Glass Remembered … Newsworthy Events Aberdeen Journal

Below are some extracts from the Aberdeen Journal pertaining to Glass

13 April 1756
Died Wed. Last after a tedious illness rev. Alexander Chalmers, minister of Glass. Much regretted by the people of the parish

16 August 1757
The Marquey (Markie Burn) in the parish of Glass a small brook became of a sudden a large river, overflowed and damaged all its Haughs and carried away some washing houses and a dwelling house with all its furniture.

22 November 1757
On Thursday 17 November 1757 the Minister of Glass’ kitchen took fire whereby the stable, two horses and two cows were consumed to ashes

18 July 1758
The finest appearances of corn in glass etc that has been for many years past and by the goodness of providence an early and very plentiful harvest is expected

12 april 1762
The week before last there was the greatest fall of snow known in the memory of man in the districts lying to the north west of Aberdeen – this would include glass – particularly on Monday 29th March.

28 February 1763
A shoemaker in the parish of Glass got an extra fresh set of teeth in the 80th year of his age without any sensible alteration to the state of his health

4 May 1767
At the Circuit Court before the Lord Justice Clerk and Lord Pitfour, William Barclay from Huntly and William Grant ditto, were found guilty of riot at WESTFOLDS OF GLASS and sentenced to be whipped at the Cross of Aberdeen and afterwards transported to America for life

8 February 1768
Saturday 6 February died at his lodgings in Old Aberdeen in his 87th year ALEX. CALDER ESQ. OF ASWANLY.  It is hoped that his friends and relations will accept of this notice of his death.

28 March 1768
The week before last there was a severe storm, a man going from Huntly to glass perished among the snow

6 March 1769
Lately died in london in his 25th year of age George. Chalmers, surgeon and apothecary in gt. Marlborough st. And son to the rev. Alex. Chalmers late minister of the gospel at Glass.  His death is justly regretted by all who knew him

21 October 1771
To be let the mansion house of beldorney with farms in glass and wardhouse estate

22 May 1771
By public roup within the house of Beldorney all kinds of household furniture, linen, blankets, beds, cattle horses, mares, ploughs etc.
Roup starts at 10am

22 March 1772
Aamong the people at whom linen for bleaching can be collected is charles smith, merchant in glass

26 July 1773
Sundry farms of considerable extent lying within the parishes of Glass, mortlach etc. Belonging to the Earl of Fife will be let at reasonable terms to industrious tenants.  The lands continue at the same rents they have been at for a century past.  To be let on 30 july at balvenie castle for leases of 19 years.  Enquire at mr ross the factor at duff house

26 July 1773
Debtors of the deceased George Gordon in westfolds of glass are desired to pay to his son john gordon at westfolds sums due

24 January 1780

Limit of wages from Whitsuntide next for each half year as follows

  • A ploughman  =  21 Pounds Scots
  • A qualified horseman = 21 Pounds  Scots
  • A goadsman or threshing servant             =  18 Pounds Scots
  • A man for harvest = 12 Pounds Scots
  • A woman for harvest = 8 Pounds Scots
  • A woman servant for six months = 10 Pounds Scots

13 August 1781
On Wednesday se’ennight (fortnight0 at the market of glass there came a dreadful storm of thunder, lightening and rain.  Several people were struck down by a flash of lightning but are all recovered except one man who died next day.  Just before the rain came on there was a shower of hail which was so uncommonly large as to resemble small pieces of ice and has done considerable damage to the adjacent fields.

5 August 1782
On friday se’ennight a child of 2 years fell into a well at Blackhills, Glass and was drowned

August 1783
Stolen from socach of Beldorney during the night of 3rd August 1783 a horse belonging to Earnest Stuart

26 September 1785
 Lost on Sunday 11 Sept. Between the Kirk of Glass and the Hill of Cors-maul a silver watch made by g. Chippindale of London.  If found return to Alex. Thomson, merchant Mortlach where a reward will be given.

24 April 1786
To let the Mansion house, Garden and Mains of Beldorney Parish of Glass.  Apply to Mr Innes of Maislie near Keith or Mr Buchan of Auchmacoy

28 August 1786
Died at Keith on 27 july aged 69 years Mrs Anne Smith relict of the Rev. Mr Alexander Chalmers late Minister of Glass and Daughter of Rev. Walter Sime sometime Minister of Mortlach

March 1787
Charles Smith, merchant, Glass still an agent for the Huntly firm of Alex. & Wm. Forsyth, bleachers

27 October 1788
Married yesterday geo. Irwin of Boyndlie to Miss Christian Gordon, daughter of the late John Gordon esq. Of Beldornie, Glass

April 1780
Chas. Smith, merchant Glass still agent for Forsyth, Huntly

18 April 1791
Charles Smith, merchant Glass does not appear among the agents for W. & A. Forsyth, Huntly this spring

18 April 1791
Among the delegates to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland from the Pres. Of Strathbogie was Rev. John Cooper from Glass and Rev. Alex Angus, Rothiemay

5 December 1791
Notice of a fraud
Since the 22nd November there has been stolen or abstracted from the lodging of the late Mr Alexander Williamson of Haugh of Edinglassie, Glass a mahogany desk containing the writings and other valuables of the deceased – wherefore this intimation is given by Lieut. James Fyfe in Edinglassie, executor of Mr Williamson’s will, that no person may pay any sum they owed the deceased, but to Mr Fyfe; who will give a handsome reward for any information relative to this fraud, and conceal the informer’s name of desired

11 June 1792
 The name of Lt. James Fife appears among a list of jp’s, Edinghlassie, Glass

6 August 1792
Among the justices of the peace for Elgin and Forres were Lieut. James Fife of Edinglassie, Glass and Lieut. James Mcgregor of Glenmarkie, Glass or Mortlach

11 March 1793
The name of Charles Smith merchant, glass does not appear among those agents for Forsyth, Huntly at this date

3 March 1794
Chas. Smith does not appear as an agent for Forsyth of huntly and does not again appear

30 June 1794 
On tuesday last 24 June the foundation stone of the barracks to be build at the Castlehill was laid by the Marquis of Huntly, Grand Master of Scotland   Mr Peter Wilkie born Westfolds, Glass carried the bible.

1 September 1795
To be set at Macduff on 1 October Invermarkie and Glenmarkie and the Cottown of Edinglassie Parish of glass. Apply to Mr Souter at Duff house

29 December 1795
Died at Glass on 20 December Rev. John Cooper, Minister of Glass aged 78 and in the 41st year of his ministry

10 May 1796
Long article about scotch appeal in House of Lords re Margaret Williamson and her husband James Gordon about death of her brother Alexander Williamson, Haugh of Glass

9 February 1797
To be let at Macduff on Monday the 20th February for a lease of such year as can be arranged, the farms of Edinghlassie and Nether Dumeath in the parish of Mortlach, together with the mills of Invermarkie and the mill crofts contiguous thereto.  Edinglassie is the highest state of cultivation, having been improved and laid out by the present at considerable expense

9 May 1797
Notice to creditors.  Lt. James Fyfe, Edinghlassie, Glass, having executed a trust disposition in favour of William Allan, merchant in Huntly, John Roy in Corse and Alexander Smith in Aswanley, Glass for behoof of his creditors.  It is requested that the whole creditors will lodge notes of their claims thereon with the said wm. Allan and that between this and the 1st July any person indebted to Lt. Fyfe will pay what they owe to Mr Allan in order to save prosecution

5 July 1798
At a general meeting of lieutenancy held this day in the record office, Aberdeen the following persons were drawn by ballot on the 26th june as part of the quota of militia for the county of Aberdeenshire.

Colin Slorach, Taylor in Blacklug, Glass – and having failed to appear or find substitutes they are required to attend an adjourned meeting of the deputy lieutenants held in the record office at Aberdeen on thursday 19 July 1798 at 12 oclock to take the oath of allegiance to serve in the militia during the present war and for one month after the end of the war under penalty of £10.  At a meeting held on the 19 July Colin Slorach had still not appeared

28 January 1799
A list of over 100 names of residents in the Parish of Glass who voluntarily contributed to a fund – government!

21 March 1799
Creditors of lt. James Fyfe, Edinglassie, Glass are to meet at the ouse of mr Mellis, Huntly

19 May 1800
Grass to let at the Meikle Gouls, Beldorney Estate, Parish of Glass.  74 acres. Offers to be made to Robert Grant, esq. Of Wester Elchies, at the house of West Elchies

18 May 1801
Notice to debtors and creditors

15 July 1801
Notice to contractors for roads in glass

16 September 1801
Notice.  A boy about 15 years old left alnapodack in the parish of glass the 5th august.  Fair complexion, light brown hair, dark blue short coat, vest and breeches of fey, a small hare leather cap, without shoes or stockings. Went to cruden-wel market – any person that can give information about said boy, to his friends at said place, shall be amply rewarded.

30 September 1801
Creditors of John Taylor, drover and cattle dealer, in Mains of Bellyhack will meet at 12 noon on 5th october 1801 at the Mains of Bellyhack, wm. Kelman in Achanhandock, Mortlach was trustee.

22 May 1802
Mr Cruickshank of Glass attended the general assembly in Edinburgh representing the Presbytery of Strathbogie

14 July 1830

Sale of farm stock and distillery equipment at Backside of Beldorney, Glass on Tuesday 20 July.  The utensils of Craigwatch Distillery are almost new and well worth the attention of anyone starting a small work.

25 August 1830
All claims against the late Wm. Strachan, farmer in Nethertown of GLASS.  Lodge claims with Peter Strachan at Nethertown

10 Nov 1830
To let on behoof of creditors.  That part of the farm of Nethertown of Glass situated in the Parish of Glass and County of Aberdeen, at present occupied by the representatives of the late Wm. Strachan, will be let for a grassum for the remainder of the current lease being 4 years from Whitsuntide last with immediate entry to the house and lands.

30 March 1831
At Kings College on Friday 25 March, Charles Cruickshank of GLASS received the 4th prize in the First Class of Greek

13 April 1831
Marischal College, James Sherar, GLASS received 3rd Prize in the 1st Green Class

3 August 1831
GLASS MARKET held last Wednesday 27 July.
A great show of cattle of all descriptions at fair prices.

  • 2 year queys – 50/- to 60/-
  • Stots £4 to £5
  • 3 year olds some lots of good fat stock £10 to £11.11

As usual there were a number of harvest shearers, the general wage for men was £2 – £2.10 and for women 28/- to 30/- and 32/-.  From the very good weather the crops in general have a very promising appearance and are fast approaching maturity.

26 October 1831
Alexander Fraser, shoemaker at Haugh of Edinglassie Parish of Mortlach having been balloted and though duly cited, failed to appear, has incurred the statutory penalty of £15 and that in default of payment is liable to be apprehended and compelled to serve and is subject eventually to the punishment of desertion.

12 December 1832
Stolen from the farm of Glenmarky, parish of Mortlach, belonging to Alexander Gauld, Edinglassie, between 23 and 24 November last, 2 black Highland Stots, one of them round horned and the other wide horned rising 3 years old.  They are marked before being taken away with a stroke of tar on the top of the near hip.  They were seen on the 24th at Kirktown of Cabrach driven by 2 men southwards.  A handsome reward will be paid by Mr Gauld for information and those in whose custody they are found will be prosecuted accordingly to law.

15 May 1833
PARISH OF GLASS     A very excellent wooden bridge of 75 feet span and having only a rise of 5 feet has been erected for the accommodation of foot passengers over the river Deveron at Asswanly.  The expenses amounted to £20 and was defrayed by subscriptions raised among the inhabitants in the neighbourhood and they have been so satisfied with its construction and appearance that they are about raising subscriptions for the erection of one capable of allowing carts to pass at a spot about four miles higher up the river.

11 March 1835
To let the shooting and fishing sporting estate of Beldorney 2705 acres. Grouse, partridges, hares and fishing on the Deveron.  Beldorney is 9 miles from Huntly where there is a daily mail and coach to Aberdeen.  Apply to J.A. Cameron, Esq. Solicitor, Keith

Wednesday 10th June.  1835
Yesterday and today have been the most remarkable for thunder that we have ever witnessed in this remote quarter.  The loud peals of thunder and vivid flashes of lightning were most alarming.  The rain which fell very fast made the rivulets speedily overflow their banks.  Hailstones which were as large as a boys marble accompanied the rain.  The oldest inhabitants do not remember any similar occurrences.

23 July 1835  Notice to Creditors
The funds of the late James Gauld, Bodylair, Parish of Glass, being now released, a meeting of his creditors and trustees will be held at Murray’s Inn, Dufftown on Monday 27 July next at noon, for the purpose of deciding on the different claims preferred against the Defunct’s estate and for the payment of such claims as shall be vouched.

29 July 1835  GLASS MARKET  The show of cattle in the market was below the usual number and sales were rather stiff.

  • 3 years old Stots fetched from £6 to £10.10
  • 2 year old  Stots fetched from £3 to £7.10
  • 1 year old Stots fetched from £2.10 to £3.10

There was a brisk demand for good milch cows at high prices.  A great many servants were engaged for harvest work.  Wages for men were from £2. To £2.6 and for women £1.10 to £1.15 for the season

10 October 1835
To let Mains of Cairnbarrow and Gerbrake in the Parish of Glass.  The farms are contiguous to one another and are at present possessed by Mr William Gauld.   Cairnbarrow has 18 years of lease to run and Gerbrake 12 years.  At Cairnbarrow a threshing mill has lately been installed.  Entry immediate or at Whitsuntide next.  To be let at Gordon Arms Inn, Huntly 30 Oct. 1835.  Mr Gauld will show those interested the situation.

10 February 1836
A meeting of creditors of William McInvine, Cairnarget, Parish of Glass will be held within the house of Mrs Collie, vinter, Dufftown on Wednesday 17 February at 12 o’clock for the purpose of receiving claims and for the appointment of trustees and such creditors as cannot attend personally will please authorise others to act for them.

27 April  1836
Died at Edinglassie, Glass on Sunday 10 April after a long illness, Alexander Gauld, farmer there at the advanced age of 88 years.  He was well known through a greater part of the North of Scotland having for upwards of half a century, attended as a cattle dealer the most of the Scotch cattle fairs.

9 May 1836
All claims against the estate of the late Alexander Gauld, farmer of Edinglassie, Glass to be made to John Grant, solicitor, Keith.

8 March 1837
Claims against Robert Adam Dunbar, carding miller, Invermarkie Glass to be sent to solicitor in Keith.

8 March 1837
The inhabitants of the Parish of Glass and its vicinity have subscribed for and presented to Mr George Gray, late student of medicine with Dr Pirie, Aberdeen, a very handsome silver snuff box with an appropriate inscription, as a token of their respect for him and for his kind attention and unwearied zeal in alleviating the distresses of the numerous sick and afflicted in this quarter since his arrival among them.  The box was presented to him at Old Manse of Glass on the evening of the 3rd March by a deputation of the subscribers.

19 April 1837
Carding Mill and Machinery for sale by public auction within the Gordon Arms Inn, Keith on Tuesday 2 May.  This mill at Invermarkie, Glass lately occupied by Robert Adam Dunbar and now belonging to Alexander Gow.  Such an opening for a person of small capital is seldom seen and Invermarkie being situated in the centre of an extensive pastoral district  there being no carding mill in the neighbourhood.  Alexander Gow will show the premises.  Apply to Robt. Falconer, solicitor, Keith.

19 April 1837
We have had a fall of snow with frost every day for the past fortnight.  The weather assumed an improved appearance on Thursday and Friday and on Friday several farmers had commenced sowing in the upper parts of the district but his was put to a stop to in the evening of Friday by a fresh snowstorm which has continued to the present date Monday afternoon 17thwhen the ground is completely covered in snow.  Yesterday morning the thermometer was as low as 2c.

21 June 1837
Mr George Gray, a native of the Parish of Glass and late apprentice to Dr Pirrie, Aberdeen was admitted a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London on the 16 June after the usual examination.  Gray born at Waterside of Glass, son of Mr Gray the farmer there.  Dr Pirrie was most likely that Pirrie who held the Chair of Surgery at Marischal College.  He was a native of Gartly.

30 August 1837
Huntly Sliach Tryst held on 23 August.  The supply of cattle was more plentiful than usual.  Fat cattle were much sought after but lean beasts were not wanted and many returned to their homes unsold.  48 fine 4 year old Stots belonging to Mr Gauld, of Parkhall, GLASS were sold at £14.10 a head.

20 September 1837
Wester Park Estate of Asswanley, Glass occupied by Alex and Jas. Taylor will be let at Elgin on Friday 6 October for 19 years from Whitsuntide 1838.

29 November 1837
On Monday week Wm. Jas Grant of Beldorney Glass, the eldest lawful son of the late Major James Grant, late of Dawlish, Devon, brothergerman of the late Rt. Hon. Sir Wm. Grant of Beldorney, sometime Master of the Rolls, was served before the Sheriff of Banffshire and a most respectable Jury, as nearest and lawful male heir of TAILZIE and provisional in general to the said Sir Wm. Grant his uncle.

14 February 1838
Weather very stormy.  In Buchan the snow falls are the worst since 1795 in many places it lies 4,5 and in the places 8 feet deep.  Farming is at a standstill and many of the labouring classes must be suffering serious privations.  The weather is affecting the aged, the poor and the infirm and all are entreated to join hands in supporting and protecting those less fortunate of their fellow creatures.  In Aberdeen a soup kitchen had been opened at the end of Drums Lane.  Money was raised by public subscription and at this date between 700 and 800 persons were daily receiving food.

7 March 1838
Snow storm.  Great numbers of hares are lying dead in the fields in all directions, also partridges and pheasants dying in considerable numbers.  Landowners are considering giving a Jubilee next season in case there should be no survivors.  Wood pigeons and small birds are dying in thousands.  The men who brought the Inverness mail on Tuesday and Wednesday last week state that when about 3 miles from Huntly on the Aberdeen side, they actually walked over the roofs of 2 farm houses.

11 July 1838
Died at New Annan, Nova Scotia on 21 June after a protracted illness, JAMES LEAPER aged 69 years leaving a wife and 7 young children to regret their loss.  Mr Leaper was a native of Scotland and belonged to the parish of GLASS in Aberdeenshire.  He emigrated to PICTOU in 1815 and removed to New Annan the following year and encountered with uncommon fortitude all the privations and hardships which are incident to the settlement of a new country.  He was particularly noted for many independence , for sterling honesty and for generous and humane feelings.

18 July 1838
A mare, dark brown 16 years old 13 hands high, strayed from the farm of Timberford, parish of Glass on Friday last.  She has a white spot on the near side below the saddle.  Information to John Sangster in Timberford or John Smith, writer, Huntly.

25 July 1838
Presbytery of Strathbogie meeting at Keith on Tuesday week the 16 July considered the Marnoch case.  Mr Masson of Botriphny remarked on the dangers of disobeying the laws of the country and proposed that the matter be delayed until it was legally settled.  Mr Cruickshank of GLASS seconded his proposal.  Mr Robertson of Gartly thought they should proceed with the presentation of Mr Henry but he failed to get a seconder.

24 Oct 1838
The corn crop in the Cabrach almost all destroyed by frost.  The weather for the past 5 days 10 – 15 Oct an uninterrupted hurricane of wind, snow and about 1/3rd of the usual crop, one month of good weather needed to finish the harvest.  GLASS in the higher ground similar

20 February 1839
The Earl of Fyfe has intimated his intention of giving gratis a large quantity of seed oats to the poorest of his tenants in Glass whose crops suffered by frost.

27 March 1839
To let for such years as may be agreed.
Beldorney Estate.  The farms as follows:

  • Loinbain – Possessed by George Duncan 29 acres arable land: 9 acres pasture land: 5 acres waste land
  • Meikle Gouls – Possessed by H. Skinner and W. Duncan  68 acres arable land: 74 acres pasture land: 8 acres waste land

Both farms are of excellent quality, loam soil, early and warm.  P. Cran ground officer of the estate will point out the land.  Will be let at the Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntly at 12 noon on Thursday 30 May 1839.  Entry at Whitsuntide of 1840

This advert appeared several times in the following weeks.

23 October 1839
The Fife Estates.  To let the farm of Mid Cairnarget, Glass occupied by Alexander Wright.

24 October 1840
There came to the Succoth, Glass upon the morning after Charles Fair of Huntly, a branded cow.  Whoever can prove the same to be their property will have her restored upon paying expenses.

14 October 1840
The 7 Ministers suspended by the General Assembly were Rev. Wm. Cowie of Cairnie: Rev Wm Allardyce of Rhynie: Rev Jas. Walker of Huntly: Rev Jas Thomson of Keith: Rev John Cruickshank of GLASS: Rev Jas A. Cruickshank of Mortlach (son of the previous) and Rev Masson of Botriphnie

10 March 1841
To let Parish of Glass.  Corry of Bellyhack parish of Botriphnie until the expiry of the present lease in 1845 occupied by George Duncan

31 March 1841
To let Parish of Glass  Corshalloch occupied by the heirs of C. Stewart and Auchenhandock occupied by the widow Gartly

14 April 1841
Census will be held during the evening of Sunday 6 June.  It is laid down as some consolation to bachelors and old maids in that allowance is made for them to diminish their age, if they so desire by 5 years.  Thus every person whose age shall be 20 and not 25 shall be set down as 20 and in like manner the age of every person shall be set down as that multiple of 5 years which either expresses his or her real age or is next below it.    (The first Census of note in Scotland)

4 August 1841
Lost at Glass Market a silver watch named Thomas Maston, London No. 3219 If found inform Alex. Proctor watchmaker Tarland or W. Donald watchmaker Muir of Rhynie.  Reward given.

29 Sept 1841
Married at Waterside of Glass.  Arthur Steven parochial schoolmaster of Glass to Margaret 3rd daughter of James Gray farmer there.  Married by Rev. John Cruickshank of Glass

13 October 1841
Rev Mr Duguid son in law of the Rev John Cruickshank Minister of Glass has received a presentation as assistant and successor to Mr Cruickshank from the Duke of Richmond.  The call in favour of Mr Duguid was most unanimous being signed by seven eighths of the male heads of families communicants.

27 October 1841
At the Manse of Glass of 14 October by Rev John Cruickshank – Edward Wagstaffe Esq. Gordon Castle to Jane eldest daughter of Rev J. Cruickshank, Minister of Glass

29 December 1841
Died at the Manse of Glass on 30 December Rev John Cruickshank, Minister of Glass aged 76 and the 43rd year of his Ministry.

26 January 1842
Estate of Beldorney   To let croft and houses of Blacklug Parish of Glass occupied by Peter Cran.  16 acres in all.  10 of them due for improvement

16 February 1842
All claims against the estate of the late James Fettes in Greens of Hillockhead, Glass are requested to lodge same with Thomas Wilson at Haugh of Glass

23 March 1842
On Thursday 17 March at 12.30 pm the Presbytery of Strathbogie met in the Church of Glass for the purpose of moderating in a call to Rev. Wm. Duguid as Minister of that Parish in room of the late Rev. John Cruickshank.  He preached an excellent discourse which was listened to with deep attention by the congregation.  The usual form having been gone through all in accordance with the good old laws of the Church the call was numerously signed and everything passed off in the most quiet and orderly manner.

27 April  1842
On Thursday 21 April at 12.30 pm the Presbytery of Strathbogie met at Glass for the purpose of proceeding with the induction of Rev. Wm. Duguid.  The church was filled in every part by an attentive congregation and no interruption whatever was offered by the Non Intrusionists.  A party of rural Police was stationed at an Inn about ½ mile from the Church in case their interference was necessary.   No objection having been offered, the Presbytery resolved to proceed with the settlement.  (only partial transcribed as there was a long article referred to in the letter below,  but I thought the fact that the “the Glass Parishioner” gave a description of the New Church, would be of equal interest)  Marina

11 May 1842  To the Editor of the Aberdeen Journal


In your Journal of last week a series of resolutions of a meeting held in the NEW CHURUCH OF GLASS on the 25 April appeared wherein the most flagrant misstatements and misrepresentations of facts are imposed upon the public and I deem it a duty to give these in their true light.  In doing so, I shall confine myself to a few observations, leaving the resolutions to the contempt they deserve, and here I may mention that the New Church is a wooden shieling 6 or 7 feet high:  45 or 50 feet long and about 15 feet wide, situated on the very confines of the Parish being within 40 yards of Mortlach, from which Parish and that of Cabrach and Gartly, the small congregation is made up.  Nothing could be more false than the insinuation that the elders of the Parish of Glass attended their meeting.  If they had any elders, they must have been of their own making.  The whole of our elders are zealous supporters of Mr Duguid, as well as the most of the parishioners, with the exception of a few who were dissenters before these unseemly affairs in the church existed.  In no place at no time was ever a minister more heartily welcomed than Mr Duguid by the parishioners of Glass.  It is an arch achievement in the art of sophistry to make the world believe that the people of Glass are mourning over their good fortune in getting the man whom they know so well; and it is but justice to his character to say that they who know him best love him most.  He loves and is beloved by his people.  In short Mr Duguid would have accepted Glass before any other parish and the parishioners would have accepted Mr Duguid before any other minister.  By giving the above a place in your widely circulated Journal you will oblige.


On 18th May 1842 ANOTHER GLASS PARISHIONER replied to the letter above.  There are several references to the disruption of the Kirk in other articles from 1838 until 1843

4 May 1842  To let in GLASS
Altnapodoch occupied by Alex. Anderson: Altnapodoch occupied by Geo. Gauld: Altnapodoch occupied by Wm. Walker. Little Hillockhead occupied by Wm. Gauld  Midtown occupied by Alex. Duff: Hillockhead occupied by Geo. Duff: Hillockhead occupied by Geo. Davidson: Hillockhead occupied by John Donald: Hillockhead occupied by Alex. Watt:   Corsmaul Improvement occupied by Alex. Burgess: Broomhead & Kirkton occupied by the Rev Cruickshank’s heirs

5 October 1842  To let GLASS
Nether Drumduan occupied by Jas. Smith: Upper Drumduan occupied by Robt. Moir: Parkhaugh occupied by Cumming Duff: Haughs of Asswanly occupied by Jas. Lobban

9 November 1842
To let for 6 years.  Farm and croft at Succoth, Glass occupied by Jas & Alex. Shand 119 acres

1 February 1843
James Innes, miller Mill of Invermarkie, Glass, requests a meeting of all those having claims against him onTuesday 7 February within the house at the Mill of Invermarkie

15 February 1843
Estimates wanted from masons, carpenters, slaters and plasterers work for extensive alterations and additions and repairs to the manse and offices of Glass.  Specifications to be seen at the manse by the Rev. Wm. Duguid, Minister of Glass or at the office of Mr McKenzie architect Elgin.  Estimates to be handed in at Wilson’s Inn, Old Manse of Glass by 1 pm on Saturday 11th March when the contract will be decided.

10 May 1843  GLASS sudden death.
A poor man came to a farm house in the head of this parish on Saturday 25 March where he stopped till Monday morning and left seemingly in good health.  After proceeding about half a mile farther on, he went into a farm house and sat down to warm himself and while warming himself and speaking to the people he have a deep sigh and immediately expired.  He gave his name as John Scott and said he came from Aberdeen and that he had three sons, the youngest about 10 years of age.  He was decently buried by the Kirk Session of Glass in the Churchyard of Wallakirk.

17 May 1843
To let Glenmarkie, parish of Mortlach occupied by the  assignees of the late Wm. Young, Esq.

24 May 1843  General Assembly 22 May.
Previous notice of suspension of the 7 Strathbogie ministers was dismissed.  On 31 MayMr Pyper, advocate for Rev. Wm Duguid of Glass appeared at the Assembly for him and heard Duguid told to return to his charge.  The verdict of suspension was to be regarded as null and void.  He was to act as though it had never been pronounced.

8 November 1843
At Aberdeen Sheriff Criminal Court on 31 October before Sheriff Murray – George Fyfe, farmer from the parish of GLASS was brought up accused of having on the 4 August last feloniously forced open the door of the dwelling house at Mosshead and using indecent language and threats of personal violence to James Skekal, his wife and daughter.  The two latter it seems had escaped into a neighbouring house and with difficulty gained assistance to prevent the panel from putting these threats into execution.  The panel pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and to find caution that he shall keep the peace for 3 years under a penalty of £20 and failing to obtain the said caution to be imprisoned for 3 months additional.

27 March 1844
Among a long list of unclaimed letters at the Post Office Aberdeen was one for James Smith Asswanley, Glass

5 June 1844
Average salary of parochial schoolmasters in 1833 was “27.14.6d and in 1843 £29.6.8d paid by the Heritors.  In 1833 the average amount of school fees drawn by each teacher was £15.17.6d and in 1843 £23.5.10d (In Scotland)

17 July 1844
Estimates are wanted for executing the mason, carpenter, slater and plaster work for additions and repairs to the school and schoolhouse of GLASS for rebuilding and repairing the walls of the burying ground and manse garden.  Plans by Mr McKenzie, architect, Elgin can be seen at the schoolhouse Glass from 31 July till the 10 August when the work will be contracted for at the schoolhouse.

24 July 1844
To Let the partridge shooting at GLASS and a small part of the range of the GLENMARKIE grouse shooting.  Apply to Robt. Green, solicitor, Keith

28 August 1844
To Let Fife Estates Parish of Glass

  • Wester Bodylair occupied by Alex. Horne: Crofts of Wester Bodylair occupied by Geo. Dow:
  • Greystonefaulds occupied by Geo. Fraser
  • Blackhill occupied by R. Cran assignee of A. Simpson
  • Craigaur occupied by Cumming Duff
  • Succoth occupied by W. Taylor: Succoth occupied by John Archibald: Succoth occupied by Widow Stronach: Succoth occupied by Peter Horne

25 January 1845 BELLYHACK.
The annual ball took place here on 6 January in a large barn belonging to Mr Jas. Wilson, farmer, Myrieward.  By 9 o’clock the house was filled by many blithe lads and bonny lasses assembled to join the merry dance which was kept up till an early house in the morning.  The music was conducted by Mr Walker, Muiryfold.

16 April 1845
All claims against estate of late Wm Craig, farmer in Lettach Glass are requested to vouch their claims with John Geddes, Invermarkie, Glass.

April 1845
At Circuit Court Aberdeen Lord Cockburn sentenced several boys of 12 and 13 to periods of 7 years transportation.

10 December 1845
Passing up St Paul Street (Aberdeen) the other morning we met an urchin some six years of age and he was carrying a girl – his sister very likely – on his back.  She was only a year or two younger than himself and he bent under her weight having evidently quite as much as he could trudge with.  A tattered jacket, a short and part of a pair of trousers were all the clothing he had.  His head, feet, legs and arms were naked, the north wind was biting cold and the ground was covered with hoar frost, yet the little fellow was pushing on with all his might to the School of Industry in the Soup Kitchen at Loch Street and singing as he went, “Is not this a happy, happy land”

18 February 1846
Geo. Gauld of Parkhall, Glass was a shareholder in the Aberdeen Town and County Bank and Alex. Gauld of Edinglassie was ditto In the North of Scotland Banking Co.

1 July 1846
Masons, carpenters and plasterers wanted to contract for alterations to the Free Church Manse of Glass

5 August 1846
Contractors wanted to build a stone bridge at the Mains of Cairnborrow, Parish of Glass.  Plans can be seen at Cairnborrow on Wednesday 19 August.

26 August 1846
To let parish of Glass  GERBRACK – Alex Edwards: HOWELL – Peter Horne: LOANHEAD – Jas. Gauld and John Robson

2 September
The Marquis of Clanricade, the Post Master General on the application and recommendation of James Duff Esq., M.P. had issued directions  for the establishment of a POST OFFICE at EDINGLASSIE (The Haugh) Parish of Glass and a daily post to and from that place and Huntly.  This will prove a great boon to the inhabitants of the district.   (The first Post Office at Glass)

16 September 1846.
THE POTATO  Introduced to Britain by Sir Walter Raleigh from Virginia USA about 1590.  At first grown by very few and looked upon as a great delicacy.  In 1663 they were recommended as a means of preventing famine.  They were not raised in Scotland except in a few gardens till 1728 when they were planted in open fields.  The Earl of Findlater was the first to promote them in the NE of Scotland and as far back as 1763 he was cultivating them on a large scale.  But it was not till the end of the American War in 1782 that they could be said to form even a small part of the general died of the poor part of the population.

29 January 1847
On Sunday 17 January John Allardyce, Nethertown and James Bonnyman, Broadbog Glass were presented each with a handsome Bible as a token of gratitude on the part of the youth of the Free Church congregation for the instruction received from them in the Sunday School.  The exertions of a few dedicated men in instilling into the minds of the young the truths of the Gospel, in a great measure paved the way for the revivals that took place in this district during the time of the Non Intrusion controversy, when the preaching of the word was accompanied with an outpouring of the Spirit.

9 June 1847
Peninsular War Medals are now ready for distribution and those brave will at last receive the long withheld honour to which they are so justly entitled.

9 June 1847 Transportation.
Convicts will be subject to solitary confinement or employed on public works in the UK and then as they deserve, be sent out as conditional emigrants to Australia.  Thus none will be sent there who are unlikely to prove useful to the Colony.  It is admitted that the present system of Transportation has been a failure.

7 July 1847
Estimates are wanted for executing the mason, carpenter, slater and plaster work of repairs on the mansion house of Asswanley Parish of Glass according to the specifications which will be shown by Mr Smith at Mains of Asswanly until Tuesday 13 July where and when the work will be bargained for.4 August 1847  Banff.  On Tuesday week 27 July James Robertson, farmer Invermarkie and Alexander Innes, blacksmith, Black Bog were brought on trial before the Sheriff Substitute on a charge of assault, John Allardyce, Netherton of Glass also accused, was cited, but failing to appear, a warrant was granted for his apprehension.  The trial occupied the Court till a late hour and was adjourned till the following day when Mr W.R. Gordon, Prosecutor Fiscal addressed the Sheriff for the Prosecution and Mr W. Grant for the panels.  Robertson and Innes were each fined £1 and security to keep the peace for 6 months under penalty of £10.  The fines were instantly paid and the security found.

1 September 1847
On Thursday 19 August Lord George Gordon Lennox and Lady Augusta Gordon Lennox the 2nd daughter of the Duke of Richmond were leaving Dufftown for Glenfiddich Lodge in a one horse carriage when the animal became restive.  The horse plunged furiously and Lord George sprang from the carriage in order to check the horse, but he was overpowered and the animal broke loose and set off at a furious pace in the direction of Glenfiddich.  Lady Augusta with great presence of mind and much fortitude leapt from the vehicle opposite the Tininver Lime Quarries.  The horse galloped with such fury that at the turning of the road near Fyfe Mills that he was forced over the bank by the carriage and fell on the rocks below the bridge which crosses the Dullan.  Lady Augusta received only minor injuries.  The horse also very slightly hurt and the carriage suffered a broken axle.

29 September 1847
Found at the stance of Glass Market in the Parish of Glass on 25 August 12 cheviot lambs.  Whoever can prove them to be their property will have them restored, by applying to John Gordon, Innkeeper, Glass on paying expenses.  If not claimed within 10 days they will be sold to pay expenses.

The first sailing of convicts for AUSTRALIA who were to be set free and treated as settlers took place this month.

27 October 1847
John Sutherland, servant to Jas Alexander, carrier Huntly was fined the maximum sentence given of 4 months prison for cutting down trees in the BIN HILL


The meeting at Glass Free Church must be view in the light of an admonishment to the drunken farm servants of this time and their bad example to the young.  The Bothy system of housing farm servants had not long began to be introduced in Aberdeenshire at this time.  Previous the farm servant had ate at the table of his master, but now he was in some of the larger farms, given separate living quarters in the bothy (or possibly chaumer it may be called) where the farmer never set foot as the servant never set foot into the house.  Much comment was made of the drunken scenes at feeing markets.  Hordes of young men and women could be seen staggering home drunk in pairs, or lying about by the wayside or in some wet ditch were common scenes.  Home they went to the chaumer each one recounting his disgraceful conquest, often received with bursts of loud raucous laughter.  Each one trying to outdo the other in the obscenity of his tale.  The most popular servant was the one who could tell the coarsest tale.  Evenings in the chaumer spent in telling filthy tales and singing songs of the same kind.  Much agitation for the early closing of the Inns and drink tents at Fairs.

31 May 1848
Estimates wanted from tradesmen for additions and repairs to the mansion house of Beldorney, Glass

2 August 1848
To let farm of Invermarkie, Glass popped by John Geddes and J.A. Robertson.

30 September 1848
Work on Aberdeen Railway stopped through lack of funds.  The Company has paid over £300.000 more than it contemplated for the land they have been obliged to take.  Four fifths of the work is completed between Stonehaven and Aberdeen.  A few men are working between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven.

25 October 1848
Addition to Railway progress of 30 September.  The 14 arches of the viaduct over the Cowie Water with the central arch over 100 feet high is nearly finished and ready for the rails.  The whole of the line between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven is generally ready for rails but very few men are at work on this section and none between Stonehaven and Aberdeen.  The line is stopped at Dubton but from Arbroath to Forfar and Montrose it has been operative for several months.

29 November 1848
On Thursday afternoon 23 November while the Duke and Duchess of Richmond were posting in their coach and four from Gordon Castle to connect with the train at Montrose Station for the purpose of proceeding southwards by train, they met with a rather serious accident as they were passing Warburton down to the Hill of Commiston towards the North Water Bridge.  At this point the leading horse on which the post boy rode stumbled and broke a leg on falling, throwing its rider under the horses and bringing down all the other horses.  The post boy on the wheeler was thrown clear and not seriously injured but the leading post boy was much bruised and had a shoulder dislocated.  The Duke and Duchess immediately dismounted and got help from the farmer at Warburton by whom the boy was transferred in a cart to Montrose Infirmary about 3 miles distant.  Under chloroform the dislocation was reduced.

27 December 1848
Bank of the North of Scotland.  Mary Gauld of Glenbeg, Glass was a shareholder.

7 March 1849
The Brig St Lawrence sails from Aberdeen for Quebec in April with emigrants.  She was a popular ship with emigrants.   At this time there was a large movement of cattle from the North-east to London and Newcastle by sea.  100 head left Banff and Fraserburgh and 500 head left Aberdeen.

21 March 1849
Work has been resumed on the Stonehaven Aberdeen railway and hordes of Irish labourers are flocking to Stonehaven at the prospect of finding employment.  They arrive in poor condition and although up to now they have been peaceful, it is hoped that this state will continue when their financial status reaches a more flourishing state.

21 March 1849
Eccentricity of Lord Fife.  One of Lord Fife’s tenants who considered himself much above his neighbouring farming friends and boasted of a plentiful table, once invited his Lordship to dinner.  This invitation was accepted and in due course Lord Fife walked on foot to his tenants residence.  In passing along the road he came upon a labourer casting a ditch and entering into conversation with him requested him to put on his coat and come with him as he had a job for him.  The man was rather taken aback but did as he was bid and the two talked like old friends all the way to the tenants door.  When his Lordship introduced the labourer as his friend and hoped he would not be inconvenienceing his tenant if he admitted him to the house also, the tenant of course agreed at once, hiding his chagrin with a grin.  The poor labourer was seated near His Lordship surrounded by most of the largest and best off farmers in the district.  The poor man who looked upon the scene as if in a dream, showed that he would much rather eat his cold piece on the ditch side than partake of any of the luxuries which Lord Fife offered him and when the wine began to circulate after dinner, he could stand the toasts and jokes no longer and made a speedy exit.  Lord Fife declared that he could not remain behind his friend and in spite of earnest solicitations to stay, immediately took his leave.  The tenant took the hint and never again invited His Lordship to dine with him.

11 April 1849
At the examinations of the 1st Mathematical Class at Marischal College WALTER SLORACH OF GLASS was second in his class.

16 May 1849
On the resumption of work on the Stonehaven Railway the men were once more at their tricks.  On Sunday 12 May a mob of them rioted at Drumlithie on that Sunday and spent the afternoon roaming the village breaking windows  of houses etc.  Later in the afternoon one of the ringleaders was captured and taken to Montrose Jail and at Hillside one of them on being reproved by his landlady for getting drunk fell out on her knocking her to the ground to her serious injury.  It was thought at first that she might not recover but that fear proved groundless.

11 July 1849
Advert.  Glass Market held on the 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday of July (Old Style) falls this year on Tuesday 31 July for sale of sheep and wood and on Wednesday 1 August for sale of cattle, horses, wool and hiring.

8 August 1849
An ox came to Invermackie, Glass 4 days after Glass Market.  If not claimed within 8 days a warrant will be applied for to sell him to defray expenses.  Apply John Geddes, Invermackie, Glass. (Not different spelling of Invermarkie)

8 August 1849
Any honest person who may have picked up two one pound notes in Glass Market on Wednesday last may find an owner and an adequate reward by applying to Alex. Ramsay, farmer Braeton, Glass.

9 January 1850
At a Justice of the Peace Court held within the Fife Arms Inn, Craigellachie on 29 December last, James Gauld, Jnr. Of Nether Dumeath, Glass was convicted of trespassing in search of game in the Parish of GLASS.  He was found guilty and fined the mitigated penalty of 10/- with expenses and failing payment go to prison for 2 months with hard labour.

23 January 1850
Severe snowstorm in the North-East the worst since 1837/38.  Between Huntly and Fochabers it was from 6 to 8 feet deep in drifts and the Defiance Coach was completely snowed up at the Salutation Inn between Huntly and Keith with the guards seat only visible.  Road between Huntly and Pitmachie completely blocked.  The Aberdeen-Huntly mail goes as far as Pitmachie by coach and after that the mails are carried on horseback and by men on foot alternately through the Glens of Foudland and on to Fochabers.  The snow is 26 inches deep where it is not drifting.

30 January 1850
The first passenger train left Portlethen Station for the South on Friday 1 February.

30 January 1850
Accident on Railway.  Near Drumlithie on Monday 21 January a train drawn by 2 engines which left the Limpet Mill at 5 o’clock at the Bervie Water viaduct the first engine left the rails (due it was thought to the accumulation of ice on the rails) and mounted the bank.  The 2nd engine also was derailed as were the carriages.  No one was hurt.  This could be said to be the first accident on the Aberdeen-Montrose Railway.

20 March 1850
At Mains of Aswanly, Parish of Glass on the 9th March James Smith aged 64 years.

27 March 1850
All persons having claims against deceased James Smith, farmer in Aswanly, Glass will please lodge the same with Alex. Stewart, jun. Writer in Huntly agent for his executor, within one month of this date.

3 April 1850
Opening of the Railway at Aberdeen.  The line was opened early in the morning of Saturday 30 March 1850 when a luggage train went from the Ferryhill Station and at 8 am the Directors and a party of ladies made the formal opening trip despite the atrocious weather.  A hurricane of wind and rain.  On Monday 1 April the regular service begins with cabs and luggage vans leaving Aberdeen for Ferryhill with goods and passengers.  The official opening will be held later when the weather improves.

10 April 1850
To let on the Fife estates in Glass

Greystonefaulds occupied by George Fraser
Brownhill occupied by John McIrvin
Waterside occupied by James Gray
Torry occupied by John Symon

10 April 1850
At Banff before Sheriff Currie and a Jury on Friday 5 April James Smith junr. Residing at Upper Mill, Mortlach was tried for assaulting Alex. Fraser, blacksmith at Haugh of Glass and his wife on 27 December 1849.  He pled not guilty and after a trial lasting from 11 am till nearly 7 pm during which both sides probed the facts diligently, he was found guilty but on account of certain extenuating circumstances he was sentenced to only 3 months in Banff Jail.

16 October 1850
At a Justice of Peace Court at Keith on Saturday 12 October James Gauld junr. Of Nether Dumeath, GLASS was convicted at the instance of the Duke of Richmond for trespassing in search of game on the 12th August with his face blackened, on the farm of Tamnavon, Cabrach.  He was fined the maximum penalty of £23. Sterling and £5.8.8. costs.  It was stated in evidence that Gauld after being detected by the gamekeeper, and while speaking to him, discharged his gun and killed a pair of grouse.

16 October 1850
On the anniversary of the birthday of the Duke of Fife the tenants from GLASS, Mortlach and Aberlour met at Shand’s Hall in Dufftown to celebrate the occasion.  Among those present were George Gordon of Boghead, Glass Rev Mr Duguid, Minister of Glass and Arthur Stephen, schoolmaster of Glass.

8 January 1851
Strayed or stolen from Mains of Aswanly, GLASS on the night of 15 December last a dog of the Newfoudland breed, hair black and curling, except his breast and legs which are partly white – white tip on the point of his tail – and answers to the name of CAESAR.  Any person giving such information to James Smith, Mains of Aswanly as will lead to his discovery will be rewarded and any person retaining him after this notice will be prosecuted. Mains of Aswanly, Glass 1 January 1851.

9 April 1851
Creditors of Thos. Wilson merchant, Haugh Glass learn that he has conveyed the whole of his estate in favour of trustees on behalf of his creditors.

23 April 1851
During the Spring the Albion sailed from Aberdeen for Quebec with 22 emigrants and the Berbice, The St Lawrence and the Sarah followed with 355 persons all to Quebec.

30 April 1851
Population of Huntly  1841 = 3638:   1851 = 4061

28 May 1851
Population of GLASS  118 inhabited houses and 3 uninhabited.  Number of families 121

23 July 1851
Population of Aberdeen in 1841 = 63,288:  In 1851 = 71,945

24 September 1851
Fife estates GLASS to let for 19 years

Mains of Aswanly occupied by James Smith
Nether Drumduan occupied by James Smith
Upper Drumduan occupied by Robert Moir
Malack occupied by James Gordon

1 October 1851
Thursday 25 September was the Huntly Holiday and was the first meeting of the Strathbogie Gathering.  The weather was very bad, wet and dull and they met at the barn of the farm of Brawlandknowes then farmed by Alex. Mennie where a band played for a time, they then set out and marched to the Market Muir of Huntly headed by a Highland piper and by 4 pm 1000 people had gathered to watch the sports.  In the foot race over 900 yards there were 9 competitors the 1st prize went to James Gauld of GLASS.  In throwing the heavy hammer (17 lbs) 21 competed 1st prize went to Jas. Leslie of Greenhaugh who threw 58’ 7”. The 2nd prize went to James Gauld of GLASS with a throw of 58 feet. (There is no mention from which place in GLASS this Gauld came from or if both men were one and the same, very likely they were.  Probably a Gauld of 92nd fame)

22 October 1851
At Haugh of Glass, Mortlach on 18 October Thomas Wilson age 74 years much and just respected through life and deeply regretted at death.

26 November 1851
Dog lost at Huntly Feeing Market on Thursday 20 November.  A sheep dog named “SWIFT”.  If found send to James Robson, shepherd at Edinglassie, GLASS.

3 December 1851
Claims against the estate of the late George Fyfe, tenant of Corshalloch and Piketillum, GLASS.

7 January 1852
An accident of a rather serious nature happened on the 22nd December last to a boy of 6 or 7 years, a son of Alexander Gauld of Edinglassie, GLASS.  The little fellow had been amusing himself in the evening with a powder flask in company with a sister a few years older and they had, it seems, also a candle in their possession.  Most unfortunately while extracting from the flask some of its contents, the flame had caught the powder within, which exploded. Severing one of the boy’s thumbs from his hand, and the concussion at the same time breaking all the panes of glass in the window.  No other serious injury resulted.

14 January 1852
On Tuesday 6th January a child, the son of a respectable farmer residing at Mains of Aswanly, 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 old, 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.

28 January 1852
A very severe storm blew all over the North-East on Thursday and Friday last week with drifts in some upland places 20 feet deep.  We regret to learn that the report of a woman having perished in the late storm in the parish of GLASS is correct, her body having been found among a field of turnips belonging to Mr Gordon, Upper Hilton.  Her name is Elizabeth Robertson a native of the parish of Aberlour.  She was advanced in years and of rather weak intellect.  Storm was on Friday and Saturday 9 and 10th January worst since 1841.

9 June 1852
At Waterside of GLASS on 3 June by Rev W. Duguid, John Smith, druggist Insch to Jane 2nd daughter of Jas. Gray, farmer Waterside.

30 June 1852
There were regular direct sailings from Aberdeen to Port Philip at this time.  The gold diggings in Australia were an attraction.  Fares were 1st class = £40  2nd class £20.

4 August 1852
Strathbogie Gathering at the Market Muir Huntly Friday 30 July.  Once more Jas. Gauld of GLASS distinguished himself.   Heavy hammer 16 lbs 8 competitors  1st Jas. Gauld, Glass 76’ 2” Light hammer 12 ½ lbs 7 competitors 1st Jas. Gauld, Glass

18 August 1852
Emigrants from Aberdeen to America, mainly to Canada but some to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

1849 = 182
1850 = 293
1851 = 566
1852 = 599

A bad year for potatoes due to disease, but turnips were good.

