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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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Sandra Allen

    I wanted to thank everyone involved in putting together this website. I have been searching for my great grandmother Jane Gordon who from a 1901 Census was living at address old farmhouse Gordonsburn, Longhill, Huntly. She was there with her father Alexander Gordon, Alex (brother), Isabella (sister) and her two children Annabella Gordon Johnstone 5 and son James Rough 2 months.

    I found from your Newpaper Events Huntly Express that her father died in 1904.

    I wish I knew where exactly this old farmhouse was and was wondering if there is a way to find out more details. Did her father own this farmhouse? I’m not sure what happened after father died.

    Again thanks so much for all the hard work done to put together this site!

    Sandra :)

    1. Glass Community Association Post author

      Thank you Sandra for your very kind comments!

      We have replied to you in an email. Please check your SPAM box if you can’t find it.

      Kind regards
      Glass Community Association

  2. Jamie Cole

    Whilst doing my family tree I & also a few distant cousins I have found along the way, have traced back as far as James Gauld, b.1733 Oldine (Auldyne,Oldyne) who married Ann Bonnyman 17 June 1767 but cannot get back any further or find any brothers or sisters, so have hit a complete brick wall….. Is there possibly any help available from your local knowledge.

    Many thanks
    Jamie Cole

  3. Aleta Shaw

    I am currently researching my family tree and the name Blacklug Farm has come up but I cant find it on map from 1870 of Glass. Can you tell me about it and if it even exists anymore? I note Lynebain still exists and it was also found in my research. were these two properties near each other.

    Many thanks
    Aleta P Shaw

    1. Glass Community Association Post author

      Hi Aleta,

      I have passed your query to Marina who has a vast amount of knowledge of Glass from the past – as you might tell from this website.

      I will be in touch when i have an update.

      Thank you for your interest.

      Graham – Glass Website Administrator

      1. Karen Wakefield

        Blacklug is just west of Cairnmore croft (now part of Cairnbarrow Farm) and is visible on
        a geomap if you enlarge it. It is adjacent to Norry Hill and north of Westfolds. If you go to this geograph link for Westfolds (https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/679784) and look at the corresponding map you will see Blacklug. Many of the crofts back in that area are in ruins.

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