1814 SHAND – May [8 or 9] – Alexander Shand in Crofts and Mary Walker his spouse had a son baptised called PETER before witnesses

Marriage
1823 FORBES & Gauld – Nov 9th 1823 – William Forbes in Beltamore & Jannet Gauld in Crofts were proclaimed & married

From The Book of Glenbuchat
Gordons of crofts and Other Gordons in Glenbuchat by John Malcolm Bulloch

There were several families in Glenbuchat of the name of Gordon, whom I have been unable to connect with any main line. Among them were the Gordons in Crofts. There were three brothers, Peter in Crofts, Alexander in Dulax, and John in Netherton.

I. Peter in Crofts, who made his will at Crofts, 16th November, 1747, and it was confirmed 14th June, 1750. It shows that he had lent a good deal of money to his neighbours (see infra, pp. 154-6). The parish register give the following children
Alexander, baptised 7th March, 1738.
John, baptised 11th May, 1741.
Mary, baptised 14th February, 1731.
Jean, baptised 17th june, 1743.
Peter Gordon also had a daughter Margaret, who married Alexander Gordon in Kirkton of Cabrach ( Aberdeen Commissarial Records, 26th March, 1759.)

II. Alexander in Dulax, and then in Crofts, where he succeeded his brother Peter. He died in October, 1749. He was fairly well off, for his will (confirmed 24th August, 1750) shows that his plenishing was valued at £763 12s. Sd. Scots, and his bear and com at 3381 6s. Bd. Besides this he had lent a good deal of money to his neighbours (see infra, pp. 156-7).
He married Jean Forbes, and his will and the registers show that he had the
following children :—
Peter, baptised 19th December, 1719.
William, baptised 23rd July, 1730. He was his father's sole executor, to whom his father left all his goods except the third of his domicile, whereunto Jean Forbes, the widow, had right by contract of marriage.
Alexander, mentioned in the will.
John, baptised 22nd September, 1744, He became a merchant in Aberdeen, and died 8th July, 1811.
Peter, a boy under the age of fourteen at the time of his father's death. He was dead before 11th March, 1771.
Isobel, baptised 1st july, 1722.
Jean baptised 25th April, 1725.
Agnes, baptised 12th September, 1728. She married, before her father’s death, William Smart in Donardow, and they got 300 merks under her father's will.
Hellen, baptised 8th January, 1732.
Kathran, born 4th August, 1734; baptised, 7th August. She married George Michie, Invemochty (born, 1720 ; died 10th December, 1799). She died in Aberdeen, 15th March, 1800. On her tomb-stone in Strathdon kirkyard she is wrongly stated to have been 69 years old when she died.
Henereta, baptised 11th December, 1736.
Mary, baptised o9th January, 1747. She married Alexander Gordon in Dykehead ot Belnabodach, Strathdon. Their son was Lewis Gordon, merchant in Aberdeen, who was apprenticed to his uncle
John (see supra) for five years in 1790.

III. John in Netherton, afterwards in Balnacraig, mentioned in both his brothers' wills. He may be the same as the john Gordon in Crofts (also in Drumnochty), who according to the register had children ;
Nathaniel, baptised 12th February, 1731. ’
William, baptised in Newton, 23rd July, I731
John, baptised in Newton, 2 2nd March, I734.
George Gordon was tenant at Backhillock, Glenbuchat, in I6Q6.°
Isabel Gordon, daughter of —— Gordon in Achavaich by his wife, —- Oliphant, sister of Rev. Adam Oliphant, minister of Glenbuchat (1718-46), married Peter Grant, farmer in Milton of Glenbuchat, and then in Buchaam, who died 7th December, 1776. She died in Old Morlich, 3rd March, 1803, aged 79. They had nine sons, and at least one daughter, who are commemorated on a stone in Glenbuchat kirkyard.
John Gordon, farmer in Achavaich, died 23rd February, 1779, aged 45. He married Helen Morrison (the register calls her Morrise) and, according to the register, had :—
John baptised 11th February, 1776.
Alexander.
Jean, baptised 27th September, 1769.
Helen, baptised 2Ist October, 1771.
Henrietta, baptised 22nd May, 1774.
All these children are commemorated on a stone in Glenbuchat kirkyard
John Gordon in Balnacraig had :—
Alexander, baptised nth October, 1731.
John, baptised 4th October, 1734.
Elizabeth, baptised 29th January, 1736.
Sophia and Mary baptised 26th January, 1740.
Katherine, baptised 25th November, 1748. Katherine Gordon and James Raeburn, schoolmaster, Balnacraig (see infra, pp. 126, 155), had a son, ]ohn, baptised 19th May, 1771.
Nathaniel Gordon in Mains had :—
John, baptised zgth October, :726.
James, baptised in Newton, 6th May, 1739.
Nathaniel, baptised 8th February, 1743.
Jean, baptised in Badenyon, 6th May, 1736.