13 October 1852
It is now definitely settled that a start will be made with the railway between Aberdeen and Huntly.  Contractors have orders to commission the work immediately between Port Elphinstone and Huntly.  By this means the Aberdeenshire Canal will be allowed to remain for the public use until it is absolutely necessary for its closure.

8 December 1852
Rail fares from Aberdeen to Edinburgh  1st class 12/-: 2nd class 8/-; 3rd class 5/-  Aberdeen to London 30/- 3rd class.

12 January 1853
Fare to Australia from London was as low as £16 and from Glasgow to New York 6 guineas with good well cooked food and a surgeon on board.

17 February 1853
The Railway operations commenced at Clatt on 6 February and a railway navvie entered a certain Inn at Huntly and asked to be supplied with a bottle of whisky.  The lady proprietrix gave him this which he put in his pocket but stated that he had no money to pay for it and he would pay later.  The woman remonstrated with him and soon another navvie entered the Inn and enquired what was the matter.  On being told he soundly berated the culprit and said he would wring his neck if he did not return the bottle.  This the fellow refused to do and a struggle  ensued when eventually the new arrival succeeded in wrenching the bottle from the pocket and returning it to its owner the two left immediately and the good wife soon discovered that SHE had been swindled the bottle contained WATER.

23 February 1853
Ship Minerva arrived at Banff direct from Gallao with 100 tons of Peruvian Guano for north farmers.

2 March 1853
Ships sailed direct to Australia from Aberdeen from this date.

2 March 1853
Very heavy snowstorm in North-east mails delayed.

16 March 1853
On 8 March a small house in the parish of GLASS belonging to the Parochial Board and in which a pauper had recently resided was burned to the ground – part of the furniture only being saved.  The case it is stated is attended with some suspicion.

11 May 1853
Contractors wanted to erect a stone bridge of 55 feet span across the Deveron at PARKHAUGH, GLASS.  Plans to be seen at Mr Duff, Parkhaugh and tenders to be received at the Old Manse, Glass by 21 May.

13 July 1853
A serious accident occurred at 8.30 am on Saturday 16 July on the Aberdeen Huntly Railway at a bridge which was being built near Millside Pitcaple close to the Main Aberdeen-Huntly road.  The third course of brick was being laid on the arch when the whole collapsed.  No one was under the bridge at the time but on the arch was Mr Gillespie the contracting mason and 8 workmen.  5 of the more seriously injured were conveyed to Aberdeen Infirmary where one died on Tuesday 12 July.   The less severely injured were sent to Inverurie where Dr Leslie attended to them.  There was to be a full inquiry by the Sheriff and Fiscal as to the cause.

20 July 1853
A Presentation to Mr McGillivray the Huntly Veterinary Surgeon was made consisting of a fine gig with harness and a purse containing 32 sovereigns.  (He was well known for his skill and often went to Glass).

31 August 1853
On 20 August a melancholy accident occurred at the farm of Parkhall, Glass  occupied by George Gauld.  A young woman named Margaret McRobb went out to clean pails in the dam and shortly afterwards, being missed, search was made and her body found in the water, the depth being about 7 feet.  One of the pails was floating in the dam, whence it is inferred that the poor girl had slipped and fallen into the water.  About half an hour elapsed before the body was recovered, when all exertions to restore animation failed.  She was about 16 years old and was the daughter of a crofter residing in the Parish of Grange, Banffshire.

28 September 1853
Top let Upper and Nether Cairnarget, GLASS occupied by Jas. McGregor

28 September 1853
At Keith Justice of the Peace Court on Tuesday 13 September James Gauld  Jnr. Nether Dumeath, George Shearer, shoemaker, Haugh and Alex. McBey, farm servant Backside of Beldorney all parish of Glass were all found guilty of trespass on the lands of the Duke of Richmond in the Cabrach.  They were caught with their faces blackened.  All were fined.  After the case James Gauld fled the country.

26 October 1853
On Wednesday 19 October at 8am on the Railway works near Wardhouse, Wm. Gillien a labourer, a native of Drainie, Morayshire employed by Mr Mitchell, contractor was engaged in tipping a wagon on top of the embankment when by some misfortune the wagon overturned crushing his head so severely that he died immediately.  He had been married and had worked on farms in the Lumphanan district at one time.

9 November 1853
To let for 19 years.  Wester Boghead, Glass – George Watt:  Nether Dumeath, Glass – Alex. Gauld:  Newton and Parkhall , Glass – George Gauld.

30 November 1853
On November 14 the first annual ploughing match for GLASS and Cairnie was held in a field belonging to Mr A. Mitchell, Piketillum, Glass.  The judges were Duncan, Mains of Bellyhack, Bennet, Parkhall, Edwards Cairnborrow.  After the match the party went to a sumptuous dinner at Piketillum.  By 8.30 pm the Ball Room (which was a large one) was filled by the youth and beauty of the district and the dancing commenced.

7 December 1853
During the current Lancashire workers strikes came the first use of the term LABOUR PARLIAMENT.  The working classes in the North of England are to institute what they call a Labour Parliament with a demand that the operatives should have a right to share in the profits of private industry and to emancipate labour from undue influence of capital.  The SOCIALIST ideas are making great strides among the working classes, and it is to be hoped that they should learn of the great dangers they are facing if they should persist in their ideas.

7 December 1853


The trees, the trees, are black and bare
And sorely shrunken from their prime
The skeletons of what they were
In the rustling summer time.

Yet be thou welcome gusty time
For all the darkness of thy days
I will forgive thee every crime
With holly crown thee and with bays.

For thy dark days have glowing nights
And thy bleak blasts are barr’ed out
When bright with are fires and lights.

21 December 1853
Huntly.  We learn that on Thursday last 15 December the Railway labourers on the Huntly section of the Great North Line struck work in consequence of an intimation from the contractor that their wages were to be reduced from last pay day.  About 60 or nearly one half of the total number employed attended on Saturday and received payment of their wages at the former rate, but the others have returned to work.  There was no outbreak or disturbance and the men on the whole have conducted themselves very well during the time they have been in the district.

28 December 1853
Died at Cotterton, Botriphnie on 19 December Margaret Jessiman relict of the late George Forbes sometime farmer in Mains of Beldornie, Glass in her 95th year.

4 January 1854
In some districts of Scotland the cottages of farm servants are very poor.  You go towards a rickety looking, low heather thatched cottage and on coming nearer you observe the roof is rotten and covered with moss, weeds and grass.  Before the door is a filthy ash pit, half filled with a putrefying slab mixture constantly emitting gases of the most offensive nature.  At the end of the hovel is a pig stye in which a poor half hungered dirty animal pines out a miserable existence.  Without and around, nothing but poverty, squalor, and stanch.  The interior can be no better, for the little children dabbling among the filth outside are constantly carrying it within.  One apartment for old and young male and female only one bed, in rare instances two and these none of the best.  A hurly burly bed for the children about a foot from the floor is all the children have for sleeping comfort.

8 February 1854
DECIMAL COINAGE was discussed in the House of Commons in 1853.  A Select Committee recommended the Legislature to adopt the measure which it was felt would have great benefit to all.

29 March 1854
The Sabbath Scholars Annual Soiree was held in the Free Church on Monday evening 13 March when over 300 of an audience assembled.  Rev. Mr McDonald was in the chair and addresses were given by Rev. A. Miller, Keith on the lesson to be learned by flowers.  Mr Anderson of Clatt on the advantage of early piety and Mr Scott of Huntly on the cultivation of the mind.  Mr Wans, Glass proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, speakers and choir.  Bread and fruit were distributed and the choir at intervals, sung very appropriate pieces of music, conducted by Mr Jas. Morrison from Cairnie.

26 April 1854
There was a total of 34,000 surgeons, druggists, dentists in the UK at this time.  In Scotland there were 3394 made up of 511 Physicians:  1576 Surgeons or Apothecaries: 1194 Druggists: 113 Dentists.  They were a short lived class  444 were under 20 years: 401 between 20 and 25 years: 4 over 85 years. 2015 were under 45 years of age.

17 May 1854
In Aberdeen at the present time with a population of about 75,000 there were 9,688 children at school or about 7% of the whole.

17 May 1854
Mr John McKay the overseer of the Huntly section of the Railway was entertained to a dinner at Huntly by the Railway workmen on the 12 May and presented with a silver watch and chain prior to his departure for America.

7 June 1854
The barque AURORA which left Aberdeen in April arrived at Quebec on 21 May after a voyage of 33 days.  She carried 300 passengers and all were well.  The fare from GREENOCK to Quebec was £4 at this time maybe a little more from Aberdeen.

14 June 1854
The total weight of a soldiers clothing and kit carried by him in the Crimea was 421 lbs. 2 ½ ozs.  This was a heavy weight to carry under a burning sun.

21 June 1854
A return showing the number of persons flogged in the Army during 1853 shows that in all 30 soldiers were flogged, of these 29 received 50 lashes; 1 received 25 lashes.  The causes were as follows; –

13 for insubordination: 9 for disrespectful conduct and theft: 3 for stealing necessities; 4 for violence towards superior officers and 1 for being absent without leave.

28 June 1854
A Deputation of the DECIMAL COMMITTEE ASSOCIATION waited on the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Tuesday 20 June to urge him to issue new coin in decimals of pound sterling.  The Chancellor stated that the time was not yet as to whether the Government could say whether the decimal system was for the good of the country.

19 July 1854
The Cancer Hospital, Cannon Row, London was established exclusively to treat cancerous cases.  The increased attention being given to this disease among surgeons and the general public gives much hope that this Charitable Hospital may find funds to enable it to find an antidote to combat the ravages of this dreadful malady.  Appeals are made to the wealthy and the benevolent minded for help.  Out of 650 cases at the end of 1853, 90 of the out patients and 56 in patients had the disease arrested or relieved.  A few cases have been successfully operated on.

16 August 1854
The weather has been very favourable for bringing the crops to maturity.  The barley cutting is in progress in the early districts and even in the parish of GLASS the corn cutting will not commence till the 1st week in September.

23 August 1854
On the Glenmarkie Moors a party in the course of a short beat of the hills tagged 132 ½ brace of grouse; 5 hares; 3 plovers and 2 brace of snipe.

6 September 1854
On Thursday 31 August an engine and 2 carriages with Sir JDA Elphinstone and Sir Andrew Leith Hay, a number of gentlemen and several ladies traversed the entire route from Kittybrewster to Huntly on the new Railway.

20 September 1854
CHOLERA.  Aberdeen.  At the same time as the war in the Crimea there was also disease in Aberdeen.  There were 49 cases reported on 22 August.  All were sent to the House of Refuge at Porthill.  4 were cured; 32 died and 13 remained under care.  These figures do not include private patients which number many more and mostly fatal.

20 September 1854
The Railway from Aberdeen to Huntly was first mooted in 1845.  The first sod was cut at Westhall 25 November 1852.  On 19 September 1854 the first train left Kittybrewster at 11 am of 25 carriages drawn by two engines and carrying 400 persons.  It arrived at Huntly at 1 pm.  A dinner was served at a marque near the Bogie close by the station attended by the Duke of Richmond.

27 September 1854
With the coming of the railway the stage coaches had a leaner time and the DEFIANCE from Aberdeen to Huntly closed down on 30 September.  6 of her horses belonging to John Turnbull were sold at Huntly on the 30th September.  Fine horses.

29 November 1854
Mr Duncan Matheson of Huntly having been lately appointed as a missionary to our sick and wounded in the Crimea, a deputation waited on him on the 7th November the day before he left for the East and presented him with a purse containing £7.  He has laboured in Huntly and district for 6 years.

6 December 1854
Died at Lisbon on 17 November Brodie Cruickshank, late of Cape Coast Castle son of the late Rev. J. Cruickshank, Minister of Glass

20 December 1854
An NCO of the Scots Fusilier Guards writes from the Crimea; – A very large number of the Regiment came from Aberdeenshire.  In Aberdeenshire we have had a recruiting party steadily during the past 26 years (from 1828) and many of our best men come from that area, and at this moment we have a recruiting party in Aberdeen.  We are now taking men from 18 to 28 years and 5 feet 6 inches in height, which is about 3 inches lower than the normal standard.  The bounty is £6 and the period of enlistment 10 years.

3 January 1855
Died on 4 November on the Indus near UMREE Assistant Surgeon Morris Cruickshank, Scinde Horse, son of the late Rev John Cruickshank, Minister of Glass.

3 January 1855
Glass and Cairney ploughing match was held at Nether Hilton, Glass occupied by Peter Green on 6 December the 4th prize went to John Winks servant to Rev Wm. Duguid of Glass.

10 January 1855
On Friday 5th January the day W.J. Grant of Beldorney attained his majority tenants on the estate entertained him to a dinner and ball at the Mains of Beldorney.  At 5pm the company to the number of 70 sat down to a sumptuous dinner prepared by Mr Horn, Innkeeper, Huntly.  Present were Mr Duguid and Mr McDonald the Ministers, Mr Crosbie, factor of the estate and Mr Gordon, Boghead.  Toasts were drunk 9 times 9 and at 9pm the party broke up and the Ball commenced.  A bonfire was lit on top of the Gromack.

24 January 1855
Mr John Gordon, Innkeeper, GLASS having made additional repairs to his premises, a number of farmers and others in the parish of Glass and vicinity, wishing to show their respect to him for the honest and straightforward manner in which he has conducted his establishment for upwards of 15 years, resolved to entertain him to a public dinner on Old New Year’s Day – Friday 19th January when upwards of 40 gentlemen sat down to an excellent dinner fitted up by Mrs Gordon.   Mr Donald, Corsmaul, entertained the company during the repast with several appropriate airs on the bagpipes and “Pirie’s Mill” was in plentiful supply during the evening.  Mr Geddes, Invermarkie occupied the chair supported on the right by Mr Robertson, Bodylair and left by Messrs Gauld, Glenmarkie and Simon, Torry.  Mr Gauld, Edinglassie acted as croupier supported on the right by Mr Duncan, Mains of Bellyhack and gave the health of the guest of the evening which was drunk 3 times 3 and one cheer more.  Mr Gordon in returning thanks expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the high compliment they had now paid him.  The evening was spent in the most social and harmonious manner.

7 March 1855
Pirie’s Mill Distillery in the parish of Drumblade was occupied by John Robertson & Co.

14 March 1855
Amount spent on the Poor in Parish of Glass in 1853 = £133:  In 1854 = £139 and increase of £6.

11 April 1855
Gratuities paid to wounded officers in the Scots Fusilier Guards in the Crimea.  The Hon. H. Annesley, very severely wounded in the mouth, with the loss of 23 teeth and part of his tongue received £100. 7s.6d.: Lt. Astley, severely wounded in the neck received £33.9s.2d. and Capt. Berkeley severely wounded in the right leg received £282.17s.6d.  (Private Watt of Glass, severely wounded in the face received 8 pence a day after his discharge as unfit for further service in 1857)

11 July 1855
At Huntly JJP Court presided over by Col. John Gordon and Lt. Gordon but not attended by the Admiral, Margaret Leiper or Smith was convicted of breaking down branches of growing trees to a considerable extent in the Kinnoir Plantations of the Duke of Gordon.  She was an old offender with 11 previous convictions.  Sent to Aberdeen Prison for 60 days.

2 August 1855
Fiddichside Gathering held at Castle Park, Balvenie on a day at the end of July attracted between 2 and 3000 spectators said not to be as much as last year.  Among the prize winners was Jas. Gauld of Dumeath, Glass and a G. Gauld of Glenmarkie.  Jas. Gauld was first at throwing the heavy hammer with a throw of 69’ 1”.  He was second with the light hammer with 95’ 4”.   The winner of this event had a throw of 100’ 2”.

8 August 1855
On Wednesday 1 August SCOTTS HOSPITAL, HUNTLY was opened.  The benefactor was ALEXANDER SCOTT of Craibstone, a native of Huntly and for many years a surgeon in the Army.  He was an Episcopalian.

19 September 1855
Huntly 15 September.  We have paid a visit to Dunbennan Churchyard after the recent improvements.  It was formerly in a great state of decay and neglect.  The additional burying ground of about an acre has been laid out along with the old part by Mr Atchison, Huntly Lodge with neat gravel paths lined with shrubs and evergreens and the whole enclosed by a substantial stone wall.  The entry is now by the south and a new gate has been erected.

3 October 1855
The first Post Office pillar box was installed in Aberdeen at Holburn St. for the convenience of residents in Albyn Place, Alford Place etc. Representations had been made to the Post Master General.  One was also erected in King St.

5 December 1855
An epidemic of smallpox in Huntly during the last two years was probably caused by the opening of 4 slaughter houses in Huntly recently and that cattle etc. are being slaughtered in Huntly instead of being sent south alive.  There is nothing but carcases to be seen in the middle of the town.

13 February 1856
Farm servant sued by employed for desertion of service.  At Banff before Sheriff Gordon on 29 January Mr Merson, farmer of Millhill, Gartly sued Alex. Smith his servant.  He was engaged for the half year ending at Whitsuntide next to take care of some cattle, but he entered his service at the Term and left on 30 November without giving notice or any cause.   Defender said that the farmer had violated the contract by sending him to fill up a ditch in one of the fields along with some of the other men.  The Sheriff spoke in strong terms of servants breaking their contracts, there was far too much of it going on and he would deal with great severity in future.  Farmer won the case, defender was fined 30/- and had to pay expenses and damages.

9 April 1856
When news of the Peace I the Crimea arrived at Huntly on Monday 2 April there was a desire to celebrate.  A meeting was held on Tuesday but to give time to erect bonfires etc. it was decided to postpone till Friday.  A crowd of 1800 witnessed a merry scene but there was no rioting or unseemly conduct  – bonfires were to be seen on surrounding hills.

May 1856
Farm servant fined £2 at Forres for stealing hair from the tails of his masters horses.  His wife sold the hair to a local upholsterer.

2 July 1856
The opening of the Inverurie – Oldmeldrum Railway took place on Thursday 26 June when a train left Waterloo St. Aberdeen with a party of officials accompanied by the Band of the 79th Regiment from Castlehill Barracks, the line was 4 ½ miles in length but was a great help to farmers and merchants besides the travelling public.

2 July 1856
A meeting was held at Stirling to consider the project of building a monument to William Wallace on the Abbey Craig, near Stirling.  Subscriptions were asked from the public during that year.

121 July 1856
In the 12 months ending 1 July 1855 there was in Aberdeen no fewer than 1244 cases of undetected crime.  The value of the stolen property none of which had been recovered totalled £1050.

20 August 1856
The total number of Police employed in the counties of Scotland amount to 466 which includes 26 Chief Officers, 14 Inspectors, 25 Sergeants and 195 First Class Constables and 208 second class Constables.  The annual cost of the Force was £234.123

20 August 1856
Glass weather was cold with winds from the North accompanied by showers of rain.  The health of the Parish was excellent.

24 September 1856
At the Circuit Court at Aberdeen this date Jas. Donald who stole a ewe and lamb from the farm of Burnhead, Mortlach occupied by Robert Dow, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.  The light sentence was given because of his previously blameless character.

29 October 1856
Robert Bruce was the first Station Agent at Huntly when it opened in September 1854.  He removed to Keith in October 1856 and was presented with gifts on his departure by local business men and others.

19 November 1856
Aberdeen Savings Bank had a total sum deposited in 1856 of £46,876 and standing at creditors credit was the sum of £175,064. 11.1. at the same date.

26 November 1856.
Cold wet weather during all July and half of August and September.  Health good but lately the whooping cough set in among the young but not of a serious nature.

24 December 1856
The erection of Oldmill Reformatory for the young was commenced.  The money to buy the policies of Oldmill came from a gift by Dr Watt, formerly of Old Deer who left in 1839 1000 guineas for the purpose.  It was reckoned that it would be opened about 1 February 1857.  When the Aberdeen House of Refuge was opened in 1836 Dr Watt, when he acquired the lands of Oldmill in 1839 and gifted them to the Institution he made it a proviso that the main Institution should be at Oldmill.  The total cost of the building of Oldmill was £1150 with £150 for furnishings.  For young persons who have touched on the verge of crime that they should be disciplined by affording training to useful pursuits and simple habits to snatch them from as career of self-destruction.  Frugality was a necessity and the younger ones should be trained for servants in the Colonies and a spirit of emigration fostered upon them.  Education contemplated is more industrial than intellectual.  Luxury of any kind was not to be allowed.  From among 40 applicants for the Post of Governor. James Aiken, Aberdeen Missionary was appointed.

14 January 1857
Numbers of emigrants from Aberdeen to North America.

1851 = 546: 1852 = 599: 1853 = 714: 1855 = 1412: 1856 = 848.

4 March 1857
At Huntly JP Court. Alexander Stephen alias THE BUCHAN RANGER was fined for assault.

14 March 1857
Death of the Earl of Fife at Duff House.  He was born in 1776 and succeeded his father Alexander 3rd Earl in 1811.  He married in 1799 but had no issue.  He became in his later years of very eccentric habits but was a kind man to the poor and old.  He served in the Peninsular War in the Spanish Patriots and was wounded at Talavera etc.  His funeral to the Mausoleum at Duff House was a huge affair.  It was estimated that between 8000 – 100,000 persons attended including many farmers and others from GLASS.  It rained in torrents all during the forenoon as if the weather was in sympathy with the sad occasion.  Banff was closed for the day, not a thing moved businesswise.  He is succeeded by his nephew the MP for Banffshire, Mr James Duff who assumes the title.
27 May 1857   We regret to learn that a young lad named JOHN STEWART, a servant in GLASS was killed while taking a horse to a blacksmith’s shop at Haugh of Glass on Monday morning 25 May.  It would appear that the horse had stumbled, as the lad was quite dead in a ditch at the side of the road between 6 and 7 o’clock in the morning.  The horse was lying above him and it took several men to remove him.  Boy was aged 14 the son of Louis Stewart, saddler and his wife Janet Crombie.  The accident took place near Nether Dumeath.  Dr Wilson of Huntly verified the death and Alex. Gauld of Edinglassie registered the death.  The time of death was given as 6.30 am.

27 May 1857
Great increase in the wages of farm labourers in the past years and particularly during the past year.  The advance within the last 12 months is very marked.  Wages now given are in some cases ¾ and often double of those 12 or 15 years ago.  The causes are the influx of gold, also great numbers of farm servants have gone to Canada and Australia to the extent of several thousand annually from the North-east.  Another is of certain estates suppressing small holdings and merging several into larger farms, while another is the wholesale destruction on certain estates of cottages.  No sooner was the place vacated than it was knocked down.  The motive given in this case was to cut down pauperism, the families who would otherwise settle in them have been hounded to the towns to take up work if that were available, that did not suit them.  There is, however, a tendency among some landlords who foresee the danger of denuding the countryside of necessary labour, to erect suitable cottages near the farms to encourage a good type of person to take up work on the farms.

22 July 1857
It was stated during a Town Council Meeting that there were in Aberdeen at the present time over 500 prostitutes – young girls and women.  Many started to decline in health after about six weeks and 90 died every year.  There were between70 and 100 houses licenced to sell spirits where these girls were welcomed and where they were put in a position to receive pecuniary gain by their trade or calling.  It was emphasised that these were not specially licenced for that purpose,  the Police had the right to see that the conditions of their licences were adhered to but a motion to see that they did that was defeated in the Town Council.

29 July 1857
The City of Quebec of Aberdeen arrived in Aberdeen from Quebec in 20 days.  From Cape Race, Newfoudland to the Butt of Lewis took just 11 days.

2 September 1857
Letter from Skene.  “During the last 20 years we have seen the Rural Police only once or twice.  The district is overwhelmed with vagrants no fewer than 30 are here at any time, as soon as one hand leaves another arrives.  They are mostly harmless, but some have attacked the farm workers in the fields forcing them to leave their work and go to their homes to see to the protection of their families”.

2 September 1857
At Huntly JP Court several women were fined 10/- or 10 days in prison for stealing wood from the grounds of Huntly Lodge.  This was a common offence at this time

2 September 1857
On the Beldorney Estate in 6 days shooting W.J. Grant and a guest shot 160-170 brace of grouse.  And they seldom went out before noon.

16 September 1857
Aberdeen Criminal Sheriff Court.  John Fyfe, carter Turriff charged with having on 29 July on the Market Stance at GLASS or in a dwelling house near the same, stolen a mare possessed by Farquhar McKenzie, Bishopmill, Elgin.  McKenzie had agreed to sell the mare for £15.  Fyfe offered him a written undertaking to pay.  McKenzie refused to accept this and Fyfe gave him £1 saying he would go for the balance and immediately return but failed to do so and thus fraudulently took possession of the horse.  Fyfe pled guilty and received 3 months imprisonment.

23 September 1857
The Postmaster General authorised the letter carriers of Aberdeen to have uniforms.  The first uniformed “posties”.

2 December 1857
A youth who deserted from the Reformatory School – Oldmill? Received 20 stripes of the lash.

16 December 1857
Wages paid to adult female flax workers in Dundee.

1840 = 5/- per week of 69 hours
1842 = 4/9 per week of 69 hours
1845 = 5/6 per week of 69 hours
1847 = 5/01/d per week of 63 hours
1848 = 3/8 per week of 59 hours
1857 = 6/6 per week of 60 hours

23 December 1857
Aberdeenshire was the most predominantly agriculture county in Scotland at this time as the following figures show.

For 1857 Number of occupants = 7,348:  Acreage Cultivated = 488,073:  Number of Horses = 23,420:  Cattle = 145,084:  Sheep = 105,691:  Swine  = 10,104:  Acreage Under – Wheat = 8,962:  Barley  = 15,534:  Oats = 165,275:  Bere = 6,121:  Turnips  = 82,316:  Potatoes = 7,090

Under grass and hay  = 204,137 acres

7 July 1858
George Simon of the Torry, GLASS after examination was admitted a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England on Friday 25 June 1859.

21 July 1858
In the 43 years from 1815-1857 at total of 4,683,194 persons emigrated from the UK
To the USA went 2,830,687: To Canada & British America 1,170,542:  Australia and New Zealand 613,515:  Other places 68,550.

4 August 1858
On 30 July Robert A.P. Grant MA youngest son of the late Major Grant of Beldorney, GLASS was upon examination admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

11 August 1858
About 400 to 500 harvest workers left Aberdeen on Saturday morning 7 August by the Duke of Richmond steamer for the South.

29 September 1858
Oldmill surrounded by 54 acres at present has 30 boys on the Roll from the age of 8 to 16 years, with two exceptions all are under warrant for theft.  The daily routine are as follows;-

Rise at 6am all the year round. Wash etc. till 7 am when school begins and continues till 8.45 am when worship begins.  At 9 am breakfast takes place.  The menu consists of porridge with good milk.  From 10am till 2 pm work mostly of an agricultural nature takes place.  At 2 pm dinner is served with a variety of soups, broth, pea soup, potato soup, barley soup, milk and cabbage.  The older boys again work from 3pm til 6 pm.  The younger boys resume their lessons.  From 6 – 7pm play etc. At 7 pm supper – porridge or break and milk, with occasionally potatoes.  Worship at 8 pm thence to bed at 9 pm.  All this work and discipline confers great benefits to the boys.  Their health is good, clean, tidy and well-disciplined they are a credit to the founder and the Committee.

3 November 1858
In the Bursary Competition at Kings College Aberdeen. Wm D. Stephen, GLASS was 34th out of a total of 41:  Alex Geddes, Glass was 39th out of a total of 41.

8 December 1858
A portable threshing machine will be permanently stationed at Huntly, several gentlemen in the district have formed a Company and have bought one for the district.

8 December 1858
Bankruptcy examination before Sheriff Watson, Aberdeen.  The sequestration of JOHN TAYLOR, FARMER WESTERPARK, GLASS.  He commenced farming on his own account in 1845 at Westerpark where he succeeded his father.  He got stock on the understanding that he would pay his father’s debts of £173.18.9.  The value of the stock he received was £231.12.3.  He had no capital of his own.  Liabilities £390: Assets about £200.

29 December 1858
Testimonial to Mr McCracken who was assistant to Dr Wilson at Huntly for 8 years.  He came to Huntly in 1850.  He got a gold watch with massive chain and a purse containing 60 sovereigns.  Had many friends in Huntly often came on visits.

23 February 1859
Mary Gauld Smith spouse of James Smith, farmer Aswanly Glass held shares in the North of Scotland Banking Co. as did her father James Gauld, Glenbeg, Glass and Alex Gauld, Edinglassie, Glass.  By contrast Geo. Gauld of Parkhall, Glass had shares in the Aberdeen Town and County Banking Co.

20 April 1859
Police strength  2 sergeants had 19/- per week

6 Criminal officers had 18/- per week:  9 day patrol ad 17/- per week; 4 night patrol had 16/- per week;  30 1st class watchmen had 15/- per week: 17 2nd class watchmen had 14/- per week

8 June 1859
Return of births, marriages and deaths for quarter ending 31 March 1859 for parish of GLASS.  The weather has been mild throughout the quarter with high winds from the South-west.  Although sore throats were almost universal no deaths occurred therefrom.  Only two deaths were recorded, that of an old woman from infirmity and a young woman from puerperal fever.

15 June 1859
Tuesday 14 June, this day 3 officers and 108 men including 5 women of the 93rd Regiment left Aberdeen by train en route to INDIA.

20 July 1859   Huntly.
The annual holiday was held Thursday 14 July and no fewer than 800 left by rail for Elgin, Inverness etc.

31 August 1859
The withdrawal of the “Earl of Fife” coach took place on Wednesday 24 August.  This coach had for 30 years been the main means of communication from Banff to the south, but the advent of the railway from Turriff to Banff soon it was withdrawn.  It was run by the Messrs Sutherlands for many years.

2 November 1859
Snow storm on Wednesday and Thursday 26 and 27 October in Aberdeenshire and North was followed by torrential rains.  In many cases burns were higher than in 1829.  IN GLASS there were several fields of corn still in stook under the storm.  In the Cabrach instead of rain they had snow and some shepherds had to dig under wreaths 12 – 14 feet deep to rescue their sheep, but many were at last obliged to discontinue their efforts.

16 November 1859
The cause of the high illegitimacy rate in Banffshire was attributed to the unwillingness of farmers to give houses to their servants, thereby encouraging marriage, the system of making large farms which lessened the number of crofts was also a factor.

4 January 1860
Died at Nether Dumeath, GLASS on 29 December 1859 James Gauld, junior of consumption aged 31 years. Late of Her Majesty’s Royal Oxford Blues (son of Jas. Gauld of Peninsular War fame)

25 January 1860
At Huntly JP Court Admiral Gordon and Alex Stewart sentenced Isabella and Janet Irvine,  Jane McPherson, Ann Cowie and Isabella Sievewright to fines of 5/- each for breaking down branches of growing trees at the Battlehill & Kinnoir plantations.

29 January 1860
The scarcity of straw is very great in Aberdeenshire, the worst since 1826 the year of the “short crop”.  Oats at 20/- a quarter, oats in straw at 40/- a quarter.  Last year oats in straw sold at £1.7 a quarter, this shows a rise of fully three times since last year.  Cows are sold at £10-£25.  Beasts of 3 years old at £14-£22. Calves £4 – £9.

21 March 1860
At the Tiend Court on Wednesday 14 March the Minister of GLASS Mr Duguid obtained an augmentation of 2 chalders, raising his stipend to 17 chalders.

27 June 1860
Dunbennan Churchyard.  The drainage of the addition to this churchyard have now been completed.  The improvements contrast with the ruinous state in which it was several years ago.  Much praise is due to Mr Mellis, wright for the great trouble he has taken in superintending the whole undertaking since its commencement.  Before the work can be said to be finally finished, the Committee have to make a new road or entry from the GLASS  road, nearly opposite to the farm of Arnhall (which will cost at least £20). The ground having been kindly given gratis by the Duke of Richmond.  The Committee appeals for funds to complete the work and are disappointed that many of the former subscribers have not responded in the manner expected of them.  The Committee are at present in debt.

1 August 1860
At a two day open air religious meeting held within the Castle Park, Huntly Lodge on 25 and 26 July it was estimated that 11,000 attended, mostly males.

22 August 1860
Indian Civil Service Competition held July 1860.  James C. Geddes brother of Prof. Wm. Geddes from GLASS age 19 who graduated from Kings College Aberdeen in March 1859 had 2831 marks, by far the highest place obtained by any other Scottish students since the Competitions started.

26 September 1860
The Huntly Distillery on the Bogie owned by Messrs Robertson is to close down.

10 October 1860
Accommodation for farm servants at Gordon Castle.  The bothy forms a part of the square on the north side of the gateway, opposite the overseers house.  On the ground floor there is a large kitchen.  It is furnished with every requisite for cooking.  A female servant attends in the kitchen from morning till night, she cooks the food as the men wish it – whose allowance is the usual boils and fresh milk from the cow.  Potatoes and vegetables are given occasionally.  The sleeping apartments are above the kitchen, one for each man, quite separate from each other, and many bedrooms in Morayshire, even in genteel houses are much smaller.  In each there is a window which opens for ventilation.  The furniture consists of a good wooden bed, the sheets of which are changed fortnightly and the blankets and coverlets always kept clean.  Each man has his chest standing before his bed, on a floor so clean, that according to the byword “a man might sup his porridge off it.”  Beside the chest stands a table with a small mirror upon it and in all the rooms piles of books are seen on the table, besides the Bible – each room having been supplied by the Duchess with the best of all books.  On one side of the room, on pegs, the men’s’ clothing are hung and what gives each room a light and airy appearance, flowers in pots are seen.  Every ploughman about the place apparently being an amateur florist.  The hours of working for the men are the same as on the farms in the district.  The female servants about the steading have apartments in another part of the building and the outdoor workers are obtained from Fochabers.

17 October 1860
Died at 120 King St. Aberdeen on 8 October George Gordon MA, Boghead, GLASS.

24 October 1860
Death of the Duke of Richmond at the family mansion Portland Place, London on Sunday afternoon 21 October age 70 years.  He was born 3 August 1791 married 10 April 1817, Caroline Paget, eldest daughter of Field Marshal the Earl of Anglesey.  Entered the Army in Portugal July 1810 via the 52nd Regiment.  He was at Gordon Castle in August but returned to London feeling far from well at the beginning of October.  He died of dropsy.  Despite the disadvantage of being virtually an “outsider” to the north, he nevertheless, by his open popular manner of approach to all his tenants he gained a high place in the regards of all who knew him and many who had never met him.  His son and heir the Earl of March was born 27 February 1818.

2 January 1861
The will of the Duke of Richmond showed that he left £120,000

6 February 1861
Died at Beldorney Castle, GLASS Sarah West relict of Major John Grant 3rd Royal Veteran Battalion of Beldorney and Dawlish Devon (she died on 20 January)

13 February 1861
Whisky was hardly known till the beginning of the 18th century.  But by 1786 consumption had advanced to 824,983 gallons a year and by 1852 it had further increased to 7,041,904 gallons a year.  But by 1860 it had decreased to 5,453,024 gallons which equals 11 bottles for each man, woman and child in Scotland, the wine consumption in the same year was less than 1 bottle per person.

27 February 1861
The rioting at Huntly on 15 February 1861.  Mr Simpson the Procurator Fiscal for the County having made an investigation on the spot into the late riotous proceedings at the Election at Huntly on 15 February the result has been that a number of persons are implicated.  Five of these were brought to town (Aberdeen) on Monday forenoon (25 February)  Their names are David Esson Royal Artillery  age 22.  Charles Symon, pensioner age 55. James Farquhar, butcher age 46. And James Littlejohn, a crofter from GLASS age about 40.  All the prisoners were duly examined before the Sheriff and remitted back to prison, where they will remain till Crown Counsel determine as to the disposal of the case.  It is very likely that others may be proceeded against.

6 March 1861   Huntly Riots.
Two of the men lodged in prison last week, Symon and Littlejohn have been liberated on bail.  The accused have engaged able Counsel to attend to their case, which will be tried some time hence either by a Sheriff and Jury or before the Circuit Court.

15 May 1861
A meeting of the subscribers to the Fund for the erection of a memorial to the late Duke of Richmond was held at the Court House Huntly on Tuesday 9 May to decide of what arrangements could be made regarding a site etc.  £400 has been raised.

26 June 1861
The Company formed in Aberdeen, The Northern Co-operative Society, on the principles of the Rochdale Co-operative plan now awaits only formal registration in order to commence in the grocery and provision trade.   The capital is to consist of 1000 shares of £1 each.  Upwards of 400 shares have been taken by 300 persons, mostly respectable working men.

21 August 1861
Peter Douglas cattle dealer UPPER HILTON, GLASS was examined on Wednesday 14 August on an application for CASSIO BONORUM.  He submitted a state of his affairs and it appeared that he had sustained some pretty heavy losses in dealing.  His assets were not enough to cover his losses.  CASSIO was granted.

23  October 1861
A special meeting of the Northern Co-operative Society was held on Saturday evening 19 October at D. Bell’s School in Frederick Street at which it was announced that the total revenue for the past quarter was £1568.16.0. A dividend of 5% on the shares was agreed on.  There were now 320 shareholders among whom 446 shares had been allotted.

6 November 1861
On Thursday 31 October a meeting of subscribers to a monument to the late Duke of Richmond met at the Court House, Huntly to consider a report from Messrs Brodie & Ellis, Aberdeen with reference to the site etc.  Several sites had been suggested – on the rising ground north of the Railway Station, in front of the Gordon Schools and in the Square.  The last mentioned was the most favoured.  The height of the monument is to be 20’ 6” and the height of the statue 8’ 3”.  The pedestal is proposed to be of freestone from the quarry of Auchindoir with four panels of polished Peterhead granite introduced into the side of it.  The stone selected for the statue is also freestone from the quarry at Redhall near Edinburgh.  The contract for the whole work is to be £420.

18 December 1861
Geo. Cruickshank, public house keeper, Keith set up a tent at GLASS MARKET on 31 July for the sale of spirits for which his certificate did not apply, GLASS not being in the same parish as the house for which the certificate had been granted.  He pled not guilty but was found guilty and fined £1.5. with £1.2.6. expenses.  (This was In the nature of a test case as there had been others similar and there was some doubt as to the limitations of certificates)

5 February 1862
Numbers of emigrants to North America from ABERDEEN

1852 = 599               1857 = 933
1853 = 714               1858 = 234
1854 = 1598             1859 = 108
1855 = 1412              1860 = 2
1856 = 848                 1861 = 0

In addition last year 1861 a few went to Natal.  This table does not represent anything like the actual emigrants from the City.  Many of the above were from Aberdeenshire and of course large numbers left Aberdeen and emigrated from other ports.

12 February 1862
An analysis made by Mr Chadwick for the years 1784 – 1810 showed that the average length of life for the three classes of Gentry, Tradesmen and Operatives in the big centres of population were – Gentry = 43 ½ years:  Tradesmen = 23 ½ years:  Operatives = 18 ½ years

And for the years 1841 – 42 it was – Gentry Gentry = 43 ½ years:  Tradesmen = 19 years:  Operatives = 16 years

But for the agricultural counties, such as Wiltshire it was – Professional persons & Gentry = 50 years:  Farmers & Graziers = 48 years:  Farm Labourers = 33 years

12 February 1862
On Wednesday evening 5th February last about 7pm George Sim, farmer, Braeton, Mortlach (Glass) was crossing the Deveron at Cairnford having two horses and carts, with a cow tied to the hindmost cart by a piece of rope, coming from Huntly Market.  The cow when entering the ford broke the rope and Mr Sim leapt into the water to bring the animal across.  He had kept up for a time, but was carried away by the current and drowned.  He was about 28 or 29 years of age.  The body we believe has been recovered.  Several persons were in the company of the deceased, but being seated in their carts they could render no effective assistance to their unfortunate companion.

19 February 1862
Died at the QUELS near Huntly on 9 February Wm Luke aged 97 years.

26 February 1862
On Thursday morning 20 February the body of John Slorach, cattle dealer from Near Retburn, parish of Cairnie was found dead in the ditch of the Huntly- Keith road nearly opposite Westerton Farm.  He had been attending Huntly Market on the day previous Wednesday 19th February.

26 March 1862
On Tuesday afternoon 25 March Wm Routledge, a private in the 92nd Regiment was drummed out of the Regiment.  He had 14 years’ service but had deserted 4 times and had been so often sentenced to be flogged, though that punishment had been remitted on two occasions,  he had however twice received 50 lashes.  When he deserted he took all his kit with him but gave himself up after three weeks.  He was taken across the Castlehill Barrack Square with the Band playing the Rogues March behind him and the usual tokens of disgrace, but to avoid a large assemblage of persons gathered in the narrow lane leading to the Barracks, he was taken out at the back and conveyed to jail to undergo 6 months imprisonment as part of his punishment.

16 April 1862
Union Works at Poynernook have been purchased by Messrs. A. Pirie & Sons.  They have transferred their envelope department from Adelphi & Shiprow on Monday 14 April.  Union Works consists of 6 floors each 180 feet long and 38 feet wide.  Over 400 girls are employed in the manufacture of envelopes, of these, 3,000,000 are made each week or 2000,000,000 a year are sent to all parts.

30 April 1862
Northern Co-op Society 3rd quarter showed an income of £1594.

30 April 1862
JAMES LOBBAN age 72, his sons William age 32 and Charles age 24 were accused at the High Court at Aberdeen held on Thursday 24 April before Lords Neaves & Ardmillan, with sheep stealing and assault on the police.  The offences which occurred between 5 November and 15 December 1861 were committed on 7 different farms over a wide area far removed from GLASS although they did steal some sheep from the Glass farm of WESTERPARK occupied by Gordon Bremner.  LOBBAN Senior was released as was WILLIAM but CHARLES received 3 years penal servitude.  Lord Ardmillan addressing CHARLES reminded him that many persons had been executed for sheep stealing involving fewer charges than those with which he had pled guilty to.  Stealing some 24 sheep was in any case a most serious offence.

14 May 1862
A public hall is in course of erection at HUNTLY.

11 June 1862
Wages of agricultural labourers in the North-East of Scotland between 1835-1844 were 8/11 per week for men;  In 1860 men received 12/8 ½ per week, woman 5/2 and children under 16 years 4/-

11 June 1862
The other week Messrs Sellar & Sons of HUNTLY completed two monster ploughs each to be drawn by 16 oxen.  In these days of steam ploughs and reapers it may seem a little odd to see ploughs which were in operation in our grandfathers day, but these ploughs are destined for Australia.

9 July 1862
The statue of the late Duke of Richmond to be erected at HUNTLY is now nearly completion.  It is 9 feet high of Redhall freestone by A. Brodie, Aberdeen.  The Duke is in his uniform as Colonel of the Sussex Militia with his sword by his side and the Waterloo and Peninsular medals and the Order of the Garter on his breast.  The likeness is excellent and the attitude easy and graceful.  The total height of this pedestal and statue will be 21 feet.

6 August 1862
Died at Waterside GLASS on 21 July, JAMES GRAY, farmer age 90 years.  He had been an Elder of the Established Church for 40 years and was the oldest man in GLASS.

13 August 1862
The Gordon Arms Inn, Huntly has been let to Mr Grant of the Strathbogie Inn, Huntly

27 August 1862
Wages of farm labourers in Victoria, AUSTRALIA – Ploughmen 17/6 – 20/- a week and general women servants £30 – £35 per year.

15 October 1862
Plans for a Lunatic Asylum for BANFF intended to accommodate 90 persons and to cost £12,000  ( Ladysbridge??)

26 November 1862
Intended to open an iron works on the HILL OF LEIGHT (LECHT) a considerable quantity of IRON ORE is to be taken out from it in order to test its quality.

1 April 1863
A speaker at a meeting of farm servants at Errol said that colliers, artisans etc. had a longer expectation of life than ploughmen in Scotland.  Artisans etc. had 60 years while ploughmen had 40 years, the latter came in from the fields wet and sit down before the fire steaming and filling themselves with rheumatism, heart diseases etc. and just because their fathers never wore a raincoat on a wet day or dried out his clothes when wet.

May 6 1863
The new Town and County Bank building at the corner of Union St. and St Nicholas St. is now open for business the cost was £13,000.

20 May 1863
In a discussion at the Police Commissioners meeting at Aberdeen on 18th May regarding the conveyance of fever and small pox cases to the Infirmary by public cabs it was said that in Edinburgh they had special conveyances for such cases.  One member thought that a cab rattling over the rough streets of Aberdeen was far from a suitable conveyance, a chair (did he mean Sedan Chair) would be more useful and agreeable to patients.

3 June 1863
The Duchess of Gordon arrived at Huntly Lodge from London where she has resided last winter.

1 July 1863
At Glenbeg, Mortlach George Gauld senr. Farmer there died 26 June.

25 September 1863
At Huntly Feeing Market some months ago the Friends of Temperance made their first attempt to while away the farm servants from the public houses.  Coffee and bread were provided for them in the public hall, later a marquee was erected on the Market Stance, broth, beef with potatoes were cooked and served up for 4d.  Tea or Coffee with bread and butter cost 2d.  The experiment was a success, many of the more sensible men and lads saw the advantage of spending their hard earned money on a good meal rather on filthy spirits (Body and Soul destroying spirits)

18 November 1863
The inauguration of the statue of the late Duke of Richmond took place at Huntly on Friday 13 November.  In spite of very bad weather, a wet drizzling persistent rain fell during the whole of the proceedings, there was a large turnout of townsfolk to witness the event.  The Duke of Richmond was unable to be present and in a note to Dr Wilson  the Duchess of Gordon expressed the great pleasure it would have given her to have been present but the damp weather utterly precluded her attending.  The shops were, by general consent, shut from 11 am till 2 pm.  About 11.30 am the Rifle Volunteers mustering about 40 men headed by their band paraded through the main streets till a little before noon, when they were formed up in front of the statue.  The children from the Gordon School numbering about 600 marched in procession to the site where they took their place.  At 12. Noon the Rev Mr Walker opened the proceedings with a prayer after which a succession of prominent men spoke in tribute to the late Duke.  “He had never been in the North when his uncle died and was not a young man, but had reached that period in a man’s life when habit and outlook tend to be well defined.  But he at once set himself out to acquire acquaintance with all classes of his tenantry by personal contact, and in this he succeeded beyond all his hopes.  Affable, just and courteous he was a firm favourite among all classes throughout the North-East”

3 February 1864
The Duchess of Gordon died at Huntly Lodge on Sunday evening 31 January after an illness of a week’s duration, gout in the stomach causing death.  Her mother was the only daughter of Lt. Gen. Sir Wm Wemyss.  Her father was Alexander Brodie a member of the Brodie family of Nairnshire, an East Indian Company Merchant.  She took a great interest in agriculture and was the only lady member of several agricultural associations.  Unostentatious to a degree she gave warm sympathy and much financial support to many in the area.  Her death is almost a personal loss to Huntly.

17 February 1864
The late Duchess of Gordon left estate of £60,000.  She left £1000 to be invested in landed securities on behalf of the Minister and congregation of the Free Church of Huntly.  Two of her servants have each been left legacies of £500 and another gets £200 while the others are rewarded by length of service.

17 February 1864
A hurricane of tremendous violence but of short duration occurred all along the east coast of Scotland during the afternoon of Saturday 13 February last.  There was some warning on Friday when strong winds blew up.  On Saturday morning the wind was southern with rain which lasted till 10 am on the Saturday.  At about 2 pm the wind rose in great gusts and by 3 pm had reached hurricane force, but by 6 pm it had fallen somewhat although all that evening blustery winds continued.  There was great damage all over the NE of Scotland.  In St Peter’s Churchyard, Spital several headstones were blown down and broken.  At Kennethmont the steeple of the Free Church was blown down through the roof.

16 March 1864
At Hillside, Glass on 5 March William McIrvine aged 89.

17 August 1864
From 8 am Saturday last till 2 pm on Monday not a single person was apprehended by the Aberdeen Police.  Consequently there was no case at the Police Court on Monday.  Such a circumstance is without parallel in our Police annals for 12 years.

24 August 1864
At Gordon Street, Huntly on 16 August Alexander Dickie aged 68 years for 30 years servant to the late Duchess of Gordon.  Died at Huntly on 21 August George Gauld, Parkhall, GLASS aged  73 YEARS.  He left £800 for the endowment of a Female School for GLASS.

24 August 1864
Death of George McPherson, Gibston, Huntly on 8 September aged 55 years.  Factor to the Duke of Richmond in Strathbogie.

23 November 1864
Transportation to Australia is soon to cease.

23 November 1864
Huntly Feeing Market on Thursday 17 November.  Rain fell in a continuous drizzle the whole day and the streets were perfect puddles.  Large numbers came from neighbouring parishes.  Feeing was very stiff, the common query “Are ye feet man?” was frequently met with “Na Na, am nae carin”; another popular rejoinder to the farms query was, “Hout aye man” or “aw ‘n bidin”.  There was a great demand for women of whom there was a great turnout.  Many preachers took up stances in the town including Duncan Matheson.

