Below is an extract from our book ‘Glimpses of Glass’ which was produced in 1999 by Glass Community Association to celebrate the millennium. The foreword for the book was written by the late Jimmy Simpson of Terryhorn and gives you a glimpse into what Glass is all about.
Glass is a land of rolling hills, the only flat fields being beside the River Deveron which flows through the parish. Stock-rearing country, mostly, producing reputable lambs and calves (and bairns!!).
At one time, the parish comprised the three estates of Beldorney, Edinglassie and Blairmore (or Invermarkie). Only Edinglassie remains intact, the other two having sold off tracts of land for forestry and various farms (mostly to tenants).
When the Deveron leaves her cradle, the Cabrach, she slips between the gully of Ardgallie and that weel-named place – “Back o’ Hill” to twinkle over the ford at Waterside and below the fairy-like “castle” of Lynebain House. Dashing and splashing as she gallops between the rocky confines of the “catloup” below Auchinhandoch she adopts a more douce and canny pace as she passes Walla’kirk, lest she disturb those who sleep there! A change of direction from east to north brings her under the humpy brig at Parkhaugh to sweep east again by Invermarkie Lodge and the ancient keep of Aswanley.
A pause in St. Anne’s where mony a fine fish has been taken (and bigger anes lost), then she continues sea-ward, bordered but not bounded by the Haughs of Aswanley, Cairnborrow and Terryhorn. For in times of spate she spreads her watery mantle wide over these lands, leaving a trail of debris when she subsides.
The river, the woodlands, and the hills make Glass a bonnie place – an attractive howe that pleases both visitors and residents. The social activities of the parish may not shake the world or change the course of history, but they please us. We’re happy to participate, and to enjoy them. There’s a healthy community spirit in Glass and we’re delighted just to be here.
The name for our photo gallery was taken from this book so for more ‘Glimpses of Glass’ just click here
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