Glass Remembered … Mr and Mrs J. A. Ingleby

Mr and Mrs J. A. Ingleby

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From the Huntly Express 14 April 1939



Two well-known families were united on Wednesday by a wedding in the little Hertfordshire village of Wormley.

The bride was Miss Jacobina Campbell, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Campbell of Dalhanna, Ayrshire, and the Manor House, Wormley, Hertfordshire, and the bridegroom Mr John Auton Ingleby of Blairmore, Glass, son of the late Mr J.H. Ingleby and Mrs Ingleby, of Fircroft, Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

The ceremony took place in the village church, which was decorated with spring flowers.  The officiating clergymen were the Bishop of St Andrews, assisted by the Rev. R. Shipman, rector of the parish.

The bride was given away by her father, Mr James Campbell, and wore a simply-cut dress of white silk petersham, ornamented with Louis XV bows.  Her attendants were three children, the Misses Anne and Marian Campbell, her nieces, and Miss Jane Roberts-West.  They were attired in dresses of sprigged taffeta, with blue velvet sashes and floral head-dresses.

Mr Mungo Campbell, brother of the bride, was best man.

The honeymoon is being spent motoring in the West Country.  The bride travelled in a blue suit with felt hat.



Many of the tenants of Blairmore estate and their friends climbed the Gallow Hill, Glass, on Wednesday night, where a huge bonfire was lit in honour of the laird’s wedding.  As Mr Alexander Dey, Market Hill, the oldest tenant on the estate, lit the bonfire, a rousing cheer went up.  Mr Charles Gordon, Huntly, who is now employed on the estate, enlivened the scene with selections.

Mr George Milne, land steward, proposed the toast of Mr and Mrs Ingleby, which was responded to with genuine warmth by the tenantry, who have good cause to love their generous laird.

Mr C. Calder, estate officer, and Mr G. Milne, land steward, made arrangements for the bonfire.

The wedding gift of the estate employees was a silver cigarette box.  Mr Calder and Mr Milne made the presentation.

It is understood that the reception to the newlywed couple will be held soon after they arrive at Blairmore.

The wedding is the culmination of a friendship which has existed for many years between the families.  The bride’s father is well known in shipping circles.


From the Huntly Express  12 May 1939



 Tenants and many friends and a large muster of school children gave Mr and Mrs J.A. Ingleby of Blairmore and Invermarkie, a rousing Highland welcome home yesterday.  Flags were visible all over Glass, and the entrance to Invermarkie was gaily decked with a “Welcome Home”.  Admirable arrangements had been made by Mr W. Calder, factor, and Mr G. Milne, estates officer.

When the car with Mr and Mrs Ingleby appeared near the Manse of Glass, it was hailed with hearty cheering.  The Laird and his bride were transferred to another car, which was towed by enthusiastic employees and tenants to Invermarkie.

Mr Charles Gordon led the way with a specially composed welcome on the bagpipes, and at the Lodge school children and house servants gave their welcome.

The popular Laird and his wife were obviously much impressed with the reception, and loud cheering announced the fact that Mr Ingleby had carried his bride over the threshold of her new home.

The Rev. W.G. Guthrie expressed the good wishes of all, and the toast of “Peace, prosperity and happiness” was honoured.

Mr and Mrs Ingleby spoke to the school children, and after thanking the gathering, announced, amid cheers, their intention to meet at a happy function soon.

From the Huntly Express of May 26th 1939




An interesting and picturesque ceremony took place at Blairmore Glass, on Wednesday evening, when Mr and Mrs J. A. Ingleby, to celebrate the occasion of their recent wedding, entertained some 250 guests who apart from several intimate friends, comprised the tenants of the estate, together with their wives and families.

Brilliant sunshine poured down from a clear blue sky upon the wooded policies of the castle and did much to enhance the beauty of the surroundings, contributing in no small measure to the success of a fitting finale to the rejoicings in the vale of Glass during the past few weeks.

The tenantry recognised that the gathering would be a most suitable occasion on which to make the present of a wedding gift from them and to once again emphasise the high regard and esteem in which the laird is held by his tenants.  The gift took the form of a handsome silver teapot, suitably inscribed.  To this gift all the tenants subscribed.  The Rev. W.G. Guthrie was entrusted with the duty of introducing the presentation proceedings in front of the Castle, and to Mrs Milne, Plylands Croft, the oldest resident on the estate, was given the duty and honour of handing over the gift to Mrs Ingleby.