Fees were First Horseman £10 to £10.10:  2nd Horseman £9 to £10:  Cattleman £10.: Orra man £6 to £7:  Women £2 to £2.10

At the cattle market on the previous day there were 288 cattle and 120 sheep up for sale.

Prices a cow £28:  A Bull £28:  4 Stots £27.

15 rail trucks left the station with 114 cattle. 270

7 December 1864  GLASS.
On the evening of Friday last 2 December Mr Charles Gordon, Post Runner between Huntly and Glass met by invitation at the Mill of Invermarkie a committee consisting of the following gentlemen.  Dempster junr. Bogforth: Fraser junr. Greystonefaulds:  Shearer, Parkhead:  Craig, Lettoch:  Gordon, Oldyne:  Green, Nether Hilton:  Morrison, Market Hill;  Robertson, Barefolds. When he was presented with a purse containing about £14 as a token of the public esteem In which he is held as Post.  We question there are many Post Runners who have travelled the same distance as Charley has done in his official capacity.  He has travelled between Huntly and Glass for the past 9 years.  He acted as Post Runner between Keith and Banff for 12 years and for 2 years between Huntly and Rhynie, being 23 years in all and the distance travelled being 154,263 miles or more than 6 times round the wold.

21 December 1864
Died on 10 November at Kirktown of Mortlach John Gordon age 90.  A native of Glenlivet he was born at Tomduack, parish of Inveravon in 1774.  He enlisted in the 92nd in 1794, wounded in Holland 1799 and again in Spain in 1812.  Fought at Corunna and used to tell with a tear in his eye of his being a witness to the funeral of Sir John Moore.  He was discharged in 1814.  He got a medal in 1842 with two clasps, for Corunna and Egypt.  Until within the last few years he had quite a martial bearing – a straight as a rash.  At the celebrations of the Prince of Wales’s marriage he took an active part in the procession and caught a severe cold which confined him to bed ever since.

28 December 1864   Aberdeen Infirmary Year ending December 1864

Remaining in Hospital 180
Admitted during the 2250
Total 2430
Cured perfectly 1692
Recovered but nor cured perfectly  270
Unfit dismissed at desire 144
Dead 185
Remaining in Hospital at end December 1864  139
Total 2430

In addition to above over 600 have received the benefit of advice and medicines as out patients.

28 December 1864
On Wednesday 21 December while Major Duff, Drummuir and his party were out shooting roe deer in a wood about two miles from the Castle and near the farms of Towiebeg and Cachenhead they came across the dead body of a woman lying under the branches of a yew tree.  The immediate cause of the discovery was brought about by the appearance of a roe which gave vent to a general cry of “Shoot”.  Charles Clyne, head gamekeeper to Major Duff fired his gun and on turning round he stumbled on the feet of the dead woman, this shook off the snow and revealed the body.  The various authorities were called and a Post Mortem revealed that she had lain for about one month.  The face was pure and white, and the hands were clasped across the breast.  She was very poorly clad having only a wincey petticoat, stays, laced in front and an undergarment on her body.  On the last named article of apparel were the letters G. City.PH which suggested  that she had been an inmate of the Glasgow Poor House.  No covering was on hr head nor feet and close by was a small basket with half an ounce of tobacco and an ounce of tea, carefully tied up, as they had been by the merchant who supplied them.  The probability is that the poor creature had lost her way on that stormy Saturday about three weeks ago, and having wandered till benumbed with cold and unable to proceed further from hunger, she had lain down beside the tree and there passed alone and unseen to that haven.

“Where the wicked cease from troubling And the weary are at rest”

Next day Thursday she was interred in Botriphnie Churchyard.

January 25 1865
Farm Workers wages 1834 – Foremen = £14:  2nd Horsemen = £12:  Women Servants = £6:  Boys = £5:   1864  Foremen = £23:  2nd Horsemen £21:  Women Servants = £11:  Boys = £10

March 29 1865
Number of persons executed in Aberdeen  from 1823 – 1857 was 11 including one woman.

May 17  1865
Movement to encourage education among farm servants was very much to the fore at this time.  The Garioch Farmers Club received over 50 essays from various persons engaged in agricultural pursuits.  The first prize of £5 went to Ewen Cameron of Aberdeen : 2nd of £3 to George Watt, Honey Barrel, Kildrummy:  3rd of £2 to William Ruxton, Lighnot, Meldrum.  All were of a very high standard and are now in the printers hands.

August 9 1865
Full account of Glass Market held on Tuesday and Wednesday 1 and 2nd August.

September 6 1865
Great outbreak of cattle disease all over Scotland this summer.  North-East affected too. Called Rindepest.

September 27th 1865
Died at Embro, Canada West on 8 September George Duncan late farmer in Corrie, Botriphnie aged 84 years.

October 4 1865
Complete destruction of SCOTTS HOSPITAL, HUNTLY by fire on Thursday 28 September.  Fire was first observed at 10 am and by 1 pm there was nothing left but blackened walls.  No one hurt.  The Hospital was opened about 1855 and could accommodate from 12 to 20 inmates.  Dr Alex. Scott of Huntly who bought the estate of Craibstone, Aberdeen left the funds for its erection.  The building was fully insured with the Phoenix Ins. Co. for £1400 and the furnishings for £150.

November 8 1865
Meeting of Trustees of SCOTTS HOSPITAL held last at Huntly decided that the Hospital be rebuilt the same as it formerly was £1509 has been received from the Phoenix Ass. Co.

November 15 1865
Workmen engages in building the Mission Chapel of Mr Gordon in Hangman’s Brae came on the skeleton of a man about 12 feet below the ground surface.  It was found under one of the range of old houses which stood on the side of the Brae – a house which had a t one time been used as a place for drying corn, having an old fashioned kiln underneath for that purpose.  In process of time this house with its kiln came into the possession of a pawnbroker, who was not very particular where his goods came from and when the Police called to enquire about stolen articles, as sometimes they did – he slipped them down the kiln, the existence of which was all unknown to the Police, and the saying arose that goods lodged with him, instead of being left with my “uncle” were “kilned”.  While digging under the kiln the workmen came on at about 10 feet down a large quantity of quick lime which appeared to have been spread out carefully to some depth.  It was after it became necessary to dig further down that the skeleton was found.  The remains appeared to have been in a kind of box, which though not extant, could be made out by the position of the skeleton.

November 22 1865
Meeting of Managers of Scott’s Hospital, Huntly met at the Gordon Arms Hotel on Friday 17 November when contracts were entered into for rebuilding.   Carpentry work – Robert Middleton, Aberdeen: Slater – John Taylor, Keith: Plumber – Jas. Brown, Huntly: Plaster – John Logie, Huntly;   The mason work had been contracted for some time ago and was by Ingram & Gordon, Huntly.  This work is now being proceeded with.

January 10 1866
At Aberdeen JP Court on Thursday 4 January JOHN LOBBAN, Crofter, HAUGHS OF ASWANLY, GLASS WAS CHARGED WITH A CONTRAVENTION OF THE Order prohibiting the importation of cattle into the county from any other county by having on 25 December 1865, brought a cow from Knockhillock, parish of Boharm, Banffshire to HAUGH OF ASWANLY.  LOBBAN, an old man and rather deaf, when asked if he pled guilty or not replied that he had removed the cow but didn’t know he was committing an offence, or then “it wadna’ been done”.  He also said he “hadna’ been readin’ the newspapers”, and had never heard of any prohibitions except that “fouk warna’ to gang to markets; am an auld cratur, an’ I didna’ want to brak the laws”.  On further questioning he said he had nothing to live on except his croft of 20 acres on which he kept 3 cows.   The Procurator Fiscal said that in view of his age and the fact that he lived in a secluded district he proposed a fire of £2 which the Bench with much reluctance agreed to.

February 1866
John Sharp, Cattle Dealer, Whitehillock,  CABRACH was charged with on 29 December last taken a quey from Reekumlane, Aberdeenshire to a place in the Parish of Kirkmichael, Banffshire, he was fined 5/- with 30/- expenses.

February 14 1866
The Aberdeen County and Municipal Building Bill was read in the House of Commons for the first time.

February 21 1866
Northern Co-operative Society founded 26 June 1861 now had 4 grocery shops, one bake shop and one clothing shop.  The membership at the found was 225 – it was now 1285.

February 21 1866
Sir John Forbes, Bart. JP Convenor of the County of Kincardineshire was charged with removing some of his cattle from his infected premises at Fettercairn House and driving them across a public road to his farm of Middleton.  He was fined £10 with costs.

April 11 1866
SCOTTS HOSPITAL, HUNTLY is far advanced and should be open in a few months.

April 25 1866
Shock of an earthquake felt at Auchentoul, Marnoch.  Major Jas. Duff of Auchentoul House relates that at about 1.25 am on 9th March he was awakened by a sense of motion in the house.  Crockery rattled, plaster fell from behind the walls and his bed rocked gently, this was followed by a second shock which lasted a minute.  None of the servants appeared to have noticed anything unusual, but some years ago a similar shock was felt at Auchentoul.

May 9 1866
Cattle plague in Scotland.  Total number affected since 4 November 1865 till now is 42,214.  This is less than that affected in the County of Cheshire.

May 30 1866
Death in Madrid on 25 May of JOHN GORDON of Wardhouse and Kildrummy aged 29 years.  The Gordons of Wardhouse were once the owners of BELDORNEY, now the property of the successors of Sir Wm. Grant.  Mr Gordon though the possessor of estates in Britain has for many years resided in Spain and has always had a large and lucrative connection with the wine trade in Spain.  He succeeded to the estates on the death of his father in 1857.  In 1850 he married a daughter of Count Mirasol, who survives him and by whom he has no family.  The estates now pass to his uncle Carlos F. Gordon of London.

July 11 1866
A Bill introduced in Parliament to allow farmers to kill hares as well as rabbits on their farms was introduced.

July 11 1866
Cost of Crimean War RUSSIA £93,120,000  UK £52,800,000  FRANCE £53,930,000  TURKEY £42,000,000

July 25 1866
The pay of many POST RUNNERS in Scotland was very poor, being as low as 8/- a week for travelling at least 20 miles in a day.

August 15 1866
Police pay.  The present pay has existed for 8 years.  Constables now raised from a minimum of 15/- per week and a maximum of 21/- to a minimum of 17/6 and a maximum of 23/4.

September 12 1866
The inmates of SCOTTS HOSOPITAL, HUNTLY returned to the hospital on Tuesday 4 September after a year boarded out.

October 17 1866
A letter from a correspondent deplores the fact that there is no inscription whatever on the statue of the Duke of Gordon on Castle Street.  He says some words would obviate the necessity of every stranger asking “whose statue is that?”.  He suggests the following lines painted in black.    George 5th and last Duke of Gordon born 1770 died 1836 and that is exactly what is to be seen on the statue to this day.

December 16 1866
Article on the GRANITE TRADE in Aberdeen.

December 26 1866
On Monday morning 24 December last about 7.15 am the boiler in connection with the steam engine in the stone cutting premises of Messrs Florence, King’s Crescent burst with a fearful explosion.  Some idea of the violence of the explosion may be formed from the fact that some of the bricks, pieces of stone and metal were thrown a distance of several hundred yards, breaking a large number of windows in houses in Love Lane and King’s Crescent.  In the instance a brick went through the shutter and window of a house in King’s Crescent about 50 yards distant and penetrated through the partition of the room into another apartment.  A large piece of metal which required 5 men to lift was thrown to a considerable height over the adjoining houses.  Fortunately no one was hurt.

January 16 1867
Wages for a 60 house week.

1846  – Masons 22/6: Labourers – 15/-: Joiners – 22/-: Bricklayers – 24/-: Plasterers – 22/-: Painters – 17/-: Slaters – 18/-: Plumbers – 20/-:

1866 – Masons – 32/6: Labourers – 20/-: Joiners – 30/-: Bricklayers – 33/-: Plasterers – 30/-: Painters – 30/-: Slaters – 27/-: Plumbers – 27/-

January 23 1867
About three weeks ago a farm servant at INVERMARKIE, GLASS called GEORGE SMITH left his home for Dufftown where he was seen on the evening of the same day, but he has not been heard of since.  At first little notice was taken as it was thought he had gone to see some relatives.  On his continued absence a number of men from GLASS accompanied by CONSTABLE DONALD and a party from Dufftown turned out on Thursday of last week (17 January) to search for him.   After a fruitless search of several hours both parties met in the valley of Auchindoun where it was decided that because of the depth of snow further search on the hills was useless.  Some of the parties then proceeded along the banks of Fiddoch to Dufftown but without success.  It has been ascertained that on the evening of Thursday fortnight the poor fellow called at a house on the Corsmaul where he was refused admittance.  This house is not above a mile from his home and not far from the spot where his bonnet has since been found.  It is supposed he had lost his way and fallen into a moss on the hill where his body would be concealed by snow.  Up to Saturday no tidings had been got of him and worst is feared.

January 30 1867
GLASS 29 January.  The body of GEORGE SMITH, servant at Invermarkie was yesterday (Monday 28 January) found in the snow about half a mile from Invermarkie near West Bodielair.  Value on his body were found ½ 1/d.: A watch: a bottle and other trifles.

February 20 1867
Between 10 and 11 pm on the evening of Wednesday 13 February two pedlars named JOHN AND JAMES FLOOD from Aberdeen while on their way from GLASS TO HUNTLY attempted to ford the Deveron which was much swollen at the time, at Cairnford, about 2 miles from Huntly.  Owing to the strength of the current, one of them, John, Lost his footing and was taken down the stream, the other with much difficulty reached the opposite side greatly exhausted.  He however, managed to go to WELLHEADS and inform the people of what had happened.  It was considered useless to search for the unfortunate man until daylight.  By daybreak a number of men set out to look for the remains of the man.  After a diligent search his body was found at Mill of Milton about 2 miles farther down the river from where he entered the water.

April 10 1867
Huntly weekly sale Wednesday 3 April.  Mr Gordon, Boghead, GLASS sold 2 quays @ £30 the pair.  Mrs Wagstaffe, Westerton sold a fat cow for £38.

May 15 1867
Died at Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntly 9 May ALEX GRANT, landlord age 54 years.

June 26 1867
Fire in a close a little off Castle Street, Huntly, occupied by CHARLES GORDON, GLASS – Post and others – little damage done.

June 26 1867
W.D. STEPHEN son of the GLASS PAROCHIAL SCHOOLMASTER lately mathematics teacher in Elgin Academy has just gained a silver cup and a scholarship to the value of 60 guineas in Cambridge University.  This is one of many honours previously gained by Mr Stephen who is now at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

July 31 1867
GLASS MARKET Tuesday 30 July large number of sheep on the ground but prices very stiff.  Blackfaced wedders 16/- to 20/- Last year these would have fetched 30/- to 35/-: There were 4300 sheep on view of which 2800 were unsold.  This was considered the worst Glass Market for 25 years. (1842)  Wednesday 31 July cattle sale, prices were fair with fat cattle £3.5/- to £3.12/- per cwt. On this day 2000 sheep were again shown but little interest was shown and prices differed very little from the previous day.  A good many horses changed hands.  At the harvest feeing there was a perfect famine of hands.  Cutters got £3.17/6 to £4.10/-  Binders £2.10/- to £3. And Gatherers £2.10/- to £3.7/6d.  A good many farmers were not supplied at the end of the day, labour was very scarce.

August 14 1867
The Duke of Gordon’s Statue.  This imposing statue has had cut upon its pedestal the following inscription.  GEORGE 5th and last Duke of Gordon Born 1770 died 1836.  Besides enhancing the appearance of the monument, which looked somewhat deficient before, the inscription will be of service to strangers who are readily attracted to the monument. The work has been well executed and is paid out of a surplus fund in the hands of the Committee of Subscribers of whom Mr Newell Burnett is Chairman.

February 5 1868
On Thursday evening 30 January the Depot of the 92nd Regiment arrived at Aberdeen after an absence of 24 years.  The main body of the Regiment is now in CANADA.  A great crowd assembled at the Rail Station to welcome 150 men of all ranks with 20 wives and 50 children.

February 5 1868
On Monday evening 3 February about 6 pm the body of a man named JAMES FETTES, farm servant at MILTON OF ASWANLY, GLASS was found in the mill dam.  He had been last seen about the premises looking after some cattle about 1 pm.  As soon as he was missed search was made for him but no trace could be got until the water in the dam was run off.  Fettes had shown symptoms of a week mind for about a fortnight previously.

March 11 1868
An accident of a very serious character occurred recently in the parish of GLASS.  On the morning of Saturday 29 February while Mr T. DUNCAN, NEWTON OF GLENMARKIE  was engaged feeding the threshing Mill somehow or other the straw wound up and round about the rollers and whilst he was endeavouring to clear them, his right hand got entangled between them and when he was struggling to relieve it, his left hand came in contact with them also.  Fortunately however, a man of much power was present and by physical force, dragged him from their powerful grasp, but not before his right arm was thoroughly smashed and his left one much bruised.  Two messengers were immediately despatched, one for Dr GRAY, GLASS and another for Dr Innes, Dufftown, both of whom were promptly in attendance and found it necessary to amputate the right arm a little below the elbow and also that the left one was dislocated.  Mr DUNCAN is a great favourite in this district and the deepest sympathy is felt for him in his misfortune and we sincerely hope that under the able and skilful treatment of his medical advisers he may soon recover.

May 27 1868
On Monday a boy was severely spoken to by the JP’s at Aberdeen for throwing stones at trains from the Windmill Brae Bridge.  On this occasion the driver jumped from his engine and caught the boy.  This practice was quite prevalent.

June 10 1868
In Aberdeenshire there were 638 vagrants, 207 of them being children at a given date during the year.  Three more than last year.

June 24 1868
We understand that the surviving subscribers to the statue in memory of the late Duke of Gordon have now resolved to apply the surplus funds at their disposal in the embellishment of St Machar’s Cathedral and have applied for authority to place a memorial window to HIS GRACE within the Cathedral.  Arrangements are being made for handing over the statue to the care of the Town Council  on behalf of the City of Aberdeen.

August  5 1868
Substantial additions made to SCOTTS HOSPITAL, HUNTLY.

October 14 1868
At Huntly Market on Wednesday 7 October MR GORDON, HILTON (Upper) GLASS sold 3 stots @ £18.6/-

October 28 1868
Viscount Macduff heir to the FIFE ESTATES visited GLASS and other parishes at this time.  He was approaching 21 years.

27 January 1869
At a meeting of the Huntly Road Trustees Mr Edwards of CIARNBORROW, GLASS drew attention to the dangerous state of the BRIDGE OF HAUGH AT GLASS.  The Surveyor was instructed to examine the bridge and report.

7 April 1869
A public urinal was erected on the Castlegate at this time at a ;point near where the present one is situated.  There was great public indignation at the idea.  One remarked that the Duke had his back to it but many visitors would be offended.

14 April 1869
Pay of Strathbogie Volunteers in 1800.  Capt. Forsyth received 9/5 a day.  Sergts. 1/6 and Privates 1/- a day.  They had to drill 52 days during the year.

28 April 1869
Annie of Tifty’s fame lies buried beneath a flat stone in Fyvie, the letters of which are becoming obliterated.  It was laid about 1719.  Now under the patronage of Mrs Lang the young ladies of Fyvie have raised £60 towards a proper monument to her memory.

2 June 1869
Death of James Hall, Shipbuilder.  Through his enterprise Iron Shipbuilding was recommenced in Aberdeen by the firm Hall, Russell & Co. about 1865.

10 June 1869
The sun of £72.5.9d. has been raised in Fyvie for the erection of a stone over the grave of Annie Smith.  It will be in the form of a granite cross designed by Mr Brodie FHSA free of charge and is to be erected by Messrs McDonald Field & Co. Aberdeen.  It will be surrounded by iron railings.

15 September 1869
As an example of charges in Inns.  We have Plain Tea 1/6.  Dinner with beer 3/-  Bed3/-  Breakfast 2/9

27 October 1869
The Bursary Competition for the Session 1869-1870 was declared at King’s College on Saturday afternoon 23 October 1869.  In 25th place appears the name of ALEXANDER HORN,  a native of GLASS (UPPER HILTON) educated at GLASS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL and the Grammar School, Old Aberdeen.  He won the Martin Bursary worth £14.

8 December 1869
On Friday 3 December the Fog Signal at the Girdleness was kept sounding for the first time since erected.

5 January 1870
At a JP Court Aberdeen before D.R.L. Grant, Alex Baird was charged with being under the influence of liquor while engaged as pointsman at Ferryhill Junction in November last.  He pled guilty and was fined £5 with a strong reprimand for his conduct whilst in charge of such an important post. (possibly a Signalman)

26 January 1870
In America carpenters and blacksmiths got 3 dollars (12/- in sterling) per day.  This seems to have been the general wage.  But men had to work hard.  Living was cheaper than in UK but cloth much dearer.  Rents in the cities were very dear but cheaper in the country.  A 6 roomed house with 2 ½ acres was rented at 22/-  a month.

2 February 1870
Died at HAUGH OF GLASS 26 January ROBERT MILNE 2nd son of JAMES ABERDEIN, Merchant there.

2 February 1870
Bankruptcy of Gordon Rhind, Flesher, Huntly.  Some extracts from his evidence.  He was then 43 years old and had been in business at Huntly since 1852 since the death of his father.  His mother-in-law was MRS ARCHIBALD, tenant of the farm of MILTON OF ASWANLY, GLASS.  She died in 1863.  Mr Rhind’s son, a boy of 14 years succeeded her in the lease.  At Mrs ARCHIBALD’S death it required all her property to pay off her debts.  Rhind incurred a loss during the Rindepest disease among the cattle.

9 February 1870
Aberdeenshire agricultural statistics for 1869.

Horses. 24,458:  Cattle 153,841:   Sheep 158,220:   Pigs 7,773

Aberdeenshire had by far the largest number of animals except sheep.  Argyle was highest with 98,102.  The next largest after Aberdeenshire are as follows:  Horses 13,914 – Perth:  Cattle 77,201 – Ayr:  Pigs 13,196 – Dumfries & Ayr had 11759 pigs.

11 May 1870
Died at EDINGLASSIE, GLASS 5 May MARY WILSON aged 59 years wife of ALEX. GAULD and daughter of late THOMAS WILSON, Merchant at THE HAUGH OF GLASS.

1 June 1870
At St Machar’s Cathedral stained window was set in the west wall costing £400-£500 paid from funds in the hands of the Trustees of the Duke of Gordon’s statue fund.  The notice contains a full description of the panels in the window which shows the main families into which the Duke’s family married viz; Howard; Norfolk: Mordant: Maxwell of Menteith: Brodie of Arnhall; Richmond.

1 June 1870
A girl of 6 years fell over the bridge over Commerce St. her fall was softened by her falling against one of the buttresses and she survived though severely bruised.

15 June 1870
Died at Chicago of consumption JOHN STRATH age 32 years eldest son of Wm Strath , GLACK OF BOTRIPHNIE.

12 October 1870
Died 27 June at Canada West. THOMAS DOW age 86 years.  For 37 years he was a resident of the township of Nichol where he died.  He was a native of the PARISH OF GLASS.

16 November 1870
For 75 years (since 1795) the White Horse has existed on the West side of Mormond Hill.  Now the proprietor of Cortes, W.F. Cordoner has placed the figure of a White Stag on the East Side.  The stone commemorating the event gives the date as 5 November 1870.

11 January 1871
Hon. Arthur Gordon to be Governor and General of Ceylon at £7,000 a year, his salary as Governor Gen of Trinidad was £3,500 a year.

19 April 1871
An earthquake was felt at Lerwick and all over Shetland on Monday 12 April.

12 July 1871
Thomas Carlyle passed through Aberdeen with his brother on their way to Strathpeffer Well.  They came by the London boat and went north by train but were not recognised by anyone at the Railway Station.

6 September 1871
At Huntly Athletic Games held in the Castle Park on Saturday, ALEX. INNES OF GLASS took the 2nd prize in the light ball of 14 lbs. event.  He threw 35’ 5”.

6 September 1871
The recently opened Day Nursery for children at Aberdeen for the purpose of giving mothers with very young children the opportunity to work has reduced its charges viz;-

For 1 child for one day = 3 pence

For 2 children for one day = 4 ½ pence

For 3 children for one day = 6 pence

For this charge they may bring the children to the Nursery at 5.30 am and leave them there till 5 pm.  They are supplied with good food, toys etc.

6 September 1871
The funeral of Rev. Mr Walker, Minister of Huntly attracted an attendance of 300 mourners.  The remains were brought in a hearse from the manse via Gordon St. the Square and Deveron St. to Dunbennan Churchyard.

20 September 1871
At the Autumn Circuit Court at Aberdeen – Wm Bowie a young lad was found guilty of stealing 2 ewes and a lamb from a crofter.  He was a young lad and as this was his first offence he received the reduced sentence of 15 months imprisonment.  Another old offender received 7 years Penal Servitude for stealing a pair of trousers, a coat, a pair of drawers and a shirt and another man with 2 previous convictions received 7 years. Penal Servitude for stealing a horse and cart.

11 October 1871
A long report of a Scotch Half Breed settlement near Winnipeg, Canada.

18 October 1871.
The great CHICAGO FIRE took place at 8 pm on Sunday 8 October 1871 when a boy living at the corner of Taylor & Halstead Streets went into a stable with a kerosene lamp in order to milk a cow.  The animal kicked the lamp over the kerosene setting fire to straw and running onto the street where it soon ignited the wooden sidewalks which were raised a considerable height above the street level, thus allowing a current of air to fan the flames.  Some rain fell on the 10th but not enough to dampen the flames and it was not till noon on Wednesday the 11th October that the fire was burned out and the extent of the damage assessed.  It was estimated that about 2 square miles of the city was totally destroyed, there was nothing left standing undamaged except some dwelling houses on the city outskirts.  Estimated that 500 died, several looters were summarily shot or hanged.  12,000 houses were destroyed and 100,000 people rendered homeless  The business sector was particularly hard hit and many who yesterday were rich were now ruined  Panic took place in this sector but soon rebuilding commenced and a few business men with some nerve were soon seeking houses to recommence business.  A fund was opened in the UK and Aberdeen City & County each gave £50 towards the relief funds.  The great fire affected many people – including Alexander Geddes – read more about him here

8 November 1871
Death of Alexander Stewart, writer in Huntly on Saturday 4 November aged 76.  He was not married and held the office of sub distributor of stamps for Huntly.  He was a Catholic and left his entire fortune, amounting to £10,000 to Huntly except for a small sun to the Catholic Church.  He lived at Gordon Street.

20 December 1871
Adam Dunbar of the Huntly Express appointed in place of Mr Stewart the stamp office.

20 December 1871
Aberdeen Savings Bank had now 1367 depositors and they had £14,848.5.1. Huntly Bank with 110 depositors had £505.8.4. at their credit.

24 January 1872
For some time past an agitation has been going on amongst our chief industries with a view to obtaining a reduction in the hours of labour.  At present the hours are 57 in a week.  A year ago in Newcastle the movement received a 54 hour week and that figure soon obtained all over England.  By and By the movement spread to Scotland where instead of agitating for 54 hours, there was a vigorous movement for 51 hours.  All the trades in Aberdeen have refused an offer of 54 hours and many are on strike, prepared to hold out for 51 hours.

7 February 1872
A meeting of the Master Joiners in Aberdeen last week conceded to 51 hours with no reduction in wages – in fact the wages which were 5 ½ an hour were increased to 6d. an hour at this time.  Most of the trades conceded, the concession to take effect from 20 June next.

14 February 1872
At the Mounthooly Hospital for Small Pox cases the figures were at this time.

Number admitted  81
New cases admitted in one day 4
Cases recovered and discharged  13
Number remaining in Hospital  56
Number dead  12

10 April 1872   Emigration to Canada.
Ontario offered 100 acres of land free to all over 18 years of age, in addition they cut down 5 acres of timber and erect a wooden shanty to be repaid by yearly instalments.  A grant of 25/- to each adult settling for over 3 months and something for each child.

10 April 1872   Serfdom in Scotland.
The salt makers employed at the salt pans near Musselburgh had been serfs at one time.  They were legally sold along with the property on which they dwelt.  They and their children had been heritable fixtures to the spot.  They could neither leave at will nor change their profession.  They were literally slaves and were still so until at Act of Parliament in 1799 abolished this last remnant of slavery in the British Isles.  They had set aside one day in the year as a festival of commemoration of their liberation.

19 April 1872
The farm servants in North East Scotland petitioned for monthly payments of wages and a Saturday half-holiday from 2 pm.  Also men were to be paid 3d per hour for every hour worked over 7 hours. On a Saturday.  The figure for women was 2d.  Ten hours was considered a day’s work but it was usually 12 or 14 hours which included the grooming which the farmers did not look upon as work.  All districts formed associations for the establishment of unions and the first meeting took place at New Deer this month when members were asked to pay 2/6 on entry and 6d paid monthly.  But not all farm workers were in favour of such associations as a letter in the 17 April 1872 paper viz”

“Is there such a want of common sense among the Aberdeenshire farm servants that they are to be taken in by this mad “Union Notion”.  Think of a farmers’ union, a farm servants union and every other class with their irascible union crushing and subduing every free man.  Let the brave and honest men of Aberdeenshire cherish and maintain their independence and liberty, which they will never do by coming under the tyrannical bondage of a union.  Where is the spirited independent Scotsman who is to be bound to fixed hours and certain rates of pay which as a consequence bring the same rate of pay as his lazy, useless companion.  Look at the number of substantial farmers who started as labourers and by dint or hard work and thrift became tenants of their own farms as independent men.  How did they achieve this, apart from hard work etc.  it was certainly not through the bondage of a union which forbade them to work an extra hour for nothing.  Let every young man who would attain to an honest independence learn to paddle his own canoe”

1 May 1872
Meeting at Huntly of local farm servants to consider the forming of an association for their betterment.

The present wages paid in Aberdeenshire are what the English farm workers are at present fighting for.  A man in Australia getting 10/- a day for breaking stones is none better off with the cost of living four times greater than that of Scotland, than is the Scotsman with his wage of 2/6 a day.

15 May 1872
Farm wages in Scotland now average 12/- to 15/- a week partly paid in kind or £18 – £24 a year with food.  In England they receive 1/6 – 2/9 a day and in Ireland 1/- – 1/8 a day without food or 6d – 1/- with food.

29 May 1872   Huntly feeing market.  In spite of Union agitation the wages accepted have been on average only 10/- – 15/- up for the six months contract on the previous term.

1st Horse men £12 for half year
2nd Horsemen £11 for half year
Others £10.10 – £12  – £10.15
Women £5 – £6

There was no word of shorter hours and the other extravagant demands put forward by the servants at their union meetings.

5 June 1872
James Gordon Bennet, founder and proprietor of the New York Herald, died at New York on Sunday.  Born in BANFFSHIRE in 1800 and educated for the Catholic Priesthood, he emigrated to America in 1819.  The Priesthood did not appeal to him.  He had for some time in America difficulty in earning a living, but becoming connected with the Press he started in 1835 a paper of his own.  The New York Herald.  He was the possessor of enormous wealth.

19 June 1872   Account of Aberdeen Feeing Market in the Pall Mall Gazette.

“There is a swelling hum of voices in the streets and a heavy grinding of feet upon the pavements.  Gangs of lusty men and buxom women, heels well down, elbows well up, mouths gaping and wide eyes on the glare, are rolling along 6 or 8 deep and all of them ingeniously out of step.  You see plainly that they come from the country and are greatly taken up by the fair.  You see forms, far from fairy like, overbalancing themselves over the stalls.  The damsels are as excited as their consorts as they rivet their attention on some trinket that has attracted them  There are hints, leers, nudges and plucks at coat sleeves in an effort to attract their swains to buy and placate them.  By and by their efforts bear fruit, the huge first plunges hesitatingly into the pocket of his shaggy pantaloons where amid much dalliance and rustic bandiage it goes in search of small change, or if fired with love and ardent spirits, he resolves to execute himself like a man – he dives down somewhere into the recesses of his waistcoat to emerge hot and perspiring with a greasy £1 note.  The purchase made and gift given, it is ten to one he exacts an instalment payment on the spot – a bargain may have been concluded in some farm building the night before for all we know – and he hugs the fair one publicly.  But flirting of this kind takes it out of the strongest and the start was an early one.  As they had been living on kale, oatmeal and milk for 363 days of the year they have all been looking forward to better things and in a Garrison City like Aberdeen there was an abundance of places of refreshment and amusement to suit varying tastes.  The crowd thins and scatters as the day goes by, but the strong scent of whisky hangs heavy in the atmosphere and free speech grows freer and manners, always easy, become absolutely loose.  The tide that overflowed the City jogging out in their gigs, many in a drunken stupor, but comparatively quiet, their horses, by long experience, are familiar with the road and are quite competent to take their masters home unassisted.  But it is a very different matter with some of the heavily laden carts with their drunken passengers.  The principal thoroughfares of the town are filled with a procession or carts outward bound and peaceful citizens are shocked at the behaviour of their country cousins.  Many householders are brought, in spite of themselves, to their windows to look on crowds of swearing shouting men and “skirling” women.  Now and then a cart comes to a standstill on the King Street Road as a wheel locks on a lamp- post; half the contents – on their way to farms in the Ellon district – are seen flying into the farms of each other, or some are shot bodily out upon the granite flagstones, all the while the driver, besotted with drink flailing the poor animal with unending blows from a heavy cudgel until it sinks under the cruel blows maybe never to rise again and much less does the ruffian care.  A sin and a scandal it is yet we can hardly fancy that it is the worst of it.  Self-respect once lost can never be regained and the familiarity of the feeing market gives it tons to the year.  So long as these occasions continue we need not be startled at the returns of the birth register and if respectable farm servants consulted their best interests they would agitate for their suppression before they struck for better wages.

24 July 1872        Mrs Simpson of Cobairdy with Family and friends are on a visit to BELDORNEY CASTLE, GLASS.  On Wednesday last 17 July she went for a drive towards the Cabrach in her carriage accompanied with friends.  Upon reaching the narrow Bridge at the BURN OF SUCCOTH which is a particularly steep part of the road, the horses became restive and on being checked by the coachman one of the  traces broke and the horses wheeled towards the fence by the bridge knocking it down and sending the carriage with passenger down into the burn below, a drop of over 40 feet.  Fortunately Rev Alex Gordon LLD of Walsall and MR TAYLOR, BOGHEAD were walking on the road nearby, they hurried down into the gorge and found the carriage lying upside down with the occupants lying in the water some having been thrown a considerable distance.  However all appeared not seriously hurt and a messenger was dispatched to fetch Dr Wilson from Huntly.  The whole party returned to BELDORNEY where they are making a wonderful recovery after their narrow escape from death or serious injury.

7 August 1872
The Mounthooly Small Pox Hospital contains at present only two cases.

14 August 1872
A memorial stone to the late Duncan Matheson was erected in Huntly Churchyard.  The inscription on it reads as follows.  Born Huntly 22 November 1824 died 16 September 1869.  Buried at Scone aged 45 years.

21 August 1872
At the 1871 census for Scotland it was shown that 7% of married men and 16 ½% of women could not write their name, they could only make a mark for a signature.

21 August 1872
Mounthooly Small Pox Hospital is now closed.  Since opened on 17 January 1872 a total number of 230 patients have been admitted of which 193 have been discharged cured.  37 died.

28 August 1872
At Huntly Highland Games held in the Castle Park on 23 August.  ALEX. INNES of the OLD MANSE, GLASS took the 3rd prize at putting the ball.

2 October 1872
Heavy rains and flooding all over the North East of Scotland

20 November 1872
The Duke of Richmond has given off some feus on the sloping ground at the Battlehill, Huntly for the erection of houses.

22 January 1873
Steps are being taken to open a JUTE FACTORY in Aberdeen.  A prospectus is to be issued shortly with plans to raise £2000,000.

29 January 1873
A public meeting of the Aberdeenshire Farm Servants Union (New Deer Branch) was  held at New Deer on Friday 24 January.  There was an attendance of between 300 and 400 men with some four brave members of the fair sex present.  Mr Wm. Fordyce of Brucklay M.P. presided with the Free Church Minister of New Deer Rev Mr Gardiner and Mr Buchan the secretary of the Union Branch on the platform.  Mr Fordyce was in favour of improving the conditions of farm workers and Rev. Mr Gardiner advised those who joined the Union to consider joining also the Temperance Society and the Anti Tobacco Society.  He was certain that most farm servants spent 1/- per week or £2.12 a year on tobacco alone.  One farmer present Mr Rettie of Pundlecroft was in general agreement with the sickness side of the Union, but opposed the union side, it savoured too much of strikes and high handedness to him.

12 February 1873
The prospectus and application for shares in the Aberdeen Jute Co. states that various sites are under consideration.

26 February 1873
Applications for shares in Aberdeen Jute Co. close on 8 March.  Up to date they have been well received and there is no doubt that they will all be taken up.

5 March 1873
Aberdeen Soup Kitchen for the first part of 1873 distributed many more meals than in the previous year.

Monday 341: Tuesday 434: Wednesday 440: Thursday 450: Friday 416: Saturday 371.

19 March 1873
An application to Aberdeen Town Council by the Aberdeen Jute Co. to feu 5 acres at Footdee near Garvocks Wynd not objected to.  The Council were anxious to encourage industry to the City.

19 March 1873
Mr Lawson Post Master of Huntly for a number of years has resigned.

2 April 1873
Aberdeen Savings Bank for 1872 the number of depositors amounted to 2204 with £6689.15.5 at their credit.

2 April 1873
Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the year investigated 120 cases.  43 cases were prosecuted.  Many were for cruelty to horses.

14 May 1873
We understand that the Aberdeen Jute Co. have acquired about 14 acres of ground at Sunnybank Nursery forming part of the Spital Estate for erecting their mill and power house factory.  About 3 ½ acres of the ground will be required at present and the surplus land will continue to be occupied as nursery ground till it is needed for extension.  The ground lies between Causewayend and the Spital and is thus close to parts of the town chiefly occupied by the working classes.  In addition to a moderate rate of feu duty it possesses the advantage of being exempt from municipal taxation.  A contract for rates of shafting, gearing and other iron work of the building was entered into some time ago and as Messrs. Thomson Bros. & Co. of the Douglas Foundry, Dundee the Coy’s engineers are at present engaged in the preparation of detailed drawings, we may expect that specifications will soon be in the hands of the contractor with a view to tenders for the work.

4 June 1873
Aberdeen House of Refuge received 4224 men, women and children for shelter for the night during the last year.  They received a plain supper and breakfast.

4 June 1873   Case of Joseph Cooper, farm servant at Kinstair, parish of Alford accused of forcing a boy of 8 years to drink 3 ½ glasses of whisky.  Although it was evident that he was guilty his case was found “not proven”.

18 June 1873
The first ordinary meeting of members of the Aberdeen Jute Co. was held on Friday 13 June in the Royal Hotel.  John Millar of Sandilands Chemical Works presided.  It was announced that 921 members had been allocated 42.758 shares raising a capital of £85.516.

13 August 1873
Mr Jas. Baird of Auchmedden near Glasgow has paid over to a body of Trustees to be called the Baird Trust a sum of £500,000 to be applied for religious purposes in connection with the Church of Scotland.  He was aware of the spiritual destitution that prevails among the poor and the working classes in Scotland.

13  August 1873
The 4th Duke of Gordon who was very ingenious in working in wood, puzzled his friends with a box (snuff) fashioned on a lathe by his own hands.  No one could guess what the wood was.  He told them it was grown on the grounds of Gordon Castle and so it was.  The snuff box was formed out of a cut from a haunch of venison so compressed and prepared as to stand the process of turning on a lathe and taking on a bright polish.

20 August 1873
Died at Torry Street, Huntly on 13 August Miss Margaret Bennett aged 80 years sister of the late James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald.

17 September 1873
Huntly Prison.  Number of persons lodged during the year – 20 males and 11 females.

17 September 1873
Interesting details of numbers killed in railway accidents in Scotland since 1861.

12 November 1873
Mr & Mrs Stainer Brodie and family have left Huntly Lodge for the sea.

12 November 1873
The Aberdeen Day Nursery had in the past an average daily attendance of 20, but now, due to an increase in rate of admission the number has dropped to 13.

12 November 1873
Severe flooding on Dee, the low lying ground between Virginia St. and the Quay suffered as usual from the extra influx to the sewers from the tide and the water was up to a depth of several feet in the houses at that part.

10 December 1873   The House of Refuge and Night Shelter.
Every homeless person if sober, can get a night’s shelter, supper and breakfast free, by applying at this Institution in St Paul Street between 5 am and 10 pm for one night.  If re-admitted and they can come as often as they choose, they must come before 6 pm and work from 6 pm till 9 pm which entitles them to supper and shelter.  They can leave before 7 am if they choose, but if so, they get no breakfast.  To entitle them to breakfast they must work from 7 am till 9 am.  The principal work is the preparation of old ropes for oakum and since the work test was applied, the number of applicants for admission has been reduced by one half.

10 December 1873
Public Soup Kitchen 41 Loch Street has been in operation since 1800 and is the most useful in town.  It’s object is to provide during the winter time a dinner for the needy hungry at such a rate as to bring it within the reach of all.  In 1800 the average daily number of recipients was above 300, much the same as at present (1873).  The dinner costs one penny and for this small sum they receive

–          1 choppin of broth (choppin a term used in Scotland for a quart measure): ½ lb of bread: 1 small piece of cheese.

–          This organisation is supported by voluntary contributions and generally closes towards the end of April each year.

11 March 1874
Aberdeen Jute Company’s 2nd Annual General Meeting stated that the start to the buildings was made in November last and with the open winter it will soon be ready.

25 March 1874
Wages of farm workers at Sittyton.  Married men and now engaged by the year.  They receive £22.- £24 and a free house with 100 stones of oatmeal, 2 imperial pints of milk, potatoes according to the number of family and a small garden for vegetables, an allowance for peats and £2 if no fuel is allowed.  The single men fed in the kitchen and received per year £28 – £30.  In harvest beer is given 2 pints per man a day but no extra pay, 11 hour day.  Ten hours at all other seasons.  Day labourers get 15/- to 18/- say without food.

6 May 1874
Another epidemic of small pox in Aberdeen.  14 cases at one time ill.  All are now in the Mounthooly Hospital, none are serious.  5 cases came from Woodside and 7 from the City.

10 June 1874
Small pox epidemic still rages.  In the Mounthooly Hospital there are 18 patients, last week there were 26.  Up to now there have been 8 deaths and 45 of a total admitted.  A case has been reported at Woodside.  The residents there were being told that they should have a Hospital in their own area.  In the vicinity of Mounthooly a large number of houses have been evacuated, causing a loss of rent to the proprietors besides a loss of general deterioration.  The owners are considering taking legal action against the Local Authority claiming damages on these counts.  Many cases in the streets and lanes near Mounthooly.

29 July 1874
Aberdeen Town Council agreed to adopt a plan for an epidemic hospital at Cunningarhill to accommodate 60 patients and 14 in the probationary wards at a cost of £8000.  A sum of £420 had been spent on the Mounthooly hospital and it was now in a dilapidated condition.

5 August 1874
A Commission appointed by the French have reported favourably upon the scheme to connect the UK and France by means of a submarine tunnel, but French coal owners in the North of France are afraid that the tunnel would greatly increase the deliveries of English coal upon the Northern French markets.

12 August 1874
Aberdeenshire School Board Huntly.  Fees for common standard quarterly 3/-.  Extra for French or Latin 2/6 per quarter.

12 August 1874
The first case under the 1872 Education Act to send children to school was the case of a Huntly labourer who after many warnings from the School Board Officer omitted to send his 5 year old girl to school.   His excuse was that her head had broken out in sores and her hair had been cut short and was a result he did not send her among the other pupils for fear of ridicule.  He was fined 1/- although the penalty was a fine of 20/-.

19 August 1874
A comment was made in the House of Commons on the presenting at GLASS of Rev. Wm Duguid in 1842.  This was made during a debate on patronage and was made by Mr Barclay MP for Forfarshire.

23 September 1874   Circuit Court at Aberdeen on Wednesday 16 September.  Wm Munro a middle aged man was charged with stealing a jacket and two vests from a farm in the King Edward parish of Aberdeenshire.  He had four previous convictions for trifling thefts but he received a sentence of 7 years penal servitude.  Another man Isaac Webster a thief by habit and repute stole a mare from a stable in West North Street for this he received 18 months prison.  Alex. Pirie a vagrant aged 24 years, stole a wedder and a lamb from a farm in the Tullynessle district – he had 7 previous convictions and received 8 years penal servitude.  But at the same court Wm Wilson from Aberdeen dragged a young girl into a field from the public road near Ury House, attempted to have intercourse with her and intended to ravish her, on her resisting he struck her repeatedly.  He received the trifling sentence of 9 months in prison. (Comment on unfair sentences)

21 October 1874
The Mounthooly Hospital has now been closed after being open for nearly 6 months.  Since it opened 96 cases have been treated, 85 have been discharged recovered and 11 died.

28 October 1874   Great hurricane on Wednesday 21 October.
It was worst between 10.30 am and 11 am when walking in the streets of Aberdeen was almost impossible.  The gate of the Mounthooly Hospital was blown open and considerable damage done to the roof.  The new chimney Stack in course of erection at the Aberdeen Just Works swayed alarmingly but did not fall.  At Huntly about 9 am the West gable of Stewarts Hall in course of erection fell almost to the foundation.  The storm was felt all over Scotland an in parts of Ireland and England.

23 December 1874
The small pox Hospital at Mounthooly has again been opened for the admission of the disease from the Skene Square district.

30 December 1874
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary figures for the past year.

Remaining in Hospital 143:  Cured 823:  Improved 342:  Unfit discharged at own request 191:   Died 94.

20 January 1875   Crime in Aberdeen for 1874.
1619 were arrested some of whom were set free.  The number found drunk and incapable was 171 of whom 40 were females.  The total number found to be drunk when apprehended was 722 males and 198 females a total of 920.

24 February 1875
House at 35 Springbank Terrace sold for £500 and another at 4 Rubislaw Place for £800.

3 March 1875
James Gray farmer at Milton of Cairnie fined £275 for illicit distilling.

10 March 1875
Mr Millar of Sandilands the Chairman of the Aberdeen June Co. said at the meeting that the Company was formed in the Spring of 1873 but it was the close of the year ere the ground was levelled to allow tradesmen to commence building.  World trade was depressed and with it the demand for jute sacks, but it was hoped to commence work as soon as the machinery was installed, they would be able to give employment to 400-500 people.

24 March 1875
A Petition having been forwarded to the Duke of Richmond has resulted in the influence of His Grace to induce the Inland Revenue Commissioners to return to Mr Jas Gray, Midtown of Cairnie £235, the amount of the penalty imposed on him for illicit distilling, thus reducing the fine to £40.

24 March 1875
Before Sheriff Comrie Thomson at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Saturday 20 March ROBERT DOW, farm servant GRAYSTONE, GLASS pled guilty to creating a disturbance on27 February at Nether Hilton, GLASS and using profane and threatening language towards PETER GREEN, farmer there. DOW was fined £1 with the option of 5 days imprisonment.

31 March 1875
From the 1st January 1875 the Prison at Huntly ceased to be a prison but only a place of detention under the Summary Procedure Act.  Aberdeen became the legal prison.  (Huntly had the right to detain a person for 3 days)

21 April 1875
The Aberdeen joiners have threatened to strike for more pay.  They asked an extra three farthings an hour, the employers had conceded one farthing but this was refused.  The shipwrights strike ended as did the riveters who have accepted a rise of 2/- a week making their weekly pay now 26/-.  They have been on strike for three weeks, many have gone south to obtain work.

28 April 1875
At a meeting on Monday 26 April the joiners resolved to refuse the offer of 7 pence an hour  from 1 July, they agreed to strike on 1 May.

12 May 1875
Fresh outbreak of small pox.  Since beginning of May 15 cases have been removed to the Mounthooly Hospital.  Tenders for the new Epidemic Hospital at Cunningarhill have been accepted.  It will cost £9112.6.51/2, the cost having increased because of the increasing wages.

26 May 1875
Aberdeen slaters demanded on halfpenny an hour extra and a further ½ penny after three months.  The employers offered ½ penny from 21 October, this was refused.

26 May 1875
The Aberdeen Leith and Clyde Shipping Co became known from this date as the North of Scotland Orkney and Shetland Steam Navigation Co.  They originally traded with the Clyde through the Forth and Clyde Canal.

9 June 1875
Aberdeen masons asked for a rise from 6 ½ to 8 pence an hour, the masters agreed to a rise of 1/2d an hour but this was refused, the men stating that they would accept one penny as a compromise but the masters still refused to this request.

