Glass Remembered … Newsworthy Events from The Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser.

Here are some newsworthy events from “The Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser”. However to simplify things – the articles are just entitled “Banffshire Journal” in the below.

Banffshire Journal 10 August 1847


Barefolds – occupied by Jas. Robertson
Piketillum – occupied by Geo. Fyfe, Jr.
Cairnmore – occupied by Alex. Lepper
Cairnmore – occupied by Geo. Mavor
Cairnmore – occupied by Jo. Simpson
Cairnmore – occupied by Al. Brander
Cairnmore – occupied by Wm. Wilson
Newton – occupied by Geo. Gauld


Banffshire Journal 15 August 1848


Invermarkie, occupied by James Geddes

Invermarkie, occupied by Jas. & Alex. Robertson

The Houses and Fences on the above possessions will be given over to the New Tenants on dead-inventory, who will be taken bound to leave them of equal value at removal.

For Further particulars, application may be made to Alex. Souter, Esq. Writer in Banff or to James Findlater, at Balvenie, the District Factor and the Ground Officer will, if required, point out the Marches.

Balvenie, by Craig Ellachie,

29th July 1848


Banffshire Journal 25 February 1851



In the Parishes of GLASS AND CABRACH in the County of Banff


Beldorney Castle, pleasantly situated on the banks of the River Dovern and containing, besides two Public Rooms, seven Bedrooms, all presently furnished, with the SHOOTINGS AND FISHINGS on said Estate, also if required by a Tenant, about 11 Acres Arable, besides about 13 acres Pasture, will be Let for such number of years as may be agreed on, with entry in the month of June first.

Beldorney Castle has, within these two years, undergone great improvements and will be Let Furnished.  The Shootings extend to upwards of 3440 acres, about one half of which is Muir and Pasture, and the other Arable.

The Game has been carefully preserved and consists of Red Deer, Grouse, Wild Duck, Woodcock, Snipe, Partridge, Hare and Rabbits.

The Fishings, which extend along the Dovern about three miles, are good and afford excellent sport.

Beldorney Castle is distant about eight miles from Huntly and about two miles from a post-town.  For further particulars apply to James Crombie, City of Glasgow Bank, Banff: and Alexander Smart, Ground Officer at Mains of Beldorney, will show the boundaries.

Banff, 13th January 1851


Banffshire Journal 16 August 1853

Our tourists to the Highlands noticed, as prominent at the farm steadings in passing, the kaber, the hammer and the putting stone.  In the parish of Glass, the farm lads at eventide congregate at “Sutor Daws” not for the vulgar sport of “ball practice”, but in training to signalize themselves and win the crown in the Olympic games at Fiddich side.  These summer holidays are an admirable adoption, like the early closing movement of one of the improvements of the age; – the one by invigorating and healthful exercise, adding strength and energy to physical existence and the other affording an opportunity for moral and mental culture, in giving elevation and expansion to the higher and nobler sentiments, feelings and aspirations of mind.


Banffshire Journal 11 July 1854


We lately noticed the fact of a pair of grouse having nestled in a turnip field in Glenlivat.  A correspondent, referring to this incident, mentions another still more singular case of familiarity of the grouse with man and his abode:-

“In the summer of 1843 (he says), a pair of these mountain birds made their nest among a bundle of pease sticks lying in the corn-yard of a farm in the parish of Glass.  When the nest was first discovered it contained only four eggs, but when looked at shortly after it contained thirteen.  The tenant of the farm, either was a friend of the game laws, or from humanity, desirous of protecting the animals who had in such an unusual manner put themselves within his power, kept a strict watch over the nest.  In due time the young brood made their appearance, and what, with the cats, etc. about the farm, the protection of the young birds became more and more difficult.  In a short time the little creatures began to go about with the other poultry on the farm, from which, indeed, they could scarcely be distinguished.  Greatly to the disappointment, however, of all about the farm, cats included, when about four weeks old, they were scared by a Newfoudland bitch, until they left their domestic walk.  They betook themselves to a field of grain, and next day were seen by the herd boy some hundred yards from the farm; and they were long afterwards known to have remained in the neighbourhood, although they never came back to their abode in the corn-yard.”