As the company assembled for dinner, Mr Charles Gordon, in full Highland dress, marched in front of the Castle playing suitable airs on the bagpipes, while at intervals during the evening he gave several selections.  In course of the dinner, excellently purveyed by Mr W. Pirie, Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntly, selections of light classical and Scots music were provided by Mr James Duff and his orchestra from Huntly.

At the top table in the dining room were: – Mr Ingleby, Mrs Ingleby, Rev. Wm. W.G. Guthrie, Mrs Lawrence, Rev. W. Mackenzie, Mr McIsaac, Mr Calder, Inspector Cheyne, Mrs Cheyne, Mr Duncan, Mrs Duncan, Mr Smith, Mrs Smith, Mr Robertson, Mrs Robertson.

Mr and Mrs Ingleby received their guests with grace and courtesy in the hall, and during the evening mingled with their tenantry.

After Dinner, the Rev. Hugh Mackenzie, Cabrach, proposed the toast of “Mr and Mrs Ingleby” and in doing so said he was sure this was one of the greatest occasions that had ever taken place in the historic parish of Glass.  It was very kind indeed of Mr and Mrs Ingleby to have invited them all that evening.  They all admired the splendid step which Mr Ingleby had recently taken.  (Loud applause.)  They were glad to know that he had taken a Scots lady and proud to know that not only was she Scots, but she was Highland, which was far better. (Applause)  He was sure they all wished Mr and Mrs Ingleby every happiness and joy in their future days.  (Loud applause)

The large fathering enthusiastically responded to the toast and joined in a hearty rendering of “For he’s a jolly good fellow”.

Mr Ingleby suitable acknowledge Mr Mackenzie’s remarks and the manner in which they had been received.


After dinner the company assembled on the lawn where the presentations took place.

The Rev. W.G. Guthrie, introducing the proceedings, said that Mr Ingleby had a horror of public speaking, and he quite agreed with him. (Laughter)  It would have been most unpardonable if they had let this occasion pass without some expression, even in a feeble and halting way, of their respect for and gratitude to Mr and Mrs Ingleby for their hospitality that evening and for all Mr Ingleby had done for the parish since he had come to Glass.

When he bought the lands of Blairmore some six years ago, Mr Ingleby succeeded to a task by no means an easy one, for, as they all knew, the family who previously held the lands had a long and intimate connection with the parish, and were greatly honoured and beloved by all who knew them.  The late Mr Geddes’s career was nothing short of a romance, starting as he did from humble beginnings and later amassing a fortune on the other side of the Atlantic through his ability and sheer integrity of character.  They in Aberdeenshire were supposed to be a very hard-boiled people, but they were also very sentimental, and the people of Glass were not only attached to Mr Geddes, but they were also very proud of his achievements.  As he said, it was not an easy things for Mr Ingleby to follow in Mr Geddes’s footsteps, and there was not a little curiosity and even anxiety when it was known that he was coming to Glass.  People wanted to know what kind of laird he would be. (Laughter)  All he could say was that he had surpassed all expectations.  (Loud cheers)  Mr Ingleby had proved to be an excellent laird, one who was interested in his estate and who knew what he was doing.  He had learned his job and had already won a place in the hearts of the tenants. (Applause)

Sometime after he had taken over the estates, people began to wonder whether there was any likelihood of Mr Ingleby taking a wife.  Others said that he was too busy a man for frivolities of that kind.  (Laughter)  When the news came out like a bolt from the blue that Mr Ingleby was to be married, there was a wish expressed on the part of the parishioners that they should present the happy couple with a tangible token of their good wishes.  After consulting with Mr Ingleby, who in turn consulted with his future wife, it was decided by the tenantry to present them with a silver teapot.  It was decided at a meeting of the tenants that the oldest person on the estate should make the presentation, and the honour of handing over the gift had fallen to Mrs Milne, who would be eight-eight on 3rd July next, and who knew the history of the parish from beginning to end.  He had great pleasure in asking Mrs Milne to make the presentation.  (Applause)

Mrs Milne said she was very much obliged to Mr Guthrie for his kind remarks, and she thanked all who had given her the honour of making the presentation that evening.  She had much pleasure in handing over the gift, and in doing so wished Mr and Mrs Ingleby all the pleasure that the world could give.