9 June 1875
The School Inspectors salary for Aberdeen, Banff and Kincardine was £525 per annum with an expense allowance of “250.  He was among the best paid.

16 June 1875
Aberdeenshire Police.  The Chief Constable got £350 a year, Inspectors from £80 – £90

23 June 1875
Aberdeen Corporation carters asked for 3/- more per week, they have 18/- per week at present.  The scavengers also asked for 2/- a week more, they said rents had increased by 20% and the cost of provisions had also risen.

23 June 1875
The was an enormous amount of cruelty to horses in the City  and County of Aberdeen at this time.  One case stands out, that of Wm. Maitland, a carter, who on a journey from Auchmill to Kitty Brewster sat upon his overloaded timber laden cart and never missed a stroke with his whip all the way,, a distance of 1 ½ miles, he passed through the villages of Auchmill and Woodside at full gallop.  He was fined £3 or 30 days in prison.  Many other cases recorded carters lashing their horses until they fell and then stamping on them with their boots all the while lashing them with the ship.  There were of course Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals at the time.

30 June 1875
Professor Wm Geddes is a candidate for the Greek Chair at Glasgow vacated by the retirement of Professor Lushington.  There would be but one feeling in the North that of sincere regret were Mr Geddes removed from his present position, he has wiped away the reproach of imperfect classical training from Aberdeen and we know that his work here has hardly begun.

14 July 1875
The Glenmarkie moors in GLASS have the expectation of a plentiful supply of grouse for the 12th.  The grouse appeared to have escaped the ravages of disease, though the hatching was a little late.

1 September 1875
The number of persons entitled to a Parliamentary vote in the Parish of GLASS in 1874 numbered 45.

8 September 1875
As some excavations were being made in Carmelite Street on Wednesday 1 September the workers at a depth of from 3 to 6 feet from the surface came upon a large quantity of human bones.  Among the best preserved were the skull, arm and thigh bones of a young woman.  Tradition says that a Carmelite Monastery once stood in the locality and it is conjectured that the burial ground connected therewith was situated where the bones have been found.  Some 4 years ago a similar discovery was made in the same street.

15 September 1875
There has died at Wellheads, Enzie near Fochabers a Waterloo veteran, James Bonnyman aged 89.  He enlisted at Elgin in the 92nd Regiment when he was 18 years old (1804) and was through the whole of the Peninsular War.  He was in the battles of Toulouse, Orthes, Pyrenees, Vittoria and for these he had 4 clasps on one of his medals.  He was wounded in the face, a bell having entered his mouth and destroyed one of his jaws considerably, leaving it marked for life; but he was in the ranks again before the battle of Waterloo and took part in that great fighting engagement, for which he had a medal.  There he was wounded a second time, a bell passing through his leg which confined him for nearly 12 months in hospital.  Deceased had been a pensioner for 60 years.  He had been in the service of 4 Dukes at Gordon Castle.  Duke Alexander, Duke George, the late Duke of Richmond and also the present Duke who gave the old veteran a pension for life when he was unable for further service.

15 September 1875
The Jute Works.  It is intended that the Aberdeen Jute Co. works will be started in the course of 2 or 3 weeks, after having been ready for occupation for 6 or 7 months.  The spinning dept. will at first only be started, it is proposed to leave over the weaving till the trade becomes brisker.  Mr Aberdein the manager is at present in Dundee making arrangements for the opening.

29 September 1875
The Aberdeen Jute Works at Sunnypark was opened for work on Tuesday 28 September 1875.

3 November 1875
During the autumn an outbreak of foot and mouth disease took place over a considerable part of Scotland and the Contagious Diseases Act was passed prohibiting the movement of cattle, contraventions however took place in several places viz;- At a JP Court at Aberdeen at the end of October, JAMES MCGREOR, FARMER, CAIRNARGET, GLASS pleaded guilty to having driven 2 infected cattle across the public road opposite his farm on 12 October.  In defence it was stated that he was about 70 years old and had carried food and water to his byre for 14 days, a task he could not continue.  On account of his age and the distance he had travelled to Court he was fined £1.   At the same Court JOHN GORDON, FARMER, REEKAMLANE, CABRACH pleaded guilty to having removed 10 cattle from the farm of WESTERPARK, GLASS to his own farm on 7 October without having obtained a certificate from the Inspector enabling him to do so.  It was explained that he lived in a remote part of the country and the offence was committed in ignorance.  He was also fined £1.

1 December 1875
JOHN DEMPSTER, FARMER BOGFORTH, Huntly was drowned on Thursday 25 November in his own mill dam.  He had risen at 4 am and gone to the byre to see an animal that was unwell.  He told some of his servants that the animal would not live long and went back to bed.  He again rose at 5 am and left the house.  He was never seen alive again.  It is surmised that he had been trying to stop a leak at the sluice when he overbalanced and fell into the water.  His body was not recovered till 8 am.  He was 66 years and left a widow and grown up family.

15 December 1875
The Stewarts Hall in Huntly is to be opened on Thursday 16 December by Sheriff Comrie Thomson.

29 December 1875
The Aberdeenshire shoemakers received a wage of 5 pence per hour at this time.  An increase on their previous wage.

19 January 1876
The Health of Aberdeen.  The following are taken from a long list of the number of cases of the various diseases cited for 1871-1875

Small Pox – 1871 – 88: 1872 – 317: 1873 – 2: 1874 – 109: 1875 – 84
Typhus Fever – 1871 – 49: 1872 – 24: 1873 – 109: 1874 – 59: 1875 – 4
Enteric Fever – 1871 – 101: 1872 – 28: 1873 – 22: 1874 – 45: 1875 – 21
Measles – 1871 – 292: 1872 – 68: 1873 – 161: 1874 – 96: 1875 – 3
Syphilis – 18781 – NIL: 1872 – NIL: 1873 – 3: 1874 – 9: 1875 – 13

9 February 1876   Foot and Mouth in Aberdeenshire in 1875.
The disease occurred on 1715 different farms.  The stock on these farms numbered – Cattle 45,435:  Sheep – 49,562 of which 7731 cattle and 8954 sheep were affected.

8 March 1876
The Aberdeen Jute Works which have been in partial operation for 6 – 8 months will soon be in full production as the machinery is installed.  A start has been made on weaving.  There are at present 150 employed but when fully operational it is expected that 350 will be used.  The Company has chartered a large French ship to bring a cargo of jute direct from Calcutta to Aberdeen.  They are not to rely on Dundee as formerly.

22 March 1876
Severe snowstorm for past fortnight all over North East.

26 April 1876
William Duguid received from Edinburgh University the degree of LLD at this time.

17 May 1876
On Saturday 13 May there arrived in Aberdeen Bay the SS Golden Horn, 1585 tons direct from Bombay with a full cargo of linseed for the Northern Agricultural Coy.  This was the first ship to sail direct from India to Aberdeen.  She left Bombay on 27 March and travelled through the Suez Canal.   The vessel commanded by Capt. Kidder carries 22,000 bags of linseed, she was drawing 19’ 6” and was lightened of 300 tons of her cargo on Saturday.  She berthed on Saturday 20 May and was chartered by the local firm of steamship owners Adam & Co.  She took 45 days on her passage.

24 May 1876
The Astana with 7000 bales of jute is afloat on her way from India direct to Aberdeen.

24 May 1876
Died at Huntly 19 May aged 78 Admiral Chas. Gordon.

31 May 1876
At the Free Church Assembly in Edinburgh it was agreed to authorise a grant from the Aged and Infirm Ministers Fund of £30 to the Rev. Jas. McDonald of GLASS who is 70 years of age and has been 33 years in the Ministry.  The grant was to aid him in obtaining the services of an assistant.

31 May 1876
At Huntly Feeing Market held in the Square on Tuesday 25 May on a rainy morning which held the attendance down there were plenty of ploughmen but the demand for haflins and women, boys was far in excess of the supply.  1st Horsemen got £17-£19:  2nd, 3rd & 4th Horsemen £16 – £17:  Cattlemen £18 – £19: Orra Men £15 – £17: Boys of 15 and 16 years age £12 – £13.  Women £9 – £10.10

28 June 1876
At the trial of a man in Aberdeen who lived in Donald’s Court, Gallowgate it transpired that he, his wife and 6 children were huddled into an attic room 9 feet by 11 feet and 6 feet 4 inches high.  The entire contents consisted of a bed of straw mattresses on the floor, a broken table, a rickety chair, a cradle, a wag at the wa’ clock, some broken crockery and nothing much else.

5 July 1876
The published will of the Admiral Charles Gordon of Huntly shows that he left an estate of £15,070. 12.7d.

12 July 1876
GLASS ESTABLISHED CHURCH met on Tuesday 4 July to elect Mr Ross as assistant and successor to Dr Duguid

9 August 1876
GLASS MARKET at the end of July.  Tuesday was specially set apart as usual for the sheep and wool trades and Wednesday for cattle and horses and harvest hiring.  The numbers which were fully above the average in the past were; – sheep 3000: cattle 450: horses 100.  Last year the total number of cattle and horses was only 300.  Sheep, black faced hill wedders sold at 34/- to 38/- each.  Cross and English lambs at 22/- to 44/- each.  Old ewes 14/- to 21/- and mutton at 8 pence per lb.  There was only one wool cart in the market loaded with blackfaced wool which sold at 6 ½ per lb. of 16 ozs. Or 13/- per stone of 24 lbs.  Cattle were a poor sale and included some inferior Irish store cattle.  Fat stock sold at 70/- to 78/- per cwt.  Horses – a draught colt sold for £40.  Highland ponies used for carrying creels or panniers on the moors sold for £7.10 – £15 each.  This lot was bought by Mr Gordon of Buchromb.  During the forenoon the feeing market was not largely attended but by the afternoon the foot market was densely crowded by servants etc. who had come to meet sweethearts and hold a half holiday.  Wages were – Men to cut and build £5.5 to £5.15: Women £4.10 – :  Rakers £2.10 – £4.10.  A few domestic servants were engaged from this date to Martinmas at from £6.10 – £7.10

23 August 1876
On Sunday afternoon 20 August the ASIANA which arrived in Aberdeen Bay on Wednesday 16 August with a cargo of Jute from Calcutta, entered the harbour drawing over 20 feet of water.  The vessel was b berthed at Regent Quay.  This is the first direct importation of jute to Aberdeen.

30 August 1876
GLASS Rev D.M. Ross was ordained assistant and successor to Dr Duguid on Wednesday 23 August.  Rev. Mr Semple conducted the service.  Lady Grant of Beldorney presented Mr Ross with a purse of sovereigns as a token of the appreciation of the congregation.

27 September 1876
GLASS  A few farmers commenced harvest 3 weeks ago when the weather was favourable, but soon after we had a change and rain fell to excess.  Only one whole dry day from the 8th to 19th September and bitterly cold.  The stooks are drenched and the harvest will be very poor.  There are only 5 reaping machines in the parish of GLASS at present, but there will come a time when there may be nearly as few scythes.

27 September 1876
GLASS FREE CHURCH, the first meeting of the congregation took place on Tuesday to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Rev. Mr McDonald.  Mr Robertson of Barefolds proposed that they elect Mr Macaulay who had done such fine work for the past two months.  Mr Archibald of the Succoth seconded this motion.  There was no counter motion and Mr Macaulay was unanimously elected.

20 December 1876  GLASS
A ploughing match took place at the Midton by kind permission of Mr Dey on Wednesday 13 December in fine weather and a good turnout.

Ploughing 1st Alex Innes, Old Manse:  2nd Wm Mitchell, Pyketillum: 3rd Thos. Duff, Hillockhead: 4th Jas Craigen, Glenshee: 5th James Smith, Mains of Aswanly: 6th John Craig, Lettoch: 7thGeorge Strachan, Netherton: 8th George Milton, Mains of Aswanly: 9th Alex Dey, Midtown: 10th Jas. Wilkie, Netherton: 11th Alex Watt, Cairnborrow

Harness 1st James Smith, Mains of Aswanly.   The best done up horses James Smith, Mains of Aswanly

3 January 1877
Poverty in New York due to very cold weather.  There are not 50,000 persons out of work and wholly dependent on charity.  187 charitable organisations exist in the city at the moment.

21 March 1877
Death at his residence Church St. Huntly on 12 March Capt. James Alexander Gordon of Ittingstone aged 89.  He was accorded a public funeral and was buried at Auchindoir.

18 April 1877
A number of local gentlemen cognisant of the need for a Hospital for Sick Children have taken steps to obtain public support and have now obtained to rent that large house at the top of Castle Terrace.  It will cost from £500 – £600 to run per annum and will at first accommodate 14 beds, later to be extended to 24 beds.

25 April 1877
Though the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary possesses the most modern medical equipment it was evident when the City was faced with a serious epidemic of wide spread proportions that the need arose for a building separately placed to prevent a general outbreak.   The subject of such a hospital has been under consideration for 25 years, but the problem did not attract public attention until the outbreak of small pox at the end of 1871.   The Local Authorities were at their wits end as how to deal with the problem as the managers of the Infirmary refused to admit any cases of small pox or cholera.  To meet the prevailing crisis temporary premises were purchased at Mounthooly but the expense of running this hospital was great and the cost had to be provided out of public funds, whereas an Act had been passed in 1871 enabling Local Authorities to provide permanent accommodation for contagious diseases by spreading the cost over not less 50 years from Government funds.  Thus a site was purchased at Cunnigarhill of 9 ¾ acres at a cost of £2520.   This hospital which has been erected and could be occupied in a few days was one of the first of its kind in Scotland.  The total cost including the cost of the site will be £125,000.   In addition to the main administrative block there will be 8 separate buildings for male and females.  The Aberdeen Authorities have procured a loan from the Public Works Loan Commissioners to be paid over 50 years with interest.

2 May 1877
The will of Capt. Jas. A. Gordon of Ittingstone showed that he left £9000.  He left £500 to the Parish Church of Huntly, £300 to the Royal National Lifeboat Association £50 to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

2 May 1877   ANIMAL SUPERSTITIONS in the North East of Scotland in olden times.

There was great aversion to the hare, if one crossed one’s path this was a sure portend of a mishap on the journey.   To counteract the evil effect one had to make a cross on the path and spit upon it.

A mole burrowing near the foundation of a dwelling house was looked upon as a sure indication that the occupants were within a short time to change their abode.  If the burrowing was carried on round the whole house or most of it the death of one of the inhabitants was not far off.

A roast mouse was a cure for whooping cough and jaundice.  If a field or “thraw mouse” ran over the foot of a person that person was certain to be inflicted with paralysis of the foot.

The cock was called a prophet.  The crowing on the threshold  indicated the arrival of strangers.  A cock crowing on the roost before midnight was heard with dread, it was looked upon an  omen of death.  It wis deemed unlucky to sell hens, they were given to friends or neighbours.  The crowing of a hen was an indication of the death of a member of the family soon.  The offending hen was put to death at once.  Hence the saying:  “Whislin’ maidens an’ crawin’ hens is nae chancey”

Doves were an emblem of all that was good.  Magpies were birds of bad omen.  In some districts the following ditty was heard.

“Ane’s joy: Twa’s grief; Three’s a marriage: Four’s death”

To have shot a magpie was a certain way of incurring all manner of adversity.  It was sometimes called the “devil’s bird”

25 June 1877
Alex Smith of MAINS OF ASWANLY, GLASS appeared as a member of the Huntly District Roads Trustees.

18 July 1877
On the forenoon of Monday 16 July just as the few final loads of a consignment of 600 quarters of Russian grain being discharged from two steamers in the harbour was being off loaded at the new built bonds and warehouses of John Begg at Virginia St. by means of a steam crane to the upper floors, workmen noticed the iron upright supports sinking.  It was obvious that something serious was happening.  The support sank to a depth of three inches and the east gable wall began to bulge, a stone in one of the six front arches fell about an inch out of its place.  It was not considered very dangerous, just a natural settling of the building, but supports had to be placed against the front arch.  This was the present Nor. 3 Bond.  It was built on the site of what was called Cowie’s Brewery.

3 October 1877
A minute with reference to the late Dr Duguid Minister of GLASS was made at the half yearly meeting of the Synod of Moray at this time, in the following terms; – “Endowed with a mind naturally acute and cultivated, and furnished with superior attainments, he was distinguished by his prudence, discretion and clear judgment and by a steadfast attachment to the principles and constitution of the Church”

17 October 1877
A Displenish sale took place at the Manse of GLASS (Late Dr Duguid) on the 9th October.  There was a large attendance as the auctioneer Mr Jas. McKinnon commenced the bidding.

4 cows fetched £12.5 – £15.10 and £15.10 – £18.5.
4 one year olds fetched £8, £11. £12.10 and £13
4 calves fetched £5. £4.12 £4. £5.5
A draught horse fetched £22
A Pony fetched £5.18
A One year Old Pony £13.15

The harvest work will not be general in GLASS until the beginning of next week, though a few have commenced.  This season resembles one before Shirramuir mentioned by Burns  “The Simmer had been cauld an’ wat: An’ stuff was unco green”

To all appearances there will be more unripe cutting this season in GLASS than has been seen in any season for the last 30 years.  The weather on Sunday and Monday was very cold and stormy.  Tuesday and Wednesday was first rate.

21 November 1877
Golden Wedding Celebration at GLASS  on Thursday 15th November of Mr & Mrs John Geddes of INVERMARKIE.  The celebration had coincided with the wedding at Banff on the same day of ALEXANDER GEDDES the younger son and FRANCIS ROBERTSON SHARP 3rd daughter of the late Dr Sharp of Cullen.   ALEXANDER GEDDES left GLASS in 1860 at the age of 17 and obtained employment in the office of JOHN MUIR, factor Montreal, where by his close attention to business he speedily gained the friendship of Mr Muir.  Later he became associated with his COUSIN ALEX MITCHELL of Mortlach, then a merchant in Montreal.   GEDDES afterwards went to Chicago where he expanded his business interests.  A short time ago he returned to Scotland and bought the estate of Blairmore of 1000 acres which adjoins to Invermarkie.  His honeymoon was spent on a tour of the North of Scotland.  This celebration date also marked the completion of a new steading at Invermarkie.  You can read more about Alexander Geddes here

9 January 1878
A concert of vocal and instrumental music was held in the Public School of GLASS on Friday evening 4 January.  Rev. D.M. Ross presided over a very enjoyable evening.

16 January 1878
GLASS annual ploughing match was held at the NETHER HILTON tenanted by Mr Green on Tuesday 8 January.  At the end of the day the judges and Committee spent a very pleasant evening at the Old Manse Inn where Wans of Belnaboth was president and Mr Robertson, Greystone croupier.

13 February 1878
A second concert was held in GLASS.  Bagpipes, cello and comic turns enthralled a large audience including the scholars.

27 February 1878
GLASS.  The resignation of MALCOLM STEWART, Fife Keith factor to the Earl of Fife due to advancing years.  He has been factor for GLASS for 20 years and was well liked and the better liked the longer he was known.

27 February 1878
The third of a course of lectures under the auspices of the GLASS MUTUAL INSTRUCTION SOCIETY was delivered in Beldorney School on Friday evening.  Rev Jas Walker of the U.P. Church, Cabrach lectured on self-culture.  Mr Stephen, GLASS PAROCHIAL SCHOOLMASTER played several pieces of sacred music on the harmonium and the choir sang several hymns.

13 March 1878
Plans have been presented for a new burial ground at Huntly.  Sites and two at Hill of Haugh and Mr Duff’s Park.

10 April 1878
Arrived in Aberdeen yesterday the barque CUINEVERE of Greenock of 879 tons register with a cargo of Jute to Aberdeen.  She left Calcutta on 13 December last, this was the 2nd cargo from India to the new Jute Works.

13 April 1878
Death of ANDREW JERVISE FSA.  His official occupation was Inspector of Registrars but he was more generally known as a distinguished antiquarian.

23 April 1878
A strike occurred at the Jute Works at breakfast last Friday when 50 girls stopped work on hearing that their wages were being reduced by between 2 ½ and 8 ½ %.  They returned to work on Monday when new terms were agreed with the employers.

23 April 1878
GLASS YOUNG MANS LITERARY ASSOCIATION held a soiree in Beldorney Schoolroom.  Rev. Mr Macaulay and Mr Robertson, Inspector of Poor addressed them.

2 May 1878
GLASS.  Death by burning of a small child belonging to MR ALEX. ROBSON, Mason, Chapelhill.   The mother had gone outside to draw water from a well nearby, she was only gone for a few minutes and left the child, a girl of 2 years in the house.  The poor girl had gone too near the fire and her dress caught fire, she ran to the door which made things worse as there was a fierce wind blowing.  She lived 3 weeks but ultimately died from her injuries.

13 May 1878
GLASS.  The extensive farm steadings to be erected on the farm of Mains of Blairmore was contracted for at Fife Keith on Saturday (for GEDDES).  Mr   Logie of Huntly got the mason work, Mr Morrison, GLASS carpenter, Mr Wilson, GLASS slater.

The threshing mill is to be driven by water with the wheel upwards of 100 yards distant from the building, by means of a wire rope, a plan which to all appearances will get very common here as there is not a farm in the parish but could either have the water convenient at the steading or by the new plans within less than 400 yards thereof.

23 May 1878
GLASS weather excessively cold and stormy, the ground having been at times covered with snow.  No rain for a month and the crops poor.  The old folks spoke of two “ill years” ’16 and ’17 (18)

23 May 1878
Displenish sale at NETHERTON, GLASS occupied by PETER STRACHAN.  11 cows brought from £16 – £21: Young calves £3 – £4.10:  A 4 year old mare £87: An 8 year old grey horse £50.  And at the sale of the late Capt. Gordon at Ittingstone a pair of WORK OXEN made £56. (Note oxen were still being used even at this time)

13 June 1878
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD met at the Old Manse Inn on Monday 10th to consider a proposal to erect a class room at GLASS PUBLIC SCHOOL as recommended by HM Inspector of Schools.

6 July 1878
Death of Miss Robertson of North St,. Elgin one of the Robertsons of Pirriesmill Distillery, Huntly.   She left £35,000 to many Church organisations.  Rev. Mr Sturgeon was named as a trustee but declined to accept.

14 September 1878
Presentation to Malcolm Stewart the Factor to the Duke of Fife at Keith.  He was retiring after 21 years connection with the Fife Estates.  MR ROBERTSON of Barefolds, GLASS  attended the occasion when Mr Stewart was presented with a clock, a solid silver tea service and £100 for the purpose of increasing his library.

17 September 1878
A gale sprang up in the North East of Scotland on Sunday morning 15 September from the SW it blew all day and night and on Monday morning assumed serious proportions as it veered to the NW with increasing velocity till between 9 and 11 am when it gradually slackened.  At Huntly many trees were uprooted and blown great distances, the entrance gate of the Lemon Tree was thrown off and blown 36 feet away, at the Strathbogie Hotel the gate was blown to pieces.

19 September 1878
GLASS.  Harvest commenced here two weeks ago.  5 weeks earlier than last year.  On Sunday 15 September we had a strong gale from the SW with heavy rain in the afternoon.  Monday was a complete tempest with a westerly wind blowing all day.  A great deal of damage has been done, whole fields swept away (stooks) and standing corn completely threshed.  A number of thatched houses have suffered severely.  It was still blowing pretty hard on Tuesday but no rain.

2 October 1878
Joiners strike in Aberdeen.  350 ceased work this week each will receive 12/- a week from their funds but £1 will be paid in the week soon as the funds are strong.  They were protesting against the masters attempts to reduce the pay from the present 7 ½ an hour some shops worked on as usual content with 7 ½.  There was great unemployment in Aberdeen with the poor state of the building work in the city at this time.

15 October 1878
Joiners strike ended and the men will start work on Monday 21 October.  It commenced on 1 October and they have gone back on the masters terms.  Paid according to skill and efficiency some get 8d. per hour others 7 ½ but the average will be 7d.  The strike has cost the men £500 in lost wages.

26 October 1878
A letter from a farm servant in Aberdeenshire to his employer and obviously seeking a rise in wages.

Dear Sir,

Since I saw you in Stonehaven Market I have enged to get married to a ladie of Great fortune. She will not allow me to come to you in harvest.  She is just about to start for paris, and it is mare than likely I will accompany her.  But I think her reason is because I have so little wages.  The rest of my mats hae all got 10/- mor with the exception of one man.  She has shutch a good openien of me, as every Woman has of his husband or sweet hart, that she thinks I can work a day’s work with any man.  But if you would say that you would give me other 10/- I might get her prevailed upon to alow me to come.

Hopeing to hear from you before Friday

I am Dear Sir your servant

9 November 1878
Aberdeen masons wages were reduced from 7d to 6d per hour owing to the severe depression in trade.  Unemployment was very high at this time.  Many on charity relief.

9 December 1878
Long article on GEDDES PRIZES for good farming.

11 December 1878
Severe snowstorm, 12 inches at Huntly, 18 inches in GLASS etc.

12 December 1878
At the SCHOOLHOUSE GLASS on 19 December ARTHUR STEPHEN aged 72 years.  Parochial Schoolmaster of GLASS.

6 January 1879
Aberdeen unemployed.  The Poors Association arranged for men to be employed at Rubislaw Quarry breaking stones.  60 were sent and only one absented himself.  Dinners were sent out to them.  One man managed to earn 3/8 a day for himself.

9 January 1879
The first public exhibition of electric light to be shown in Aberdeen was on Tuesday 7 January in the large hall of the Music Hall under the auspices of the Northern Poultry and Pigeon Club at their annual show.  Messrs Mawson & Swan of Newcastle on Tyne fitted up two lamps one at each end of the gallery.  Power came from the two Siemens Bros. dynamo electric motors installed by the same firm.  At first the light was intermittent but in the course of the evening the two lamps shone clear and bright, it was possible to read without any effort the print on a newspaper.

10 January 1879
ANN COCKBURN widow of Jas. Addison, miller at Mill of Davidston, who died recently at the age of 96 was born at MAVISMIST a holding now incorporated in the farm of Bowmakelloch, Botriphnie.  She lived a married life of 68 years and had 11 children, 45 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and 9 great, great, grandchildren,  in al at least 129 persons of whom no less than 120 are still alive.  Of the great, great, grandchildren the eldest is a boy of 9 years.  Indeed a hardy race.

10 January 1879
GLASS.  The storm still continues most sever here, we have had a tempest of wind for SE for two days.  There has been little drifting however, the snow being pretty solid with the sharp frost after the late thaw.  The present storm has often been compared to that of 1838, but we hope it will be of shorter duration.  In GLASS the storm commenced on 6 January 1838 and the thaw came during the second week of April.

10 January 1879
GLASS.  The number of paupers has been reduced.  Of 7 parties to whom the new Poors House Test was applied 6 refused and became self-supporting, while 1 accepted.  The election of a new Registrar vacated by the death of Arthur Stephen, late schoolmaster was filled by his son Arthur the GLASS schoolmaster.

15 February 1879
GLASS PAROCHIAL BOARD meeting had an application from WM. GORDON, farmer UPPER HILTON against assessing him as the tacksman of the GLASS MARKET CUSTOMS.  The appeal was sustained.

19 February 1879
MRS MARY SMITH OF ASWANLY, GLASS still appears as a shareholder in the North of Scotland Bank, as had her father Jas. GAULD OF GLENBEG, GLASS now deceased.  He died in 1845 to be succeeded by Wm Shearer who died in 1872.

20 February 1879.
GLASS.   The snowstorm at present raging here brought farming operations to a standstill.  It must be a busy seed time when it comes, as ploughing is already in arrears, notwithstanding an early finished harvest, as the ploughing was not pushed in the autumn months.  Farmers are proverbial for complaining but seldom for many years have they had such cause as at present with all kinds of farm produce so far down in price.  They are also feeling the bad effect of the September tempest last year, as whatever of the crop that was secured before the gale, though in generally fair quality, is far from some seasons in quantity.  So it would appear it is by no means an extra crop that has brought prices down.  One old woman remarked lately that all her fire consisted of was “Jock’s auld jacket and twa or three bottles of paraffin”.

25 February 1879
Aberdeen Soup Kitchen gave 2841 supplies of soup and bread in the week of 8 February but the highest number was for the week of 4 January when 3260 were supplied.  Very cold winter.

15 March 1879
GLASS.  After 10 days of fine forcy spring weather agriculture operations have been pushed forward, but we are again in the midst of a storm of great severity with intense frost.  All outside work at a standstill.  Snow was a uniform depth of 10 inches at Huntly and much more at GLASS.

29 March 1879
A meeting was held in GLASS FEMALE SCHOOL on Wednesday evening 26 March of the ratepayers with a view of nominating the New School Board.  Mr A. Smith of Mains of Aswanly a member of the Parochial Board gave a short statement of the work of the Board for the past three years.  The following were nominated to stand for election to the New Board.   Smith, Aswanly, Bennet, Parkhall, W. Gordon, Upper Hilton, Gartly, Wrightstone, Smart, Mains of Beldorney. Rev. Mr Ross and Rev Mr Macaulay.  Thus 7 candidates for 5 seats.

3 April 1879
GLASS FREE CHURCH Soiree in Beldorney School.  Mr Ross of the Established Church attended, great accord.

14 April 1879
Voting took place in GLASS FEMALE SCHOOL on Saturday 12 April to decide the School Board Members.   The following was the result.

Rev. Mr Ross Est. Minister  80
Alex Smith, Mains of Aswanly  78
Mr Bennet, Parkhall  76
Mr Smart, Mains of Beldorney  56
Rev Mr Macaulay, Min. Free Church  51
Unsuccessful Mr Gartly, Wrightstone  33
Mr Wm Gordon, Upper Hilton  31

22 April 1879
GLASS.  Diphtheria has been raging here for some months.  There have been 3 deaths in each of 2 households and 2 in another.  A meeting of the Local Authority has been held and every precaution to prevent the spread of the disease taken.

29 April 18790   GLASS . The sowing is about three quarters done and not much later than last year.  Poor grass is evident on account of the intense cold.

29 April 1879
GLASS AND CABRACH LITERARY ASSOCIATION held a Soiree in Beldorney School on the evening of Friday 25 April Mr Jones the Schoolmaster of Beldorney was in the chair.  Mr Watt of Butterwards who has done so much towards the teaching of music in the area as a music teacher gave several songs.

28 May 1879
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD met in the Public School.  The assessment school purposes was fixed for the year at 1/1 per £ on Heritors and tenants, being a reduction of 4 pence per £ on the last year.  An application from Mr Jones, teacher, Beldorney School for an increase in his salary was considered, but the Board declined to accede to his request.

17  June 1879   GLASS.  This district has been visited by two severe thunderstorms.  One on Tuesday last 10 June and the other on Saturday 14 June.  Both were accompanied by heavy rain and hail – some of the hail was over one inch square – but the storm of Saturday was the most severe.  About 5 o’clock the lightning entered a farmhouse at CIARNMORE and struck the farmer MR BRANDER, an elderly man and the servant girl, who were both laid prostrate and rendered quite insensible, but recovered in about an hour.  A younger girl had a slight burn in the form of a small cross on one of her wrists, while a valuable dog below the table was killed on the spot.  The rain has done a great deal of damage to newly sown turnips.  In fact the oldest inhabitant seldom, if every has seen so much damage done in this way.

18 June 1879   Gartly Parish Church is to be mostly demolished and rebuilt.

24 July 1879   Article on washing etc. long ago,.

In days long ago very little or no soap was used in washing.   Cow dung was frequently employed in the scouring and bleaching of “HARN” – very coarse linen.  A thick leg of it was made and into this the wet wad was put.  It lay in this mixture for some time.  This process was called “bookin”.  It was then taken out and washed as clean as possible and then boiled in water and spread out on the grass.  It was turned and soaked every day with water till the strong smell of the “book” had left it wad it had become white and clear.  Poultry droppings and sour urine was also used for the same purpose.

31 July 1879   GLASS MARKET.
There was a large attendance of farmers and dealers at this market and a fine stroke of business was done in all departments.  CATTLE.  The supply was fully an average but business was somewhat stiff particularly for store cattle and cows.  Only a few lots of fat cattle were forward and these met steady sale, best quality about 75/-.  There was a large display of store cattle and a good few lots of Highland and Irish stirks for which there was little demand.  A. HORN, Bodylair sold a work ox for £27.  MR PIRIE of Greystone also sold a work ox at £27.  J. DUNCAN, Edinglassie sold 4 quays at £19.15.  A. ROBERTSON, Greystone sold a cow at £15.  J. ROBERTSON, Belnaboth sold 6 stots at £17 each.  Highland stirks sold at between £15-£21.  SHEEP.  There was a large showing.  WOOL. There was only a meagre supply of wool and low prices.  Highland unwashed got from 4 pence to 4 ½ pence per lb. of 16 ozs.  English unwashed 10 pence to 1/- per same weight.  HORSES.  The number was above average but prices one third less than previous years.  Fully half were unsold.  Foals got £9-£15 each.  Yearling colts £16-£22.  Two year colts £25-£35.  Best draught mares and horses £40-£60 each.  FEEING.  By 10 o’clock in the forenoon the foot market was densely crowded but feeing was decidedly stiff.  At the commencement servants stood out for wages which employers were unwilling to pay and it was not till after mid-day that many engagements took place.  With the exception of women and boys, all classes of servants seemed plentiful.  Cutters and builders get £4.10 – £5.10.  Bandsters £4 – £4.15.  Women were sharply picked up at £3.5- £3.15.  Rakers got £2.- £4.10.  A few domestic servants from this time till Martinmas were engaged at from £4.10-£6.10  As usual the bulk of the farm servants in GLASS and surrounding districts visited the hill in the afternoon to hold a half holiday.  The weather was exceptionally warm and dry and the proprietors of the large array of drinking booths with which the stance was studded made a good clearance.  It was noteworthy, however, that fewer cases of intoxication than is customary were observable and the services of the policemen were almost unnecessary.

8 August 1879
Death of the Earl of Fife at Mar Lodge Thursday 7 August.  Born in Edinburgh 6 July 1814 the elder son of Gen. the Hon. Sir Alexander Duff of Dalgety brother of the 4th Earl who was created Baron Fife in 1825.  While the Hon. Jas. Duff he represented Banffshire in the House of Commons as a Liberal MP from 1837-1857.  On the death of his uncle in 1857 he succeeded to the title as the 5th Earl of Fife.

9 August 1879
Fight at GLASS MARKET.  JAS. CASTLES, Skinner, DOUGLAS BRAE, Keith, JAS GRAY, shepherd Ittingstone, Huntly, PETER MCROBBIE, Howmill, GLASS, CHAS GILL, dry stone dyker, Cairnmore, GLASS were charged with fighting at Aberdeen Criminal Court before Sheriff Dove Wilson.

14 August 1879   GLASS farming notes.

21 August 1879
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD met on Tuesday 19 August in Beldorney School.  Rev Mr Ross was in the chair, all the members were present.  With regard to the proposed amalgamation of the female school and the public school No. 1, the clerk reported that he had been in touch with HM Inspector of Education who objected to the scheme on account of the distance between the schools.  It was resolved that in future infants stand 1 & 2 should be taught at the female school and the rest at the public school.  It was decided to improve the playground and the seating at the public school.

26 August 1879
CONSTABLE DUFF was the PC at GLASS at this time.

26 August 1879
GLASS PAROCHIAL BOARD in the case of KENNETH MCDONALD, GLASS against the Parish of Urray, the Poors Inspector got intimation to put the case in the hands of the Board’s Agent without delay.  The Roll of Paupers was gone over.

3 September 1879
GLASS PARISH CHURCH PICNIC with the pupils of the Female and Public schools on Saturday 30 August assembled at the public school at 2 pm from whence they marched preceded by 2 pipers with flags flying to a field near the Est. Manse.  Here they engaged in fun and games till 4 pm when tea was provided, after which they continued to enjoy themselves till 7 pm when they dispersed.

11 September 1879
Salaries of Scottish Headmasters  £350: Infant Mistress £100: Junior Master £130

15 September 1879   Article on Folk-Lore in North-East

A dog eating grass was a sign of rain coming.

If rooks perched themselves in rows on top of walls or palings rain was believed not far away.

When a flock of rooks kept wheeling round one spot it was called a “craws Weddan”.

If sea birds kept flying inland in flocks with much noise it was regarded as an indication of  a coming storm.

The act of crows flying upwards and downwards and as it were, tumbling over each other, was called “cloddin” and was looked upon as the forerunner of wind.

A rhyme about the Raven was –
“Pit yir finger in the corbie’s hole
The corbie’s nae at hame:
The corbie’s at the back door
Peckin’ at the benn”

At the same time the one who repeated it put the thumb and the forefinger together and asked his companion to put his finger into the opening so formed, if he did so, he got pinched.

 When the broom and the whins were rich in blossom, it was looked upon as an indication of a good crop.

Spiders were regarded with a feeling of kindliness and one was very loth to kill them.   Their webs were very often called “moose webs” and were a great specific to stop bleeding.

26 September 1879
At the present time there are 5000 women and girls working in the mines in the UK.  Many are under 13 years old.  In Cornwall there are 96 girls working of between 8 and 13 years of age.

18 October 1879
GLASS.  Little done at harvest work here as yet, a few only have commenced and we have had a very sharp snowstorm on Tuesday morning 14 October.  The ground was covered, though not so severe as that of the spring of 1877.

7 November 1879
At a meeting of farmers held at GLASS on Tuesday 4 November ALEXANDER SMITH, farmer Mains of Aswanly was re-elected tenant trustee for GLASS under the Aberdeenshire Turnpike Act (There was only one representative for each parish)

14 November 1879
GLASS Wednesday 12 November.  Cutting was in general finished here about the end of last month and the great bulk of the leading done last week between Tuesday morning (4th) and Saturday night (8th)

21 November 1879
Huntly Feeing Market.  For the half year 1st Horsemen received £11 – £12.10:  Cattlemen £8 – £10.10.  Wages in general are reduced between £2 and £4 from last year.

5 December 1879
A.C. Stevenson Esq of Blairshinnoch proprietor of the estate of CAIRNBORROW, GLASS in consequence of the lateness of the season has kindly postponed the collection of the Martinmas rents until Candlemas (2nd February)

10 December 1879
Huntly Curling.  Two games were held on the Huntly Curling Public Pond on Monday 8 December between Dyce and Huntly.  The weather was fine but the ice was in a bad condition.  Sir Wm. Forbes Bart. Of Craigievar was one of the Dyce skips while Rev D. Macaulay, Free Church GLASS and Dr. J.O. Wilson skipped the Huntly team.

24 December 1879
Proposal to establish a  Workman’s Café at Huntly similar to the Aberdeen Café in the Shiprow.  Mr Lawson of Westerton was especially interested in the welfare of farm servants, who, when they had time off, had no place to visit except the public houses where they learned nothing but evil.  Mr Legge the senior magistrate was a prime mover.

29 December 1879
The worst gale for 20 years occurred late on Saturday night and Sunday 27 and 28 December.  Hardly a building escaped damage in Aberdeen.

30 December 1879
Account of Tay Bridge disaster on Sunday evening 28th December.

31 December 1879
GLASS.  A tempest of extraordinary severity was felt here for a few hours on Sunday evening.  It commenced about 6 pm from the SW and raged with great fury till about 10 pm when it veered round to the NW and a heavy rain set in.  Many thatched houses suffered, and a great number of corn stacks were blown down.

9 January 1880
Arrived at Aberdeen Harbour this week the PLANET from New York with 1400 sacks of flour consigned to Watson & Philip and from the FRITZ also from New York 2000 tierces of lard, 1867 sacks and 1000 barrels of flour to A.R. Gray.

20 January 1880
A letter from a Cabrach farmer.

23 January 1880

North-East Folklore

A hen ought to be set on an odd number of eggs, if not, many, if not all will addle.

It was believed that handling any birds eggs in the next made the bird desert, or “forhooie” them.  The birds had the faculty of knowing that a human hand had touched them, and she left them rather than hatch young to be taken away.

It was considered unlucky to see the new moon for the first time through glass, or with empty hands.  To have something in the hand on the first sight of the new moon was considered lucky and indicated a present before the moon waned.  The money in the pocket must be tuned when the first sight of the new moon was sought.

 The “mairt” or mart, the pig that was to be salted, must be killed when the moon was on the increase, else the meat would not keep well.

 It was looked upon as dangerous to sleep with the moon shining on the face, it was said that the result would be that the whole face but particularly the mouth would become twisted.

 A halo round the moon is called a broch, and is thought to indicate a fall of rain or snow.  Hence the proverb “A broch aboot the meen ‘ll be aboot the midden afore mornin’”

 When the new moon looks as if it were lying on its back it is supposed to indicate foul weather.

 If the old moon is seen as it were, lying in the bosom of the new moon, it is still (1880) regarded as a sign of a coming storm, as it was in days of old –

“I saw the new meen late yestreen, Wi’ the auld meen in her arm: And I fear, I fear, my master dear, That we shall come to harm”

 During thunder it was not unusual for boys to take a piece of thin wood a few inches wide and six inches long, bore a hole in one end of it and tie a few yards of twine into the hole.  The piece of wood was then rapidly whirled round the head, under the belief that the thunder would cease, or that the thunder bolt would not strike.  It went by the name of the “Thunder-spell”

6 February 1880
GLASS.  After about a month of keen frost we are now enjoying mild weather and ploughing, which lately was taken aback, but should soon, if the fine weather continues be ahead.  Many stacks of corn have been damaged by heating.

1 March 1880

Folk Lore

Ringworm.  The common cure for this disease was rubbing the diseased spot with silver.  The modes of rubbing were;  Rub the spot with a silver watch: rub the spot with a shilling piece.  Put a new shilling three times round the “crook” (the say?) spit a “fistin spittle” on it and with it rub the affected part.

 Whooping cough.  A decoction of sheep “pushlocks” that is, the excrement of the sheep, was a cure for this disease.  The same was applied for jaundice.  Other cures for hooping cough.  The milk of an ass was a sovereign specific.  The disease was also cured by riding on an ass, or passing the patient three times under the belly of a piebald horse put the malady to flight.  Another cure was roasted mice, particularly three of them.  A draught of water taken from the hollow of a detached boulder effected a cure.  If the patient was taken to another laird’s land the disease was left there.  Eating the food from a “quick horn” spoon, that is, spoon made from the horn taken from a living animal was considered a very effective cure.

 Warts.   Go to a point where four roads meet, life a stone, rub the warts with the dust from below the stone, and let the words be repeated; – A’m ane, the wart’s twa, the first ane it comes by, Taks the warts awa”

The warts vanish in a short time.

 Another cure.  Luck the wart with the tongue every morning on awakening and it will gradually vanish.  Wrap up in a parcel as many grains of barley as there are warts and lay it on the public road, whoever finds and opens the parcel inherits the warts.

 Lumbago, rheumatism and sprains.  Those who were born with their feet first, possessed great power to heal all kinds of sprains, lumbago and rheumatism, either by rubbing the affected part with the foot or by trampling on it.

1st March 1880
Plasterers wages in Aberdeen 6 ½ an hour for say 50 hours or maybe 54.  They sought an increase to 7 1/2d.

11 March 1880

Folk Lore.   “Counting out” was a common form of folk lore.

“Fussle Beardie his a coo
Black an’ fite aboot the moo,
Widna that a dainty coo
Belongt to Fussle Beardie

Fussle Beardie his a horse;
It hault the cairtie through the moss,
Broke the cairtie, hangt the horse
Wizna that a dainty horse
Belongt t’ Fussle Beardie.”

12 March 1880
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD.  Rev Mr Macaulay gave notice for the next meeting to have the teachers impress upon the pupils the great sin of drunkenness.

18 March 1880   GLASS.
Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning 16, 17 March the dwelling house at Parkhead, GLASS recently occupied by Mrs Jane Stewart was completely destroyed by fire.  By the personal exertions of Mrs Stewart and obliging neighbours however, the most valuable of the furniture was saved.  The damage which is considerable is fully covered by insurance.

19 March 1880
Death of JAMES C. GEDDES of HM Indian Civil Service, a native of GLASS.  He died suddenly on 9 March at Moynfferpoor, Bengal.  Born in 1841 he graduated at Aberdeen University.  In 1859 at a competition of 300 candidates for an Indian appointment he came out 2nd and at the final competition of 80 he came out 1st.  In India his first station was at Pubna.  He was soon promoted to be a Provincial Judge and at the time of his death he had risen still higher in the service .  He leaves a widow and three children.

23 March 1880
Folk Lore.  The rhyme about the CABRACH attributed in the district to Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon runs as follows.

“I hae a kintra caad the Cabrach

The folks Dabrach,

The water’s Rushter

An’ the corn’s trushter”

The Rushter or Royster is a stream that flows about a mile north of the Church having its source in the heights to the westward.

 25  March 1880  Folk Lore.
The days of the week.

Monday was accounted an unlucky day on which to begin a piece of work.  There were parents who would not enter their children at school on that day.  With regard to the weather, the “saw” is: –

“A harn Monday maks a linenweek”

 Tuesday was regarded as a lucky day for entering on any new work and for sending children to school for the first time.

“Wednesday is aye weather tru
Futher the meen be aul’ or new”

 Friday was specially avoided as the day on which to begin a piece of work.
A Friday with fine weather during a time of wet is called a “flatterin Friday” and is supposed to indicate a continuation of wet weather.

 Saturday was looked upon by some as a day of luck to enter into any undertaking.  A new moon on Saturday was looked upon as the forerunner of stormy weather.

“A Saiterday meen an’ a Sunday prime
Genn she cum ance in saiven year
She comes in gueede time”

10 April 1880
GLASS  Yesterday afternoon GEORGE ROBERTSON, farm servant, met his death in a rather peculiar manner at the farm of Invermarkie, Glass.  The unfortunate man, while removing a colt from a stable, was accidently struck by the animal on the chest and died from the effect of the stroke about 10 minutes afterwards.

10 May 1880
GLASS  It has been a favourable winter and very favourable seed time.  Vegetation is 4 or 5 times ahead of last year.  Peat cutting in the moss has commenced.

15 May 1880
Huntly New Cemetery is now ready for interment.

31 May 1880
Huntly District Roads Committee Meeting.  Stated that heavy rainfalls in September last year (1879) had damaged several roads in GLASS and Gartly.  The bridge at HILTON, GLASS was almost entirely swept away by the floods in September 1879.  It had been subsequently repaired and the water run lowered by fully 7 inches.

9  June 1880
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING in the public school.  The Board proceeded to consider the Rev Mr Macaulay’s motion viz – “That this Board entreat their teachers to use every available opportunity for impressing on the minds of the children the debasing nature of the sin of intemperance”.  The motion was seconded by Mr Smart of the Mains of Beldorney.  The Chairman Rev D.M. Ross of the Est. Church moved that the Board give no special directions to the teachers on this subject.  He did so because the children were not addicted to this sin and therefore he did not think it advisable that it be unnecessarily brought before their minds.  Moreover, if the Board were to commence issuing such instructions, there were other sins besides drunkenness against which it was at least equally necessary to warn the children, and he thought the Board ought to leave all such matters to the discretion of the teachers.  This motion was seconded by Mr Bennett, Parkhall and Mr Smith, Mains of Aswanly concurred.  Mr Macaulay was disappointed with the result and said he was sorry to find that a majority of the members had no regard for the welfare of the young.  But Mr Ross replied with some heat that Mr Macaulay had no right to make any such statement and he had no doubt other members were as solicitous for the welfare of the young as it was possible for him to be.

19 June 1880
Singers Circus at Huntly Wednesday 7 June.

21 June 1880
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD instructed the school officer to summon 20 defaulters, most of the excuses were that the child had been herding.

26 July 1880   The Country Doctor

“By dusty road and barren shore,

The Doctor rode from door to door;

In scorching heat or biting cold,

The honoured guest of young and old.

His hours in cheerful labour flew,

Nor envy nor ambition knew.”

29 July 1880
GLASS MARKET.  Held in a day of drizzling rain.

Feeing Cutters £4 – £4.10@  Bandsters £3 – £3.5:  Women £3 – £3.10

30 July 1880.
JAS MUNRO appeared at Aberdeen Criminal Court charged with driving a horse and machine in a reckless manner on the road between WATERSIDE AND BLAIRMORE, GLASS.  He was from Keith, a baker, fined 30/- by Sheriff Comrie Thomson.

17 August 1880
GLASS & CAIRNIE annual picnic was held at the Easter Shenwell by permission of Mr Smith.  A very hot day 150 took part “Aunt Sally”, fiddlers and pipers.

14 August 1880
On the GLENMARKIE moors four guns bagged 80 ½ brace of grouse and 11 hares.  On the BELDORNAY estate 2 guns bagged 71 brace of grouse, 2 golden plover, 1 green plover, a snipe and 2 hares.