Banffshire Journal 1 July 1856



There will be Sold, by Public Roup, at Waterside, Ghowls, Parish of Glass, on Friday the 4th of July.The following SURPLUS STOCK and GRASS, belonging to John Jamieson, farmer there, consisting of –

6 COWS, Calved and in Calf
10 Two-year-old QUEYS
6 Two-year-old STOTS
10 One-year old STOTS and QUEYS, mostly Crosses
1 WORK MARE, with Foal at foot
1 PONY, trained to Saddle and Harness
A Quantity of SHEEP, Crosses and Leicester
At the same time will be Let for the Season,

1 Park of First GRASS, containing about 9 acres, and about 9 acres of Second Year’s Grass, along with a great range of very superior Pasture, suitable for Sheep or Cattle.

Waterside, Ghowls, June 25 1856


Banffshire Journal 13 January 1857


The annual Ploughing Match of the upper district of Cairnie and the lower end of the adjoining district of Glass was held this year in Glass on Friday, the 2nd inst on the farm of Cairnmore, occupied by Mr George Mavor.  The day being favourable, there was a good turnout of ploughmen, who finished their respective tasks in a near and workman-like manner.  The judges were Messrs Forbes, Linemore; Edward, Mains of Cairnborrow and Wans, Belnaboth, who after a minute and careful examination, awarded the prizes as follows, viz-

For Horses

1 Thomas Wilson, farmer’s son, Newton, Cairnie
2 James Hossie, servant to Mrs Carmichael, Ever Mains, Cairnie
3 Alex. Mitchell, farmer, Pyketillam, Glass
4 William Simpson, servant to Mr Grant, Gingomires, Cairnie
5 Geo. McIrven, farmer’s son, Brownhill, Glass
6 James Curr, farmer’s son, Starhill, Cairnie
7 Geo. Mitchell, servant to Mrs Lobban, Stonieford, Cairnie
8 John Morrison, servant to Mr Simpson, Glenshee, Glass
9 Geo. Brander, farmer’s son, West Cairnmore, Glass
10 James McDonald, servant to Mrs Carmichael, Ever Mains, Cairnie
11 Geo. Reach, farmer’s brother, Carbrottack, Cairnie

For Ploughing

1 James Hossie, servant to Mrs Carmichael
2 George Bremner, farmer’s son, Westside, Cairnie
3 Thomas Wilson, farmer’s son, Newton
4 James Curr, farmer’s son, Starhill
5 Alexander Mitchell, farmer, Pyketillam
6 Wm. Simpson, servant to Mr Grant, Gingomires
7 Geo. Mitchell, servant to Mrs Lobban, Stonieford
8 John Morrison, servant to Mr Simpson, Glenshee
9 George Reach, farmer’s brother, Carbrottack
10 James Milne, servant to Mr Grant, Gingomires
11 William Dick, servant to Mr Reach, Carbrottack
12 Alex. Simpson, farmer, Blackhill, Glass


1 George Brander, farmer’s son, West Cairnmore
2 Alexander Green, Belnacraig, Glass

Throughout the day the ploughmen and others were plentifully supplied with the necessary comforts for the inner man by Mr and Mrs Mavor.

When the labours of the field were finished, upwards of twenty farmers, neighbours and ploughmen sat down to an excellent and sumptuous dinner, prepared by Mrs Mavor.  Mr Mitchell, Pyketillam, did the duties of the chair and Mr Brander, West Cairnmore, acted as croupier.  Toasts and songs passed, when additional comforts of tea were brought forward and liberally served out by Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Brander, and the evening was spent in a most harmonious manner.

About ten o’clock, the youth and beauty of the district met and held their annual ball at Mr Mavor’s, where the merry dance was kept up till an early hour.  The music was ably conducted by Mr Margats, Colonach.


