Glass Remembered … Accidents

Aberdeen Journal 14 January 1852


On Tuesday the 6th inst., a child, the son of a respectable farmer  residing at Mains of Aswanley, in the parish of Glass, met his death by an accident, of which the following are the brief but sad particulars.  It appears a sledge had been set up temporarily against a wall, at the farm steading, when the child, only three years of age, while amusing himself, climbed up upon the sledge, which gave way and the poor child, falling down along with it, was killed on the spot.

Elgin Courier 5 June 1857


Upon Monday morning, the 25th ult, as John Stewart, a boy in the service of Mr Gartley, farmer, Wrightestone, Parish of Glass, was proceeding upon horseback towards the blacksmith’s shop, Haugh of Glass, for the purpose of having his master’s horse shoed, and while passing along that part of the road that leads through the farm of Edinglassie, the horse, it is supposed, had stumbled and fallen  as the animal was found lying upon its back in the side ditch, the boy below him.   The horse had sustained no harm, but life was extinct in the boy.   It was supposed that death had been instantaneous, as the horse’s shoulder pressed upon the boy’s chest.   He was a native of the parish of Cabrach and was from the estate of Lesmurdie.


Aberdeen Evening Express 3 September 1881


On Thursday, while John Winks, labourer, was loading a cart of hay in a field at the farm of Blairmore, Glass, the horse suddenly fell and he was precipitated from the top of the cart underneath the animal and severely trampled.  Dr Innes, Dufftown, was immediately called in but nothing could be done for the unfortunate man, the rib next the collar bone having been pressed on to the heart.  He only survived about 24 hours, his death taking place yesterday about noon.  Much sympathy is felt for his wife and family in their sudden bereavement.


Edinburgh Evening News 23 September 1898


A little boy, two years of age, son of James Duff, farmer, was burned to death yesterday at Boghead, Glass.  He had been left asleep in the house by his parents, but had awakened and attempted with some matches to light a paraffin lamp.  The boy’s night dress caught fire and he was terribly injured, dying shortly after.


Aberdeen Journal 1902

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Aberdeen Journal 19 August 1903


On Wednesday morning William Horne, farmer, residing at Westerpark, Glass, got his right hand so severely crushed that his first finger had to be wholly amputated and parts of the second and third fingers.  At the time of the accident he was in charge of a horse and cart on the public road, near the overhead railway bridge at Huntly Railway Station, when the horse got frightened and bolted over the Bogie Bridge and along Bogie Street.  In this street it ran into and collided with a cart loaded with stones, being driven in the same direction and it is supposed that Horne’s hand got in between the point of the shaft or breast of the collar and the back door of the cart or the stones.


Aberdeen Journal 27 May 1905


While a traction engine, belonging to Mr John Morrison, Grange, was proceeding to Cabrach yesterday with furniture and when near the Haugh of Glass, the second of three waggons became detached and, going full force into the ditch, capsized.  Fortunately not very much damage was done to the furniture and after a few hours’ delay, the engine proceeded on the way.


Aberdeen Peoples Journal 27 April 1907


A cycling accident of an alarming nature occurred on the Glass road on Sunday afternoon at the sharp curve near Parkhall, where the lad Cowie was killed two years ago.  The rider of the bicycle was Elizabeth Simpson, cook at Manse of Glass and she was on her way to visit her home in Huntly.  It is supposed that she had lost control of the bicycle on the Boghead Brae and failing to take the curve at the bridge at Parkhall, was thrown with terrible force against the dyke.  Her skull was fractured and both arms were broken at the wrists.  She is now in the Jubilee Cottage Hospital.


Mr Wood  3rd  September 1909

Mr David Wood is on the 1901 census for Glass as being born at Portknockie, Banffshire.  He was 41 at that time (born about 1860) and a Teacher (elementary) at Central Schoolhouse, Glass.  His wife was Anne aged 37, children James 8: Isabella M.R. aged 6 ; Edward A aged 2 and Alan A aged 4 months. Click on the images for larger versions.


Aberdeen Journal 3 Sept 1909

Aberdeen Journal 3 Sept 1909

Death Notice - Aberdeen Journal

Death Notice – Aberdeen Journal

Dundee Courier

Dundee Courier

Dundee Evening Telegraph 3 Sept 1909

Dundee Evening Telegraph 3 Sept 1909


A cycling accident occurred last evening near Huntly, resulting in the death of David Wood, M.A., schoolmaster, Glass Public School.  Cycling along with two others towards Huntly, he ran into a cart laden with wood on the Boghead Brae.  The shaft struck his head and death was instantaneous.  Mr Wood had been schoolmaster there for over twenty-four years and was held in high esteem.  He was a successful teacher and devoted to his work and held many local offices, including that of inspector of poor and session clerk to the Parish Church.  He is survived by a widow and seven children.