17 August 1880
GLASS Picnic for school children took place on Saturday 14 August.  The children met at Mr Stephens school and marched with banners flying preceded by bagpipes to the Manse where they were welcomed by Mr Ross and his mother.  Dancing to the strains of Cumming Duff’s bagpipes and Geo. Duff’s violin commenced.  At 4 pm a hearty tea was provided close to the manse and the fun resumed.  At 7 pm they were again marshalled and given each a present by a local lady.

24 August 1880.
GLASS & CABRACH annual picnic held at Edinglassie in a field granted by Mr Duncan.  Messrs Myren and Grant ably conducted the music while a tug of war between 12 men from the Upper end of the parish tested 12 from the Lower part.  They pulled twice with no side winning.

24 August 1880
In the Banffshire party of GLASS there were 22 persons entitled to vote.

18 September 1880
GLASS.  The great bulk of the crop is in stock and up to Tuesday evening we had only slight showers but during Tuesday night and Wednesday a great deal of rain fell with strong winds from the East.  Some small quantities have been threshed and the produce is far and above what we have been accustomed to and on a late farm here 15 stooks gave 20 bushels of oats.

2 October 1880   GLASS.  In celebration of the approaching completion of considerable improvements on the Blairmore property at GLASS, a Ball was given on Wednesday evening 29 September by the proprietor ALEXANDER GEDDES.  A new farm steading and dwelling house have been erected at the Home Farm (Invermarkie) and the work, which is fast approaching completion is very substantial.  With the exception of the interior of the dwelling house and the erection of some enclosure walls the contracts are completed.  At 8.30 pm the farm bell rang a “merry peal” and by 9 pm the hour appointed, on Wednesday a large assemblage of the district had convened – over 40 couples being present.  The dance took place in one of the spacious lofts of the farm steading and made a very convenient ballroom.  The ballroom was decorated for the occasion with flowers & evergreens, and over the entrance door an arch of neat and elegant design was erected.  Mr Bonnyman, farm manager and Mr Alex Strachan, as well as the hospitable housekeeper deserve much praise for their efforts.  A sumptuous supper was served at around midnight and refreshments were liberally supplied.  After luncheon the health of MR AND MRS GEDDES was proposed and appropriate allusion made to their safe arrival at Chicago.  The toast was cordially drunk.  Dancing was kept up with unflagging zeal till 4.30 on Thursday morning and the party dispersed highly delighted with the evenings enjoyment. You can read more about Alexander Geddes here

19 November 1880
Huntly Feeing Market.  For the convenience of parties from the outlaying districts such as GLASS  Mr Brodie of the Strathbogie Hotel as usual ran buses which were well patronised.

1st Horsemen £12 -£13.5
Women £3 – £5.10
Boys and Haflins £4 – £7.10

24 November 1880
At Aberdeen Sheriff Criminal Court before Sheriff Dove Wilson, JKAMES FLETCHER assistant gamekeeper at INVERMARKIE, GLASS was charged with having on 2 November assaulted JAS CRAIG in a stable at the farm of Invermarkie by dashing his head against the stable wall and kicking his legs.  He pled not guilty.  It appeared that Craig who is a nephew of Mr Robertson the farmer at Invermarkie has the right of shooting hares on the arable land.  When carrying home a hare he met Fletcher who followed him to the farm and when he attempted to take the hare from Craig, the assault took place.  The Sheriff said that the gamekeeper had only to apply to the law and not take the law into his own hands.  Fined £1 or 7 days in prison.

3 December 1880
JAS CRAIG, farm servant INVERMARKIE, GLASS was charged at Aberdeen Criminal Court before Sheriff Wilson at the instance of the Earl of Fife with having on 2 November trespassed on the rough pasture on the Brae of Invermarkie and shot a hare.  Fined £4 or 15 days prison.  At the same Court GEO. DUFF, farm servant at Hillockhead, GLASS was charged with having on the farm of Hillockhead on 15 November also shot a hare.  The Sheriff explained that the farmers had the right along with their families to shoot game on their own farms, this did not extend to nephews or the sons of neighbours as was the case of Duff.  Fined £3. 10 or 15 days.

27 December 1880
Severe snowstorm in North-East.  All roads from HUNTLY blocked.

12 January 1881
It having been resolved to introduce instrumental music in the PARISH CHURCH OF GLASS, a harmonium was used for the first time on Sunday 9 January last.  It was played by Mr Stephen, schoolmaster with great skill and taste and his playing was much appreciated by the congregation.

10 February 1881
GLASS.  The snowstorm still continues very severely.  Work must be far back when seed time comes.  Turnips have suffered greatly from the severe frost, and potatoes in pits have also suffered from frost.

7 March 1881
Aberdeenshire crime statistics. 1880.  There were in 1878 159 vagrants in 1879 128 and in 1880 261:  10 suicides and 55 accidental deaths.  183 persons were apprehended for offences against the person, one for murder.  440 were apprehended for offences against property of which 204 were for theft.  1147 were apprehended for miscellaneous offences, of which 795 were for assault breach of the peace.

10 March 1881
GLASS CENSUS.  Alex Smith and John Archibald, Dumeath, GLASS were the two enumerators for the Banffshire part of the parish, there were three for the Aberdeenshire part.

20 April 1881
The 14th Earl of Caithness (James Sinclair) died in America 28 March 1881.  At his funeral to Holyrood on 19th April REV. D.M. ROSS MINISTER OF GLASS was one of the Pall Bearers.  The Earl was born December 1821.

21 May 1881
On Friday 20 May JANE STEWART crofter residing at PARKHEAD, GLASS was apprehended by Inspector McGregor and Constable Duff of the Banffshire Police and confined to Banff on a charge of wilful fire raising.  The premises tenanted by the accused were destroyed by fire on 17 March last, and in view of certain circumstances of an alleged suspicious nature coming to the notice of the Police, her arrest was deemed advisable.  She was examined before Sheriff Scott Moncrieff and remitted for trial.

11 July 1881
Died at INVERMARKIE, GLASS on Friday 6 July JOHN GEDDES, farmer aged 84 years.

13 July 1881
Report of an accident to a Huntly carter whilst crossing the Deveron near Tam’s Pot. With a load of wood taken from the STRAITINNAN WOOD.  Rev Mr Ross sent the man to Huntly in his dog cart.  He fell from the cart a wheel passing over one of his legs.

29 July 1881
At Aberdeen Sheriff Criminal Court Wm Gibb, sweetie vendor Aberdeen was charged with having on 26 July on the Market Stance of GLASS conducted himself in a riotous and disorderly manner and with having on the following day in the MARKET INN, GLASS, assaulted JAMES GORDON, son of JOHN GORDON by striking him with a crutch one or more severe blows on the shoulder.  He had 6 previous convictions for breach of the peace and was sentenced to prison for 21 days.  He had a bad record.

10 August 1881
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, JAMES FYFE, labourer residing at ASWANLY, GLASS was found guilty of having at the MARKET HILL OF GLASS on 27 July assaulted a farmer’s son.

25 August 1881
GLASS.  Owing to Diphtheria the Public School has had to be closed for a time.

27 August 1881
Disturbance at the OLD MANSE INN, GLASS on 6 – 7 July by PETER GRANT of Huntly.  Case not proven.

3 September 1881
On Thursday 1 September while JOHN WINKS, labourer was loading a cart of hay on a field at the farm of BLAIRMORE, GLASS, the horse suddenly fell and he was precipated 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.

7 September 1881
Lord Mure presided at the Circuit Court held at Aberdeen on Thursday 6th September when JANE STUART aged 53 years from Elgin Prison was charged with having on16 March last set fire to her farm house at PARKHEAD, GLASS by applying a Lucifer match to a quantity of wood shavings over which she had poured paraffin, by which the house, the property of Lord Fife was destroyed.  (2) And on 17 March she set fire to the carpenters shop (3) and for lodging a claim in June 1880 against the Scottish Provincial Ass. Co. for £66.13.

JOHN MORRISON, carpenter PARKHEAD was the first witness.  He resided about 80 yards from the woman.  He had been her neighbour for six years, she was unmarried but a little boy called Lobban lived with her.  She had been at Parkhead before me, I came six months after her.  He was awakened on Wednesday about 12 midnight by her shouting “Jamie, Jamie, my house is on fire”  The house was thatched and was ablaze at that time.  He called Constable Duff, the Police Constable for the Banffshire Police.    JANE ROBERTSON, wife of JOHN INGRAM, grocer at WESTERPARK, GLASS said that Jane bought paraffin often from her.  JAS. ROBERTSON, BAREFOLDS, GLASS, spoke of advising her in 1879 about insuring her premises, he told her it would cost 5/- per £100 of value.  She said she would like to insure for £200 and I filled up a form for her.  She had been in prison and after being found guilty the Judge said that but for the fact that her house was not near any other and was small he would have sent her to penal servitude, but he sent her to prison for 18 months.

13 December 1881
GLASS.  MR ALEX. GEDDES is about to erect a mansion house on his property.  Last summer he acquired an addition of upwards of 300 acres and since then he has taken off about 20 acres from the farms of Torry and Waterside for a site, gardens, plantations etc.  The site chosen is one commanding an extensive view of the surrounding countryside and in the immediate vicinity of the Established Church.  In all about 7 acres are being planted with various kinds of ornamental trees, a great part of them from 8 to 14 feet high which cannot fail to add very much to the beauty of the locality.

26 December 1881
GLASS.  A well-attended public meeting was held in the Central School on Friday evening 23 December.  Rev. D.M. Ross was in the chair.  The purpose of the meeting was to take certain steps for erecting a bridge at CAIRNFORD suitable for cart traffic.  A bridge had been built in 1828 but was swept a\way in the floods of 1829.  A Committee was formed to collect subscriptions and get an estimate of the cost of an iron bridge on concrete or stone pillars.  Mr Ross and Mr Bruce of Broadland agreed to act as a committee.

30 January 1882
Ever since the Stewarts Hall, Huntly was built it has been a matter of wonder that no steps have been taken to procure a clock for the tower.  A small legacy was left for that purpose some years ago but no further sums have been added to it.  There being no sign that a clock will be fitted up on the exterior in the meantime.  But an old townsman Mr Wm. Ross who was in business in Huntly for 42 years and who now resides with a son in England has gifted an 8 day clock to be placed in the interior of the building.

6 February 1882
Meeting at Stewarts Hall, Huntly on Saturday 4 February of the Huntly District Road Trustees.  Alex Smith of Aswanly attended.  During the spring and summer of 1881 a considerable part of the wood on the HILL OF ASWANLY (Jocks Wood) GLASS had been purchased by Mr Millar, wood merchant CRIEFF and since then the number of horses and carts employed in conveying the wood to Huntly Station had been considerable.  Between 20 – 30 carts had been employed on this during the summer of 1881 and the average weight of daily traffic over the intervening roads was 40 – 50 tons.  This had proved very destructive to the roads and the expense of repairing was above that budgeted for by the Commissioners.  Steps were being taken to make a claim against Mr Millar for damage to the roads.

7 February 1882
GLASS.  HELEN DUFFUS an elderly woman who resided in a cottage at DALLACHIE, GLASS was found dead on Sunday afternoon 5 February in her house.  She was partly undressed as if in the act of going to bed.  She had been dead for several hours and was the widow of JAS. DUFFUS sometime farmer at Loanhead, Drumblade.

8 April 1882
Alex Smith of ASWANLY again voted on to GLASS SCHOOL BOARD.  Mr Robertson of Barefolds was unsuccessful.

13 April 1882
On the Northern Co-operative Company attaining their majority the Directors decided to celebrate the occasion with a social evening to the shareholders.  This event took place in the Music Hall on Wednesday 12 April when 3500 came by ticket and 300 outside friends invited.  It was remarked that they had now 43 shops, a large bakery and meal mill, 7,500 shareholders, a turnover of above £2300,000 and a profit of £2500.  At their beginning they had 1 shop, 400 shareholders, a turnover of £6,268 and a profit of £326.

14 April 1882
Alex. Smith elected to GLASS SCHOOL BOARDD  with 75 votes.

9 May 1882
Mutiny and incendiarism at Oldmill Reformatory.  Ten boys age from 15 – 18 years hailing from various parts of the country escaped and made for Deeside with the intention of boarding a south train at Stonehaven.  Two policemen disguised as cattle dealers gave chase.  Eventually they were caught as they crossed the Dee at Park and were brought back.  In a short time 19 boys were jailed charged with causing the mutiny.  They were to appear at the next circuit court.

14 June 1882
At Aberdeen Circuit Court presided over by Lord Deas 10 boys charged with the Oakbank outrage received sentences of from 9 – 12 months prison with hard labour.  Their ages ranged from 16 – 18 years.

16 June 1882
Farm servants leaving home at the age of 12 or 13 sometimes returning to the parent home after six months or so absence are drawn away from a parents example and teaching at far too early an age.  They are introduced without any knowledge of the world into a mixed and often sinful society having none of the elements of home life, they are little fitted to withstand the temptations that assail them from day to day.  Often thrust among rough and coarse companionship, by whom the very elements of religion and decent living are roughly derided, what chance is there for them of making the best of the world or to find a fitting place in it.  Many of the cottars homes are utterly wanting in the comfort and decency which belongs to our modern civilisation.  Any kind of hut in which a farmer would not house his horse or even his pig is accounted sufficient for the housing of the farm labourers family.    At the present time (1882) we see a lamentable decline in moral standards, church attendance is sparse.  It was not so 40 or 50 years ago say in 1832-1842.  Then the servant attended Divine Worship and family prayers as a matter of course and felt the elevating influence of such practices.  Another of the pitfalls is the feeing market, the evils inherent in them are many.  In 1832 or thereby and earlier the patriarchal system prevailed when master, mistress and servant all sat at one table and composed one family.  At that time servants instead of moving every half year as at present were content to remain at one place as long as they were wanted, feeing markets were unknown then.

29 June 1882
On Monday evening 27 June a deputation met Mr Stephen at GLASS SCHOOLHOUSE and presented him with a clock and a purse of sovereigns.  Mrs Stephen received a brooch, a ring and a purse of sovereigns.

18 July 1882
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD.  JAS ROBERTSON, BAREFOLDS, declined to take a seat on the Board vacated by Rev. Mr Macaulay.  Resolved to write JOHN ARCHIBALD, SUCCOTH to become a member.  Alex Smith of Aswanly still on Board.

11 August 1882
At TERRYHORN, GLASS on 6 August George Craig, youngest son of late Wm Craig, farmer there aged 57 years.  He was unmarried and served his time as a gardener at Logie-Elphiston then at Fyvie Castle.  Later went to Kew Gardens, London where he remained for 19 years to retire with a handsome annuity from the Government.  He took an active part in public affairs in GLASS and was a general favourite.

7 September 1882
Farmers yesterday Wednesday 6 September at Huntly Market from Cabrach, GLASS and Cairnie would be well satisfied with the information which seemed the principal topic of conversation.  It will be remembered that at the beginning of this month a Bazaar was held in Huntly for the purpose of raising funds for the erection of a BRIDGE AT CAIRNFORD, they collected £300 at this affair and yesterday Mr D.C. Bruce of Broadland secretary of the Committee intimated that the Duke of Richmond and Gordon had donated £100 towards the scheme.

18 September 1882
The fountain on the Square now finished at Huntly.  Inscribed  In Memory of JAS ROBERTSON, bank agent Huntly born 20 January 1769 died 4 February 1877 erected by his widow 1882.  Sculptured by McDonald Field, Aberdeen.

21 October 1882
Yesterday at Huntly during the forenoon Friday while workmen were sinking a ditch on the Square in connection with the Memorial Fountain they came upon an opening about 30 inches square entering into a roomy and well-constructed arched vault 13’ long by 8 feet wide, its depth from floor to roof could not be ascertained because of the debris lying about.  The opening is the only means of ingress and egress to the apartment and from the records of Spalding reference is made to the existence many years ago of a Tolbooth on, or near the spot where the vault has been discovered and the likelihood is that the vault had been an adjunct of the Tolbooth.  The find has created much interest in town and great numbers of people have gone to have a look at the place.  We think that the authorities ought to have the debris removed and the inlet built up to street level so that the vault may remain an accessible object of interest connecting the Huntly of today with the Strathbogie of the past.

31 October 1882
Huntly.  On Monday pm 30 October the Memorial Fountain was handed over to the Commissioners of Police and declared open for public use.  The Fountain was a protest against drinking of a stronger character, from it would flow drink to those who are thirsty, clear, pure, bright and sparkling from the heather clad Clashmach.

22 November  1882
Sheriff Dove Wilson at Aberdeen Sheriff Court remarked that no reliance could be placed on the word of farm servants in aliment cases.  One could not believe a single word uttered by them when asked about such cases.

18 January 1883
A strike took place among the Caledonian Railway employees at this time for shorter hours and better pay.

Wages for Passenger train drivers 6/6 to 7/- per day
Mineral train drivers 5/- to 6/6 per day
Brakemen 25/- a week of 12 hours a day.  In all cases they wanted the daily hours reduced from 12 to 8 hours.

2 February 1883
GEORGE CRAIG, TERRYHORN, GLASS from his estate left £19.19 to the poor of GLASS who are not on the Poors’ Roll.

6 February 1833
Aberdeen Town Council had before them at their meeting on Monday 5 February a letter from REV D.M. ROSS, Minister of GLASS requesting a subscription from the Bridge of Don Fund in aid of the erection of a bridge across the Deveron near Huntly.  On enquiry the Finance Committee found that the bridge is to be built at a point known as CAIRNFORD about 3 ½ miles west of Huntly and the total cost will exceed £850 towards the payment of which subscriptions have been intimated amounting to £736.  After consideration the Council agreed to donate £10 from the Bridge of Don Fund.

8 March 1883
Proposed to get an ambulance for Aberdeen Infirmary.  To cost from £70 – £100 and to hire a horse and driver from a local hirer.

6 April 1883
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court Mary Downie Davidson wife of Jas Davidson, farm servant Claypots, Kinmundy, Old Deer was fined for stabbing a hen with a fork or graip, it suffered terribly for a day then died.  It belonged to a neighbour John Ritchie, farm servant, Newton of Kinmundy, Old Deer and had strayed to the house of the accused and ate some food from her hens’ dish.  She was guilty of wanton cruelty and fined £1 or 10 days in prison.  Sheriff shocked.

20 April 1883
Strike of blacksmiths in Aberdeen.  They had been refused an advance of 2/- per week which would have brought their weekly wage to 26/-.  Dundee men had 32/-. Glasgow and Edinburgh 34/-.  The employers offered 1/- and resented the activities of the Society of Blacksmiths mostly from Glasgow who came North to ferment trouble.

1 May 1883
Blacksmiths strike ended.  Some got 2/- others 1/- and many men went South to obtain work.

5 June 1883
Dr Simpson, Aberdeen Medical Officer of Health has pointed out the necessity for a public slaughter house in Aberdeen.  He describes the unsatisfactory condition of the private slaughter houses at Canal Place, Charles Street, East & West Hutcheon St. and Wales Street.

25 July 1883
Wm Gray, bus driver and Jas Gray, omnibus proprietor, Old Aberdeen were found guilty of driving a horse in a cruel manner by allowing it to be driven with open sores upon its neck.  The ;police stopped the horse and cab.  Fined 10/-.

9 August 1883
Died at PIKELTILLUM, GLASS 31 July age 65 years Alex Mitchell.  American papers please copy.

3 November 1883
At a massive Conservative Party demonstration held in the Music all, Aberdeen chaired by the Duke of Richmond & Gordon, Rev Mr Ross of GLASS attended.

11 November 1883
Case of alleged fraud at Huntly.  John Slorach, coffee planter late of Ceylon.  A native of Huntly he went to Ceylon in 1856 and with the exception of a visit to Scotland in 1866, he remained in Ceylon till 1876 when he returned to Huntly enfeebled by the Ceylonese climate.  In May 1876 he was about 50 years old and had been a widower for over 20 years when he became acquainted with a woman of 23 years of age who had such an influence over him that they married in May 1879 and in June 1882 she instructed an Aberdeen advocate to prepare a settlement on behalf of the deceased who is believed to have been worth £15,000.  In this settlement the two sons by his first marriage received a legacy of £20 each while she and her daughter received the bulk of the £15,000.   Mr Slorach had previously made a settlement to divide his estate equally between his children and when he signed this second settlement, it was under stress and with the thought that he was merely signing the original document, the one which stated his original intention.  He had no idea that the settlement had been radically altered.  The pursuers were his two sons.

20 November 1883
Mr George Birnie, schoolmaster GLASS passed examinations to entitle him to benefit from the Dick Bequest.

29 November 1883
Death in Botriphnie of Rev Wm. Masson age 85.  He was for 51 years Minister of Botriphnie and for 57 years a minister of the Church.  He was the last survivor of the famous “seven” ministers who defied the Assembly in 1843.

19 December 1883
A concert was held at BELDORNEY SCHOOL when Alex Smith of Aswanly chaired in place of Rev Mr Ross.  Wm Smith of Aswanly played the melodeon and his sister Miss Smith sang some songs.

16 January 1884
The Glenbucket Estate belonging to the Earl of Fife has been sold to Mr Burra of Rye in Sussex.  It belonged to a Gordon who sprung from the Gordons in CAIRNBORROW GLASS.  The estate was forfeited to the Crown in 1746 and then bought by the Earl of Fife.

20 February 1884   John Slorach case at Court of Session before Lord Lee.  He had estates in Ceylon and was a man of considerable wealth although his estate when he died was only £14,000.  His wife died in Ceylon and the two boys were sent home to their grandfather in Huntly, then to Rev Mr McDonald and from there to Fordyce Academy.  On his return from Ceylon he stayed with his father and brother in Huntly.  At the beginning of May 1878 he became acquainted with Jessie Anderson, daughter of a small farmer at Broomfold near Huntly.  They married in May 1879 when he was 49 and she 23.  There was bad blood as not one member of his family attended the wedding.  Finally a compromise was reached in Court as it was agreed to divide the estate into 6 parts.

15 March 1884
Cruelty to Animals Association Meeting, Aberdeen.  There were 100 cases of cruelty prosecutions in 1883.  Cases such as the terrible cruelty to bulls consigned to London from Kittybrewster Station were prominent.  The spectacle of a bull being tied to the side of a wagon by an iron ring passing through his nose and pieces of his flesh hanging to the ring were frequent, as the animal tore away to escape from this torture.

7 April 1884
Rev Jas. Anderson MA at present MINISTER OF GLASS Est. Church for the past 3 ½ months in place of Rev D.M. Ross was presented by the congregation on Tuesday 1 Aprilwith a silver salver.

17 June 1884
GLASS.  Preparations are going on among the tenantry of the Beldornie Estate for the celebration of the majority of William Grant which takes place on Tuesday 24 June.  The young laird is like his predecessor, much loved and admired.

26 June 1884   Full account of the BELDORNEY coming of age celebrations.

30 June 1884
Huntly Road Trustees Meeting in Stewarts Hall, Huntly on Saturday 28 June.  At the end of the meeting Mr Smith, Aswanly had a motion regarding giving a grant to the Cairnford Bridge building fund, but at his own request it was postponed until the next meeting.

5 July 1884
Death at Chicago of Alan Pinkerton age 65 Founder of the famous detective agency.  He was a native of Glasgow.

23 July 1884
Education in Scotland.  In 1870 the average salary of a certificated master was £110.16.7d. a year and in 1884 it was £135.2.4d.  Half of the masters have residences free of rent.  In 1870 a Schoolmistress earned £55.14.2d. a year and in 1884 £67.1.1d.

24 January 1885
At MAINS OF ASWANLY, GLASS on Friday 23 January by the Rev. D.M. Ross, William Irvine Gordon, merchant MARKET INN, GLASS to Jeanie, youngest daughter of the late Mr Smith, farmer Mains of Aswanly.

26 January 1885
Burns deathbed words.  At a Burns Dinner held in Glasgow in 1859 the Poet’s 3rd son Col. Glencairn Burns was approached regarding his father’s last words.  His recollection was that his mother Mrs Burns had remarked to her husband “This is a strange world, Robert, whaur are a’ yer gran’ freens noo?  Burns replied “Never mind Jean, the world will ken me better a hunner year hence”.  Col. Burns said he was too young to remember such a conversation, but both Robert and William his elder brothers had it clearly in their recollections ever after and often referred to it in conversation when in India.

11 February 1885
Snow fell to a depth of several inches during Sunday and Monday 8 and 9 February in GLASS.

19 February 1885
Extensive work has been carried out to GLASS PARISH CHURCH.  The walls have been lathed and plastered, new windows and doors put in and the woodwork painted and a handsome vestry has been built at the west gable of the Church.  All the work has been done by the Heritors and the congregation appreciates their generosity.  A heating apparatus has been added to by the congregation which has greatly improved the comfort of the Church.  The Heritors have also put in a water supply to the Manse and repairs to the offices.

26 February 1885
In a certain parish in North-East Scotland a crofter was taken ill and a doctor called to see him.  After examining the patient he prescribed Aliminous and he told the wife to boil it and give it to him to drink.  On calling again to see the patient the wife said to the doctor “I cudna get an almanac, but I biled a Pilgrims Progress and gied him that to drink”

28 March 1885
A Meeting was held in GLASS FREE CHURCH on the evening of Tuesday 24 March when Rev. Mr McDonald, Cornhill and Rev Mr Milne, Macduff delivered a short address on Temperance and afterwards formed a Temperance Society when a good number took the pledge’s

30 March 1885
On Friday evening 27 March in GLASS PARISH CHURCH a lecture was delivered by Rev. D.M. Ross “A cruise in the Mediterranean”  It attracted a very large and appreciative audience.

1 April 1885
Sea fares from Glasgow to New York, Quebec = £2.10 and to Chicago £3.  Queensland = £7. New Zealand £16.16

18 April 1885
GLASS SCHOOL BOARD Election of Members.  Rev Dr Ross 102: Alex Smith of Aswanly 97: Alex Smith was always near the top in popularity.  On this occasion for 6 seats the lowest was 49.

2 May 1887
A fire took place at the dwelling house at the farm of BACKTACK, GLASS occupied by John Craigen.  In an attic room was an uncle of Craigen an old man aged 88 years who perished in the blaze which destroyed the house.

8 July 1888
At Mains of Aswanly GLASS on Wednesday July 4 1888 after a brief illness Mary Gauld widow of the late James Smith, farmer there age 61 years.

28 July 1888
We have heard that Lord Fife has disposed of the rest of his property in the immediate neighbourhood of the PARISH OF GLASS extending to between 7000-8000 acres.  The remainder of the estate of INVERMARKIE of which a part had previously been sold to ALEX. GEDDES OF BLAIRMORE has now been acquired by the same gentleman who also owns the adjoining properties of ASWANLY AND AUCHINHANDOCH.  The estate of EDINGLASSIE otherwise known as GLENMARKIE has been sold to John Walker, Kingswinford, Dudley.

15 August 1888
MR GEDDES & party of 3 guns went out on the ASWANLY AND AUCHINHANDOCH moors on Monday 13 August weather fine during forenoon but stormy and wet in afternoon.  They killed 2 ½ brace grouse and a hare.  Birds plentiful.  On GLENMARKIE Edwin Cock with party of 3 guns had 60 brace grouse and 3 hares.

21 September 1888
At Aberdeen Circuit Court before Lord Pitmally, Margaret Jane Bisset aged 24 a dressmaker from Huntly was charged with the murder of her illegitimate child aged 2 ½ months at the house of the foster mother of the child at Kirkhill Cottage, Gartly.  The foster mother received 5/- per week for looking after the child.  The prosecution case was that the accused gave the child strychnine when feeding it with milk at Kirkhill Cottage, but the medical evidence told in her favour and she was found not guilty.

21 September 1888
MR GEDDES OF BLAIRMORE, BLASS has again left for Chicago.  During the past summer he has made extensive additions and affected many improvements to his property in the parish.

5 October 1888
GLASS.  The weather altered on Saturday 29 September rain and snow fell every day since.  No harvest here as yet and much of the crop laid low and twisted.

17 November 1888
Huntly Feeing Market.  1st Horsemen £13.10:  2nd Horsemen £10 – £12:  3rd Horsemen £9 – £11: Stout lads £6 – £9: Girls or women £4.10 – £7

Women were scarce and most wanted to work within 12 miles of Aberdeen in order to secure housemaids work as an alternative to farm work.

23 November 1888   Master and Servant Case.   Before Sheriff Wilson at Aberdeen Small Debt Court an action was raised by HUGH FENTIE, a farm servant against his master ALEXANDER GORDON, farmer UPPER HILTON, GLASS for recovery of wages amounting to £9.7 due to the pursuer from 26 May – 25 October 1888.  Mr Gordon the defender lodged a counter claim for £5 and 32/- on the grounds that the pursuer had unwarrantly deserted his service during the harvest season when it was most difficult to fill his place.  Defender stated that on 25 Octoberhe sent pursuer to cut corn and had occasion to complain of his slowness at the work.  Mr Gordon asserted that an old man of 66 years whom he employed the previous year had cut 22 acres in 11 days, whereas pursuer in 10 days had cut only 4 acres or 290 stooks.  On the night of 25 October pursuer was standing at the stable door when Mr Gordon who was coming out, told him to get out of the way and allow him to pass.  In reply pursuer said, “May I roast in Hell if ever I lift another tool for you”.  Mr Gordon went to the byre without taking any notice of this remark.  But the pursuer followed him cursing and swearing most foully all the way.  Later that day pursuer offered to continue his service to the defender but Mr Gordon made a condition that he would improve considerably his performance, to this pursuer said that he would continue as before.  The Sheriff said it was plainly the duty of the pursuer to remain at his place and do the best he could, leaving it to his master to dismiss him if he was not satisfied.   The pursuers dismissal rested with the defender and all that the farmer said was that he had found fault with pursuer for not doing a sufficient amount of work.  The pursuer had been rude to his master, swore at him, left his service and it was quite plain said the Sheriff that if a man could not remain in his place and do his best especially in the middle of harvest, he was not entitled to damages.  The defender would be assoilized with expenses.

30 November 1888
JOHN INGRAM who resided at WESTERPARK, GLASS and who drove the provision cart for Brander Bros. Huntly died very suddenly on Tuesday 27 November while on his rounds in the Cabrach.  At Greenloan he  complained of a severe headache and fell down near the farm of Eastertown of Lesmurdie, he was carried into the farm house but died in 1 ½ hours.  He was of middle age and a native of Keith and left a widow and a family of four.


Aberdeen Journal 3 July 1901


Several wild cats, writes a correspondent, have been seen in the Parish of Glass during the past four weeks, some of them being of considerable size – larger than the domestic feline.  Wild cats were very common in the forests in this part of the country about the beginning of last century, and pole cats were likewise numerous in Glenfiddich, although they are now almost extinct.

Aberdeen Journal 13 August 1901

A correspondent has forwarded what he terms “five peculiar dressed stones found while a farm servant was ploughing a field in the parish of Glass” and wishes to know what they are.  They are garnets, and as such, have twelve faces that being their natural crystallisation, as there is no dressing about them.  They are fairly common in Aberdeenshire, and may be found at many of the granite quarries, as for instance, at Cairncry.  They are very pretty when polished.

Aberdeen Journal 14 August 1901


Miss Janet Shand, youngest daughter of Mr Alex Shand, farmer, Waterside, Glass, has won by competitive examination, the Glass bursary of the annual value of £5, and tenable for two years.  Miss Shand is a pupil of Miss Tocher’s Beldorney Public School.


Aberdeen Journal 16 April 1902

GLASS PARISH CHURCH – The Parish Church of Glass is about to undergo considerable alterations, and the work will occupy the whole summer.  The church will be greatly extended.  The contract will amount to about £900.

GLASS UNITED FREE CHURCH – Rev. Professor Cameron, Aberdeen, is to reopen the United Free Church, Glass, on Sunday.  A social meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, when several speeches will be given.


Aberdeen Journal 3 August 1903


Before Sheriff Robertson in Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Saturday, Ann Malcolm or Macadam, wife of Robert Macadam, farm servant, 133 Land Street, Keith, was charged with having on Wednesday, on the accommodation road leading from Market Hill to Greystonefolds, in the parish of Glass, stolen a watch, a tobacco pipe, an ounce of tobacco, and a leather purse from William Mathieson, shepherd, Inch Lyne, Marnoch.  Accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 days’ imprisonment.

Aberdeen Journal 15 September 1904


At a Justice of Peace Court in Aberdeen yesterday – Mr David McHardy, Cranford and Mr Robert Henderson on the bench – John Clark, postboy, 19 New Road Huntly, was charged with having on 31st August, driven a waggonette along the wrong side of the road leading between Dufftown and Huntly, opposite the farm of Balnaboth, in the parish of Glass, the result being that he collided with a horse and governess car driven by Edward Mortimer, mason, Dufftown.  Accused was also charged with having been drunk while in charge of the horse and waggonette at the time and place libelled.  He pleaded guilty.

Aberdeen Journal 28 September 1904



Two handsome e windows have just been erected in Glass Parish Church as a memorial of the late Mr Alexander Geddes of Blairmore.  They were designed by Mr Strachan, Aberdeen and are of great beauty, adding much to the appearance of the new church.  The windows were formally dedicated at the forenoon service on Sunday by Rev. D.M. Ross, in presence of a large congregation.  The idea of putting in the windows originated with two of Mr Geddes’s oldest friends in Chicago, both of whom were present at his funeral in Glass.  The proposal was at once carried into effect and many of the most prominent citizens of Chicago were among the subscribers.  In the course of his remarks, Mr Ross explained that the individual contribution was strictly limited, so that a large number might have the opportunity of testifying their regard for Mr Geddes, whose keen intellect, kindly heart and sterling uprightness of character they knew so well.

Aberdeen Peoples Journal 21 October 1905


At a minor examination of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, recently held in Edinburgh, Mr James Dow, eldest son of the late Mr Thomas Dow, Howmill, Glass, passed successfully.  Mr Dow served his apprenticeship with Mr Chalmers, chemist, Huntly, and was in his employment for eight years.


Aberdeen Journal 10 August 1906



At Aberdeen yesterday – before Acting Sheriff Substitute Sandeman – William Watt, farmer’s son, Cairnmore, Glass, was charged with having on 1st inst. Assaulted James Corinie, farm servant, Windyraw, Cairnie, by beating him with a broken umbrella, knocking him to the ground and beating him with his fists while he lay on the ground, cutting and bruising him to the effusion of blood, on the public road opposite the croft at Markethill, Glass, occupied by Anne Robertson or Grant, crofter.  Accused pleaded guilty and was fined £2, with the option of 30 days’ imprisonment.


THEFT OF A HEN – William Morrison, jun. (aged 15 years and seven months), son of William Morrison, hawker, Back Street, Huntly, was charged with having on 1st August, opposite the Markethill, Glass, occupied by William Grant, grocer, mischievously killed and destroyed a hen, and carried it away.  Accused pleaded guilty.  Mr Stephen, solicitor, who appeared for the accused, said he had been asked to explain the circumstances of this charge.  The boy’s parents were encamped on the Market Muir, Glass, and in the course of the day the boy was sent down to the farm for milk, accompanied by a boy named Mackie.  There the offence had been committed.  Afterwards the accused had carried the hen to the camp and when the farmer came over and accused those at the camp of having taken the hen, the accused’s father offered to pay 5s. for the damage done.  In the circumstances he (Mr Stephen) hoped the Sheriff would deal leniently with the accused, seeing the lad had had to pay 5s. to come to Aberdeen from Huntly.  In answer to the Sheriff, the accused said he was sorry for having committed the offence.  He would in future try to keep out of trouble and not give trouble to his parents.  The Sheriff said the accused would get away just now and would have to come up, if called upon in six months for sentence.


Aberdeen Journal 17 April 1907



Before Sheriff Robertson at Aberdeen yesterday, Mary Inglis (25) domestic servant, pleaded guilty to having on March 6, in the stack yard on the farm of Bodylair, Glass, given birth to a living male child, and enveloped him in an apron and abandoned him and left him unprotected and uncared for, and exposed to the inclemency of the weather in the stack yard, in consequence of which he died.

Mr Edmond Sinclair, solicitor, who appeared for the accused, said that this was an extremely sad case.  The girl told him that she expected the child about the end of March.  She was out in the corn yard going about her work gathering eggs on the date libelled, when the child was unexpectedly born.  She laid it on the ground for a minute or two to see if it would cry, as she thought it was born dead.  It did not cry, and she rolled it in her apron, and put it in a rick beside her.  She then went back to the house, where she attended to some other duties.  She went out afterwards, and put the child in the byre.  She intended, if it had been a moonlight night, to travel to Huntly and bury the body in the churchyard, but there was no moonlight and she got up very early in the morning, and buried it in the garden.  He had explained to her that from the medical evidence there could be no doubt that the child was born alive, and that she was guilty of substantial blame in not taking the child into the house, and therefore, she pleaded guilty.  The accused was an illegitimate child, and she had not had the guidance of a father or mother.  There was no premedication.

The Sheriff – There may not have been premeditation in one sense, but that may be regarded as an aggravation, because apparently she made no preparation.  She had told the father of the child of her condition.  She could not have been charged with concealment, but it amounted very nearly to that, because she had made no preparation whatever for this child.

Mr Sinclair – She had intended to make preparation at the end of the month, but the child came sooner than she expected.

The Sheriff, in passing sentence, said – These cases are always sad cases, and I am always sorry for girls like you who are often more sinned against than sinning; but you are not altogether inexperienced in this way, because this is your third child and from the evidence which is before me and which I saw some time ago, I am afraid I can only come to this conclusion; that you intended to conceal the birth altogether, regardless of what happened to the child.  Now the child died, and there can be no question according to the medical report, that it died in consequence of your neglect, and from your having made up your mind to do this.  This is not one of those cases that can be treated so leniently as some that have come before this court of the same nature.  I sentence you to five months’ imprisonment, to date from the time of your apprehension – 9th March.


Aberdeen Journal 28 January 1909


A letter was read from Mr Hugh Stewart, solicitor, Elgin, factor for Blairmore estate, pointing out that Mr Robertson, Wester Boghead, Glass, complained of damage to one of his fields by water from the ditch at the roadside, in consequence of one of the neighbouring farmers draining his fields into the ditch.

The Chairman said that, so far as he was aware, no farmer was entitled to drain his water into the roadside ditches, but it would be a pity to raise this question in an acute form, because most of the farmers did it. (Laughter)

Mr Allan explained that the matter had been looked into, and an arrangement arrived at to stop the damage.  It simple meant an alteration in the level of the ditch, which would cost about 10s.

This was agreed to.

Aberdeen Journal 15 May 1909


As reported some time ago, Mr Robert Dow, farmer’s son, Howmill, Glass sued William Duff, farmer Parkhaugh, Glass for damages for slander.  Mr Dow complained that Mr Duff had circulated a story to the effect that he (Mr Dow) had been associating with poachers.  Mr Duff has now withdrawn the statements complained of, apologised for the same, and paid a sum in name of damages and expenses.

The agents were – For pursuer, John Stuart, solicitor, Huntly; and for the defender, Messrs Murdoch and McMath, solicitors, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 3 December 1909


Captain Waring, M.P. after speaking at Dufftown on Wednesday night, had a motor accident near the Old Manse, Glass, in the early hours of yesterday morning, which nearly prevented him being in time for the division in the House of Commons in the evening.  There was a hard frost at the time, and the car skidded, almost turning a somersault, as the result of which Captain Waring and his chauffeur were thrown out on to the road.  Neither, however, was hurt and a neighbouring farmer was knocked up, and he soon had a trap ready to drive Captain Waring to Huntly, where he joined the two o’clock goods train for Aberdeen.  He was thus able to catch the 7 am train at Aberdeen for London.

Aberdeen Journal 6 September 1910

Several grouse drives have taken place on the moors in the Glass district of Aberdeenshire and despite the windy weather, fair bags have been got.  On Beldornie Castle moors, Mr C. Wood and party bagged 83 brace.

Aberdeen Journal 6 May 1911



The following paragraph is taken from the “Amherst Daily News” (N.S.) of April 18.  Mr Alexander Wilson is a son of Glass who has had an honourable career in Nova Scotia.  He left this part of the country many years ago, but has repeatedly visited Huntly and Glass where he has many friends.  Mr Wilson takes a keen interest in emigration, and is shortly to be in his native strath again.  The paragraph proceeds; – In a previous issue of the “News” we noted the appointment of A. Wilson, Pugwash, to the position of stipendiary magistrate.  Since that time Mr Wilson has taken out his commission, and is now one of the regular stipendiaries of Cumberland County.  The appointment of Mr Wilson to this position of Cumberland, where such a magistrate was greatly needed, and no better appointment could have been made.  Mr Wilson is well versed in municipal, civil and criminal law, and will make an ideal officer.  We congratulate him and the people of Pugwash on his appointment to this important position.


Aberdeen Journal 1 March 1913


Andrew Knox and Donald Ross, vagrant labourers, were charged with the  theft of a jute bag containing horse-hair from the steading of a farm in the parish of Glass on Wednesday or Thursday.  Both pleaded guilty, and admitted several previous convictions.

Knox remarked that the night was wet, and having nothing in his pocket he had gone into the farm to take shelter.  Seeing the horse-hair there he was tempted to take it.

The Fiscal said that the men were both quite able to work, but instead of working they set about stealing.

The Sheriff declared that the seriousness of the case lay in the fact that they had a considerable number of previous convictions.  If they came back again they would probably be sent to the High Court of Judiciary.  Sentence of four months’ imprisonment was passed on each of the accused.


Aberdeen Journal 3 April 1913


Yesterday the body of John Collie aged 36, was found by William Simpson, labourer, Castle Street, floating in the North Harbour at Fraserburgh.  Deceased was the local representative of Charles Brown, dentist, Aberdeen.  He was engaged at Rosehearty all day on Tuesday and attended a picture theatre in Fraserburgh on Tuesday night.  He was last seen about midnight.

Collie was a native of Corsmaul, parish of Glass, Aberdeenshire, and resided at 37 Broad Street, Fraserburgh.


Aberdeen Journal 15 July 1913



A farm servant named George Wilson has just died at the age of 20 as the result of a shooting accident which occurred on the evening of Tuesday 1st July at Cairnarget, Glass.  Wilson, along with another farm servant, Alexander Niven (15) were amusing themselves searching for rats about the farm steading.  Wilson had a double-barrelled gun and Niven a Derringer pistol, and the latter accidentally went off, the bullet lodging in Wilson’s right arm.  Dr Wilson, Huntly, who was sent for was soon in attendance, and dressed the wound.

On Monday of last week, Wilson by Dr Wilson’s advice, went to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and had the bullet extracted, being subsequently able to proceed home to Inschtammock Cottage, Cairney.  He continued to visit Dr Wilson at Huntly to have the wound dressed, and it seemed to be getting on all right.  On his way home last Thursday, however, he felt ill, and was put to bed on his arrival home.  He grew worse in the course of the night, and at 4 o’clock on Friday morning, Dr Wilson was sent for.  On the doctor’s arrival he found Wilson very ill, and had him conveyed as soon as possible to Huntly Cottage Hospital.  The course of the illness was very rapid, for, lockjaw having set in, the young man was dead early the next morning.


Aberdeen Journal 6 August 1913

The late Rev. Duncan Mearns Ross, M.A. of Glass, Aberdeenshire, left personal estate amounting to £18.055

Aberdeen Journal 26 August 1913


At the Police Court yesterday – before Baillie Macpherson – John Simpson, farm servant, Old Manse, Glass, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and breach of the peace in Deveron Street on Saturday evening, and was fined 10s. with the alternative of five days’ imprisonment.  Alexander Niven, farm servant, Cairnarget, Glass, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and breach of the peace in Deveron Street on Saturday night.  He was fined 5s. and put on probation for six months.



St George’s, Hanover Square, London, yesterday afternoon, was the scene of the wedding of Miss Mabel Constance Bridge, daughter of Sir Frederick Bridge, organist of Westminster Abbey and of Cairnborrow Lodge, Glass, Aberdeenshire, to Mr F.W. Norcup, son of the late Mr J. Norcup.  There were no bridesmaids but the bride was accompanied to the church by Mr and Miss Cherry.  Mr B.P. Norcup acted as best man and among those present were Lady Cohen, Mrs Geddes, Mrs A. Cameron and Mr and Mrs W. Hyde.  During the signing of the register an anthem was sung by Mr H. Wilde, one of the bridegroom’s former colleagues.




By the retirement of Detective Sub-Inspector McFarlane from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Edinburgh City Police, Detective Officer David Ingram has been promoted to the vacant rank.  A native of the parish of Glass, Banffshire, he joined the Edinburgh Police Force as a constable in 1890, being attached to the Northbridge division.  In 1901 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of headquarters.  Sub-Inspector Ingram, who has proved himself a capable officer, figured prominently in the Cameron necklace case, of which he had charge.


9 April 1914



The wedding of Sir Frederick Bridge, the organist at Westminster Abbey and Miss Marjory Wood, daughter of Mr Reginald Wood of Bignall End,  Staffordshire, will be very quietly conducted at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday  next.

Sir Frederick told a press representative that there would be no bridesmaids and “no fuss at all”. Only the most intimate friends of the bride and bridegroom will be present at the ceremony, which will take place at twelve o’clock in St Paul’s Chapel.

Miss Marjory Wood will be married in her going-away dress and immediately afterwards the couple will leave for their honeymoon.

“I have kept the wedding a secret up till quite recently, and I shall not say where the honeymoon will be”, further observed the bridegroom.  Sir Frederick Bridge, who was born in 1844, has been twice married.  His second wife died in 1906.


Aberdeen Journal 27 April 1914



Early on Saturday morning, a serious fire broke out at Belnaboth, Glass, tenanted by Mrs Bonnyman, and which, but for prompt action, might have resulted in very serious consequences.

It appears that one of the men employed on the farm, on approaching the place in the early morning to his usual employment, observed smoke issuing from the mill.  He immediately gave the alarm, but with all the available assistance the fire had got so firm a hold that nothing could be done to check its progress.

The mill, all the machinery and a large quantity of grain were completely destroyed, but it is understood that the loss is covered by insurance.

Aberdeen Journal 13 July 1914


In the Court of Session on Saturday, Lord Ormidale heard proof in an action of divorce by Isabella Shand or Mellis, Main Street, Turriff, against Robert Mellis, farm servant sometime at Broadbog, Aberdeenshire, whose present address was unknown to the pursuer.

The latter informed the court that she was 23 years of age and that she was married to the defender in January 1910.  There was one child, which died.  Parties lived at Broadbog in the Parish of Glass.  She was now a domestic servant.  On Friday 27th May, it was arranged that they should spend the weekend with their respective parents, and the defender was to call on the Sunday.  He did not call but sent her mother a letter in which he said that he was going away – “God knew where” – and that it was as much for his wife’s sake as his own.  Witness had ascertained that a box with the name Mallis had been sent away.  It was labelled for abroad, and the defender had never been heard of since.  Parties had had some words over the illness of the child.

Decree was granted on the ground of desertion.




To Let with entry at Whitsunday 1915, the FARM OF ALTNAPODDACH, about three miles from Drummuir Station, extending to 28 acres arable and 6 acres pasture or thereby, at presently occupied by Mr Alexander Dey, who is not to be an offerer.  The buildings are in good order and suitable for the farm and the threshing mill is driven by water.  The boundaries will be shown either by the present tenant or by Thomas Gauld, Land Steward, Blairmore, on the latter getting two days’ notice, and offers will be received by STEWART AND McISAAC, Solicitors, Elgin.  Factors on the Estate, from whom further particulars may be obtained.



Private George Dow, of the 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (Territorials) now at the front, writing to his sister at Lowrie, Glass near Huntly says:-

Got the parcel all right.  The cigarettes were just A1 and the chocolate top!  Well, we have just got out of the trenches for a spell to rest after being in them for four days and nights.  I can tell you we were all glad to get out.  The Germans were only about fifty yards from us and firing all the time, but I enjoyed myself for all that.  It is better sport than shooting rabbits.

In a  postscript, Private Dow says:- “We are getting plenty of rain here, but no snow, and I think the rain is worse than the snow would be.”




News reached Huntly yesterday that Mr Geddes, son of the late Mr Alexander Geddes of Blairmore, Glass, has been killed in action in the fighting at the Yser Canal.  Mr Geddes was serving with the Canadian contingent.  He was a well-known and popular figure in the Huntly district, and was a nephew of the lat Sir William Duguid Geddes, Principal of Aberdeen University.  The deepest sympathy is expressed for Mrs Geddes, who is at present staying at her London residence.



In Glass Parish Church on Sunday, the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, preaching from the text “And for their sakes I sanctify myself” (St. John xvii 19) referred to the late Captain Geddes of Blairmore in feeling terms.

In Glass U.F. Church, the Rev. John Niven, at the close of a sermon based on 1 Cor. Ix  25, also made reference to the death of Captain Geddes.