Banffshire Journal 6 October 1857


We regret that we have this week to record the accidental death of a respected townsman, Mr Adam Mason, architect.  He left Banff on Thursday morning by the coach for Huntly, where he procured a gig and in company with Mr Charles Ingram, mason, Huntly, drove to Beldorney in the parish of Glass, where he had some work to see after.  The two left Beldorney in the gig on Friday, and in the course of that day Mr Ingram returned to Huntly on foot, in a state of partial unconsciousness, which we understand still continues, the result of some injury of the skull.  From what could be learned from him, the gig had capsized, and the parties to whom he gave the information, on retracing the road, found the horse lying in a ditch between two stones on the roadside, near the farm of Baghaugh, Cairney, about two miles from Huntly.  Mr Mason was lying nearby, quite dead.  Dr Bremner of Huntly, who was called to the spot, expressed his opinion, we understand, that death had been caused chiefly by fracture of the skull.  This may have been produced either by the fall when the gig capsized, or by a kick from the horse after they had fallen,.  Mr Mason’s body was removed in a hearse to Banff on Sabbath, and is to be interred tomorrow.  The deceased was a gentleman of seventy-two years of age, of very superior talents.  In his profession of architect, he gained considerable celebrity.  He was Inspector of Weights for the County, and was respected, and is much regretted by all who knew him.  He leaves behind him a sorrowing widow with a young family, as also a grown up family by a previous marriage.


Banffshire Journal 17 August 1858


The Two contiguous Farms of WESTER PARK, in the Parish of Glass, hitherto occupied respectively by Mr John Taylor and Mr Alex. Taylor, and containing together, as now re-arranged, about 104 Acres Arable and 108 Acres Pasture, will be Let as One Farm, on a Nineteen Years’ Lease, from Whitsunday next and separation of Crop of 1859.

This Farm has a good exposure, is capable of great improvement, and has access, by good roads, to Huntly and Fife-Keith.  An arrangement may be entered into, if desired, for pecuniary advances for the purposes of improvement, on the usual terms.

Wm. McIrvine, the Ground Officer in Glass, will show the boundaries.

Applications may be addressed to the District Factor, MALCOLM STEWART, residing at Fife-Keith, up to the 18th September.

Fife-Keith, 14th August 1858


Banffshire Journal 21 December 1858


This ploughing match, held between the parish of Glass and Cairnie, came off on Tuesday last, the 14th inst. On a field on the farm of West Cairnmore, occupied by Mr Alex. Brander.  The ploughmen, who, with their teams all finely equipped, were on the ground by nine o’clock, finished their tasks in a neat and workman-like manner, so that the Judges – Messrs Green, Bakebear; Forbes, Linemore; and Inglis, overseer, Newton – had great difficulty in coming to a decision.  After a minute investigation, however, they awarded the prizes as follows, viz|:-

Harness –

1 William Smith, farmer’s son, Shenwell: 2 Thomas Wilson, farmer, Newton: 3 Robert Munro, servant, Stonieford:  Alex. Mitchell, farmer, Pyketillam:  5 John Bremner, farmer’s son, Westside: 6 Geo. Brander, farmer’s son West Cairnmore: 7 John Morrison, servant, Glenshee: 8 William Mavor, farmer’s son East Cairnmore:  9 Geo. McIrvine, farmers son, Brownhill.

For Ploughing-

1 John Bremner, Westside: 2 William Smith, Shenvail: 3 Thomas Wilson, Newton: 4 Robert Munro, Stonieford: 5 Alex. Mitchell, Pyketillam: 6 George Riach, farmer’s brother, Curbrottach: 7 George McIrvine, Brownhill: 8 William Garden, farmer, Berryleys: 9 Wm. Allan, farmer, Ardonald: 10 William Green, farmer’s brother Nether Hilton: 11 John Morrison, Glenshee: 12 George Brander, Cairnmore.

Mr Brander, saddler, Huntly, sent a splendid mounted whip as a prize for harness.  Throughout the day, the ploughmen and others were liberally supplied with refreshments by Mr and Mrs Brander.  A party of about thirty also dined with Mr and Mrs B. – Mr Dempster, Bogforth in the chair and Mr Mitchell, Pyketillam, croupier; while in the evening, the ploughmen and their sweethearts had an excellent ball.