Patrick Gordon, in the Milton of Glenbuchat, had Jean, baptised 10th September, 1701. Witnesses were his brother, John Gordon in Foggymiln, and his brother William in Easter Glenbuchat.
Adam Gordon in Upparton had William, baptised 9th January, 1747.
John Gordon, "in this parish" and Margaret Gray, in the parish of Crathie, were married on 18th January, 1754.
William Gordon in Achavaich had :
George, baptised 16th August, 1742.
Jean, baptised 27th January, 1758.
William Gordon in Balnacraig and Rachel Gibbon had the following issue :—
Katherine, baptised 5th April, 1760.
Jannet, baptised 14th February, 1762.
Isobel, baptised 27th June, 1764.
David, baptised 18th January, 1767.
William, baptised 27th January, 1770.
William Gordon in Cottoun had :—
Elizabeth, baptised 20th March, 1754.
Isobel, baptised 28th February, 1759.
Jean, baptised 16th October, 1760.
Agnes, baptised 10th December, 1763.
William, baptised 28th April, 1766.
John, baptised 3Ist [sic] September, 1768.

On 22nd September, 1753, a William Gordon and Isobel Crawford were contracted in Glenbuchat. Whether this is William Gordon in Cottoun I cannot say.

From The Glenbuchat Ballads.

Sources for further investigation include the papers of Scott’s brother- in-law, Alexander John Forsyth, a noted inventor; the personal papers of Hendry Brougham, the parliamentarian, who was a cousin of John Forsyth’s and a hunting companion of Scott’s; and William Stenhouse’s papers, which surprisingly are not to be found in any of the major repositories in Edinburgh. As for possible singers, there are few leads to follow. In Scott’s day, Glenbuchat’s most celebrated musician was James Strachan, better known as "Drumnagarrow’ the name of the farm where he lived (Lawrence, "Drumnagarrow). He was noted primarily as a piper and fiddler, and there is little that connects him with ballads. At but three contributors to the Greig-Duncan collection had ties to Glenbuchat: Robert Chree (b. 1831. Sunnybrae), John Davidson (b 1850, Ballochduie), and Jonathan Gauld (dob unknown). Gaulds in later years are associated primarily with the farm at Crofts. This may be the same Jonathan Gauld who contributed to John Ord’s collection as well –see Bothy Ballads 303,324 and 351). Chree learned his version of 2Ther Dowie Dens of Yarrow” (Child 214) about l870 from Maggie Fraser (b. 1790 Belnaboth) and he credits other songs to Margaret Kellas (b. 1815, Belnaboth, the daughter of a weaver), and an aunt on his father’s side, probably Jean Chree of Tullochcharich (b 1785). (Dates and residences from GRO, Census Returns. Glenbucket, and in Parochial Registers Glenbucket).
All were members of long established Glen families, and they represent a broad cross-section of the Glen’s population. Chree and his sources were near neighbours in the lower part of the Glen, Gauld (probably) was from the mid-section and Davidson from the very head of the Glen. Sunnybrae and Crofts were relatively substantial farms; the rest suggest less affluent households.


From Scottish notes and queries, John Malcolm Bulloch, D. Wyllie and Son, 1906

William Gauld, in Crofts, previous to his removal from Tarntoul, along with Adam Hay, Upperton, and William Brodie, Backies, was captured by the excise, smuggling whisky, and heavily fined. Gauld was able to pay his fine. Brodie, while languishing in Aberdeen jail, wrote his wife, Mary Reid, daughter of Archibald Reid and Jean Middleton, to get sharp tools passed in to him so that he might break out. This alarmed her, and she rode, during the night, on horseback, from Tarntoul to Aberdeen, a distance of forty-four miles, to inform him that Lord Fife was using his influence to get him liberated — he being at that time employed by his Lordship”

From 'The Land of the Lost' by Robert Smith
The Crofts
In the 19th century the Crofts was home to the Gaulds, a rage of giants, famous as fist fighters, who could have made today’s ‘heavies’ seem puny. The tallest James Gauld who was 6 feet 4 inches in height, and the others were a few inches shorter. It used to be said that anyone under 5 feet 11 inches was a ‘sharger’ (thin and stunted).