Church of Glass Kirk Session Minutes August 20th 1899

The Kirk Session having decided that it was desirable to add to their number and having invited and been guided by the opinion of the Congregation – as expressed by voting papers – made choice of JAMES BENNETT, Farmer in Parkhall: GEORGE BRANDER, Farmer in Cairnmore: JAMES GARTLY, Farmer in Wrightistone: WILLIAM ROBERTSON, Farmer in Boghead; James Shand, Farmer in Mains of Beldorney and DAVID WOOD, M.A. Head Master in the Central School.  The Session appointed their ordination to take place on Sunday September 17th and an Edict to this effect to be served from the Pulpit on Sunday September 3rd and that if any of the Parishioners have objections to offer against the Ordination of any of the above named, they will have an opportunity of doing so at a meeting of Session to be held for this purpose at 11 am on the said Sunday the 17th September.

Closed with Prayer.

Duncan M. Ross, Moderator

Church of Glass September 17th 1899

Objections having been called against the ordination as Elders of James Bennet: George Brander: James Gartly: William Robertson: James Shand and David Wood; and none having been offered, it was resolved to proceed to their ordination.

At the close of Divine Service the Kirk Session resumed their Meeting when the said James Bennet, George Brander, James Gartley, William Robertson, James Shand and David Wood being present, and having been duly ordained, received the right hand of fellowship and were received as members of the Kirk Session.  The Act of Subscription was read to them by the Moderator and they subscribed the required Formula.

Church of Glass February 9th 1900

It was unanimously agreed that MR DAVID WOOD, M.A. the Schoolhouse, on the Elders – should be appointed Session Clerk – which office had been vacant since the death of Mr John Simon.Closed with Prayer
Duncan M. Ross, Moderator

Glass Church Kirk Session Minutes October 6th 1909
This being the first meeting since the sad and fatal accident to MR DAVID WOOD, M.A. one their number and Session-Clerk, the Kirk Session resolved to record their sense of the loss they have sustained.  MR WOOD was a strong Churchman and an enthusiastic member of the Choir.  The Session also desires to express their deepest sympathy with Mrs Wood and her family in their sudden bereavement.

Closed with Prayer.

Duncan M. Ross, Moderator


Aberdeen Journal 2 August 1912



Yesterday afternoon as the people were leaving the Huntly Castle Showyard a rather serious mishap occurred in Duke Street.  While Mr Pirie, Westfaulds, Glass was driving in his dogcart up Duke Street, he observed a horse yoked in a trap racing down Duke Street from the opposite direction.  The horse was evidently beyond the control of the driver.

In order to avoid a collision, Mr Pirie drew up close to his own side, but the approaching vehicle ran into his trap and the another horse dashed right into the large windows of the premises of Messrs J. Jamieson and Co. clothiers, completely wrecking two plate-glass windows and a side pane in the doorway.

After some difficulty the restive horse was quietened and was driven away.  Mr Pirie had one of the shafts of his trap broken and he sustained a severe bruise to his leg.  Mr A. Donald, baker, who was driving the runaway horse, sustained no injury to himself or his horse, though the trap was considerably damaged.


Aberdeen Journal 18 October 1918



Between 2 and 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Mr John Robertson, carter, Glass, on his way to Huntly with his horse and cart, while just below Parkhall, came on a girl lying on the ground beside her bicycle in an unconscious condition, bleeding profusely from wounds on her head and face.

Fortunately, a gentleman on a motor cycle came on the scene and Mr Robertson directed him where to go for assistance and the unfortunate girl was removed to a neighbouring house, Dr Watson being summoned from Huntly.  The doctor on arrival ordered the injured girl’s removal to Huntly Cottage Hospital, where it was found that she had sustained very serious injuries to her head and face, besides severe bruises on the body.

The girl is Maggie Pirie, about 18 years of age, belonging to Keith and she was employed during harvest to assist the housekeeper at Invermarkie.  The housekeeper had dispatched the girl to Huntly on a message.

It may be stated that the scene of the accident is a most dangerous part of the road between Parkhall and Cairnborrow and several serious accidents (one of them fatal) have occurred there within the past few years.


Aberdeen Journal 27 July 1927


Knocked down in London on Friday night by a motor bus, Miss Isabella Taylor, sister of Mr William Taylor, Macduff Place, Dufftown and late of Burnhead, Mortlach, was so severely injured that she only survived for a very short time.

Miss Taylor was a native of Glass and had been resident in London for nearly 50 years.


Aberdeen Journal 25 June 1929




Fatal injuries were received by Wm. McIrvine, motor driver to Messrs Hay and Sons, lemonade manufacturers, Keith in  motor accident on the Glenrinnes road this afternoon.

Mr McIrvine was on his way home from Tomintoul and the accident occurred between the farms of Allimichie and Convalleys, Glenrinnes.

It is surmised that his motor lorry had swerved to the left and that somehow it went over a steep embankment.

In trying to save himself McIrvine, it is presumed, jumped out of the lorry and landed on the roadway.

Found by Traveller

A commercial traveller proceeding on his way to Dufftown found McIrvine lying dead on the side of the road, his neck having been dislocated.

The body was removed to the mortuary at the Stephen Cottage Hospital, Dufftown.

Little damage was done to the lorry.

Native of Glass

McIrvine was a native of Glass and was married to a daughter of Mr and Mrs Kellas, Bridgend, Cabrach.

One thought on “Glass Remembered … Accidents

  1. Cameron Wood

    Thank you for your article on David Wood (School Master in Glass)
    He was my great grandfather. My grandfather was the 4 year old boy in the article.
    Cameron Wood


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