Banffshire Journal 5 April 1859


A serious and destructive fire occurred at the farm of Little Westerpark, in this parish on the night between Sunday the 27th and Monday the 28th ult., by which 18 stacks of corn and straw were totally destroyed.  The fire was first discovered about 12 o’clock, when the row of stacks on the west side of the stackyard (from which point the wind was blowing rather strong at the time), was all equally enveloped in flames, giving reason to suspect that they must have been all kindled at the same time.  All efforts to extinguish the fire were unavailing, and it was with great difficulty that the dwelling-house was saved.  The authorities are investigating the case, and we hope the incendiaries – if such there were – will be found out.  We understand the loss is covered by insurance.


Banffshire Journal 12 April 1859


Regarding this fire, noticed in our last, there is now it seems an opinion that it had been raised wilfully.  The Procurator-fiscal from Aberdeen went to Westerpark on Wednesday last to make investigations as to the origin of the fire, and we understand was to return yesterday to examine further witnesses.


Banffshire Journal 3 May 1859


Mr Souter reported that the Inspection of the police force of the county by Colonel Kinloch took place at Keith on the 6th ult., and in Banff on the following day.   He (Mr S.) believed that, with the appointment of a policeman for the parish of Glass, and one for the burgh of Cullen, Colonel Kinloch would report that the county was in an efficient state for receiving the Government allowance.  The constable for Glass was to be maintained equally between Aberdeen and Banff and Mr Souter had reason to know that the county of Aberdeen would that day agree to the appointment of the constable.

The proposal was unanimously agreed to.

Banffshire Journal 10 January 1860


Offers are Wanted for the BUILDING of a SHOOTING BOX in the Parish of Glass.  Plans and Specifications lie in the Office of the Factor at Fife-Keith for inspection.  Mr John McPherson, Wright, Dufftown, will meet with intending Offerers to point out the site (which is near the Glebe) at 10 am on Wednesday and Tenders will be received by the Factor the following day at 12 o’clock.

Fife-Keith 4th January 1860.


Banffshire Journal 7 February 1860


There are residing in the parish of Glass (within the circuit of a mile) five generations of a family in the female line, viz, the daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and the great-great-grandmother, verifying an old saying in the district that a grandson once exclaimed, “Rise, auld granny and go see your daughter, for her daughter’s daughter has a daughter”


Banffshire Journal 26 November 1861


On the afternoon of Tuesday last, a boy named William Clark, aged 14 years, a herd in the employment of Mr George Gauld, farer, Glenmarkie, parish of Glass, was drowned in the burn of Glenmarkie, under the following circumstances; – The burn was very much swollen in consequence of the sudden thaw that day, and Clark was herding at the side of the burn.  As there was a boy named Mathieson herding on the opposite side of the burn, Clark went to cross the burn to join Mathieson, and missed his footing and was carried down by the current.  Mathieson gave alarm to Charles Morrison, another of Mr Gauld’s servants, who was ploughing near where the accident occurred.  Morrison immediately ran to the burn and saw the boy floating down the stream and followed him about 200 yards, but could not get him rescued.  The Deveron has been dragged as far down as Rothiemay, but up to Saturday night the body was not recovered.  Deceased was the only son of Mr W. Clark, Keith.


Banffshire Journal 10 December 1861


Several false reports have been afloat about the corpse of the boy Clark, who was drowned in the Burn of Glenmarkie, having been found.  No trace of the body has been got.


Banffshire Journal 25 February 1862


Considerable sensation has been created throughout the Strathbogie district by the apprehension of a farmer and his brother on a charge of sheep-stealing.  The accused were, William Lobban, tenant of Crylets, in the parish of Grange, a farm which, we understand, is worked by two pairs of horses and Charles Lobban, also residing at Crylets.  They were apprehended on Tuesday last by Inspector Macgregor, Huntly and P.C. McLeod.  The sheep consist of eight taken from the farm of Coynachie, in the parish of Gartly, occupied by Mr John Smith; one belonging to Mr Gordon Bremner, Westerpark, Glass; and two belonging to Mr John Macdonald, Ratlach, parish of Crathie, which went amissing from the far  of Auchroisk, Boharm, where they had been wintering.  For several years past, sheep have from time to time gone amissing in the parish of Gartly, and no clue been found as to how they disappeared.  The Lobbans, we hear, were liberated on Thursday, but one of them, William, has since been apprehended on a charge of sheep-stealing in Banffshire, and was yesterday lodged in Banff jail.  The police are on the track of the brother, who is accused of the like offence.  Some of the missing sheep in this instance, it appears, were from Tillynaught and other places in the county.