Aberdeen Journal 14 May 1901


A feeling of deep regret has been aroused throughout the Glass district by a deplorable fatality which occurred on Sunday.  It appeared that John Garrow, a blacksmith, 22 years of age, employed by Mr John Grant at the Haughs of Glass, had attended the Parish Church of Glass, where Communion was being dispensed, and on his return resolved to bathe in the Deveron at Parkhaugh.  Despite the efforts of several onlookers to persuade him from going into the water, which at that point is about twelve feet deep, and considered dangerous for bathing, the young man plunged head first into the pool and after being only a short time in the water he was drowned.  The place was dragged for two hours, and his body was ultimately found in about four feet of water about 40 yards from the spot where he disappeared.  The unfortunate man belonged to Cairnie, where his parents reside, to whom the sad intelligence was conveyed in the course of the afternoon.



The death occurred at Claredon Place, Stirling on Saturday last, of Mr John Gauld, a native of Glass, Banffshire.  While yet a young man, Mr Gauld migrated south and joined the Stirlingshire Constabulary.  He was only two years in this force, when he transferred to Perthshire, and for about 30 years he was connected with the police force of that county, rising to the rank of detective-sergeant.  After leaving the police force, Mr Gauld was appointed Sheriff officer and Bar officer, which post he relinquished last year.  Mr Gauld was a young brother of Mr Thomas Gauld, Blairmore, Glass.


Aberdeen Journal 29 December 1915


At the close of the service on Sunday, a committee was appointed to deal with the vacancy caused by the Rev. John Niven’s induction to Holburn Church, Aberdeen.  The following gentlemen were appointed, along with the members of kirk session and deacons’ court – Messrs Robert Dow, Lowrie: William Ferguson, Markethill: Alex. Horn, Westerpark: Alex. Robertson, Barefolds: George Smith, Braehead Cottage: and James Taylor, jun. Midtown.

The Rev. T. Cameron Peddie, M.A. Braemar, is to preach on Sunday first in connection with the vacancy: and on January 9 the Rev. John Walker, M.A. Dennistoun, Glasgow.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal 31 March 1916


An interesting event took place on Thursday night in Gordon’s Temperance Hall, Huntly – the celebration of the golden wedding of Mr and Mrs Alexander Duncan, Newton of Glenmarkie, Glass.  Mr Duncan’s family have had long connection with Newton of Glenmarkie.  Mr Duncan occupied it for over 50 years, and he succeeded his father in the tenancy.  Now it is occupied by a son, Mr Robert Duncan.  Mrs Duncan is a daughter of the late Mr Robert Archibald, Demeath, and it is said that there have been Archibald’s on that farm since the fifteenth century.  The worthy couple have had a family of four sons and three daughters, and have 21 grandchildren.  Of the family, three sons and one daughter were present, and also 9 of the grandchildren.  There was also a large attendance of friends and neighbours, who, despite stormy weather and heavy roads, made long journeys in order to show their regard and respect for the venerable couple.




An appeal was down in the name of Thomas Gauld, land steward and manager on the farm of Invermarkie, Glass, against the refusal of his claim in respect of William Jamieson, ploughman, Invermarkie.  The military representative had not assented to the claim, on the ground that the work on the farm might be reorganised, thus releasing the man for military service.  The farm was staffed in excess of the average in the district.  In these views the local Tribunal concurred.

There was no appearance on behalf of appellant of the man, and the appeal was dismissed.



News has been received by Mr Donald McDonald, Markethill, Glass, of the death of his son, Pte. Duncan McDonald, of the Cameron Highlanders of Canada.  Previous to joining the Canadians, Private McDonald was working as a carpenter with the Hudson Bay Company.  He had been three months at the front.


An impressive memorial service was held in Glass Parish Church on Sunday afternoon for a son of the manse who had fallen in France.  Lieut. Albert J. Guthrie.  The service was conducted in presence of a large congregation by the Rev. J.J. Calder, Cairney, whose sermon had for the theme the blessings of loss and bereavement.  A feature of a memorable service was the marvellously expressive playing on the organ by Sir Frederick Bridge, C.V.O. of Westminster Abbey.  His interpretation of the Dead March in “Saul” will not readily pass from the memory of those who were privileged to hear it.




Intimation was received last week by Mr William Wilson, Dillybrae, in the employment of Sir Frederick Bridge, Cairnborrow Lodge, Glass, that his younger son Pte. James Wilson, of the Canadians, had been killed at the front.  Private Wilson had visited his parents in the spring, after coming from Canada for training in this country.  He was 25 years of age and had only been two months at the front.  He leaves a widow and child.



Lieutenant George Macpherson of the Machine-fun Corps, who died on 15th inst of wounds received in action earlier in this day, was the only son of Mr and Mrs George Macpherson of the Lloyd House, Wolverhampton and Edinglassie Lodge. Huntly, Aberdeenshire.  Lieut. Macpherson  was educated at Lockers Park and at Winchester, where he was in the Officers’ Training Corps.  Leaving Winchester in July 1915, he obtained a commission in the Buffs in September  and in April 1916 was transferred to the Machine-gun Corps.  He was given his second star in July and went to the front at the end of last month.

Aberdeen Journal 4 December 1916



A meeting of the Huntly District Tribunal was held on Saturday.  Mr R. Milne, Corsdean, presided and Captain Medhurst represented the military.

The following were the Glass applications.

James Duff, Boghead, Glass, claimed exemption for his son James Duff (19) who was, he said, the only man he had to help him in working his farm.  Temporary exemption was granted till 15th March.

Captain Medhurst intimated an appeal against this decision.

The following were given exemption till 15th May:  Alexander Wink, blacksmith, Glass: Peter D. McGregor, merchant, Glass.

George Robertson, farmer, Blacklug, Glass, was granted temporary exemption till 15th May.

In the majority of the cases exemption was granted on condition that the applicants join the Volunteer Training Corps.

Captain Medhurst intimated that he intended to appeal against the decision of the Tribunal in several of the cases dealt with.

ABERDEEN JOURNAL 15 January 1917



Killed – Mr Alexander Cheyne, Corsmaul, Glass has received information that his stepson, Private James Finnie, Scots Guards, was killed in action on 25th December.  He was in his 26th year and previous to enlisting was an iron founder in Falkirk.  He joined at the outbreak of war and had been at the front since November, 1914.


Wounded – Information has been received by Mr William Collie, Thomastown Cottages, Auchterless, that his son Private William Collie, Gordon Highlanders, has been admitted to hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.  Before enlisting he was a farm servant. (probably in the Glass district)

Aberdeen Journal 1 May 1917


At the close of the sermon on Sunday, the Rev W.G. Guthrie, Parish Church, Glass, made touching reference to the late Private John Walker, son of Mr and Mrs Walker, Waterside Cottages, the 11th on the role of honour in Glass, who fell in action on 9th April.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal 18 May 1917


The parents of Private Dow, wounded, reside at Lowrie, Glass.  This is the second time he has been wounded. Private Smith has been wounded.  His parents reside at Edinglassie Cottages, Glass.  He was in the H.L.I.


Aberdeen Journal 15 September 1917


While shunting operations were in progress at Dufftown Railway Station yesterday forenoon, Mr John Green, signalman, was run over by a waggon and received severe injuries to his left thigh, his leg being almost cut off.  He was conveyed immediately to Stephen Cottage Hospital, where the leg was amputated by Dr. C Stephen and Dr George Cowie Grant, but he died of shock.

Deceased was a son of Mrs Green, Burnside, Glass and leaves a widow and six young children.  He was an enthusiastic friendly society worker and the past few years had been secretary to the Hope of Mortlach Lodge of Ancient Shepherds and in his spare time acted as collector to the Britannia Insurance Company.  He was also a member of the Balvenie Lodge of Goodfellows and St James’ Lodge of Freemasons.  He was a very successful amateur gardener both with flowers and vegetables.  A brother who was severely wounded in the early days of the war is a prisoner of war in Switzerland.

Aberdeen Journal 18 September 1917



On Saturday last a collection was taken throughout the parish of Glass in aid of the Young Men’s Christian Association work at the front, when the sum of £6 9s.6d. was the result.  The collectors were Misses Cameron, W. Gauld, Guthrie, J. Gauld and Smith.

LEGACY – The late Mr George Smith, who died at Auchinhandoch, Glass in April last, has left eight shares In the North of Scotland and Town and County Bank, also £100 in Glasgow Corporation stock, for behoof of the poor of the parish of Glass, the interest to be distributed by the minister of the parish and Parish Council yearly at Christmas.  At the close of his sermon on Sunday, the Rev. W.G. Guthrie made reference to the bequest and to the thoughtful generosity of this young lad whose promising life was early cut short.

Aberdeen Journal 18 September 1917


A largely attended meeting was held in Watten U.F. Church, Caithness on Friday evening in celebration of the semi-jubilee of the Rev. W.G. Robertson, M.A. as minister of the congregation.  Mr Robertson was presented with a pulpit gown and a purse of money, and Mrs Robertson with a gold muff chain.  The Rev. N.C. Roberton, Wick, presided and the speakers included the Rev. John Robson, West U.F. Church, Fraserburgh: the Reg. David Lillie, B.D. of the Parish Church, Watten and others.

Mr Robertson is a native of Glass, Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen Journal 2 February 1917


Before the close of the school on Friday, the pupils of the Glass Central School assembled in the infant room to bid farewell to Miss Kindness, infant teacher, who is leaving to take up duties under the Kemnay School Board.  After a few introductory words by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, chairman of the School Board, Miss Winnie Gauld, one of the senior pupils, presented Miss Kindness, in the name of the teachers and scholars, with a handsome gold and pearl brooch and a self-filling fountain pen.  Mr Shand, headmaster, on behalf of Miss Kindness, thanked the children for their handsome gift. Besides being infant mistress Miss Kindness was a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir of the United Free Church, Glass.

Aberdeen Journal 6 October 1917



Corporal Batty L. Green, Scots Guards, who was for about two years a prisoner of war in Germany, has just returned from Switzerland, along with a few more repatriated soldiers.  He is meantime staying at his mother’s farm, Burn of Glenmarkie, Glass.  Corporal Green, who served in the South African War, was in the Glasgow Tramways service when he had to re-join in 1914.  He was taken prisoner on 26th October 1914.

Interviewed by a “Journal” representative, Corporal Green gave the following account of his imprisonment:- On 236th October 1914, I was wounded on the head by a bullet, and fell unconscious, being picked up about midnight by some German Red Cross men, who behaved kindly towards me.  I was taken to Namur, where I was placed in hospital, remaining there a week.  I was then removed to Hofgesmar, and 16 days later to Cassel.  It was now towards the end of November and as the camp was in a ploughed field we sank knee-deep in mud at every step.  There were 500 of us, soldiers and civilians, in a big marquee.  We had no beds; only a little straw and an old horse-rug to sleep on.

Sometime later, along with other 80 prisoners of war, I was sent to Ohrdurf, in Saxony.  Each man was handed a sheaf of straw and a blanket, and we were divided into parties of three or four and sent along with Russians, French and Belgians to occupy quarters in stables.  Each stable had 13 stalls and contained 250 men.  We had to wait our turn for mouthfuls of water, as there was only one tap for 250 men.  We were forbidden to smoke.

About the end of June 1915 our condition was greatly improved by parcels arriving from home.  I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the ladies of Glass for the parcels they sent from time to time; also to Mr P.H. Gordon, Huntly, for being the means of transmitting parcels from the Huntly district.

On the 11th August 1916 I was examined and passed as being fit to go to Switzerland and along with many more set out the following day.  On arrival there we were supplied with clothing by the British Government.  There I lived under very favourable conditions till I was released to return home and am now regaining my old strength and spirit.  My home-coming was saddened by the loss of two brothers – one, Alistair, who died when training in 1914, and the other, John, who was fatally injured recently at Dufftown Railway Station.  In spite of this, I am very thankful to be once more among my old friends.

Aberdeen Journal 23 October 1917


Sergt. Donald MacDonald. M.M. of the South African Scottish, has received a commission in that regiment.  Lieut. MacDonald joined on the 15th day of December 1915 as a private and has received rapid promotion.  His father and mother reside at Market Hill, Glass

Aberdeen Journal 31 October 1917


Lance-Corporal A. Gauld, a son of Mr and Mrs Gauld, Bonfail, Glass, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.

Aberdeen Journal 1 November 1917


Second-Lieut. Donald McDonald, M.M. South African Scottish, has fallen in action.  Lieut. McDonald, who only recently received his commission is a son of Mr and Mrs Donald McDonald, Market Hill, Glass.  He leaves a widow, who is at present residing at 15 Bishophill Senior, York.  Prior to enlistment he was a carpenter in South Africa.  Lieut. McDonald is the second son of this patriotic family who has fallen during the present war.

Aberdeen Journal 15 December 1917


Corporal A. Douglas Gordons, a son of Mr and Mrs Douglas, Cairnborrow Lodge, Glass, has been awarded the Military Medal.

Aberdeen Journal 17 December 1917


Corporal  James Anderson, killed was the husband of Mrs Anderson, Invermarkie, Glass and before enlisting was a gamekeeper at Invermarkie Lodge, Glass

Aberdeen Journal 29 December 1917


Lieut. James Bonnyman, M.G.C. has been awarded the Military Cross.  Prior to obtaining a commission in the Machine Gun Corps. Lieut. Bonnyman was a private in the Scots Guards.  In civilian life, Lieut. Bonnyman managed his mother’s farm at Belnaboth, Glass.

Aberdeen Journal 17 January 1918



Under the auspices of the Strathbogie Farmer Club, a meeting of farmers was held in Stewart’s Hall, Huntly

Yesterday.  The object of the meeting was to consider the advisability of forming a branch for Strathbogie district of the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland.  In the absence of Mr Bruce, Collithie, chairman of the club, Mr A. Simpson, Broadland, was called to the chair.   After explaining the object of the meeting, Mr Simpson called upon Mr Hunter, secretary of the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland, to explain the objects and activities of the Union.

Mr Hunter said that the objects of the Union were to conserve and watch over the interests of agriculture in all its branches and to promote its interests by such means as may from time to time appear expedient.  All party politics and sectarian matter would be avoided.  The membership would be open to all persons engaged in the actual practice of farming.  The Union would be constructed of a Central Executive Committee, County or Area Executive Committee and District Branches.  The Union was in no way antagonistic to existing bodies such as the Scottish Chamber of Agriculture, the Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland, or of any farmer club.  Indeed it was intended that the Union should work in accord with all these bodies.

It was unanimously agreed to form a branch embracing the parishes of Huntly, Cairnie, Glass, Gartly, Rothiemay, Forgue, Drumblade, Rhynie, Kennethmont and Cabrach.

Aberdeen Journal 10 May 1918

Sir Frederick and Lady Bridge left Cairnborrow Lodge, Glass, Huntly for The Cloisters, Westminster Abbey on Tuesday afternoon.  During their short stay on Deveronside, they landed six salmon.  Sir Frederick got a fine fish of 17 ½ lb. in St Anne’s pool and Lady Bridge landed a 7 lb fish on a trout rod in the Huntly Lodge (Mr Yule’s) water.

Aberdeen Journal 30 July 1918


Private James Robertson, killed, was the son of the late Alexander Robertson, farmer, Greystone, Glass.  Previous to enlisting two years ago, deceased was employed at farm work.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal 16 August 1918


Messrs James Duff, Boghead, James Gauld, Bonfail and William Law, Blackhill, were ordained elders In the Parish Church,, Glass on Sunday by the Rev W.G. Guthrie.  Mr George Rust, Blairmore Cottages, was admitted a member of the Kirk Session.  Sir Frederick Bridge was at the organ during the latter part of the service.

Aberdeen Evening Express 20 August 1918


Killed in action on 20th July, Adam Morrison, private, Seaforth Highlanders aged 20 years, elder son of Mr and Mrs P. Morrison, Elgin and grandson of the late James Watt, Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Journal 2 September 1918



Pte. George Duncan, wounded is the son of Mr George Duncan, Invermarkie Farm, Glass.  Before enlisting he was a farm servant in the district.

Aberdeen Journal 10 October 1918


The Military Medal has been awarded to the following;-
266071 Pte. T. C. Ramsay, Gordons (GLASS)

Aberdeen Journal 23 October 1918



For Sale, by Public Roup, within the Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntly on Wednesday 30th Oct. 1918, at two o’clock afternoon (unless previously sold privately)

The Estate is situated in the Parish of Glass, Aberdeenshire and is about 5 miles from Huntly.

It extends to about 2337 Acres comprising Nine Good Arable Farms, Nine other Holdings, with 178 Acres Woodlands.  There is  mixed Shooting, consisting of Grouse, Black Game, and Partridges.

With the Estate goes the right of Salmon and Trout Fishing in the River Deveron, which bounds it on the South for about 2 miles, on which stretch there is a number of good Salmon Pools and excellent sport can be obtained.

CAIRNBORROW LODGE, on the Estate, was built by the late Proprietor about 12 years  ago and occupies an admirable situation overlooking the Deveron, and has the following Accommodation viz;- Dining Room, Drawing Room, 5 Bedrooms, Dressing-Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Servants’ Hall, Pantry, Scullery, Lavatory (H. and C. Water)   There are three additional Bedrooms in a building outside the Lodge.  Keeper’s House is situated near the Lodge.  The Lodge, Fishing’s and Shootings are meantime let to Sir Frederick Bridge on lease, which expires on the 1st February, 1923.

The Gross Rental on the Estate is £958 17s 6d

The Lands can be seen on giving ten days’ notice to Mr JAMES DUFF, Boghead, Glass, Huntly

For further particulars apply to JAMES MORRISON and CO> Solicitors, Banff, who will exhibit the Titles and Articles of Roup.

Aberdeen Evening Express 29 October 1918


Killed in action on 13th October, Private Charles A. Taylor, Gordon Highlanders aged 21, younger son of Mr and Mrs Taylor, Midtown, Glass.
To memory dear

Aberdeen Journal 8 November 1918


A meeting of Glass Soldiers’ Comforts Committee was held on Thursday, presided over ty Mrs Guthrie.  The report of the year’s income and expenditure showed donations to the amount of £73.12s.9d. while the expenditure for parcels sent was £71.4s.1d. leaving a balance of £2.8s.8d. besides the sum of £95.5s.3d. part proceeds of Free Gift Sale.

Aberdeen Journal 16 November 1918


Private William Gartley, wounded is a son of the late Mr James Gartley, Wrightstone, Glass and of Mrs Gartley, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 19 November 1918


On Sunday a service of thanksgiving was conducted I the Parish Church, Glass by the Re. RW.G. Guthrie.  The praise was appropriate.  While the congregation stood the roll of honour was read and the whole service was of a very impressive nature.

Aberdeen Journal 18 February 1919


Sir Frederick Bridge, who spends a part of the spring and autumn usually at his Aberdeenshire place, Cairnborrow Lodge, Glass, near Huntly, is now engaged on a work which Messrs Hutchinson are to publish this spring.  The book is to be entitled “My Musical Pilgrimage, 1850-1918: “A Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College, University and Concert Room; with a Few Notes on Sports.”

Aberdeen Journal 21 February 1919

FOR SALE, Liver and White Spaniel Bitch, two years old; good worker; no leash required. Douglas, Cairnborrow Lodge, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 22 March 1919

HORSEMAN (Married) Wanted, at term: house and perquisites given.  Apply Manager, Invermarkie, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 16 April 1919


There will be Exposed for Sale, by Public Roup, unless previously disposed of by private bargain, within the Office of Messrs Cochran and Macpherson, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen, on FRIDAY, the 16th day of May next, at 12 o’clock Noon.

The Attractive RESIDENTIAL and SPORTING ESTATE OF BELDORNEY, in the Parishes of Glass and Cabrach and Counties of Aberdeen and Banff, extending to 3513 Acres or thereby, of which 2000 Acres are Grouse Moor, 1000 Acres are arable, and the remainder Pasture or Woodland.

The Mansion House, known as Beldorney Castle, beautifully situated on a Wooded Knoll overlooking the River Deveron, is about 8 miles from Huntly, and is a very interesting example of an ancient Scottish type of baronial house,  It contains considerable accommodation besides many features of architectural and antiquarian interest.

The Offices are suitable for horses or motor cars and there is a good garden.

The Shootings and Fishings are a leading feature, the Beldorney Moors being well known, and the Fishing (about 3 ½ miles in extent) includes some of the best salmon pools on the Upper Deveron, and some of the best trout fishing.

Feu-duties amounting to £41.15s per annum, payable from lands near Grange and Keith, are to be sold with the Estate.

RENTAL, including Feu-duties £1476 6s.

Owner’s Public Burdens, £167. 7s. 6d.

Further information may be had from Messrs Cochran and Macpherson, who will arrange for the Estate being inspected.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal 9 May 1919

A children’s service was conducted in the Parish Church on Sunday.  The Rev. W.G. Guthrie preached an appropriate sermon about Naaman and Syrian and the captive maid.  Sir Frederick Bridge, Mus.D. M.V.O. presided at the organ.

ENTERTAINMENT – The Rev. W.G. Guthrie and Mrs Guthrie entertained a company of returned soldiers at the Manse of Glass last Friday.

Aberdeen Journal 9 May 1919

TO LET.  About 5 Acres First Year’s Grass; well sheltered and watered.  Offers received up to 17th May.  Taylor, Old Manse, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal 16 Jay 1919

A dance, organised by some of the returned soldiers, was held at Asswanley, Glass, on Thursday night, in a large loft kindly given by Mr Alexander Robertson.  Excellent music was supplied by the Messrs Forbes, Pitscurry.

COMMUNION SERVICES – Communion services were held in both churches in Glass on Sunday, when the services were conducted by the respective ministers.  Preparatory services were held the previous Thursday evening, when the Rev. Thos. McWilliam, Foveran, preached in the Parish Church.  Twelve young communicants, mostly returned soldiers, were admitted by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie.

Aberdeen Journal 27 June 1919

In accordance with the recommendation of the Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair, Lord Lieutenant of the County, the following names have been inserted in the Commission of the Peace for the county: –

William Robertson, farmer, Mains of Cairnborrow, Glass, Huntly

Alexander Shand, farmer and estate overseer, Waterside of Beldorney, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 23 August 1919


A Committee has been formed, under the Presidency of His Grace the DUKE OF RICHMOND AND GORDON and the MARQUIS OF ABERDEEN AND TEMAIR, for the purpose of erecting a suitable MEMORIAL at the HEADQUARTERS  of our Territorial Battalion, whose outstanding services in the Great War have brought such glory to Banffshire and Donside.

Subscriptions are invited, and should be sent to Colonel J.G. FLEMING, O.B.E. V.D. Hon. Treasurer, Keith.

W.J. KELLY, Lieut.-Col and C,F. RIDLAND, Lieut.  Joint Secretaries

Subscriptions previously acknowledged  £1402. 8s.10d.

Rev. W.G. Guthrie – amount collected in the Parish of Glass – £34.5s.6d.

Edward Kessler, Esq., Invermarkie Lodge, Glass – £3.0s.0d.

Aberdeen Journal 10 October 1919

On Wednesday evening a deputation representing the kirk-session of Glass Parish Church, waited on Mrs D.N. Masson at the Manse and presented her with a massive tray of silver-plate on the occasion of her recent marriage to the minister of Slains.  Mr James Duff, farmer, Boghead, in the name of his brother elders, made the presentation and expressed their good wishes for her future happiness.  Mrs Masson feelingly replied, thanking the kirk-session for their magnificent gift, which would constantly remind her of the pleasant parish of Glass and its kindly people.  Mr Masson also thanked the elders.

Aberdeen Journal 24 October 1919

We understand that this desirable sporting estate has been sold to Sir Thomas Birkett, of the firm of Messrs Killick, Nixon and Co., Bombay, and Sheriff of Bombay.  The estate extends to over 3500 acres and is situated in the parish of Glass.

Aberdeen Journal 19 November 1919

For sale or let, with entry at Whitsunday 1920 the FARM OF MAINS OF BLAIRMORE, in the Parish of Glass, near Huntly.

The Farm extends to 230 acres or thereby arable and about 30 acres pasture and is situated about six miles from Keith and three miles from Drummuir Railway Station.

There are suitable Farmhouse and Steading and Farm Servants’ Cottages.  Mr THOMAS GAULD, Land Steward, Blairmore, Huntly, will point out the boundaries on receiving two days’ notice and further particulars can be ascertained from STEWART & MCISAAC, W.S. Elgin, with whom Offers should be lodged on or before 15th December 1919.

Aberdeen Journal 24 November 1919

Mr and Mrs James Duff, Boghead, Glass, celebrated their silver wedding on Friday evening, when a number of friends and neighbours met a Boghead to congratulate them.  Mr and Mrs Duff were presented with two easy chairs by their family of five sons.  The usual toasts were given and responded to and a very pleasant evening was spent.

Aberdeen Journal 5 December 1919



The Subscribers, favoured with instructions, will sell by Public Auction, as above, the whole HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS AND CURIOS belonging to Captain W.J. Grant, and including:-

The Complete Furnishings of Dining Room, Drawing Rooms, Hall, Vaulted Room, Fifteen Bedrooms, Kitchen Pantries, Servants’ Hall, etc. Fine Old China, Archaeological and Geological Specimens.

Full details on application to the Auctioneer.

The sale will commence each day at 9.30 am prompt.

The First Day’s Sale will include the Kitchen and Pantry Furnishings, the whole of the Blankets and Bedding and as much as much as possible of the Bedroom Furniture.  All the Antiques and Curios will be sold the Second Day.

On View Day Previous to Sale

ROBERT HENDRY AND SON., Auctioneers, Auction Office, Keith
Beldorney Castle is about 8 miles from Huntly Station and about 10 miles from Keith


Aberdeen Journal 19 October 1919


On Wednesday evening a deputation representing the kirk-session at Glass Parish Church, waited on Mrs D.N. Masson at the Manse and presented her with a massive tray of silver-plate on the occasion of her recent marriage to the minister of Slains.  Mr James Duff, farmer, Boghead, in the name of his brother elders, made the presentation and expressed their good wishes for her future happiness.  Mrs Masson feelingly replied, thanking the kirk-session for their magnificent gift, which would constantly remind her of the pleasant parish of Glass and its kindly people.  Mr Masson also thanked the elders.

Aberdeen Journal 11 February 1920




To Let, for such period as may be arranged, with entry at Whitsunday 1920, the CROFT OF GREYSTONEFOLDS, in the Parish of Glass, near Huntly, with Dwelling House, Two shops, Barn, Byre, Coal House, Hen House, etc. presently tenanted by Mr James Morrison, Shoemaker, who is leaving for the purpose of taking up a larger business elsewhere.

The arable land extends to about 9 ½ acres.  The buildings, which are modern and commodious, are conveniently situated on the main road between Huntly and Dufftown, and a Shoemaker’s Business has been successfully carried on in the premises for about 70 years.  The premises and boundaries will be shown by Mr MORRISON or by Mr THOMAS GAULD, Land Steward, Blairmore, Huntly, on receiving two days’ notice and Offers should be Lodged with the Subscribers on or before 15th March 1920


Royal Bank Buildings, Elgin

Aberdeen Journal 5 February 1921



The death took place suddenly last night at his residence 70 Cairnfield Place, Aberdeen of Mr James K. Donald, manager of the bakery department of the Northern Co-operative Society Ltd.  Mr Donald had not been in good health since the New Year and had been off duty from that time until Thursday.

A native of the parish of Glass, Mr Donald was 54 years of age.  He came to Aberdeen as a lad and 26 years ago he entered the service of the commercial department of the Co-operative Bakery.

Mr Donald is survived by Mrs Donald, two sons, and three daughters.

Aberdeen Journal 19 May 1922



A party of 36 non-commissioned officers and bandsmen of the Gordon Highlanders from Castlehill Dept. Aberdeen, had a remarkable escape in one of the most extraordinary road accidents in the north of Scotland in recent years.

The mishap took place on the Huntly-Dufftown road and owing to the greasy state of the highway, a heavy Aberdeen Corporation Tramway omnibus, which was conveying the soldiers, left the road and toppled over a bridge into a burn.

Practically all the members of the party sustained cuts and bruises but six of them were more seriously hurt.  Among these was Drum-Major Kenny, V.C. who has been transferred temporarily from the 2nd Batt. Gordon Highlanders at Fort-George to the Aberdeen Depot for duty.

The weather was bad and after a day of heavy rain, the roads were coated with a layer of thin mud, which made the driving of the omnibus very difficult.  All went well, however, until the heavy vehicle and its 30 odd soldier occupants was about six miles from Huntly.

At this part the driver of the ‘bus had to contend with frequent skids and on approaching the OLD MANSE BRIDGE, had to slow down to about four miles an hour, so unreliable and treacherous was the crown of the road.  The utmost care, however, did not prevent an accident of an extraordinary nature.

The bridge, which is about 200 years away from the OLD MANSE OF GLASS, now occupied as a farm, carries the road round a bend and over a small stream.  The structure has a three-feet high parapet and a vehicle with a broad wheel base, negotiating the curve, must make a wide sweep away from the left hand side of the road.


In taking the corner the driver of the omnibus put a wide lock on the front wheels, but had only taken the first few yards of the swing when the rear part of the machine lost its grip of the ground and began to slide on the mud covered road.

The bulky ‘bus did not make the slightest response to the steering wheel and crashed head on into the masonry of the bridge.  The stone-work for five or six yards was swept clean away by the first impact and the vehicle plunged through the gap it had made and toppled into the burn below – a drop of eight feet from the camber of the road.  So sudden was the crash and the descent into the water that the soldiers inside had no time to grip anything around them which might save them in the fall, but miraculously none of them was very seriously injured.

Shortly after the accident occurred, a motor lorry passed the spot and took several of the injured men into Huntly and others were conveyed into the town in a private motor car which came on the scene later.  In Huntly the injuries were attended to by a local doctor.

The remainder of the party marched the distance of six miles into Huntly, from where a telephone message was sent to the manager of the Tramways Department, informing him of the accident.  Another omnibus was dispatched from Aberdeen and brought the stranded soldiers back to barracks in the early morning.

The work of salvage will be extremely difficult, as the lifting of the vehicle will be a dead weight to a crane operating at the bend of the road.  Any attempt to right the vehicle where it lies and to draw it clear by a tractor will be attended with serious risk of further damage and bogging, because of the marshy state of the ground on each side of the burn.

Sunday Post 17 September 1922


There will be a notable gathering of music-lovers from all parts of the North-East in Glass Parish Church today (Sunday) when Sir Frederick Bridge, emeritus organist of Westminster Abbey, will give his annual musical recital.   Although Sir Frederick is beginning to feel the weight of years, his right hand has not lost its cunning, and his annual recital at Glass never fails to attract a great gathering of music-lovers.  Sir Frederick has just returned to Glass from a motor tour in the Highlands, on which he was accompanied by his daughter and her husband, Dr Stainer, a son of Sir John Stainer, the eminent composer and musician.

Aberdeen Journal 11 April 1923


The choir of Mortlach Parish Church numbering 30 voices, gave a successful recital of sacred music in the Parish Church Hall, Glass, on Sunday afternoon.  The programme, which comprised choruses, solos, etc., was admirably sustained, and reflected credit on the choir and their conductor, Mr Alex. M. Small, who played the accompaniments on the organ which was presented to the church by Sir Frederick Bridge in 1906.  There was a large congregation.  The Rev. W.G. Guthrie occupied the pulpit.

Aberdeen Journal 3 November 1923


Considerable attention was given by the lecturer to St Walach or Volucos, whom Bishop Elphinstone’s Breviary described as arriving in the 5th century and who was probably a follower of St Ninian.  He was associated with what became the parish of GLASS.  Not far from the kirkyard were St Walach’s Well and also what was called his Bath, both much frequented in former times by diseased parishioners as a means of cure.  Strathbogie Presbytery in 1618, enjoined the kirk session to censure superstitious belief; but there was evidence that even so late as the beginning of last century hundreds of ailing children were dipped into the Bath.

Walach was described in the Breviary as living a life of lowly poverty, tender compassion, and earnest ministry.  He also included with the sphere of his ministry the parish of Logie Mar.  An old Aberdeenshire rhyme embodied his connection with this parish, “Walah Fair in Logie Mar, 30th Day of Januar” (the traditional date of the saint’s death)  The minister of Logie, The Rev R. Robertson, informed the lecturer that this fair was still held when some of the present parishioners were young.

Aberdeen Journal 13 November 1923


The half-yearly Communion was celebrated in the parish of Glass on Sunday.  In the Parish Church the two minutes’ silence was observed.  The service then followed the usual course.  Friday was observed as a fast day and preparatory services were conducted in the Parish Church by the Rev. Alex. McKay, Botriphnie and in the U.F. Church by the Rev Leslie Hope, Huntly

Aberdeen Journal 11 February 1924



The Small Residential ESTATE OF GLENMORISTON, in the Parish of Glass (about two miles from Drummuir Railway Station), is for Sale.  The Property comprises the Home Farm of Glenmoriston, and the small Farm known at Cottartown, and about 16 Acres of Woodland.  The Home Farm extends to about 230 Acres Arable, with 30 Acres Rough Pasture.  Cottartown extends to about 40 Acres Arable and 12 Acres Pasture.  There is thriving Timber (Larch, Spruce and Fir_ about 40 years old on the Woodland.  The Dwelling-house (with hot and cold circulation) and the Steading on the Home Farm are in perfect repair and the premises are lit by electricity.  The Dwelling-house and Steading on Cottartown are in a good state of repair and in every way suitable for the Holding.

Offers are invited (a) for Purchase of the Whole Property in one lot (b) for the Home Farm and Cottartown separately; and (c) for a Fourteen Years’ Lease (with breaks) for the Home Farm and Cottartown separately.  Further particulars may be had from the Subscriber.

JOHN STUART, Solicitor, Huntly 9th February 1924

Aberdeen Journal 12 February 1924



A meeting called by Provost Christie and Mr T.A. Duff, chairman of the Cottage Hospital Committee, was held at Huntly yesterday for the purpose of considering what steps should be taken to purchase an operating table and other necessary articles of equipment for the hospital.  There was a large attendance – Provost Christie presiding.  The chairman explained the purpose of the meeting and also the present condition of the hospital funds.  He pointed out that the parishes of Drumblade, Cairnie, GLASS and Gartly shared in the benefits of the hospital and these would be asked to help in the present effort by holding some form of entertainment in their own districts.

After discussion, it was agreed that an appeal be made at Huntly for subscriptions and that a concert be held in March, to be followed by a dance.  The whole meeting was appointed a committee and a sub-committee appointed therefrom, with Provost Christie as convenor and Mr John Dickson, solicitor, as secretary.

Aberdeen Journal 3 July 1924

While Mr John Taylor, Old Manse, Glass was hoeing turnips on Tuesday, a carrier pigeon alighted on the ground beside him.  It had the following marks: – 21JJ, 7752, N.U.R.P.

Aberdeen Journal 16 August 1924


John Duff, warehouseman, Boghead, Glass, pleaded guilty to having, on 6th July, on the public road near the Bognie Arms, Forgue, failed to keep his motor bicycle to the left side of the road, whereby he collided with and damaged a motor bicycle driven by Gordon Mitchell, carpenter, Hill of Petty, Fyvie.

Mr John Stuart, solicitor, Huntly, said the accident took place at practically a blind corner, which was so dangerous that the road surveyor had recommended that the wall be removed.  Accused’s cycle punctured and he was not going fast, but took too wide a turn.  Accused had not had much experience and unfortunately, through an error of judgment, kept too far to his right-hand side.  If he had been going faster he would have been, like all motorists, inclined to cut the corner.

The Fiscal said that the damage to Mitchell’s cycle amounted to £20.9s.9d. and it was not insured.

The Sheriff imposed a fine of £4.4s. which was paid in court.

Aberdeen Journal 2 September 1924



A sale of work was held at Blairmore Garage, Glass, last Thursday afternoon in aid of the W.R.I. funds.  Mrs Kessler, Invermarkie Lodge, presided and introduced Mrs Forbes of Rothiemay, who declared the sale open.  On the motion of Mrs Cameron, Blairmore, a vote of thanks was given to Mrs Forbes.  The following were the stallholders;- Fancy work – Mrs Geddes of Blairmore, Mrs Kessler, Mrs Cameron, Miss Eastwood and Miss Guthrie.  Dairy produce – Mrs Duncan and Mrs Duff.  Cake and Candy – Misses Bonnyman, Cameron and Kessler.  Jumble – Mrs Wink and Mrs Thomson.  Tea – Mrs Morrison, Miss Birnie and assistants.  Gatekeeper – Mr Wm. Ferguson.  A dance was held in the evening.  The total drawings amounted to £58 4s.1d.  Music was supplied by Messrs Duncan and Whitecross.

Aberdeen Journal 13 September 1924



A representative meeting was held at Glass Public School on Thursday night to consider the formation of a District Nursing Association for Glass and surrounding area.  Originally it was suggested that the parish of Glass should unite with Cairnie and form one District Nursing Association, but it was found that, for geographical reasons, such a unit was impracticable.  At the meeting, which was presided over by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, The Manse, it was unanimously decided, on the motion of Mrs Kessler, Invermarkie Lodge, seconded by Mrs Cameron, Blairmore House, to form a District Nursing Association to cover the parish of Glass and the Cabrach.  Mrs Kessler was appointed president of the Provisional Committee.

Later in the evening a public meeting was held at the Central School, Cairnie.  Mr James Davidson, Newton, presided over a very representative gathering.  At this meeting it was proposed by Mr Simpson, Broadland, seconded by Mrs Pirie, Auchanachy and unanimously adopted , that a District Nursing Association should be formed to comprise the parish of Cairnie and the landward portion of the parish of Huntly.

Mr H.D. McCombie, Convenor of the County, spoke at both meetings and explained how desirable and essential it was that an important county such as Aberdeenshire should be covered by a network of nurses.  Already there were 30 nurses operating throughout the county area and before the scheme could be considered complete, a further complement of 20 nurses would be required.

The meetings were also addressed by Miss Boyd, local representative of the Jubilee Institute and Dr Harry J. Rae, county tuberculosis medical officer.

Aberdeen Journal 9 February 1925


The death has occurred, suddenly of Mrs Bremner, Marchmar, Auchindoir.  Deceased was born at BLACKBOG, IN THE PARISH OF GLASS, in 1864 and was the only daughter of the late Mr James Bonnyman, farmer there.  She stayed 22 years with her parents at Blackbog after leaving school, during which time she took a keen interest in the social welfare of the district and did a great deal for the promotion of church work.  In 1897 she was married to Mr Alexander Bremner, who is the tenant of the farm of Marchmar, in the battlefield are of the lands of Auchindoir.  She is survived by her husband and by a son, who assists his father on the farm and by a brother.

Aberdeen Journal 16 April 1925



The Old-Established GENERAL MERCHANT’S BUSINESS which has been carried on for over half a century at the HAUGH OF GLASS, HUNTLY, and now belongs to Mrs Aberdein, is for Sale by Private Bargain.

In addition to the business of General Merchant, there is a public Bus and Motor-Hiring Business and the present proprietrix of the business and her predecessors have acted as Sub-Postmaster there and that may be continued to the purchaser.

The Stock, which is principally grocery and hardware goods, is fresh and not large and there is also a certain amount of drapery goods.

The Buildings, consisting of Shop, Superior Dwelling House: Stores and Offices, Byre, Barn and Stable, are rented by the present tenant on lease and a new lease at a rent of £40 may be granted to a purchaser of the business first approved by the proprietor.

Further particulars as to the premises may be had from Messrs COCKRAN AND MACPHERSON, Advocates, Aberdeen and as to the business from Mr JOHN DICKSON, Solicitor, Huntly, who will receive Offers up to 29th April curt.

Huntly 15th April 1925.

Aberdeen Journal 19 September 1925


The other day a splendid fox was caught in a hare’s snare at Howmill, Glass by Mr R. Dow.  It was handed over to the shooting tenant, Mr Kessler, Glenmarkie, who is having it stuffed.  The animal was full grown and a fine specimen.

Aberdeen Journal 1 September 1926



A free gift sale in aid of the District Nursing Association and to raise additional funds for a Parish Hall, was held at Glass Central School last Saturday afternoon.  The entire school buildings were utilised for the purpose of the sale and were gaily decorated with bunting, pot plants, festoons of greenery and cut flowers from the gardens of Blairmore House and an adjoining field was kindly lent for dancing and games by Mr Geo. Tough, of Glenmoriston.

The weather was ideal and a large number of parishioners and visitors from the surrounding district were attracted to the sale, which realised the satisfactory sum of £230.

At the opening ceremony Mrs Kessler, Invermarkie Lodge, presided and after congratulating the workers on their fine display of articles, introduced the Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, who, in a happy speech, declared the sale open.  Mrs Cameron, Blairmore, returned thanks and presented Lady Aberdeen with a beautiful bouquet of purple sweet peas.  On the call of the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, Mrs Kessler was heartily thanked for presiding.

The following ladies and gentlemen were stallholders;-

China and fancy (1) Mrs Geddes of Blairmore and Mrs Cameron, with Misses Douglas and Wilson

China and Fancy (2) Mrs Kessler and Mrs Pinsent of Edinglassie, with Mrs Bridge, Mrs Heald and Nurse Ross.

Cake and candy stall – Mrs Anderson, Beldorney Schoolhouse and Mrs Guthrie, The Manse with Misses Dunbar, Guthrie and Tough.

Shilling stall – Miss Cameron, Miss J. Kessler and the Misses F. and H. Stainer.

Flowers and vegetables – Mrs Downing and Miss Shaw Hellier from Edinglassie Lodge.

Game and farm produce – Mrs Duncan, Edinglassie; Mrs Ramsay, Braetown: Mrs Robertson, Cairnborrow: Mrs Shand, Schoolhouse: and Miss Thomson, Lowrie.

Jumble stall – Mrs Thomson, Aswanley Croft and Miss Birnie, Invermarkie Lodge.

White elephant – Miss McGregor, organist and Miss Bonnyman, Belnaboth.

Tea stall – Mrs Duff, Boghead and Mrs Morrison, Millhouse with Mrs Dey, Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Robertson, Mrs Wink and Misses A. Cameron, P. Gauld, O. Gordon, L. Mavor, McGrimmond, McWilliam and Petrie.

Ice-cream – Masters S. Cameron and D. Kessler with Messrs A. Dey and J. Morrison

Sports committee – Messrs J. Morrison, A. Burgess, J. and A. Duncan, A. Horn, W. Shand with J. Cameron, T. Ramsay and E.D. Cameron.

Gate and door-keepers – Messrs W. Ferguson, J. Robertson, A. Elrick, J. Duff and W. Duncan.

Mr Ferguson, auctioneer, Huntly, quickly disposed of the articles remaining at the close of the sale and Mr G. Duncan, Greystonefolds, provided lively bagpipe music during the afternoon.

Aberdeen Journal 7 September 1926


At the close of the service in Glass Parish Church on Sunday, Mr George Cormack, Demeath, Mr James Pirie, Upper Hilton and Mr John Robson, Pleylands, were ordained in the eldership and Mr George Grant, Haugh, who was previously ordained in the parish of Glenrinnes was admitted to the eldership of the parish of Glass.  The Rev. W.G. Guthrie officiated.

Aberdeen Journal 15 December 1926


By the donation of £250 to the Public Hall fund, Mr E. Allan Cameron, Blairmore, has given fresh proof of his generosity and kindly interest in the parish of Glass and the committee have decided to proceed with the erection of a hall for the parish as soon as possible.  It will be built of rock-faced concrete blocks and the work has been entrusted to Mr G.J. Lobban, architect, Keith.  It is understood that the Blairmore trustees have kindly offered an excellent site for the hall, which will be a great boon to the parishioners.

Aberdeen Journal 29 December 1926



To let with entry at Whitsunday 1927

  1. The Farm of GLENMARKIE, 134 acres arable with extensive sheep pasture, as presently occupied by Mr James Smith.

2 The Farm of BONFAIL, 66 acres arable, with extensive sheep pasture, as presently occupied by Mr James Gauld.

The Farms are situated between Huntly and Dufftown.  The tenants are not offerers.  The buildings are all in good order.  The measurements are not guaranteed.  The boundaries will be pointed out by Mr George Smith, Gamekeeper, Edinglassie, Glass, Huntly, on receiving one clear day’s notice and Conditions of Let may be seen with him or with Messrs Cochran & Macpherson, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen, who will receive Offers up to Saturday, 22nd January, 1927

Aberdeen Journal 25 June 1927

COACHBUILT Side-car, £2.15s.: 4 ½ B.S.A. Sports, £30: 2 ½ B.S.A., 1924, £23: 2 ½  Douglas, 1925, £25: 2 ½ Levis, 2-stroke, £10: all in good order and licensed.  New Cycles, Ladies and gents, from £4.5s: Second-hand Cycles from 25s.  Accessories, repairs.  Gauld’s Cycle Depot. Glass, Huntly

Aberdeen Journal 6 September 1927


TO LET – with entry at Whitsunday, 1928, for such period as may be arranged, the HOLDING known as SLOGAN, in the Parish of Botriphnie at present tenanted by Mr George Graham, extending to 71 acres arable and 6 acres pasture or thereby.

Mr George Milne, Waterside Cottages, Glass, Huntly, will point out the Boundaries on receiving three days’ previous notice.  Further particulars will be given either by him or by the Subscribers.

Offers should be lodged with the Subscribers by 30th September 1927.

Stewart and McIsaac, W.S. Elgin.

Aberdeen Journal 9 September 1927


To let with entry at Martinmas 1927, the Desirable FARM OF BONFAIL, extending to about 68 acres arable, with about 60 acres hill pasture.  The Farm is situated about 1 mile from Glass Post Office and 8 miles from Huntly.  The boundaries will be pointed out by Mr George Smith, Yew Cottage, Haugh of Glass, Huntly on receiving a day’s notice and Conditions of Let may be seen with him or with Messrs Cochran & Macpherson, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen, who will receive offers up to Saturday 24th September.

Aberdeen Journal 10 September 1927


Packs of destructive foxes have just made themselves conspicuous in the parish of Glass, where they have been visiting several portable poultry houses, which happen to be placed in fields and in most cases considerably remote from their accustomed poultry yards.

From some of these isolated poultry houses, scores of poultry have been carried off and devoured in a single night by Reynard.  Active steps are being taken to destroy these thieves.

Aberdeen Journal 12 September 1927


The body if John Craigen, farm servant with Mr James Duff, Netherton, Glass, was found I the River Deveron at Hill of Haugh on Saturday.

Craigen had disappeared a few days ago.  He left his occupation about the beginning of last week and was staying with a sister in Huntly.

On the afternoon of Tuesday he complained to a fellow worker that he did not feel well and was going to have his teeth extracted.  Since then he had not been seen.

Aberdeen Journal 12 September 1927


At Huntly, suddenly on the 10th September 1927, John Craigen son of the late John Craigen, Backtack, Glass aged 53 years.  Funeral  from 6 Gordon Street, Huntly on Tuesday 13th inst at 1 o’clock pm to Glass Churchyard, arriving at Glass at 1.40.  This is the only intimation and invitation.

Aberdeen Journal 19 September 1927



(By the Rev. W.S. Bruce)

Last Sunday I had the pleasure for the first time of seeing Glass, of which I had heard much.  The word is Celtic and found in Strathglass and Glasgow, “the green valley”.  The Green is indeed the very centre of Glasgow, though few of the crowds that congregate there know its meaning.

And green are the haughs of the river in Glass.  It is the most lovely bit of the Deveron.  If the Cabrach be the Braemar of Deveronside, Glass is the Ballater and Huntly its Aboyne.  And in both beauty and fertility they hold their own with the Dee and the Don.

In my mind Glass was always associated with the name Geddes.  The Geddeses are still there in Blairmore.  Chicago called them to share its wealth; but Glass still holds them to breathe its air.  Principal Geddes told us once how as a boy he walked all the way from it to the gate of Aberdeen University with wisps of straw round his ankles to keep off the deep snow.

That long journey let him get his feet on the first rung of the ladder that lifted him to the Grammar School, the Chair of Greek and the Principalship of the University of Aberdeen.


Also of late Sir Frederick Bridge’s name became much associated with Glass.  The distinguished Westminster organist often officiated in its Parish Church and drew many to hear him.  His daughter, married to the famous organist of St Paul’s (a son of the great Sir John Stainer, who was musical editor of our Hymnary), and her family still inhabit Cairnborrow House and continue the old connection yearly with Glass.

On Sunday the Stainer family favoured us with a recital of sacred music of such a high character that I cannot refrain from speaking of it.  The well trained church choir gave us delightful specimens of old Scottish Psalm tunes, such as Covenanters, Gainsborough, Hamilton and Doversdale, while the talented Stainer family enriched the service with Handel’s “Water Music” on three violins, ‘cello, and piano.  Mrs Stainer and daughter, accompanied by Mrs R. Bridge, rendered “Prayer” by Auber, as a violin duet; Master Teddy Stainer gave us one of Mendelsohn’s soprano solos in a fine voice; his still younger brother gave a ‘cello solo, his own composition, his sister accompanying.