From The Affairs of Peter and Alexander Gordon in Crofts (M. Bulloch Papers)
Inventory of the goods, etc., of the deceased Peter Gordon in Crofts, in the parish of Glenbucket, who died in 174-:
Given up by John Gordon in Netherton of Glenbucket, brother germane to the said defunct, and Executor.
Dative discerned to him, in implement of the defunct’s Testament, and in respect of the marriage of Elizabeth Gordon relict of the defunct to James Gordon in Kirktoun of Cabrach, as attested by a certificate thereanent under the hand of Mr Thomas Johnston minister of the Gospel at Glenbucket, dated 26th February last ; and in respect of the death of Alexander Gordon sometime in Dulax thereafter in Crofts, brother to the said defunct, also attested by the same certificate ; And in respect of the refusal of Robert Grant in Luibeig and John Gordon of Lettoch to take concern or accept of being tutors of the defunct’s children, or the oversight and direction of his affairs, and power of managing his whole effects and debts in the event of the said Elizabeth Gordon his relict marrying again, in terms of the defunct’s Latter Will and Testament, and according to the special provisions therein mentioned, which is dated 16 November 1747; and which refusal of the said Robert Grant and John Gordon of Lettoch, is instructed by their Missive Letters addressed by them to the said John Gordon Executor fore-said, dated I2 April and 20 May last; conform to Decree of Executry pronounced thereanent on 17th April last, by the Commissary of Aberdeen.
Under protestation by the said Executor, that he have retention in his hands of the Inventory under written, and be preferred to all other the defunct’s creditors, for payment to him of £2O Scots debursed by him in relation to the defunct’s affairs, maintaining, rouping and disposing, leading and in-gathering a part of the defunct’s effects and corns, and at meetings in order to settle matters betwixt the defunct’s relict and her children, and in coming to Aberdeen to take advice concerning the defunct’s Executry, conform to a particular accompt thereof herewith produced; and of the sum of £36 Scots, for his trouble in coming several times to Aberdeen concerning the premises and his attendance upon many different occasions in the Country with the other persons above named, who were named tutors along with him, towards settling and adjusting matters with them and the relict, upon her marriage and their refusal and taking up from the relict and the said Alexander Gordon, the respective bills hereafter specified, which had been taken by them payable to themselves and for the behoof of the defunct’s children, during the time of the relict’s management before her marriage, and during the time of the said Alexander Gordon’s management after her marriage, &c:
The Inventory contains the following sums due to the defunct, viz:
£210 Scots, contained in a Bill drawn by the defunct upon and accepted by the said John Gordon of Lettoch, dated 20 October 1747.
Item £23 -6-8 in a Bill by defunct upon Peter Morison in Tombreck dated 20 October 1747 2
Item £63 contained in a Bill by defunct upon the said John Gordon of Lettoch, dated 2I October 1747; Likewise £27 -18 in a Bill due by George Morison in Uppertown and Duncan Steuart of Carnaveron (in Blackhillock),
£35 due by Arthur Thom in Mains of Glenkindy and Alexander Morison in Tombreck;
Item £3 -I5 -6 by John Gordon of Lettoch,
Item £20 -6 -10 by Robert Grant in Luibeig and £6 -7 by W`m Grant in Badenoin: Also the sum of £8-17 due by Mr Thomas Johnston minister of Glenbucket,
Item £3 -9 by John Bettie servant to the said defunct’s children, £7 -16 by Francis Lumsden in Newtoun of Corienacy, £1-10 by Alexander Michie in Rintaing, £15-3 due by Robert Michie (then) servant to the said deceased Alexander Gordon ; £ -7-6 by John Farquharson in Bellnaboth ; £6 – 8 by George Davidson in Bellnaboth and William Brebar there; £17-0-4 due by James Thom in Belnacraig and John Gald in Belnaboth, ££9-6-6 by John Gaul in Belnaboth and John Hay in Drumnagarrie, £11-9-6 by Harry Mill in Achavaich, and Peter Gow in Belnacraig ; other debts due by Alexander Morison in Tombreck, Peter Grant in Milntown, William Ross in Uppertown, William Stuart in Dinndow, George Morison in Uppertown and James Reaburn in Tombreck, James Thom officer in Belnacraig, John Fraser in Easterbuicket and James Reaburn schoolmaster at Tombreck, John Betty foresaid & Adam Betty in , Gustavus Farquharson of Eastertown in the parish of Strathdon, & John Farquharson their son in Belnaboth, John Betty in Torntowle, John Steuart in Innernettie and William Thom in Ledmecoy, James Gordon in Kirktoun of Cabrach, Arthur Kellis in Newtoun of Monghtyside [? Noughtyside], Alexander Gordon in Nethertoun, Alexander Michie in Balachduie, Arthur Thom in Cottown of Glenkindy, Robert Clark in Smallburn and William Benton in Newtoun, John Moir in Kirktoun, William Callam in Peatfold in Doulax of Glenbucket, Wm Robertson in Doulax of Glenbucket Alexander Bowman in Glenask Milntoun, and Daniel Michie in Bucham ; and Item, the sum of 700 merks as the tocher which the said John Gordon in Lettoch brother to the said Elizabeth Gordon the defunct’s relict, obliged himself to pay to the defunct ;
400 merks thereof at the term of Martinmas 1735, and the remainder at tita-first term after the death of Margaret Grant mother to the said Elizabeth Gordon :
By his Latter Will he nominates his said spouse his sole Executrix, and appoints his two brothers, Alexf Gordon in Dullock and John Gordon Nethertoun, John Gordon of Lettoch and Robert Grant in Luibeig, the first two on his own part, and the latter two on his wife’s part, as tutors to his children ; and in case of mismanagement by the said Elizabeth, or her marrying again, then the said tutors to take upon themselves the sole power of managing his affairs ; also appointing that his eldest son, at the age of 21 shall be entitled to a 4thpart of all that shall belong to the defunct at that time, & the rest to be disposed among his other children &c—.