On behalf of his wife and himself Mr Ingleby returned grateful thanks to the tenants for their beautiful gift.

In handing over a small gift on behalf of the estate tradesmen, Mr A. Loggie said that as one who had been employed at the building of Blairmore Castle, he had particular pleasure in handing over a small token of their appreciation and in wishing Mr and Mrs Ingleby long life and happiness.

The inscription on the teapot was as follows:- “A Wedding Gift to Mr and Mrs John A. Ingleby with all good wishes from their tenantry in Blairmore and Cairnborrow Estates. 12th April 1939”.

Following the presentations the company reassembled in the hall, and the dance was started with Mr and Mrs Ingleby leading the Grand March.  Another room was occupied with whist.

Arrangements for the evening’s festivities were all in excellent order and were carried through by Messrs Geo. Milne and C. Calder, factor for the estate.

The following is a list of those who were present at the reception at Blairmore, Glass :-

Mr and Mrs Morrison, Slogan:  Mr and Mrs Duff, Corrie:  Mr and Mrs McHardy, Corrie:  Mr Gordon, Midtown of Bellyhack:  Mr Sutherland, Midtown of Bellyhack:  Mr Pirie, Sen. Upper Hilton:  Mr and Mrs Gauld, Aldyne:  Mr and Mrs J. Lemon, Lettach:  Mr J. Robson, Bodylair:  Mr and Mrs Aitken, Bodylair:  Mr and Mrs Robertson, Roselea:  Mr Henry, Market Road:  Mr Galt, Market Road:  Mr and Mrs McConnachie, Market Road:  Mr and Mrs Bagrie, Lower Hilton:  Mr and Mrs Neish, Greystone:  Mr and Mrs Simpson  Barefold:  Mr J. Lemon and Mr G. Lemon, Westfold:  Mr and Mrs Buchan, Backtack:  Mr and Mrs Black, Gordonsburn:  Mrs Bennet, Parkhall:  Mr A. Brander, Mr Gordon Duncan, Belnaboth:  Mr and Mrs J. Duff, Boghead:  Mr McWilliam, Sen., Boghead Cottage:  Mr A. Robertson and Mr J. Robertson, Old Manse:  Mr G. Duncan, Greystonefolds:  Mr Rattray, Sen., Market Road:  Mr and Mrs Fiddes, Boghead:  Mr C. Duff, Torry:  Constable McLean, Police Station and Mrs McLean:  Mr and Mrs Dey, Market Hill:  Miss Whyte, Bungalow:  Mr and Mrs Hopkirk, Invermarkie Mill:  Mr and Mrs Simpson, Succoth:  Mr Burgess, Auchinhandoch:  Mr Duff, Sen. And Mrs Duff, Netherton:  Mr and Mrs Robson, Plylands:  Mr and Mrs J. Milne, Plylands Croft:  Mr Innes, Drumduan:  Mr McGrimmond, Jun., and Mrs McGrimmond, Malloch:  Nurse Young, Haugh.

Mr and Mrs Milne, Waterside:  Mr Cruickshank, Elgin:  Mrs Simpson, Terryhorn:  Mr A.. Loggie and Miss Loggie, Huntly:  Mr and Mrs A. Watson, Schoolhouse:  Mr and Mrs John Loggie, Huntly:  Mr and Mrs J. Paul, Huntly,  Mr and Mrs J. McDonald, Huntly:  Mr Geo. Mitchell, Huntly:  Mrs Anderson, Beldorney Schoolhouse:  Mr and Mrs John Strachan, Longhill:  Nurse McKay, Haugh:  Mr Alexander Thomson, Haugh:  Mr and Mrs Mackie, Sen., Edinglassie Kennels:  Mr and Mrs Gardyne, Sen., Beldorney:  Mr and Mrs McBain, Sen., Beldorney:  Mr and Mrs Fraser, Beldorney:  Mr McGregor, Parkhall:  Miss Lemon, Westfold:  Mr and Mrs Matthew, Midtown:  Mr and Mrs Stephen, Cairnarget:  Mr and Mrs D. Murray, Invermarkie Farm:  Mr and Mrs Kerr, Jun., Cairnborrow Lodge:  Mr and Mrs Cormack, Mallach:  Mr and Mrs Main, Newbigging.