Seldom have we heard such musical talent – certainly never in a country parish.  I had the pleasure of meeting them all afterwards at Invermarkie House, the original home of Principal Geddes and discovering how modesty goes along with genius in these clever boys and girls.

One is pleased to find that, notwithstanding many denials, genius does descend and that stability of type does persist in mind as well as in body.  Musical talent may be said to be two-sided, the chords of the voice co-working with the gifts of the brain.

At anyrate, it is clear that “like tends to beget like.”  And in his grand-children Sir Frederick Bridge still lives in Cairnborrow and still inspires the parishioners of Glass.


I have known three ministers of Glass, all superior men.  Dr Duguid I remember as an old man, a distinguished classical scholar and teacher of Principal Geddes, who was named William Duguid Geddes after him.

Glass has another parish in it, called Dumeath, now named Walla.  The churchyard of Walla is beautifully secluded and many of the ministers preferred to lie there.  It was the favourite resting-place of the great organist.

Strathbogie Presbytery leapt into fame at the Disruption and John of Glass was the leader of the seven ministers who stood for Patronage.  With them he was deposed by the General Assembly of 1841 in May and before the end of the year he died, having refused to leave his manse till he was carried out in his coffin.  There were men of principle and martyrs on both sides in 1843.  Deep conviction carried many out; and deep conviction kept many in.

Sept. 16 1927

Aberdeen Journal 6 January 1928



The Scottish Land Court has given its decision in an application for improvements by Wm. Maver, Cairnmore, Glass, on the estate of Cairnborrow, against D.F. Lockhart, wood merchant, Huntly, the landlord.  The tenant claimed compensation for dwelling-house, steading, drains, ditches, fences and reclamation of waste land.  The members of the Court recently heard evidence at Huntly and thereafter inspected the holding.

The Land Court has now given its finding to the effect that the tenant or his predecessor had provided or paid for the whole of the greater part of the improvements and is accordingly a landholder and entitled to compensation which the Court has fixed at £285.  Mr W.C. Forbes, solicitor Aberdeen, acted for the tenant and Mr John Stuart, solicitor, Huntly, for the proprietor.

Aberdeen Journal 15 February 1928


Alexander Gauld, building mason with no fixed place of residence, was charged before Sheriff Laing at Aberdeen yesterday, with having, on June 17 or 18 inst., at the front of the Public School at Glass, stolen a lamp from a bicycle standing there; in a plantation adjoining the school, stolen a lamp from another bicycle; in the house on the farm of Lettach, Glass, stolen a purse with £5 of money from the pocket of a pair of trousers; and in the same house on Friday 11 forced open a lock fast trunk and stolen £6.  Accused pleaded guilty and had no excuse to offer.  Mr MacLennan stated that £6 of the money had been recovered.  The Sheriff said if the accused had been previously convicted he would probably have sent him to prison.  The penalty was £8, with the alternative of thirty days imprisonment.


Aberdeen Journal 1 March 1928


James Clark, farm servant, Upper Clunybeg, Mortlach, pleaded guilty at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday to having, on 6th ult., stolen a bicycle from a shed at the farm of Corshalloch, Glass and stolen two honey frames containing twelve ;pounds of honey from the farm of Hillockhead.

Mr Thomas McNeil, solicitor, said that the farmer, who occupied both farms, engaged the accused at a weekly wage of 25s.  Accused was getting some money as he went along, but he found he required more and when the farmer refused to give him more he left.  He went back to get the money which, he said, was due to him, but did not get it, and seeing the bicycle lying, he foolishly thought to recoup himself by taking it.  As for the honey, he said there was only about one and a half pound in the frames.

Mr MacLennan said the accused was not particularly strong mentally.  He alleged that the farmer owed him £7 17s.6d.  The bicycle was punctured when he took it, and he repaired it and it was now said to be worth about £2.  Accused was 58 years of age and married, with five of a family.  He had never been in trouble before.

The Sheriff said the accused must realise that, whether he had a grievance against his master or not, he must not help himself as he had done in this case.  As accused had never been in trouble before and as he (the Sheriff) hoped he would not appear in court again for another 58 years – (laughter) he admonished and dismissed him.

Aberdeen Journal 28 April 1928


Sentence of three months’ imprisonment was passed at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday on Alexander Ewing Gauld, a twenty-five year old mason and a native of Dufftown, who pleaded guilty to having (1) between March 30 and April 6, broken into the farmhouse at Lettoch,  Glass, occupied by Wm. Robertson, farmer and stolen £1 3s.6d. in money: (2) again broken into the farmhouse on April 6 and stolen a cheque book: (3) on April 7, from the close at the rear of the Fife Arms public house, Regent Street, Fife Keith, stolen a bicycle, the property of Jas. Morrison, The Square, Newmill, Keith: and (4) on April 13 from the Central Auction Mart, Elgin, stolen a bicycle belonging to John McLean, labourer, 60 Main Street, New Elgin.  Two previous convictions for theft by housebreaking at Aberdeen and Banff were also admitted.  Pleading for leniency on behalf of the accused, Mr J. Watson McIsaac, W.S. Elgin, described the case as a tragedy of unemployment, stating that accused, being a strong, healthy young man, got desperate.

Aberdeen Journal 4 May 1928


There will be Sold, by Public Roup, the following LIVE STOCK, IMPLEMENTS etc. Belonging to Mr James Bonnyman, who is leaving the Farm, viz:-


1 Gelding: 6 years old: 1 Pedigreed Mare, 4 years old (sire Dandaleith Quintin): 1 Gelding, 3 years old (handy in chains). (Good workers all farm work). 2 Colts, 1 year old (sired by Craigie Excellence and Everlasting Footprint).

CATTLE – 8 Six quarter old Bullocks and Heifers: 10 Yearling Bullocks and Heifers: 7 Dairy Cows, calved and to calve: 5 Young Calves. (The Cattle are all Home-bred. B.P. and of superior class)

IMPLLEMENTS ETC. – 2 Box Carts with Tops, Long Cart, 2 Single and 1 D.B. Plough, 2 Shims, 2 Sets Iron and Wooden Harrows, Metal Roller, Turnip Sower, Manure Distributor (Sellar), S.T. Harrow, Milwaukee Binder, B.D. Reaper, Dog Cart, Horse Rake, Grubber, Chain Harrow, Peat Sledge, Steelyard and Weights, Barn Fan, Bushel, Peat Barrow, Sack Barrow, Rick Posts, Paling Posts, Lanterns, Yokes and Swingletrees, Wire Fancing, Spades, Picks, Shovels, etc.: Cart and Plough Harness, Peaked Collar, Gig Harness, 50 Gallon Paraffin Tank, 100 Sheep Stakes, 500 Yards Centre Strand Wire Netting for Sheep, Portable Henhouse, Poultry, Dairy Utensils, Pails, Pots and Pans and a quantity of Furniture, including Kitchen Dresser, Table, Chairs and Sundries, etc.

Sale to commence at 12 o’clock Noon.

Reith and Anderson, Ltd.

  1. Ferguson, Auctioneer

Terms Cash

Judge of Roup William Robertson, Esq., Cairnborrow, Glass

Mr Hepburn, Royal Oak Hotel, Dufftown, will supply Refreshments

Aberdeen Journal 22 June 1928


Margaret M. Duncan, Edinglassie Farm, Glass, Huntly – It was jolly to hear from you, Margaret and we’re glad to welcome you into the Club.  Felass and Fely sound good fun.  You must have heaps of amusing games with them.  Lots of love, nice new Tinklte!

Aberdeen Journal 21 September 1928


THE FARMS OF WESTFOLDS (55 acres arable and 15 acres rough pasture) BROWNHILL (60 acres arable and 30 acres rough pasture) and BACKTACK (42 acres arable and 12 acres rough pasture)  Measurements not guaranteed.  Entry at the term of Whitsunday 1929.  Further particulars may be had from the Subscriber.

JOHN STUART, Solicitor, Huntly 18th September 1928

Aberdeen Journal 28 December 1928


Meta McBain, Beldorney Cottage, Glass, Huntly –  I WAS DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOUR LETTER Meta.  I think it’s beautifully written for an eight-year old.  And such a lovely, long one woo!  Bilikins would just love to come sledging with you and Gordon and Billy.  I hope you all have the loveliest Christmas ever!

Aberdeen Journal 4 January 1929


To Let, with entry at Whitsunday 1929, the following Farms on the Estate of BELDORNEY as presently Let to Mr Alexander Gartly, who is not an offerer.  The Farms may be Let together or separately:-

1 BACKSIDE (58 acres arable and 45 pasture)

2 WRIGHTSTONE (46 acres arable and 22 pasture)

The measurements are not guaranteed.  The Boundaries will be pointed out by Mr Alexander G. Shand, Waterside, Beldorney, Glass, on receiving ten days’ notice and Conditions of Let may be seen with him or with Messrs Cochran & Macpherson, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen, who will receive offers u to Saturday 19th January 1929.

Aberdeen Journal 15 January 1929



To Let with entry at Whitsunday 1929, for such period of years as may be arranged, the Farm of BAREFOLDS, in the Parish of Glass, extending to about 55 acres arable and 11 ½ acres pasture or thereby, presently tenanted by Mr Alexander Robertson (measurements not guaranteed)

Mr George Milne, Waterside Cottages, Blairmore, Glass, will show over the Farm on receiving two days’ previous notice and further particulars will be given either by him or by the Subscribers.

Offers should be lodged with the Subscribers by 31st January 1929

Stewart & McIsaac, W.S. Elgin

Aberdeen Journal 8 February 1929


Glass farmers insurance offence

It was stated, when a Glass farmer appeared on a charge of failing to stamp an insurance card belonging to one of his employees, that there appears to be a good deal of laxity in this connection in the Glass district.  The farmer was Alex. Howie, Newbigging and the employee George Gill.

It was some time before the accused could make up his mind whether to plead guilty or not guilty and he remarked that he did not wish to incur any expense by having evidence led for “a frivolous thing like that.”  Eventually he pleaded guilty.

The Fiscal (Mr. T. MacLennan) said the amount involved was not much, but the insurance inspector reported that there appeared to be a good deal of laxity on the part of farmers in the district in question in connection with the stamping of cards of employees who had attained the age of 16.  In the present case the employer had refused to pay more than his own part of the contribution.  He had been previously asked by the officials to pay these contributions and he had persistently refused to do so, until charged.  He then sent a postal order to the office for 3s.9d. the sum due.

Howie, in extenuation of the charge, said he never got the chance to deduct the boy’s share, because he was never presented with the card.

The Sheriff imposed a penalty of 20s.

Aberdeen Journal 11 March 1929



The Small Farm of CHAPELHILL, on the Estate of EDINGLASSIE, as presently let to Mr George Bisset is to be Let, with entry at Whitsunday 1929.  Extent 40 acres arable and a few acres pasture (not warranted).  Good dwelling-house and steading.  The Boundaries will be pointed out by the present Tenant and Conditions of Lease may be had from Messrs Cochran & Macpherson, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen who will receive Offers up to Monday 25th March

Aberdeen Journal 9 April 1929


In Glass Parish Hall a spirited rendering of the Aberdeenshire play “Jamie Fleeman” was given by the Craigellachie Dramatic Society: Mr R. Morrison conducting.  The hall was crowded with an appreciative audience who thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  Miss MacDonald played the piano accompaniments.  The Rev. W.G. Guthrie, who presided, strongly advocated the formation of a local dramatic association.  The arrangements were in the hands of a parish committee, with Messrs John Cameron and William Gauld as joint secretaries.  The proceeds will be handed over to the Hall Fund.

Aberdeen Journal 6 May 1929


The members of the Newmill Dramatic Society gave an excellent representation of the Scots play “Crony o’ Mine” in Glass Parish Hall.  The Rev. W.G. Guthrie presided and in sympathetic terms made reference to the absence of his neighbour, the Rev. Thomas Young, U.F. Church, who was prevented by illness from occupying the chair.  The acting throughout was of a high order, and greatly delighted the audience which filled the hall in every part.  Votes of thanks were passed to the artistes, committee and chairman.  A largely attended dance followed.  The proceeds will be devoted to the Fabric Fund of the U.F. Church.

Aberdeen Journal 4 June 1929

CABBAGE Plants of different sorts: Sprouts, Greens spring sown, 1s per 100, 8s per 1000.  Apply George Smith, Haugh, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 19 June 1929



The funeral of Lady Bridge, wife of the late Sir Frederick Bridge, so many years organist at Westminster Abbey London, took place yesterday afternoon from the Church of Glass to Wallakirk Churchyard, the service there and also at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie.  Mrs Bridge, Girdlestonites, Surrey, presided at the memorial organ.

The chief mourners were: – Miss Cicely Wood and Miss Dorothy Wood (sisters), Miss Wood (aunt), Colonel Wood (uncle), Mrs John M. Wood (aunt), Mr Bernard (cousin), Mrs Bridge and Dr and Mrs Stainer, London: Sir Leybourne and Lady Davidson of Huntly Lodge, Mrs Geddes of Invermarkie and Dr Wilson, Huntly.

There were many beautiful wreaths, etc. from relatives and also from friends both local and distant.

Lady Bridge was held in warm regard in the Deveron Valley and greatly enjoyed her annual visits to Cairnborrow Lodge.  A keen and expert angler, Lady Bridge arrived at the Lodge on May 31.  Shortly after she caught a chill, which developed into pneumonia and the end came on Saturday.  In all pertaining to the Glass district Lady Bridge took warm interest and will be greatly missed.

Aberdeen Journal 6 September 1929


All Persons having CLAIMS against the late MR JOHN GRANT, Retired Blacksmith, Haugh of Glass, Glass, are requested to lodge same with the Subscriber within Seven Days from this date: and all Persons INDEBTED to the said JOHN GRANT are required to make payment within the like period.

JOHN STUART, Solicitor,

Agent for Deceased’s Executors

Commercial Bank Buildings,

Huntly  4th September 1929

Aberdeen Journal 23 December 1929



The local W.R.I. entertained the children of the parish at a social meeting, at which the children themselves gave songs, recitations, etc: while at intervals, selections were given by Mrs and Miss Shand, Schoolhouse (piano), and Mr W. Anderson (violin).  On leaving, each child received a box of sweets and fruit.


A deputation of friends and well-wishers motored to Haugh of Glass and presented Mr and Mrs A. Thomson, late of Bridgend, Cabrach, with a mahogany Westminster chiming clock.  Mr George Rattray, Ardlui, occupied the chair.  Mr John Kellas, Kirkton, in making the presentation, spoke highly of the popularity and esteem in which Mr and Mrs Thomson had been held by the public during their long time in business in Cabrach and wished them long life and happiness in their new home.  Complimentary speeches by Messrs Law, Stephen and Rattray followed.  Thereafter the company were hospitably entertained by Mr and Mrs Thomson and an enjoyable evening was spent with music, songs and dancing.

Aberdeen Journal 28 January 1930



A whist drive, under the auspices of Glass W.R.I.  was held in the Public Hall.  There was a fair attendance.  Prize winners were: – Ladies 1 Miss L. Thomson, Haugh; 2 Mrs Burgess, Auchinhandoch: consolation, Miss Tough, Glenmoriston.  Gentlemen – 1 Mr W. Gauld, Auldyne: 2 Mr Duncan, Belnaboth: consolation, Mr John Robertson, Blairmore.  Mrs Duncan, vice-president, presented the prizes.  Tea was provided by Mrs Duff, Mrs Dey and Miss Thomson.  A very enjoyable dance followed to music supplied by Whitecross’s band.

Aberdeen Journal 14 May 1930



Mrs Shand reported on the Federation meeting to Glass W.R.I., Mrs Kessler presiding and after satisfactory reports from the secretary and treasurer, the following office-bearers were appointed:-

Hon president, Mrs Geddes: president Mrs Kessler; vice-president Mrs Duncan: secretary, Mrs Shand; treasurer Mrs Gauld; Press correspondent, Mrs Anderson.  Committee – Miss Brander, Mrs Burgess, Miss Cormack, Mrs Duff and Miss Whyte.  Miss Cumming demonstrated on the making of toadstools and Mrs Duncan gave a Scots reading.  In the competitions Mrs Duncan won first prize and Mrs Watt second for eggs which were gifted to Huntly Hospital.  The games competition result is – 1 Miss Anna Pirie; 2 Mrs Watt.  Prizes were gifted by Mrs Duff and Mrs Anderson.  Miss Cormack, Mrs Burgess, Mrs Gardyne and Miss McGrimmond were hostesses.

Aberdeen Journal 19 December 1930


Under the auspices of Glass W.R.I. a really enjoyable entertainment was given by a party from Huntly to provide a treat for the children at Christmas.  Despite the stormy weather there was a goodly attendance and the object of the entertainment was attained.  Mr Shand, presided.  Solos were given by Misses Hay and McWilliam and Mr Gordon; duets by Miss Hay and Mr Gordon; trios by members of the party; recitations by Miss Lydia Smith; the sketch “The Elusive Button” by Mr and Mrs Gordon and Miss McWilliam and the sketch “kindly supplied music for the dance free.

Aberdeen Journal 3 July 1931



Mrs Duncan, vice-president presiding – had an interesting and helpful lecture on “home-nursing” given by Nurse Flanagan.  Sixpenny mystery parcels were sold and provided great amusement.  Gramophone selections by Mrs Barron and community singing with Miss M. Young at the piano, were greatly enjoyed.  The hostesses were Mrs Duff and Miss Thomson.  Mrs Duncan proposed votes of thanks.

Aberdeen Journal 7 August 1931


Members of Glass W.R.I. were entertained at Blairmore House by Mrs Cameron, Blairmore and Mrs Kessler, Invermarkie Lodge and spent an enjoyable afternoon, both in- doors and out of doors.  Prizes for the various competitions were won by Mrs Anderson, Miss Anderson, Miss Brander, Miss M. Duff, Mrs Duncan, Belnaboth: Miss Horne, Miss L. Milne, Miss J. Shand, Mrs Watt and Miss M. Young.

Aberdeen Journal 25 August 1931


A report was submitted by the subcommittee regarding the footbridge over the Deveron at Terryhorn, Glass which was important as providing a near road for the scholars in that district.

It was proposed to restore the bridge with wooden supports, at an estimated cost of £44. 10s. 6d. and raise it three feet at an additional cost of £5, the total estimate being £49. 13s. 6d.

This was unanimously agreed to on the motion of Mr Alex. Simpson, Broadland.

Aberdeen Journal 28 August 1931


Pixie Cameron, Blairmore, Glass, near Huntly and Janet Kessler, Invermarky Lodge, Glass, near Huntly were each fined 5s. at a Justice of the Peace Court at Elgin yesterday, for having driven a horse-drawn caravan without lights after dark.

Aberdeen Journal 4 November 1931



Sheriff Dallas had before him in Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday a lad of sixteen, William J.H.. Benzie, farm servant, Blackbog, Glass, who was charged with having stolen five lamps from cycles at Huntly and Glass.

Accused was asked if he was guilty or not guilty of stealing the lamps.

“Not guilty”, he replied.

Mr Murdoch McIntosh, the clerk – Not guilty? Did you steal the lamps?

Accused – Yes (Laughter)

Sheriff Dallas – Are you sure you want to plead guilty to stealing all those lamps?

Accused – Yes

Mr Robertson, the fiscal, explained that a number of lamps had been going missing in the Huntly district and accused admitted the offences.

The Sheriff – Is he a collector of antiques?  (Laughter)

The Fiscal – He has a bicycle and one of these lamps was found on it  The lamps have been recovered.

The Sheriff imposed a fine of £1 and a fortnight was given to pay, with the alternative of five days’ imprisonment.

Aberdeen Journal 5 November 1931


A letter from the district road surveyor (Mr Wm. Alexander) suggested that a notice board be placed at each end of the bridge recently erected over the Deveron, near Bogforth and Terryburn, Glass, stating that there was room for only two adults at a time on the bridge in case of snapping the wire ropes, which were those used on the old bridge.

This was agreed to.

Mr Lockhart was appointed a District Council representative for the Strathbogie Divisional District Road Committee.

Aberdeen Journal 18 November 1931


In St Andrew’s Church, Glass, on Sunday, the Rev. W.G. Guthrie paid a tribute to the late Mr Alex. G. Shand, J.P., Waterside of Beldorney, Glass

Aberdeen Journal 27 January 1932


For committing a breach of the peace on the public road between Huntly and Cabrach early on New Year’s morning, James McCombie, farmer’s son, Wester Boghead, Glass was fined 30s. in Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.  The charge set forth that he shouted, used indecent and abusive language and challenged William Duff, Easter Boghead to fight.

Aberdeen Journal 11 April 1932


It is reported that the well-known estate of Blairmore, in the parish of Glass and about six miles from Huntly, has been sold.  The purchaser has not been disclosed but he is understood to be a well-known manufacturer in the south.

The estate is one of the most desirable in the North-East of Scotland, with excellent shooting and extensive fishing.

Many years ago Blairmore was bought from the Duke of Fife by the late Mr Alexander Geddes, a son of Glass, who was a famous financier in Chicago.  He quite changed the aspect of the whole district.  He built a handsome mansion house, planted many acres with trees and effected great improvements on the farms.

On his death it was occupied by his widow until it became the residence of her son-in-law, Mr E. A. Cameron, a well-known financier in London.

Aberdeen Journal 25 July 1932


Dux of the Gordon Schools, Huntly, in 1928 and a first-class honours graduate of Aberdeen University, Miss Jean L. Shand was buried in her native Glass.  Only twenty-one years of age, Miss Shand’s promise was so highly esteemed that she had been offered an important post in Aberdeen.  At the funeral, Dr Geddes, accompanied by Messrs Alan Grant, David Sharp and Wm. Diack represented the University and the S.R.C.  Among the floral tributes was a beautiful blue and yellow wreath from the S.R.C.  The service was conducted by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie and the pall-bearers were  Mr. Wm. Shand, schoolmaster, Glass (father): Messrs Liddel (uncles): Dr Geddes, Aberdeen University: Mr Wm. Diack, Mr Izatt, Mr Shiach and the Rev. W.G. Guthrie.  There was a large attendance of mourners from Glass, Huntly and Dufftown.

Aberdeen Journal 4 November 1932


Mr George Gauld, Parkhaugh, Glass, Huntly, has been granted patent rights for an invention designed for improvements in valve lifters for internal combustion engines.

Aberdeen Journal 5 January 1933



The death took place, suddenly yesterday forenoon of Mr John Archibald, retired farmer, Banff Road, Keith.

Mr Archibald was in the burgh treasurer’s office paying his rates, when he collapsed and died.  He was seventy-six years of age and had been in indifferent health for a number of years.

A native of Glass, Mr Archibald was, for a number of years, tenant of the farm of Dumeath, Glass in which he succeeded his father.

He retired eleven years ago and went to reside in Keith.  He was unmarried and lived with a sister.

Aberdeen Journal 27 February 1933


Written by A. C. Bruce

The first person I men wat Chief George Gauld, of the North Vancouver City Force.  He is a Huntly man who before coming to Canada over twenty years ago, was a well-known prize winner at ploughing matches in the north.  He is a member of the Gauld family of Glass, made famous in history by his great grandfather, who it is chronicled “swam the Tiber during the Peninsular War”, and brought fame to his battalion.  Later his son, grandfather of my police friend, became postilion to Queen Victoria and rode the “wheeler” immediately next to the Royal carriage.

In conversation with Chief Gauld, I found that North Vancouver city councils seem to have favoured Aberdonians in making appointments.  I found that William Murphy, chief of the fire department, spent most of his boyhood at Botriphnie, although actually born in Portsoy.

Aberdeen Journal 6 March 1933


In spite of the stormy weather there was quite a large turnout at the annual social gathering of members and friends of Glass W.R.I.  Mrs Duncan, vice-president, welcomed the visitors from the Longhill Institute, recently formed and Miss Morrison, secretary, acknowledged.  Seventeen tables were occupied at whist and the prizes went to – Ladies – 1 Miss Elsie Horne, 2 Mrs Jordan, Longhill; consolation, Miss M. Young: gentlemen 1 Mrs McBain, 2 Mrs Shand, Dumeath (both playing as gentlemen): consolation, Dick Gauld.  After whist an excellent tea was served by members of the committee.  Two amusing sketches were well performed – “Curran’ Dumplin’” by Mrs Burgess, Misses E. and J. Horne, and Miss Whyte; “A Maitter o’ Business” by Mrs Cassie, Mrs Gordon, Mrs Mackie and Mrs Smith.  Trios, songs and recitations were also rendered by Mr Burgess, Mr A. Horne, Messrs J. and A. Duncan.  Members of the local band – Mr A. Duncan, Mr J. Robson and Mr Burgess with Miss McGregor at the piano supplied music for a short but enjoyable dance.  Mrs Duncan and Mrs Anderson proposed votes of thanks.

Aberdeen Journal  14 March 1933


Large Company from North and South at Funeral

The funeral of Mrs Geddes, widow of Mr Alexander Geddes, late of Blairmore, who died at Nairn, took place from St Andrew’s Church, Glass, to Wallakirk Churchyard yesterday afternoon.  The large company, representative of all classes, was eloquent of the warm regard in which she was held in Glass and elsewhere.

Service in the church was conducted by the Revs. WG. Guthrie and C.S. McKenzie and in his prayer Mr Guthrie recalled “the most lovable personality”

As former estates employees carried the coffin from church, Miss McGregor at the organ played the Dead March in “Saul”.

School children lined the route at Haugh of Glass.  Service at the grave was conducted by Mr Guthrie.

Mr and Mrs Palmer, London, son in law and daughter, were unable to attend owing to Mr Palmer being under treatment at Lausanne.

Others present included:-

Mr and Mrs ER.A. Cameron, formerly of Blairmore; Miss Cameron, Mr E.D. Cameron and Mr A.A. Cameron, Mr A. Geddes, London; Sir Robert and Lady Brooke, Mid Fearn, Ross-shire;  and the Misses Brooke: Mrs Vaux, Yorkshire: Miss Palmer, Yorkshire: Mr A. Sharp, Nairn: Mr and Mrs Norman Farquharson, Whitehouse: Mrs Watson and Miss Watson. Commander Pinsent, Edinglassie: Mr J.A. Ingleby, Blairmore: Major Kirkaldy, Auchindoir: Miss Ross, St Anne’s Huntly: Miss Wilson, Westwood, Huntly: Miss Gordon, Culdrain.

Mr J. Milne, estate officer: Capt Kynoch Shand, Keith: Mr and Mrs J.W. Kynoch, Keith: Messrs A. Mitchell, town clerk, J.M. Boyd, J. Dey, Alex and John Loggie, John Wilson Mitchell – all of Huntly, elders of St Andrew’s and South Churches.




Aberdeen Journal 20 March 1933


The Farm of TIMBERFORD and  BLACKLUG, on the Estate of Beldorney, in the Parish of Glass, as presently occupied by Mr William Murray (who is not an offerer), is to Let, with entry at Whitsunday, 1933.  Extent, 63 acres or thereby arable, with some rough pasture.  The Boundaries will be pointed out by the present Tenant, and Conditions of Let may be had from Messrs COCKRAN & McPHERSON, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen, who will receive Offers up to Monday 27th March.

Aberdeen Journal 7 August 1933


Solemn Ceremony in Wallakirk Churchyard

The remains of Rafael Gordon of Wardhouse, Aberdeenshire, Count of Mirasol, were laid to rest on Saturday in the family burial ground in the little old-world churchyard at Wallakirk, Glass.  The performance of the last simple but solemn rites made a picturesque scene.  The churchyard, nestling among the hills and fringed by stately trees, lay flooded in glorious sunshine, which fell upon the dazzling white of priests’ and acolytes’ surpluses; the deep black and gold of the officiating Canon’s vestments and the severe and sombre robes of a monk of the Order of St Bernard.  The voices of the priests, in chant and response, fell impressively o the still air.

Early in the morning the obsequies began with the celebration of Mass in the little private chapel at Wardhouse, by Father Stuart, St Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.  It was attended by the relatives – the bereaved widow, son and daughters, who, sailing from Spain, were at sea when the Count died, and knew nothing of their bereavement until they were met on landing by Mrs Lumsden, sen., of Clova, who had hurried south to break the news to them.

Aberdeen Journal 12 September 1933

The following was first published in the Aberdeen Journal of Wednesday September 11 1833 Price 7d.

The wooden bridge erected over the Rover Deveron at Aswanly, in May last, for the accommodation of foot passengers, has given such satisfaction that a subscription was entered into by a number of the inhabitants of the parish of Glass, for the purpose of erecting another at Edinglassie, about a mile and a half farther up the river.  This bridge of 60 feet span and 6 feet of a rise was completed on Monday last.

Aberdeen Journal 18 September 1933


ALL PARTIES HAVING CLAIMS against the late Mr WALTER HALL MCWILLIAM, shepherd, Invermarkie, Glass, Aberdeenshire, are requested to lodge the same with the Subscriber within Ten Days from this date and ALL PARTIES INDEBTED to the DECEASED are requested to make payment within the same period.

Chas. F. Macpherson, Solicitor, Dufftown,

Dufftown, 15th September, 1933

Aberdeen Journal 10 October 1933


A letter from Mr Wm. Donald (of Messrs Stephen and Smith, Aberdeen) complaining about the dangerous state of the bridge over the Deveron at Terryhorn, Glass, was remitted to Mr J. Duff, Boghead and Mr Lockhart to deal with and report.

For the erection of a fence along the right side of the service road to Wallakirk Churchyard, Glass and repairing the fence on the other side, the offer of Mr Chas. Gordon of £14.10s. was accepted.


In response to a suggestion by Mrs Cameron, late of Blairmore, for the reinstatement of an ancient baptismal font from Wallakirk into the church of Glass, the transfer of the font was agreed to.

Aberdeen Journal 22 November 1933


A Mortlach motor cyclist was fined £5 by Sheriff Dallas at Aberdeen yesterday for motoring offences on the Huntly-Glass road.

Robert William John Thomson, clothier’s assistant, Haugh of Glass, Mortlach, Banffshire, pleaded guilty to having on November 8 on the road between Huntly and Glass, driven a motor cycle without due care and attention and collided with a pedal cycle being wheeled by William Milne Mair, Craighead Cottage, Huntly (whereby Mair was injured) and failed to stop.

A fine of £3 was imposed for the first offence and £2 for the second £5 in all, with the alternative of twenty days’ imprisonment.

Aberdeen Journal 12 February 1934



To Let, with entry at Whitsunday, 1934, the FARM OF MAINS OF BELDORNEY (tenants, Mrs Shand, Messrs P. and W. Shand) extending to 110 acres arable with some rough pasture.  Along with the Farm there may be let the hill pasture o the Gallowhill (about 50 acres) and the adjoining Farm of Blacklug and Mid Third, extending to about 30 acres.  Measurements are not warranted.  The boundaries will be pointed out by Mr Wm. McBain, Beldorney Cottage, Glass, on getting a day’s notice, and Conditions of Let may be had from Messrs Cochran & Macpherson, Advocates, 152 Union Street, Aberdeen, who will receive offers up to Monday, 26th February.

Aberdeen Journal 4 April 1934



By Buchan Farmer


In Banffshire the Buchan Doric, although a seeming paradox, is at its purest.  The slightly varying local dialects in the north-east counties were noticeable everywhere.  Among other places on Deveronside, we visited Alvah, beautiful Rothiemay, Inverkeithny, GLASS, Fife-Keith, Grange, Cornhill, Ruthven, Kinnoir and Deskford, where we were guests at the home of Jim Maitland of athletic fame.  On our visit to GLASS we had to abandon the car and sleigh the rest of the snowbound road.


Aberdeen Journal 19 May 1934



At Mains of Beldorney, Glass, Displenish sale there was a fairly good attendance of buyers and satisfactory prices were realised.

Mid-aged geldings up to £28; calving cows to £13: calved cows to £12 5s: yearling stirks to £14 5s and from £11 15s; young calves to £5.  D. and B. ploughs to £2 15s; single ploughs to £1 7s 6d; barn fan £6 10s; box carts to £6; harness and hand tools sold well.

Messrs Reith and Anderson, Ltd., were auctioneers and Mr Geo. Rattray, Ardlui, Lower Cabrach was judge of the roup.


Aberdeen Journal 29 May 1934


An estimate of £50 was submitted for the proposed erection of a foot-bridge over the Deveron at Wallakirk, Glass, which Mr Jas. Duff, Boghead, said, was very necessary.

On the motion of Mr Simpson, it was agreed to instruct the district road surveyor, Mr Fowlie, to inspect the place and also the Terryhorn Bridge, which required repairs and submit a report with estimates to the next meeting of the Council.

It was intimated that the County Council had allocated a grant of “10 to that district for the suppression of agricultural pests and arrangements were made accordingly.

Aberdeen Journal 5 June 1934

WANTED. Halflin for orra work.  Apply Donald, Mains Beldorney, Glass

Aberdeen Journal 21 June 1934



The picture of a rowan tree, growing on all that remains of the chapel of Drumdelgie within the neglected cemetery of Peterkirk, is an echo of the generations when the whole of the north of Scotland was ruled by Strathbogie.

The historic God’s acre, through a strange set of circumstances, has been allowed to get out of order and the attention of Huntly District Council has been drawn to its condition (writes a correspondent)

Occasional funerals still wend their way down a field to this spot on quiet Deveronside, three miles west of Huntly: numerous Catholics still have burial rights in it.

Back in 1637 it is recorded that a “Father Blackhall said Mass in the abandoned (burnt) church of Drumdelgie”

It must have had a very early history, for it is known that many early priests are buried there.

Why this prominent spot in early Church history has been allowed thus into a state of neglect is surprising.  With the near approach of the Centenary of St Margaret’s Church, Huntly, it would be a fitting gesture if the Catholic Diocese authorities took up the matter with the District Council with a view to joint action and a redemption of this holy acre from neglect and oblivion.


Aberdeen Journal 22 June 1934


Mrs Duncan presided at Glass W.R.I. when to a good attendance of members, Mrs W. Duncan, Oldmeldrum, demonstrated the making of various kinds of salads – English salad, fruit, vegetable, stuffed eggs and tomato rosettes.  The dishes made looked very dainty and were greatly admired.  In a competition for the best shortbread the prizes went to – 1 Miss Brander, 2 Mrs Cassie, 3 Mrs Robertson.  Mrs Shand read an extract from a “Short History of the Parish” in which an interesting account of the history of the parishes of Glass and Mortlach was given.  Mrs Shand, Mrs McBain, Mrs Fraser and Mrs K. Horne were hostesses.


Aberdeen Journal 9 August 1934


At a meeting of the Huntly District Nursing Association, Mr Hugh Brebner, president, reported that the district nurse had paid 2122 visits.  The chairman explained the financial position which would arise in the event of Gartly and Huntly landward being included in Huntly District Nursing Association.  After discussion, Mr John Dickson, solicitor, moved and Mrs P.H. Gordon seconded, that Gartly be not included.  This was carried against an amendment moved by Baillie Yule and recorded by Dr Philip.  The executive committee were empowered to consult with GLASS and Rothiemay Nursing Associations with a view to covering the requirements of the Longhill and Kinnoir districts respectively.


Aberdeen Journal 15 September 1934



A public meeting was held in the Central School, Glass, on Thursday evening in connection with a proposal to appoint a district nurse for Glass and the adjacent district.  There was a fair attendance presided over by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, parish minister.  Addresses were given by Miss Boyd, of the Edinburgh Institute of Jubilee Nurses; Dr Harry Rae, Aberdeen; and Mr H.D. McCombie, convener of the county.  Having heard the speakers, the meeting unanimously resolved to form a nursing association, along with the parish of Cabrach, and the following committee was appointed for the parish of Glass :- Miss Geddes of Blairmore: Mrs Cameron, Blairmore: Mrs Kessler, Invermarkie Lodge: Miss Guthrie, The Manse: Mrs Shand, Schoolhouse: Mrs Duff, Boghead: Mrs Bonnyman, Belnaboth: with powers to add to their number.

Aberdeen Journal 18 April 1935


27th April – Sale of Furniture, Shop Goods, Carpenter’s Plant, Machinery, Tools, Croft Plenishings, etc. at MARKET HILL, GLASS, BY HUNTLY.  Sale commencing at 12.30 prompt.

Full particulars on Bills

James Stables, auctioneer, Bankhead, Clatt, Kennethmont.

Aberdeen Journal 24 May 1935



Mr Wm. Duncan, M.R.C.V.S., Oldmeldrum has received an appointment as an inspector under the Government in Northern Ireland.  He leaves soon to take up duty in Belfast.

Mr Duncan, who is a son of Mr and Mrs Duncan, Edinglassie Mains, Glass, received his education at Glass Public School and Huntly Gordon Schools and qualified M.E.C.V.S. at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh in 1924.

For a few years he was an assistant in Liebfield, Staffordshire and Hexham, Northumberland, since when he has been in practice at Oldmeldrum.

Aberdeen Journal 9 August 1935


Special show and sale of cattle

Tuesday 20th August – First Special Show and Sale of all classes of store cattle.


Tuesday, 10th September – Special Sale of Grey face and Half-bred lambs and all other classes of sheep.

Note – Entries for the above sales respectfully solicited and should now be made to either of the following viz;- Mr Duncan, Jun. Edinglassie; A.D. Cook, Auctioneer, Keith or to

W.M. Penny, Manager and Secretary.

Aberdeen Journal 9 August 1935

Bitch for Sale (b and w.) 2 ½ years, special worker, herd or road. McIrvine, Cairnborrow, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 12 November 1935

HOUSEKEEPER WANTED – elderly or good General,  Kellas, Hillockhead, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 29 November 1935


Following upon Mr Fowlie’s appointment as headmaster at Kennethmont, it was agreed to offer the vacant appointment at Kinmundy to James Duncan, Edinglassie, Glass, Huntly and Mr Duncan, who was on the short leet for Kennethmont School, accepted the post.

Aberdeen Journal 30 December 1935


4 Utility W.W. Stock Cockerels, blood-tested, good strain. State price and full particulars to Ramsay, Braeton, Glass, by Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 25 January 1936


During the past week, the parish of Glass has been almost completely isolated.  Snow drifts, in places six feet in depth, have blocked the roads and rendered all vehicular traffic with the neighbouring market towns impossible.

Knowing that supplies would be running low, the popular Laird of Blairmore, Mr John A. Ingleby, has distributed a large number of rabbits among his tenants and others in the district.   His thoughtful kindness is greatly appreciated.

Aberdeen Journal 25 February 1936



To Let, with entry at Whitsunday, 1936, the farm of MUCKLE HILLOCKHEAD, in the Parish of Glass, at present tenanted by Mr William Kellas, extending to 102 a res arable and 117 acres pasture or thereby.

The buildings are suitable  for the farm and are in great condition.

Mr . Calder, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, will point out the boundaries on receiving Three days  previous notice, and further particulars will be given either by him or by the subscribers.


Aberdeen Journal 1 April 1936


On 30th March 1936, at Asswanley, Glass, Annie Robertson, widow of John Robertson, late of Hilton Croft.  Funeral on Thursday, 2ndApril at 1 p.m. to Glass Churchyard.  Please accept this the only intimation and invitation.

Aberdeen Journal 24 April 1936


In aid of the funds of Glass and Cabrach District Nursing Association a sale of work was held yesterday in the Public Hall, Glass and was opened by Mrs C.M. Gordon of Buchromb.

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The Rev. W.G. Guthrie, who presided in the absence owing to illness of Mr J.A. Ingleby, paid tribute to Mr Inglebys active interest in the Association.  It was due to Mr Inglebys business ability and help that they had been able to think of a scheme whereby the district of Glass and Cabrach would have a new car every year.  After purchasing outright the first car they would table £50 a year and get a new one for that sum.

Introducing Mrs Gordon, Mr Guthrie said her name was a household word because of her kindness and public-spirited work.

Before calling upon Mrs Gordon, the chairman intimated good wishes from Lady Davidson and Commander and Mrs Pinsent.


Mrs Gordon, who was accompanied by Mrs Ingleby of Blairmore, referred to the importance of district nursing and the faithful work of the nurses.

She said she was interested to hear of their annual scheme to get a new car and she considered it a very sound policy indeed.  She knew how generous and loyal the folks of Glass and Cabrach were and she did not need to ask them to make that sale a success, because she knew they would all buy to the utmost of their means.  She had much pleasure in declaring the sale open.

Miss Margaret Tough presented Mrs Gordon with a bouquet and the vote of thanks was moved by Mr Shand, headmaster, Glass School.

Nurse Flanagan was secretary of the sale committee.

Aberdeen Journal 23 May 1936

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the  REVEREND WILLIAM GALLETLY GUTHRIE, Minister of the Parish of Glass, in the Presbytery of Strathbogie and County of Aberdeen has RAISED a PROCESS OF MODIFICATION  and LOCALITY at his STIPEND before the COURT OF TEINDS against the TITULARS and TACKSMEN of the TEINDS, HERITORS and LIFERENTERS and ALL OTHERS having or pretending to have interest in the Teinds of the said Parish, which will be called in Court on the SEVENTEENTH day of JULY NEXT.

BALFOUR & MANSON. S.S.C. 56 Frederick Street, Edinburgh,  13th May, 1936

Aberdeen Journal 6 July 1936


The lower part of the parish of Glass and the west side of Huntly Parish in the vicinity of Dunbennan farm, experienced a heave cloudburst on Saturday before noon.  In less than a minute, outdoor workers were drenched to the skin.  Strange to say, no rain fell in Huntly, and the line of demarcation was distinctly evident.

Aberdeen Journal 7 August 1936



The Beldorney School, Glass, excursion was held this year to Banff Links, and a party of over forty adults and children were conveyed there by bus and private car.  On their arrival the sun was shining and all had a happy time.  Games were enjoyed until tea was served.  The children were then treated to long free spells on the merry-go-rounds, and another spell of games passed the time until the second tea was served.  Mrs Anderson, headmistress, organised and carried out the excursion, which was voted by the happy band of adults and children, as having been one of the most successful of school trips.

Aberdeen Journal 12 August 1936


Glass W.R.I. held a cake and candy sale in aid of their funds in Glass Parish Hall.  The sale was very successful.  A dance in the evening was largely attended.  The drawings from the sale and dance amounted to £17.  During the sale, Mrs Pinsent, of Edinglassie Lodge, presented Mrs Shand, Schoolhouse, with a parting gift from the W.R.I. of which she had been secretary for a long time.  The gifts were a pair of candlesticks in cut crystal, also a cut crystal water jug.

Aberdeen Journal 15 August 1936


Parting Gifts from Friends

A large company of friends and neighbours met in Glass Parish Hall to do honour to their late schoolmaster, Mr William Shand and his wife, on the occasion of their leaving the parish to reside at Broughty Ferry.

The Rev. W.G. Guthrie, presided and paid high tribute to the many kindly and obliging qualities which Mr and Mrs Shand had shown during their twenty-seven years residence among them and called upon Mrs Pinsent of Edinglassie, to present them with a wallet of notes as a token of their affection and esteem and of their good wishes for a long and happy retirement.

Mr Shand feelingly replied, thanking the subscribers for the valuable gift and for all the kindness they had received from everyone in the parish.

The company was afterwards entertained to tea by Mr and Mrs Shand.

Mr and Mrs Shand previously received parting gifts from the staff and pupils of the Central School and Mrs Shand from the members of the Rural Woman’s Institute.

Aberdeen Journal 1st September 1936

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Aberdeen Journal 22 September 1936


Desirable Farm to Let

To Let, with entry at Whitsunday, 1937, the FARM OF GREYSTONE, in the Parish of Glass and County of Aberdeen, at present tenanted by Mr Charles Robertson, extending to 94 acres arable and 40 acres pasture or thereby.  The buildings are suitable for the farm and are in good condition.

Mr C, Calder Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, will point out the boundaries on receiving Three Days previous notice and further particulars will be given either by him or by the Subscribers.


Aberdeen Journal 28th September 1936

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Aberdeen Journal 10 November 1936


In the Process of Modification and Locality at the Instance of the REVEREND WILLIAM GALLETLY GUTHRIE, Minister of the said Parish of Glass, against the HERITORS of the said Parish, Lord Stevenson, Ordinary, by Interlocutor, dated 6th November 1936, appointed the Whole HERITORS or Their AGENTS to MEET in LYON & TURNBULL’S ROOMS, No. 51 George Street, Edinburgh, upon TUESDAY 24th November, next at 2 o’clock Afternoon, for the purpose of Naming a Person to be suggested to the Lord Ordinary as Common Agent for conducting the Locality of the Pursuer’s Stipend and Ordained the Heritors to Produce their Rights to Teinds and Valuations thereof in the Clerk’s Hands betwixt and the 6th Day of February next under the certification expressed in the Act of Sederunt of 17th July 1925.

BALFOUR & MANSON, S.S.C. Agents from the Minister, 58 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, 9th November 1936

Aberdeen Journal 16 December 1936



During November thirty-two new complaints of child neglect were notified to the Aberdeen City and County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  This was reported to the Executive Committee at their monthly meeting held at 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen, Dr Norman Davidson, presiding.

The cases were classified as Twenty-five for neglect, two for ill-treatment and five in respect of other wrongs.  Twenty cases were from Aberdeen itself and the remainder from the districts of Ellon, GLASS, Huntly, Lumsden, Old Machar, Rhynie, Slains and Udny.  Of the new complaints there were reported to the society by relatives, eleven: by the general ;public, three: by public authorities, fourteen: and by society officials, four.

The parents and guardians found at fault numbered fifty-one and the welfare of 125 children was concerned.  Two children in need of care and protection were placed in a home.  Sixteen families were supplied with footwear, clothing and bedding from the funds of the society.  The inspectors attended 277 inquiries and visited 290 supervision cases.

In the absence of the hon. Treasurer, the financial report was submitted by Mr James Farquharson, hon. Secretary.  It was considered satisfactory.

At present the society have no official collector, but will after the New Year.

Aberdeen Journal 29 December 1936


The meeting considered the state of the footbridge over the Deveron at Lynebain, Glass.  Mr James Duff and Mr G.A. Morrison were appointed to get the bridge repaired at an estimated cost of £19. 10/-, and to place a wicket gate on it.

Aberdeen Journal 31 December 1936


Mr James Bonnyman (77) a retired farmer, who resided at Balmuir Croft, Dunecht, has died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as the result of injuries he received in an accident a fortnight ago.  Mr Bonnyman was knocked down by a motor car on the Aberdeen-Skene road, near Craigiedarg.  His left arm was broken and he had head injuries.

He occupied the farm of Blackbog, Glass, before he went to the Dunecht district about a year ago.

Aberdeen Journal 7 January 1937


Members of two well-known families in Glass were married at the Huntly Hotel yesterday.

The bridegroom was Mr William Duff Boghead, Glass and his bride was Miss Mary Duncan, Greystonefolds.

Mr Duff is well known to agriculturists, as he has had charge of his father’s well-known Aberdeen-Angus entries at all the prominent shows for some years.

The bride, a member of a popular Glass family, was accompanied by her sister, Miss Ina Duncan,.  Both wore brown, with hats to tone.

Mr Cumming Duff Robertson, Maryfield, Rothienorman, was best man.

The Rev. WG. Guthrie of Glass St Andrews Church, officiated.

Aberdeen Journal 10 March 1937


Mr A. Dawson, merchant, Bridgend, Cabrach, on Sunday last, with two sledges, from Messrs Merson, Inverharroch and Rattray, Ardwell, accompanied by Mr James Kellas, blacksmith and Mr J. Macwilliam, made the trip to Dufftown with great difficulty over several feet of snow.

However they returned safely with the two sledges laden with supplies of bread – the first brought in for ten days.

The mails for two weeks have been brought on foot.  The carrier stays in Cabrach all night, meets the Huntly dispatch at the HAUGH OF GLASS and again returns to Cabrach.

Walking is much more easy: since the frost the snow is now carrying on top.

Aberdeen Journal 3 May 1937



Notice is hereby given, in terms of Section 31 of the Roads and Bridges (Scotland) Act, 1878, that GIBSTON BRIDGE, on the HUNTLY-KEITH ROAD, Route A96, is being Widened and will be SHUT UP during operations from Midnight on Saturday 8th May until Midnight on Sunday 9th May.  All traffic will be diverted as follows:-

KEITH-HUNTLY TRAFFIC will branch off at the 41st milestone, Binhill and proceed via Broadland and Huntly-GLASS road.

PORTSOY-HUNTLY TRAFFIC will branch off at Gibston and proceed via the Keith Road to 41st milestone and thence via Broadland and Huntly-GLASS road.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC from Huntly will follow the same routes.