At Crofts 16 November 1747. Witnesses, Peter Morrice in Tombraich & John Gordon in Nethertoun:

Relative Papers. 2
Letters of Refusal by John Gordon & Robert Grant.
The Certificate by the Revd. Thomas Johnston therein mentioned, with 2 accounts also therein referred to :
The Edict charging the next of kin to see Executors decerned to Defunct, and Bond of Caution by Alexr Morison in Tombreak & Peter Grant in Miltoun of Glenbucket.
Inventory of the goods, &c. of the deceased Alexander Gordon in Crofts of Glenbucket, who died in October 1749, Given up by William Gordon his eldest son and Executor Testamentar, nominated to him.
The Inventory narrates the sum of £763-I2-8 Scots, as the value of the defunct’s outsight and insight plenishing,
Item £381-6-8 Scots as the value of his corn & bear ;
Item £1008 Scots, contained in a Bill dated 9th December 1747, drawn by the said defunct upon and accepted by Arthour Gordoun of Wardhouse; £22 Scots, in a Bill drawn by him upon and accepted by Alexander Ogg in Corrybraick, and John Taylor in Upper Auchermich, £22 Scots, also contained in a Bill drawn upon & accepted by John Allanach; 50 merks, contained in a Bill drawn on & accepted by John Gordon of Glenbucket, 600 merks contained in Bond of date I4 January 1744 granted by John Forbes younger of New to the said defunct; 500 merks contained in Bond dated granted by William Grant in Badenyond to the said defunct, and £5-13 Scots, contained in a Bill drawn upontand accepted by John Cheine.
By his Latter Will he appoints the said Wm Gordon his son, his Executor, and leaves to him all his goods, sums of money, &c., except the third of his domioil, whereunto Jean Forbes his spouse had right by her Contract of Marriage, and appoint his said Executor to divide the principal sum of £4100 merks, among his children in the following manner, viz : 2900 merks to be equally divided among his four sons, viz : the said William, Alexander,
Tar; v John and Peter Gordons, and the remaining 1200 merks, among Helen, Katherin, Henrietta and Mary Gordons his daughters. He also appoints the annual rents of the said principal sum, with the annualrent of the price of his moveable effects, to be employed for implementing the clauses in his Contract of Marriage, conceived in favour of his said spouse ; and also for alimenting and Educating of Peter and Mary Gordons his youngest children, till they reach the age of I4 years ; at which age I appoint their principal sums to be whole and entire, & the other chi1dren’s portions to be equally burdened with their mother’s liferent, and the aliment of his saids Younger children.
Item he appoints his Executor to pay at the first term of Martinmas after his death to pay 300 merks to Wm Smart in Donardow and Agnes Gordon his Spouse, daughter to the said legator ; And appoints his Executor to manage his Executry, at the sight and by the advice of John Gordon of Beldornie, and John Gordon in Nethertoun brother to the said defunct, William Forbes merchant in Aberdeen, and John Forbes in Bellabeg.
At Crofts of Glenbucket 16th October 1749.
Witnesses, Peter Grant in Milntoun of Glenbucket, & MT James Lumsden minister at Towie.
Confirmed 24 August 1750, John Gordon in Nethertoun of Glenbucket is cautioner.




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James Strachan (Drumnagarrow) is my 4xgreat grandfather. His daughter Mary married William Hardie another well known fiddler. They brought up 13 children at Methlick, Aberdeenshire. Mary died aged 102 in Inverurie.
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