Mr and Mrs Cruickshank, U.F. Manse:  Mr and Mrs Young, U.F. Manse:  Mr and Mrs George Milne, Jun., Invermarkie Kennels:  Mr and Mrs Watt, Blairmore Cottages:  Mr and Mrs H. Scorgie, Blairmore Cottages:  Mr and Mrs McRae, Blairmore Cottages:  Mr and Mrs Curr, Manse Cottages:  Mr and Mrs McPherson, Manse Cottages:  Mr and Mrs McPherson, Haugh:  Mr and Mrs Alex. Smith, Haugh:  Mr and Mrs John McInvine, Cairnborrow Mains:  Mr and Mrs Wm. Duff, Easter Boghead:  Mr and Mrs Cheyne, Corsmaul:  Mr and Mrs W. McIrvine, Cairnmore:  Mr and Mrs Jas. McIrvine, Brownhill:  Mr and Mrs Shand:  Miss Brander, Huntly:  Mr Ralph Gauld, Parkhaugh:  Mr Chas. Gordon, Market Road:  Miss Cheyne, Corsmaul:  Mrs Duncan, Westerpark:  Mr Kerr, Sen., Cairnborrow Lodge.

Mr and Mrs Alex. Barclay, Invermarkie Farm:  Mr A. Duff, Corrie:  Miss Wink, Midtown:  Mr D. Aitken, Wester Bodylair:  Miss B. Stewart:  Mr J. Pirie, Jun., Upper Hilton:  Miss Milne:  Mr Wm. Rattray, Market Road;  Miss Alice Robson, Easter Bodylair:  Mr A. Duncan, Edinglassie:  Miss Olive Gordon, Invermarkie Lodge:  Mr W. Duncan, Butterwards:  Miss Ella Milne, Invermarkie Lodge:  Mr J. Rait, Invermarkie Farm:  Miss Neish, Greystone:  Mr A. Stewart, Invermarkie Farm:  Miss Isobel Simpson, Barefold:  Mr A. Horne, Wester Park:  Miss Duncan, Belnaboth:  Mr Dick Gauld, Parkhaugh:  Miss Nan Bennet, Parkhall:  Mr Geo. Mackie, Edinglassie Kennels:  Mrs Paterson, Edinglassie Lodge:  Mr Geo. Bisset,  Chapelhill:  Mr Jas. Duff, Jun., Netherton:  Mr R. Spruce, Markethill:  Miss Winnie Gauld, Parkhaugh.

Mr A. Gardyne, Beldorney:  Miss Burgess, Auchinhandoch:  Mr Duncan, Jun., Belnaboth:  Mr A. Robson, Plylands:  Miss Duff, Netherton:  Mr G. Jamieson, Midtown:  Mr R. Stewart, Cairnarget:  Miss Robson, Plylands:  Mr Innes, Jun., Drumduan:  Mr Joe Reid:  Miss Elsie Horne, Wester Park:  Mr Buchan, Jun., Backtack:  Mr James Watt, Midtown:  Miss Simpson, Terryhorn:  Mr Jas Watson, Invermarkie Farm:  Mr A. Black, Gordonsburn:  Miss B. Simpson, Terryhorn:  Mr L. Nicol, Chapelhill:  Mr J. Strathdee, Cairnarget:  Miss Isobel Stephen, Cairnarget:  Mr Willie Hopkirk, Invermarkie Mill:  Mr Bertie Robson, Plylands:  Mr Irvine Spruce, Markethill:  Miss Main, Newbigging:  Mr Rait, Sen., Invermarkie Farm:  Mrs Spink, Invermarkie Farm:  Mr Sandy Thomson, Haugh:  Miss Mary Milne, Waterside:  Mr John Duncan, Edinglassie:  Miss Thomson, Haugh.