H.L. F. Fraser, County Clerk, County Buildings, Aberdeen 30th April 1937

Aberdeen Journal 18 May 1937



(belonging to Mr Robert Dow)

3 HORSES, including one Mare with Foal at foot
10 B.F. EWES with Lambs at foot

Sale to commence at 2 pm. Prompt.

(W. FERGUSON, Auctioneer)
Mr H. Nicol, Strathbogie Hotel, Huntly, will purvey.

Aberdeen Journal 1 June 1937


It was arranged to get the repairs to the bridge over the Deveron at Lynebain, Glass, started at once.

Aberdeen Journal 14 July 1937


SALE OF SUPERIOR FURNITURE At The Kennels, Invermarkie Lodge, Glass, by Huntly


Upright Grand Piano (like new), 3-Piece Chesterfield Suite in A.1 order, Draw-leaf Table, Parlour Suite in L.C. Bedroom Suite in Satin Walnut, 3-Valve Wireless Set.

Full particulars in bills, Terms Cash.  Sale to commence at 6 p.m.

JAMES STABLES, Auctioneer, Bankhead, Clatt, Kennethmont.  Phone Kennethmont 5

Aberdeen Journal 25 September 1937




Glass and Cabrach District Nursing Association, assisted by the W.R.I. raised almost £31 by a sale in Glass Public Hall yesterday.

It was opened by Mrs P.C. Garson, Craigmore, Huntly.

Introduced by Mrs Pinsent of Edinglassie Lodge, Mrs Garson complimented the W.R.I. for undertaking the sale on behalf of a Nursing Association which covered a district where tremendous strain was placed on the nurse and the association.

Public services might fail in snow-storms, but the work of nursing associations went on.  There was no more worthy cause.

Mrs Duncan of Edinglassie expressed the thanks of all to Mrs Garson, who received a gift from little Jean McPherson.

Stallholders were:-

Nursing – Nurse Watt and Mrs Gauld, Auldyne: dairy – Mrs Duncan, Edinglassie: cake and candy – Mrs Thomson, Edinglassie and Mrs Anderson, Beldorney: teas – Mrs Mackie and Mrs McBain; ice-cream – Mrs Gardyne, Beldorney Kennels.

Nurse Watt expressed thanks to all who had contributed to the stalls and laboured for the success of the effort.

A gift was won by Mrs Shand, Demeath and Miss Bateson and Master Pinsent, Edinglassie Lodge, also won prizes.

The sale was followed by a dance.

Aberdeen Journal 7 October 1937



The picture of a rowan tree, growing on all that remains of the chapel of Drumdelgie within the neglected cemetery of Peterkirk (which appears on this page today), is an echo of the generations when the whole of the north of Scotland was ruled by Strathbogie.

This historic God’s acre, through a strange set of circumstances, has been allowed to get out of order and the attraction of Huntly District Council has been drawn to its condition (writes a correspondent)

Occasional funerals still wend their way down a field to this spot on quiet Deveronside, three miles west of Huntly; numerous Catholics still have burial rights in it.

Back in 1637 it is recorded that a “Father Blackhall said Mass in the abandoned (burnt) church of Drumdelgie”

It must have had a very early history, for it is known that many early priests are buried there.

Why this prominent spot in early Church history has been allowed thus into a state of neglect is surprising.  With the near approach of the Centenary of St Margaret’s Church, Huntly, it would be a fitting gesture if the Catholic Diocese authorities took up the matter with the District  Council with a view to joint action and a redemption of this holy acre from neglect and oblivion.

Aberdeen Journal 26 October 1937


The funeral took place at Glass yesterday of Mr James Gordon, Market Hill, Glass.

Mr Gordon died where he was born eighty-two years ago and his people have also long resided at Market Hill.

His father was for many years sexton and church officer, both of which offices his son James also held for a period which made him familiar to many.  He was held in great esteem.

A shoemaker to trade, he was an enthusiastic gardener.  He is survived by his widow, one daughter, who is at home and three sons who are in the police.  James at Dundee and Norman and Allan in Edinburgh.

In Glass Church on Sunday, the Rev. W.G. Guthrie made reference to the death of Mr Gordon who was a personal friend and esteemed by all.

Mr Guthrie also referred to the death of Mr William Murray, late of Timberford, Glass and Mr R. Robertson, distillery manager, Inverness, both of whom were long known and esteemed in Glass.

Aberdeen Journal 13 November 1937


28th November.  Housekeeper-Cook for Invermarkie Home Farm.  Duties consist of dairy work, cooking, looking after men’s rooms (no milking or poultry).  Apply with references to C, Calder, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, Huntly

Aberdeen Journal 22 November 1937



The funeral took place at Glass, Aberdeenshire, on Saturday of Mr Ewen Allan Cameron, who was a member of the firm of Panmure, Gordon and Co. stockbrokers and a council member of the Corporation of Foreign Bondholders.

A representative company and the numerous wreaths – they numbered nearly a hundred – were evidence of the esteem in which Mr Cameron was held in a wide sphere and of the sympathy felt for the family and relatives.

Until a few years ago Mr Cameron was for a considerable period lessee of Blairmore House and estate, Glass.  Mrs Cameron is a daughter of the late Mr Alexander Geddes of Blairmore, who was a brother of the late Principal Sir William Geddes of the University of Aberdeen.


Mr Cameron died in Vienna and the remains were interred at Wallakirk Churchyard, Glass.

At the funeral service conducted by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, the casket was placed on the Communion table.  Mr Cameron’s favourite Psalm, “I to the hills will lift mine eyes” and his favourite Paraphrase, “How bright these glorious spirits shine” were sung.  Miss McGregor was at the organ.

Pipe-Major J. McConnachie and Piper W. Murray, 6th Battalion The Gordon Highlanders, headed the cortege to Wallakirk, playing “The Flowers o’ the Forest”.  Snow lay all around.  Mr Guthrie officiated at the grave and the pipers played “Lochaber No More”.

The family mourners were:-

Mrs Cameron, wife: Mr Donald Cameron, Mr Ewen Cameron and Mr Sandy Cameron, sons: Mrs Duncan Cameron, daughter-in-law: Mrs Palmer, London, sister-in-law: Mrs Mann, sister: Mr Mann, brother-in-law: Sir Robert Brooke, Bart.: Lady Brooke (sister-in-law) of Fearn Lodge, Ross-shire: Miss Elspeth Brooke: Mr R. Cameron, Methven Castle, brother: Mr Forman, valet: Mrs Wilson, London.

Among the general company wee:-

Mr J.A. Ingleby of Blairmore: Mr Farquharson of Whitehouse: Mr D.G. Cochran, representing Commander and Mrs Pinsent: Mr James Duff and Mr Gauld of Glass Kirk Session and a representative company of Huntly and Glass friends.

Aberdeen Journal 11 December 1937

A funeral from Malack in Glass to Wallakirk encountered severe conditions.  The Cabrach mail van managed to return to Huntly, but it is doubtful whether it will reach the Cabrach today.

Aberdeen Journal 16 December 1937


Mr James Duff, Boghead, Glass, Huntly is one of the most enterprising and courageous small farmers in Britain.  He owns a small herd of Aberdeen-Angus cattle and is a most successful exhibitor of the breed.  He has been the means of Lady Robinson securing world-wide fame since she established her herd about half-a dozen years ago.  Mr Duff sold the bull Prince Ben of Boghead to Lady Robinson’s agent.  Remarkable results followed.

At the recent Smithfield fat stock show a heifer from Lady Robinson was placed reserve to Mr Cridlan’s supreme champion.  She stood next to the champion in her class.  It was only after the umpire was called in that the chance of Lady Robinson’s  heifer becoming the over-all champion was lost.  Lady Robinson won outright the three principal cups at the Birmingham show.  Prince Ben and his son, Kirriemuir of Kirkington, have been sires of champions whose records now number three Birmingham and one Norwich championships, the Smithfield junior championship and three Royal championships.


Aberdeen Journal 16 December 1937



The champion in the cattle classes at the Christmas show and sale held by Reith and Anderson at their Strathbogie Mart Huntly, yesterday was from Mrs Dempster, Bogforth, Glass.

Numbers comprised 74 fat cattle, six fat cows, two bulls, 246 fat sheep, 10 fat pigs, 12 young pigs, a few pens store cattle and one calved heifer.

The weather was wintry and several roads were blocked.

Judges were:-

Cattle – Bullocks and heifers – Messrs A.M. Valentine, Inverurie: cows and bulls – Mr Andrew Shearer, Inverurie; sheep – Mr Alex. Cumming, sen. Kirkton, Dyce: pigs – Mr Ian Johnstone, Boat of Hatton, Fintray.


Their awards were:-

Four fat heifers – 1 Mrs Dempster, Bogforth, Glass: 2 Messrs Jones and Son, Binhall, Cairney: Four fat bullocks – 1 M.B. Joss, Meikleton, Lessendrum, Drumblade: Four fat heifers – 1 G. Allan, Home Farm, Avochie, Rothiemay: 2 G. Milne, Comisty, Forgue.   Pair fat bullocks – 1 George Mitchell, Troupsmill, Drumblade; 2 Miss Joss, Cruichie, Drumblade.  Single fat bullock – 1 M.B. Joss: 2 G. Mitchell, Troupsmill.  Single fat heifer –  1 – R.P.D. Simpson, Siloch, Drumblade: 2 – A. Allan, Auchmill, Kinnoir.

Best bullock or heifer for butcher’s purposes – Mrs Dempster, Bogforth with black polled heifer. Reserve – G. Mitchell, Troupsmill, with black polled bullock.

Aberdeen Journal 8 January 1938



Reference to the jubilee and the splendid work of the institution was made at the annual dinner and dance provided by the managers of Huntly Jubilee Cottage Hospital for the hospital staff and held in the Huntly Hotel.

The company numbered over sixty.  Following the loyal toasts Mr A.W. Christie, chairman of the managers, welcomed the guests and made the reminder that the hospital had now attained its jubilee and remarked that it was gratifying and pleasing to reflect on all the good work it had accomplished during all those years.

Looking back they must admire, with the deepest gratitude, the great wisdom and forethought of their forefathers.  In 1887 they and their generation had enjoyed fifty years of a wonderful reign and to mark their great Queen’s jubilee and to show their thankfulness, they, with self-=-sacrifice, courage and enterprise, planned and built that hospital in order that they and their children and their children’s children should reap most bounteous benefits.


“To mark those fifty years of glorious service to the sick and suffering” said Mr Christie, “your managers, I think and hope in their wisdom and with the full concurrence of our doctors, have built for the benefit of our convalescent patients a sun parlour and at the same time a new entrance hall.

“Many have subscribed most generously towards the cost of this most useful addition to our hospital, but, and I say it with sorrow, the appeal has not met with the response it deserves.  Let us hope that the people of this generation will endeavour to follow the glorious example of their forefathers and subscribe to the funds as much as they possibly can afford.”

In name of the managers he thanked heartily the members of the staff of the hospital and the doctors for their good work during the past years.  Some of the old staff, he was sorry to say had left them and they wished them all good luck in their new work.  They gave the new members of the staff a hearty welcome.


They were all proud and justly proud of their hospital and had at all times been fortunate in having the services of a staff devoted to their work and zealous in their endeavours to maintain the good name and reputation of the Huntly Hospital.  Their special thanks were due to the matron, Miss Spittal.

He proposed “The Staff and the Doctors of the Hospital”

Replying to the toast, Dr John Hunter, retiring medical superintendent, associated himself with the chairman in his appreciation of the valuable services rendered by Miss Spittal and her staff.

Major John Dickson proposed the vote of thanks to the chairman.

At intervals during the dance, for which music was provided by Mr James Duff’s Band, songs were rendered by Mrs G.F. Dickson, Mr J.A. Sutherland and Canon J.C. Smith, accompanied by Mrs J.W. McKay.

Among those present were:-

Mr A.W. Christie (chairman of managers) and Miss Christie: Provost J.B. Yule (manager) and Mrs Yule: The Rev. Canon J.C. Smith (manager); Mr G.W. Mitchell, Kirktonmill (manager) and Mrs Mitchell; Mr J.C. Innes, Dunscroft (manager): Mr John Stuart, solicitor (manager): Mr Alex Lobban, Rowanlea (manager) and Miss Lobban: Miss Spittal, matron, nursing staff and partners.  Mr and Mrs John Law.  Medical staff – Dr and Mrs Hunter; Dr and Mrs P.W. Philip: Dr and Mrs Garson: Dr Simmers.  District nurses – Nurse Harper, Drumblade: Nurse McGregor, Gartly: Nurse West, Glass: Nurse Findlay, Grange: Nurse Alexander, Huntly.

Guests – Dr J.O. Wilson; Major and Mrs Dickson: Miss Millar, Scott’s Hospital: Mr and Mrs J.W. Mackay, Alt-an-arie: Mr and Mrs Greig Hughes: Mr G.F. Dickson, secretary and Mrs G.F. Dickson; Mr Alex Mitchell, auditor and Mrs Mitchell: Mr and Mrs J.A. Sutherland etc.


Aberdeen Journal 14 January 1938



LOT 1 Approximately 21,951 Larch: 40,193 Scots Pine and 5495 Norway Spruce, situated in Both Hill Wood.  Access from the Huntly-Dufftown Road.

LOT 2 Approximately 11,272 Larch: 15,019 Scots Pine and 1397 Norway Spruce in Norry Hill Wood.  Access from the Huntly-Dufftown Road.

The above Timber was previously advertised but weather conditions made it impossible for inquirers to view the wood.

Mr Colin Calder, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass will arrange to show intending Offerers over the Plantations on receiving Two Days’ Notice.

The Subscribers will show the Conditions of Sale and receive Offers for either or both Lots up to 31st January, 1938


Aberdeen Journal 20 January 1938

HOUSEKEEPER WANTED for Invermarkie Home Farm.  Duties include cooking for 5 men fed in cottage, cleaning men’s rooms and dairy work. (no milking or poultry).  Cottage has electric light and all conveniences.  Good wage for suitable person.  Apply with full particulars to C. Calder, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 21 April 1938


Mr James Robertson Souter, who died at his residence, Heathbank, Kintore, after an illness of a few months, was a native of Glass and joined the Aberdeen County Police Force in 1895.  He served for thirty-two years and retired from the Bridge of Don district about twelve years ago.

He was a devoted worker and elder of the Kintore Parish Church.  Every good and deserving cause had his wholehearted support.

Mr Souter is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.  The elder son is in the coal trade in Aberdeen, the younger son has just entered the police force and the daughter is married to a member of the police force in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Journal 14 May 1938


Estate workers, farm servants and others were engaged for several hours yesterday in checking a moorland fire on the estate of Edinglassie and Blairmore, situated between Glass and Dufftown.

Aberdeen Journal 14 May 1938


On Tuesday 17th May 1938

There will be Sold, by Public Auction, the Live Stock, Farm Implements etc. belonging to Mr R. Morrison, who is retiring viz:-

LIVE STOCK – HORSES – 2  MARES, mid-aged, good workers

CATTLE – 18 Yearling BULLOCKS; 3 Yearling HEIFERS: 2 dairy cows (CALVED): 2 YOUNG CALVES

(All Black and Blue and a superior lot_

IMPLEMENTS – 2 Box Carts with Hay Tops: Standard Binder as new: Back Delivery Reaper Broadcast (Sellar): Turnip Sower (Kemp): Manure Distributor (McDonald): 2 Single Ploughs: D.B. Plough; Links, 3-Tined Grubber: S.T. Harrows: Metal Roller: Iron Harrows: Wooden Harrows: 3 Shims: Horse Rake: Barn Fan (Becker): Steelyard and Weights (as new); Bushel, Plough Hurley: Plain and Netting Wire: Rick Posts: Kilns: Portable Poultry House: 10 Chicken Coops: Sledge: Box and Peat Barrows: Turnip Hashers: Crosscut Saw: 30 Gallon Paraffin Drum: Sowing Hopper: Ladders: Shoulder Rake: Scythes: Corn Chests: Feed Troughs: Barrels: Meal Girnal: Draining Tools; Grindstone: Graips: Spades: Fencing Tools: Broom: Dog Cart: and Plough Harness: also

Kitchen and Dairy Utensils and a quantity of Surplus Household Furniture.

Sale to commence at 1 p.m.  Terms Cash.  REITH & ANDERSON LTD. Auctioneers.  Mr H. Nicol, Strathbogie Hotel Huntly will supply refreshments.

Aberdeen Journal 3 June 1938


Experienced Plain Cook (permanent) age about 50, competent to take entire charge when required.  Apply with copies of references, to Mrs Ingleby, Invermarkie Lodge, Glass, by Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 4 July 1938



Rain fell in the Vale of Glass yesterday afternoon as the long procession of cars and buses which followed the cortege of Miss Jane Anne Ross, St. Ann’s, Huntly wended its way to the ancient churchyard of Wallakirk.

The service at the house was conducted by the Rev. C.N. Rutherford and the Rev. Dr J.J. Calder.  At the graveside Mr Rutherford and the Rev. W.G. Guthrie officiated.

Farmers of Glass carried the coffin from the highroad through the fields to the churchyard, where the pallbearers were:-

Mr Hector Mearns, of Sutton, Surrey: Mc Duncan Mearns, St Andrews: the Rev. Malcolm Macpherson, St Paul’s Greenock (all cousins): Dr Cowie, Glenrinnes: Dr John O. Wilson, Huntly: Dr P.W. Philip, Huntly: Mr Alex. Mitchell, solicitor, Huntly and Mr Thomas Tait, Inverurie.

The family mourners were – Miss Mearns and Mrs Marsden, St Andrews: Mrs James McPherson, Dingwall: Mrs Graham, Langholm: and Miss Masson, Aberdeen.

Many ladies were amongst the large number of friends and the public present or represented as follows:-

Lady Brooke of Fearn, Ross-shire: Miss Wilson, Westwood: Mrs Grant of Carron: Mrs Cumming of Dullanbrae: Dr and Mrs Stainer: Mrs Ingleby of Blairmore: Mrs W.G. Guthrie: Miss McGregor: Mrs Budge: Mrs Palmer: Mrs Cameron: Mrs and Miss Kessler of Invermarkie: Dr Cowie and Miss Cowie of Glenrinnes: Mrs Sinclair Gerald: Dr and Mrs Neilson: Misses Fraser, Forres: Mrs Spence of Craighead: Mr H. R. Spence: Miss Gordon of Culdrain: Mrs George Wilson: Miss J. Simpson: Miss Ethel Barron: Hon Sheriff-Substitute A.W. Christie, The Provost: Magistrates, Councillors and officials of the burgh of Huntly.

The Rev. T.A. Anderson, Rothiemay: Mr J. Scott, Inverurie: Inspector Cheyne, Huntly: the Rev John Will, Boharm: Mr A.B. Beattie, Aberdeen: Mr Charles Hunter, Huntly: Mr and Mrs H. Brebner: Mr Gordon Rhind: Mr J.M. Boyd: Mr J. Robertson: Mr R. Cowie: Mr and Mrs Gordon of Wellheads: Mr D.H. Niven: Mr James Duff: Mr J. Robertson: Mr A. Robertson: Mr J. Dow: Mr J. Robertson, Old Manse: Mr J. McGregor: Mr A. Horne: Mr J. Pirie: Mr J. Dey: Mr J. Scott: Mr A. Wilson and Mr W. McLaren.


Aberdeen Journal 17 August 1938



The Elgin Market Green Auction Co. had a special show and sale of all classes of cattle at Glass yesterday,.  Over 100 head of cattle were on offer, all consigned from farms and crofts in the surrounding district.

Best quality cattle bred and reared by the consigners were making a good price and could be cashed, but cattle bought in the spring and grazed through the summer were showing very little profit for their grazing.  As usual, buyers were represented from a wide radius.

Messrs. George Fraser, Barmuckity, Elgin and James Clark, Croftgibb, Keith were judges.  Champion and reserve honours went to Mr James Duff, Netherton, Glass, who on previous occasions has had similar honours.  Both champion and reserve were well brought out bullocks and when sold as a pair made the top price of £26/15/- each to Mr George Watt, Craigenseat, Huntly.

Awards were – Four cattle – 1 Duff, Netherton: 2 Stewart, Bomakelloch: best pair 1 Duff, Boghead: 2 Lemon, Lettoch: best single – 1 Gauld, N. Dummeath: 2 Jamieson, Quarryhead.


Aberdeen Journal 22 August 1938


Inventories of the following estates have been lodged with the Sheriff-Clerk of Aberdeenshire, the figures represent5ing net heritable and moveable estate: –

Miss Jane Annie Ross, St Ann’s, Deveron Road, Huntly -£27,176

Miss Ross makes the following bequests: – Daughters of the Manse Fund and Aged and Infirm Ministers Fund of the Church of Scotland, £300 each: Church of Scotland Women’s Association for Home Missions and for Foreign Missions, £150 each: Kirk Session of Huntly Church for Church Hall Fund, Huntly District Nursing Association and Glass Nursing Association, £100 each: Glass Parish Hall and Organ Fund of Glass Church, £50 each.


Aberdeen Journal 27 September 1938



It was reported that large stones were obstructing the water at the footbridge over the Deveron at Terryhorn, Glass and that £2 to £3 would remove them and put it right.

That was agreed to.

Mr Alex Simpson, Broadland, reported in regard to a complaint that there were a large number of poisonous trees in Cairney churchyard.

The Chairman said they were not liable for their removal.

A letter was read from the county engineer stating that the water supply at Rhynie was quite satisfactory and no wastage.

The proposed new entrance to Wallakirk Churchyard, Glass, was estimated to cost £52.  It was remitted to the clerk to ascertain what ground would be necessary for the scheme and the approach road from the proprietors and send it to the county clerk.

Aberdeen Journal 18 October 1938



Aberdeen City and County Police were last night searching for a male patient who made his escape from the Royal Mental Hospital, Aberdeen, last night.

He was missed at 6.30.  The police were immediately informed.

Up to an early hour this morning the man, who is stated to belong to the Glass district of Aberdeenshire, had not been traced.

He is twenty-five years of age, 5ft 5 in. in height, has thick brown hair and fresh complexion.  He was wearing a grey suit and had neither hat nor shoes.

Aberdeen Journal 8 November 1938


Mr James Milne, The Neuk, Nairn, has died at the age of eighty-seven  .A Native of Glass, Aberdeenshire, he went to Nairn to enter the service of the late Mr W.C. Newbigging, Viewfield, as coachman fifty-seven years ago and ultimately became chauffeur to Mr Newbigging, driving one of the first cars in Nairn.  For forty-three years he served Mr Newbigging and retired fourteen years ago.

He was an expert deer stalker and an enthusiastic gardener and was widely known in Nairnshire.

Aberdeen Journal 21 November 1938


On Tuesday 22nd Nov., at 10 am

In a Field kindly granted by J.A. Ingleby, Esq., Tractor and Implements may be seen at DAVIDSON’S MOTOR & ENGINEERING WORKS, 51 High Street, Turriff.

Aberdeen Journal 22 November 1938

STRAYED, off Invermarkie Hill, B.F. Ewe, J.A.I. on near horn, number on off horn. B on near side.  Finder apply Blairmore Estate Office, Glass.

Aberdeen Journal 24 November 1938


Pleading guilty in Banff Sheriff Court yesterday to failure to maintain his wife between September 27 and November 14, as a result of which she became chargeable to the County of Banff, Albert Marr, Hilton Croft, Glass Near Huntly was sent to prison for fourteen days.

Mr R.J. Cumming, depute county clerk prosecuting, said the amount expended by the Public Assistance Committee in keeping accused’s wife was £4/8/- to date.

Aberdeen Journal 6 December 1938

The grandsire of Lady Robinson’s champion which holds an unbeaten Showyard record is Prince Ben of Boghead, bred by Mr Duff, Boghead, Glass, Aberdeenshire.  The success of this herd, established eight years ago, is largely attributed to the breeding qualities of the old bull.

Aberdeen Journal 22 December 1938


The district clerk, Mr Alex. Mitchell, solicitor, submitted the report on the proposed new entrance to Wallakirk Churchyard, Glass, stating that the proprietor and tenant had agreed to give ground for it, the District Council to pay the legal expenses and the district surveyor to lay off the ground.

On the motion of the chairman, it was agreed to thank the proprietor and tenant.

Aberdeen Journal 31 December 1938

CRAIGEN – In loving memory of our dear husband and father, George Craigen, J.P. Merchant, Gardenstown, who died at Bogforth, Glass on 31st December, 1930.

Too sadly missed to be forgotten,
The voice we loved is still:
His death has left an aching void
This world can never fill.
Inserted by his sorrowing Widow and family.

Aberdeen Journal 5 January 1939


At St Andrew’s Church, Glass on 31st December, 1038, by the Rev. W.G. Guthrie, B.D. William Morrison, elder son of Mr and Mrs Wm. McPherson, Braehead, Glass, to Mabel Margaret, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs James Fraser, Beldorney, Glass

Aberdeen Journal 16 January 1939




Specifications and Schedules of Quantities may be obtained from the Architects, Messrs GEO. BENNETT MITCHELL & SON, 1 West Craibstone Street, Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen.

Plans may be seen at the Office of the Architects at Glass School.

Tenders marked “Tender, Glass School” to be lodged with the DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, County Buildings, 22 Union Terrace, Aberdeen, on or before THURSDAY 26th January, 1939.

The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted.

Aberdeen Journal 8 February 1939

THE LONDON & NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY have in their possession one GRAND PIANO and one TABLE, consigned to J. MARR, CORSHALLOCH, GLASS, HUNTLY, which are unclaimed.  Unless these are claimed by the said J. Marr and all charges due by him are paid to the Railway Company within Fourteen Days, the specified articles will be SOLD for behoof of whom it may concern and the proceeds appropriated towards clearance of the Railway Company’s charges.

London & North Eastern Railway Co. 80 Guild Street, Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Journal 7 April 1939


All CLAIMS against the late ROBERT AITKEN TROUP, farm worker at The Home Farm, Invermarkie, Glass and of Gowanlea, Ythanwells, should be lodged immediately with the Subscribers, the Agents for deceased’s representatives.

MITCHELL & MIDDLETON, Solicitors, 26 Castle Street, Huntly

Aberdeen Journal 12 April 1939

WANTED at term, Married Dairy Cattleman with no young family; for small dairy herd at Invermarkie Home Farm; wife to act as housekeeper and dairymaid; cottage with electric light and modern conveniences; good wage for suitable party.  Apply with copies of references, to C. Calder, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, Huntly.

Aberdeen Journal 13 April 1939



Two Scottish families were united yesterday 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 Anton Ingleby of Blairmore, Huntly, 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 at 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, last 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 George Milne, land steward, proposed the toast of Mr and Mrs Ingleby, which was responded to with a 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 excellent arrangements for the bonfire.

The wedding gift of the estate employees was a silver cigarette box.

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


Aberdeen Journal 8 June 1939


Suddenly at Newton Forgie, Keith on Tuesday 6th June 1939, Jessie Robertson, only daughter of Gordon Duncan, farmer, Newton Forgie, late of Belnaboth, Glass, Huntly.  Funeral on Friday, 9th inst. To Glass Churchyard at 1 pm, arriving Glass about 2 pm.  Friends please accept this intimation and invitation.

Aberdeen Journal 4 July 1939

Huntly District Council

It was reported that the wall at Wallakirk Churchyard, Glass, was in a dangerous condition and it was recommended that a low dwarf wall be erected at an estimated cost of £10.

Aberdeen Journal  31 October 1939



To Let with entry at Whitsunday, 1940, the Farm of WESTER BOGHEAD, in the Parish of Glass and County of Aberdeen, extending to 50 a res Arable or thereby and 2 acres Pasture or thereby, at present tenanted by James Fiddes.  The Buildings are suitable for the Farm and are in good condition.

Mr C. Calder, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, will point out the boundaries on receiving three days’ previous notice and further particulars will be given either by him or by the Subscribers.


Aberdeen Journal 15 November 1939

WANTED, Single Housekeeper (with help) or Widow with Daughter to assist her, as Housekeeper at Invermarkie Home Farm.  Duties: Cook and keep men’s rooms, dairy work up to T.T. standard: no milking.  Cottage provided.  Apply Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, Huntly


June 7 1946



In aid of the Building Fund of Lodge Tap o’Noth, Rhynie,

In Public Hall, Glass, on Friday 14th June 1946

Doors open 7.30; Concert at 8 pm

Chairman – G. Thomson, R.W.M.

Tickets – Reserved 3/6: Unreserved 2/6

Children half-price


Hay’s Dance Band will supply the music

Ices and Refreshment.  Admission 1/6

June 7 1946

GLASS W.R.I. – Following the business meeting in May, the following office-bearers were appointed;- President, Mrs Pinsent, Edinglassie Lodge; vice-president, Mrs Ingleby, Invermarkie Lodge; secretary , Miss Bateson, Edinglassie Lodge; treasurer, Mrs Cruickshank, South Manse.  Members of committee – Mrs McBain, Mrs Henderson, Mrs Ramsay, Mrs McPherson, Mrs Main and Mrs Watson.  Last Friday a happy afternoon was spent by the members at Edinglassie Lodge, when they were the guests of Mrs. A. Pinsent.  Arrangements were made for the proposed trip to the Braemar Gathering in September.

July 19 1946

GLASS OUTING – Glass School children, parents and friends spent an enjoyable day at Banff Links on Monday.  Favourable weather added to the success of the outing.  Arrangements were made by Mr Watson, headmaster and members of the parents’ committee.

BIBLE CLASS SOCIAL – The members of St Andrew’s Bible Class and first communicants’ class, along with friends, held their social and prize-giving last Friday.  In the unavoidable absence of the Rev. D. McNeill Livingstone, the Rev. James Campbell, Cairnie, welcomed the company and read a message of good wishes from Mr Livingstone.  Arrangements for the evening were in the hands of Mrs Pinsent, Miss Bateson and Miss French.  A programme of games and dancing was enjoyed.  Songs were sung by Millicent Fiddes.  Prizes were presented by Mr Campbell to the following; – Proficiency in Bible knowledge (Old Testament) – 1 Dorothy Aitken, 2 Alexander Kerr, 3 Doreen Main, 4 (equal) Jean McPherson and James Alex. Simpson; Bible Class attendances 1 (equal) Margaret M. Henderson, Isobel M. Smith and Mona J. Smith: 2 (equal) Dorothy Aitken and Jean McPherson; 3 Georgia Rust; regular attendance – Margaret B. Duncan, Alexander Kerr, Doreen Main and Jas. Simpson; attendances – Sheila Robertson, Margaret Patterson and Margaret Rust.  Votes of thanks were proposed by Mr Campbell, Miss Bateson and Mr G. Burgess.

August 9 1946


As last week was drawing to a close, a wide circle of the farming community learned with profound regret of the sudden passing of Mr Alex. Robertson, Asswanley, Glass.  Mr Robertson had a serious break-down in health some two years ago, but recovered sufficiently to supervise the management of his farm and was his usual cheery self right up to the end.

A native of Glass, deceased spent his boy-hood at Altnapuddock, and subsequently leased the farm of Hilton.  On leaving there over thirty years ago, he took over the extensive farm of Asswanley, one of the most picturesque and most historic spots in the district.

Passionately fond of horses, Mr Robertson made the breeding, rearing and dealing among horses a special hobby and in this direction achieved considerably more than a local reputation.

Possessed of a keen, pawky humour and a rich command of the Doric, Mr Robertson could recount many incidents, both grave and gay, in a delightful and expressive manner.  A staunch Churchman, he had been for a goodly number of years an elder of St Andrew’s Church.

Mr Robertson, who was in his seventy-third year, is survived by Mrs Robertson and an only daughter.

The funeral to Glass Churchyard on Monday was largely attended, services being conducted by the Rev. D. McNeil Livingstone and the Rev James Campbell.

Appropriate reference to the passing of Mr Robertson was made in the Church of Glass on Sunday.

August 16 1946


GRAND DANCE will be held in Glass Parish Hall on Friday 23rd August commencing nine pm

Forbes’ Band: Prize Dances

Admission Gents 2s6d. Ladies 2s.

Refreshments will be sold

  1. Keir and J. Duff, Joint Secs.

August 23 1946


SALE OF WORK (In aid of Church Heating Fund)

Will be held in Glass Parish Hall On Saturday 31st August

To be opened by Miss COWIE, Glenrinnes at three pm

Stalls: Produce, Flowers and Vegetables, Work, Kitchen Ware, Variety, Books, Jumble

Teas – Ices – Soft Drinks

Amusements – Competitions

Donkey Rides for the Children


8 – 11.30 Admission 1/6

Gifts will be gratefully received at the Hall on evening before Sale by Stall Convenors

August 23 1946

GLASS FARMERS’ OUTING – A party of Glass Farmers spent an enjoyable and instructive day at Craibstone on Thursday.  Under the guidance of the respective experts, all aspects of modern farming and experimental work with seeds and fertilisers were shown, in the combine harvester and the milking  parlour where the most modern and hygienic methods are employed.  The party left after expressing thanks to the various officials for enabling them to spend such an interesting and instructive day.

September 6 1946

GLASS CHURCH SALE Ove r £190 Raised by Guild Effort

Glass Hall was beautifully decorated with flowers, plants and flags for the opening of the first sale of work held under the auspices of the Woman’s Guild on Saturday afternoon.  The sale was in aid of the Church heating funds.

There was a large attendance when the Rev. D. McNeill Livingstone, who presided, welcomed the splendid attendance of friends and neighbours and especially Miss Cowie of Glenrinnes, whom he described as having both family and ecclesiastical connections with the parish.  He said it was a historic occasion, being the first sale under the auspices  of the Woman’s Guild and he took the opportunity of congratulating the members for having proved itself an active, energetic and successful organisation under wise and helpful leadership.  Mr Livingstone explained that the sale was being held to provide funds to install a heating system in the church, but made haste to assure Miss Cowie that it was only a materialistic sense that Glass Church was cold; the atmosphere was always warm and friendly.  He had been hauled over the coals  for describing the church as “the pride of Strathbogie” in his appeal; the Mortlach minister and congregation were very cross about it, but he did so in all good faith, and perhaps if it wasn’t so beautiful, the Church of Glass would be warmer than the Church of Mortlach after all!  He called on Miss Cowie to open the sale. (Applause)

Miss Cowie said she was quite overwhelmed by taking part in such a historic occasion, but would do her best to make her part adequate.  She was glad to be back in Glass where she had spent many happy days in her youth, and was glad to be able to do anything  to help the Church of Glass.  She was interested to hear that coals were quite plentiful in Glass – they must be surely, when Mr Livingstone could be hauled over them. (Laughter)   In these days of extensive planning and no achievement, it was grand to see active efforts in a community to overcome difficulties.  As usual they had turned to the ladies whose energy and practical efforts were well testified by the laden stalls.  Now it was up to all present to help to clear those stalls in record time and encourage the Guild in their efforts.  It gave her great pleasure to declare the sale open. (Applause).

Miss Nettie Duncan handed over a gift to Miss Cowie and votes of thanks were proposed by Mr A. Watson, Schoolhouse, session clerk.


Produce – Mrs J. McIrvine and Mrs F. Robertson (conveners), Misses McIrvine, Simpson, Robson and S. Robertson:  Flowers and vegetables – Mrs Ingleby and Mrs Pinsent (conveners), Misses Bateson, Burberry, McGregor and Mrs Gardyne:  Work – Mrs Henderson and Mrs J. Fraser (conveners), Miss Henderson and Mrs W. McPherson;  Kitchen ware – Mrs Duncan, Mrs W. McBain and Mrs Watson; Men’s stall – Messrs Cruickshank, Henderson and Young; Books – Mrs W,. Gauld and Nurse Miller;  Jumble – Mrs W. McIrvine (convener) Misses J. Smith and Horn:  Ices – Mrs Cruickshank, Mrs F. Watt and Miss M. Watt; Competitions – Misses McPherson, Rust, McIrvine and Main;  Fortune-telling – Mrs Ramsay:  Teas – Mrs W. Duncan and Mrs McPherson (conveners) Mrs Main, Mrs Mackie, Mrs J. Jamieson, Mrs Young, Miss W. Morrison, Miss Burgess, Mrs Gauld and Miss M. Jamieson: Amusements – Messrs Donald, Mackie, Burgess, Kerr, F. Pinsent and Master Denis Cowe.

The convener of the sale was Mrs Pinsent and Mrs McLean was secretary.  Mr A. Horn and Watson were cashiers.

At the dance which followed music was supplied by Messrs Aitken, Duff, Duncan, Kerr, Ramsay and Reid, with Mrs Aitken and Miss Aitken at the piano.  Mr D. Aitken was M.C. and Mr P. Shand doorkeeper.

Gross drawings for the day’s effort were over £190.

September 20 1946

GLASS FOR HALL FUNDS – As the result of a dance held recently in aid of the Parish Hall funds, the sum of £14.6s.9d. has been handed over by Messrs C. Thomson and A. Smith, joint secretaries.

W.R.I. TRIP – This year the W.R.I. trip was revived when members of the Institute travelled to Braemar Gathering.  Bad weather did not daunt the enthusiasm of the members and their friends, who enjoyed the outing and expressed a desire for a return visit to the Gathering under more favourable conditions.

September 27 1946

GLASS WOMEN’S RURAL INSTITUTE have pleasure in announcing that The Forglen Strathspey & Reel Society will give a CONCERT In Glass Parish Hall on Friday 18th October at Eight pm.

In aid of the Parish Church Fabric Fund

Chairman – Rev. R.S. Thomson, M.A.

Tickets Reserved 3/6: Unreserved 2/6

Reserved rows for children at 1/3


Forbes’ Band – Gents 2/6, Ladies 2s.  Refreshments

October 25 1946

GLASS CONCERT – A successful entertainment was given in the Parish Hall by the Strathspey and Reel Society on Friday night in aid of St Andrew’s Church Fabric Fund.  Mrs Pinsent, president, introduced the Rev. R.S. Thomson, Huntly, who presided over the large and appreciative audience.  The Rev. D. McNeill Livingstone proposed votes of thanks at the close of the performance.  A largely attended dance followed to music supplied by Forbes’ Band, Huntly.  Total drawings amounted to £60.15s.11d.

November 8 1946


Sunday November 10


Special Service in St Andrew’s Church in commemoration of the two Wars will be held, commencing at 10.50 am.

A cordial invitation is extended to ex-Servicemen and ex-Servicewoman of both Wars, and to members of the Home Guard, to be present.  Seats for these will be reserved.

November 15 1946



Will be held in Glass Parish Hall on Friday 22nd November at 7.30 pm

Admission Free


In aid of the Scottish Commando’s Benevolent Society

Forbes’ Band Tickets 1s.6d.

November 15 1946

In Aid of Funds of GLASS RIFLE CLUB

A MILITARY WHIST DRIVE will be held in Glass Parish Hall on Friday 29th November

Whist commences at 7.30 pm prompt

Tickets 2s.6d. Captains free


Gents 2s. Ladies 1s. 6d.

McWilliam’s Band

  1. Kerr, Secretary

November 22 1946


Sunday November 24

HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE in SOUTH CHURCH at 11.30 am. Special Collection for General Funds of the Church

Note. The Church will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, November 23, when gifts of Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables, etc. for the Hospital will be gratefully received.

November 22 1946



To Let, when entry at Whitsunday 1947, and Separation of Crop, the Desirable Farm of MAINS OF BLAIRMORE AND COTTERTON, in the Parish of Glass, extending in 222 acres arable and 42 acres rough grazing, or thereby.  The Farm, which is meantime in the occupation of the proprietor, is in a good state of fertility, and the Dwelling house and Steading are commodious, up-to-date, in a good state of repair and equipped with electric light.  There are three Cottar Houses.  Mr William Matthew, Grieve at the Farm, will point out the boundaries to intending offerers on receiving Two Days’ notice – For further particulars apply to R.M. Robertson, Blairmore Estate Office, Glass, Huntly, who will receive Offers up to 21st December 1946

November 29 1946

GLASS W.R.I. – An interesting film show was given in the Parish Hall last Friday under the auspices of the Ministry of Information.  The hall was well filled by an appreciative audience.  At the dance which followed, the drawings were £15.16s.3d. and the sum of £7.9s.9d. has been sent to the Scottish Commandos Benevolent Fund.

POPPY DAY –  The collection in aid of the Earl Haig Fund was organised by Mr A. Watson, Schoolhouse, and Mrs McBain, Beldorney Schoolhouse.  The following pupils of Glass School made the collection:- G. and A. Shand, K. Wood, J. Main, G. Morrison, G. Cormack, S. Pirie, No. Duncan, J. Stewart, J. and E. Robertson and from Beldorney School – A. Stephen and A. Watt.  The sum collected was |£11.11s.7d.

December 20 1946



will be held in Glass Public Hall on Tuesday 31st December commencing at 8.30 pm

Novelty Dances

Refreshments will be sold

Admission – Ladies 2/- Gents 2/6

Forbes’ Band in attendance

  1. Gardyne and A. Forbes, Joint Secs.

December 27 1946


I, JOHN GAULD, wish to thank the Committee of the Glass Welcome Home Fund for the generous Cheque received.

147 Gairn Terrace, Aberdeen

January 10 1947

GLASS SPECIAL SERVICE – On Sunday 29th December, the last Sunday of the old year, a special service was held at six pm in the Public Hall and was conducted by the Rev. Dr Leslie P. Hope, M.A. of Renfield Street Church, Glasgow, former minister of Strathbogie Church, Huntly  There was a large attendance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARTY – An enjoyable party for the children of Glass Sunday school was held on Saturday afternoon in the Parish Hall, and was attended by members of the Woman’s Guild.  A programme of music and games was carried out and a splendid tea was served.  The Rev. D. McNeill Livingstone spoke briefly to the children.  At the close of the proceedings a hearty vote of thanks was accorded by cheers from the pupils to Miss McGregor, organist, and Sunday school superintendent of the Parish Church, who had arranged the function; to the ladies of the Guild who had carried out the arrangements and provided the food; to Miss G. Bateson, Edinglassie Lodge, who cleverly organised the entertainment of games; to Mrs Main, who had made the tea, and to all other helpers.

January 17 1947

GLASS – F.P. CLUB’S VISIT – In aid of Glass and Cabrach District Nursing Association, the Huntly F.P. Dramatic Club visited Glass last Friday and presented “Well Caught” to a large and appreciative audience.  Mr F.G. Allardice, Huntly, chairman, thanked the players and Mr Begg replied.  Total drawings amounted to £35.

CHILDREN’S PARTY – A very successful party for W.R.I. members’ children was held in Glass Parish Hall on Friday 27th December.  A most enjoyable afternoon was spent with games which were capably run by Miss Bateson.  Cadet Ewen Pinsent presented each child with a gift from the Christmas tree, which he decorated.  They also got a bag of sweets and a sixpence.

February 7 1947

INFIRMARY COLLECLTION – Collection for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from the parish of Glass for last year amounted to £23.9s.

BADMINTON CLUB – About a dozen members turned up for badminton practice on Wednesday evening.  Billy McBain and Angus Gardyne, both from Beldorney, coming a distance of three miles on skis.

GOOD SERVICE – Sgt. Jean Henderson, A.T.S. has been awarded the Certificate of Good Service by the G.O.C. Scottish Command.  Sgt. Henderson is the older daughter of Mr and Mrs Julian Henderson, Blairmore and has been in the A.T.S. for two years and they have a son L/Cpl. Henderson, serving in Palestine with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

February 14 1947


Rev. D,. McNeill Livingstone

The news that the Rev. D. McNeill Livingstone, minister of St Andrew’s Church, Glass, was found dead in bed at Greenmount, Gordon Street, Huntly, yesterday morning shocked the community.  Mr Livingstone, who was forty-seven years of age, was inducted to the charge at Glass in December 1945.

His untimely passing is a serious blow to his congregation, whose wholehearted co-operation in the extensive improvements to the church and manse he had enlisted.  The church has been described as “beautiful St Andrews” and his intentions were to make it more beautiful still.  To see his plans brought to fruition, however, was not to be.

Undoubtedly Mr Livingstone’s health was much impaired by injuries received in battle.  In the 1914-18 campaign he was wounded while serving as a gunner-observer.  He was a combatant officer and a chaplain in the recent war and held the rank of squadron-leader.

He was a native of Jamaica and was educated at London and Edinburgh Universities.  Previous to going to Glass he held charges in Australia, Culsalmond and Unst, Shetland, and was for five years secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, in Queensland.

February 14 1947



To the late Minister of the Parish, the Rev. D. McNeill, Livingstone, will be conducted by the Rev. R.S. Thomson, Huntly, on Sunday 16th February, at Three pm. In the South Church.

February 28 1947


Blairmore mansion house, which will be opened in September as a preparatory school for boys, was built by the late Mr Alexander Geddes.  The stones, except the granite facings, were quarried from the grounds in which it stands.  Many of the older folk of the locality will recall that, before the motor car became a familiar sight, members of the Geddes family drove into Huntly in a carriage and pair, all replete with coachman and footmen.  In addition to building the mansion house, Mr Geddes remodelled many of the existing farms on the estate and built several new ones.


It is said that while the work was in progress, it was customary for Mr Geddes to make a daily round taking with him two cans, one full of whisky, the other water, to help the workmen on their way.  Blairmore was afterwards occupied by a Mr Cameron, a son-in-law, and later was acquired by Mr J. A. Ingleby, the present laird.

During the war, the house and grounds were requisitioned by the WAR DEPARTMENT and during that period what happened was something of a Mystery, and speculation was rife regarding the nature and purpose of the highly specialised work and training carried on there.  The Institution of such a school cannot fail to have a beneficial effect on the communal life of Glass.

Aberdeen Journal 11 August 1948

A Diagram showing the Addition to cover 1939-1945 War will be on view daily
in the Vestibule of ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, GLASS, between the hours of 9 am and
9 pm from WEDNESDAY 11th to WEDNESDAY 18th August.
G. Milne, Secretary

Aberdeen Journal 12 October 1949

Glass War Memorial2


12 thoughts on “Glass Remembered … Newsworthy Events Aberdeen Journal

  1. Alan Taylor

    My name is Alan Taylor and I am doing family research .I recently found out that my grandmother Helen Jane Taylor came back from living abroad. I think it was 1949 that she lived in Glass. She died in 1955.
    I would be grateful for any information.
    Alan Taylor

  2. Mrs Gloria M Winfield

    Recently found this on the internet. Fascinating reading. My ancestral family “McHardy” farmed in the area and my Grandfather George was born in Glass. My Great Gradma Lily McHardy (Fordyce – second husband) is buried in the church there.

    1. Secretary GCA

      Thank you, it is always good to hear of people who find the pages interesting and can add a little about the people who once lived here.

    1. Glass Community Association Post author

      Thanks for your wee note Andy – that’s good to know!!

  3. Louise Mangles (nee Nicol)

    I’ve just spent a happy few hours down memory lane reading all about Glass Remembered where I was brought up at Edinglassie Kennels in the 1950s where Dad was the Keeper. I went to Beldorney school until is was closed down and we were then bussed to school in Huntly.

    1. Glass Community Association Post author

      Thanks for your nice comments Louise.
      We’re really glad to hear you enjoyed your trip down memory lane!
      If you have any info you’d like to share about your time in Glass please feel free to pass it on and we’ll do our best to share it.

  4. Cathy Kristiansen

    I am reading this from America and it’s wonderful! How I wish someone had already done the same for Oldmeldrum or Gardenstown — two ancestral towns! Maybe I’ll have time myself one day (for surely it took a very long time). Thanks for the idea and for sharing.

    1. Glass Community Association Post author

      Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for your very nice comments about the information on our website/page. Much of the information on the “Glass Remembered …” pages has been provided by Marina Alexander. Marina is indebted to both the late Mr Gordon, a historian with a special interest in Glass and the late Miss Gilchrist of Roselea, who so willingly helped Marina gain her knowledge of the Glass area. The “Newsworthy Events” pages have come from the same sources and from viewing micro fiche at the local ( Huntly ) library.

      I’ll ask Marina if she has any tips that might help you get started on your research, and if so, I’ll pass them on to you.

      Kind regards,

      Graham – Web Admin -Glass Community Association

  5. Angela Gauld

    Wonderful! Thank you so much. I am researching my husband’s family tree. I noticed that his his 4x great grandfather was born in Oldine, Glass in 1735 and on a Google search, I was delighted to find your website. It brought to life the era in which he lived. We are residents of the West Midlands and were in Aberdeenshire a few weeks ago. How sad I am that we didn’t visit you!

    Once again, many thanks.

    Angela Gauld

    1. Glass Community Association Post author

      Hi Angela
      Thank you for your nice comments. We are pleased you like the website and it helped you a wee bit with your research.
      Could you send some of that Southern (West Midlands) sunshine to the North East please – we are needing Summer to arrive!

      Kind regards


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