Mr and Mrs Stewart, Markethill:  Mr Neish, Jun., Greystone:  Miss C. Aitken, Wester Bodylair:  Mr T. Galt, Markethill:  Miss Isobel Bagrie:  Mr Jas. Horne, Wester Park:  Miss Agnes Milne, Waterside:  Mr Jack Hopkirk, Invermarkie Mill:  Mr Jack Robson, Plylands:  Miss Margaret Duncan, Edinglassie:  Mr Jas. Craig, Invermarkie Farm:  Mr Tom McWilliam, Boghead Cottage:  Miss Ethel Fraser, Beldorney:  Mr Duncan Stewart, Altnapaddock:  Mr John Bagrie, Lower Hilton:  Miss Peggie Curr, Manse Cottages:  Mr Robert Thomson, Haugh:  Miss Margaret McBain, Invermarkie Lodge:  Mr A. Simpson, Barefolds:  Mr W. Neish, Greystone:  Mr W. Duff, Netherton:  Mr J. Hopkirk:  Mr W. Duncan, Balnaboth:  Miss E. Bennet, Parkhall:  Mr G. McBain, Beldorney.

The following information was kindly contributed by Janey Murray (nee Stewart) after reading the above article.

Janey writes:

Here are photos I mentioned.   They were in possession of James Craib, the husband of my Aunt Annie.   He is in both pictures along with my uncle Sandy.   Both worked at Invermarkie farm at the time.

Glass history

Glass history 2

I have no idea who took the pictures but suspect it may have been one of the workers.   These photos came to me from a cousin in Kendal, Cumbria, who has done a stellar job of our family tree.   He was up for a holiday and visited Jim Craib, who gave him the photos to copy.   I’ve sent them to a couple of people who were raised in Glass but being younger have no idea of who most of the people are.    The pictures were obviously taken on the same day as the one accompanying the article.   I remember Rev. Guthrie well because he visited the farms regularly.   One time he came to Aultnapaddock when we had the threshing mill for a day and after shaking hands with all the men he then came into the house for tea.  Before leaving he said a lovely prayer for us while my grandmother, aunt Mary and I knelt on the stone floor.   Thank goodness the prayer was short because it sure hurt our knees.   Strange, but I can see it all so clearly, and it must be 68 years ago.   I am now 81.   Hope these pictures are of some use to you and your members.  There must be somebody who can identify some of the people in the photographs.

Aultnapaddock, where I grew up, was at the back of beyond, on the border between Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.   Drummuir was just over the hill and we went to the shop there.   My grandparents had family contacts in Botriphnie so we gravitated to that part of the country.   Keith was the main town for doing business and we had a lot of family members there.   When I first went to school, Glass was like a foreign country to me.   Many memories come to mind about those days and they seem to have taken place such a short time ago!


Margaret Thomson very kindly sent this photograph of the Ingelbys arriving home.

6 thoughts on “Glass Remembered … Mr and Mrs J. A. Ingleby

  1. Ross Miller

    Grateful for any biographical information anyone has on ‘Hillocks” Duff’s wife Anne Scott, born about 1757 and buried Wallakirk, and Maggie Gauld, wife of Cumming Duff, born 1799, Glass
    Ross Miller in New Zealand

  2. Alastair Taylor

    I was born in Drummuir in 1945. My father was vanman at the shop and may have called at your farm. The Sutherlands ran the shop at Drummuir.

    1. Janey Murray nee. Stewart

      I haven’t been in this site for ages, so have just discovered your post. We shopped at Sutherland’s shop, and I remember Bob Sutherland was always chewing on his false teeth. We met the van at Corrie, where Duncan McHardy and family lived. We walked down a park, crossed the burn and up the other side to meet the van.

      1. Glass Community Association Post author

        Thank you Janey for your nice comments. Always nice to hear from you.
        Glass Community Association

  3. Janey Murray (nee Stewart)

    I was almost ready for school when this took place, but remember my Uncles Robert, Sandy and Duncan Stewart all talking about it at great length. It was an exciting time. Mr. Ingleby was much respected by his tenants. I have two pictures from the event. One with the men pulling the car with Mr. and Mrs. Ingleby on board, and another group photo with the Inglebys and locals. I would be glad to provide copies if I can be directed on where to send them.
    I would think there are copies in Glass somewhere though. Janey Murray, nee Stewart, Aultnapaddock. I now live in British Columbia, Canada.


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