Banffshire Journal 5 August 1862


John Lamb, labourer, was apprehended b Constable Donald Findlay, on Friday last, on several charges of theft from bleaching greens in the parish of Glass.  Lamb was conveyed to Banff on Saturday and lodged in prison.  He is a native of Daviot, Aberdeenshire, and has been several times convicted for theft, two of the convictions being before the Circuit Court at Aberdeen.


Banffshire Journal 12 August 1862


MR Horn, farmer Bodylair, parish of Glass, about ten days ago, had a boy attending along with his dog a flock of sheep upon the hill pasture of the farm.  About mid-day, while the boy was counting the sheep, he had occasion to observe that one of the lambs was amissing.  After a fruitless search during the afternoon by the boy, along with several of Mr Horn’s family, the lamb could not be found.  They gave up the search as hopeless, as they imagined that a fox or some ravenous animal had carried it off.  Next day, while the boy was loitering a considerable distance behind the flock, his dog came up to him, springing upon him, howling and barking and fawning, running backwards for a short distance towards the flock, then returning to the boy again, repeating his former gambols.  The boy looked upon the dog with surprise at his unusual conduct, and at last became suspicious that he was mad and ordered him to be gone.  The dog with some reluctance left the boy, bending his course homewards to the farm.  He came up to one of Mr Horn’s servant lads, who was in the act of tethering his horse in the field.  The dog immediately commenced with the lad as he did with the shepherd boy, fawning, barking, and using every means to induce the lad to follow him.  The lad not comprehending the dog’s wild-like freaks, ordered the dog to desist; but colly was not thus longer to be put aside.  Taking hold of the lad’s clothes in his mouth, he led him onward for a distance of about a quarter of a mile.  Bounding to a covered drain that runs below a road, the dog stopped and immediately commenced scraping and digging with his feet upon the top of the drain.  The lad, upon looking into the end of the sewer, observed the missing lamb in the centre of the drain closely jammed between two stones, where it had foxed itself the day before in its endeavours to pass through the opening.  The lad had to return to the farm for assistance and implements to remove the covers from the drain before the lamb could be extracted; bur the faithful dog remained firm, like a true veteran, to his charge of watchfulness, until the party returned and relieved him from his anxious cares.


Banffshire Journal 2 September 1862


Of Cattle, Horses, Implements of Husbandry, Household Furniture, Crop etc.


On Friday the 12th September current, which belonged to the late John Robertson, consisting of –

2 Milk Cows

1 Quey, two years old in calf

5 One-year-old Stots and Queys

3 Calves

5 Sheep

2 Horses

Iron Plough, Turnip Sowing Machine, 2 Carts, Barn Fan, Harrows, Barn Floor, 2 sets of Horse Harness, Riding Saddle, Sacks and a quantity of Household Furniture, with a number of other articles.  Also the whole of the Grain Crop, which will be nearly ready by that time, and about 3 acres of Turnips.

The Sale to commence at Twelve o’clock and Credit will be given on approved bills.

Jas. McKinnon, Auctioneer

Burfold, 1st September 1862


Banffshire Journal 3 March 1863



From 10 to 12 Sacks of OAT STRAW, to be consumed upon the Farm.  Accommodation for about 20 head of Cattle can be given.  Also, the whole GRASS upon the Farm to be Let for the Season, consisting of about 50 Acres of Clover Lea, besides some Natural Pasture.

Offers will be received for the same at the Farm, upon Friday the 13th curt. At 12 o’clock Noon, when they will be Let, if a suitable Offer be made.


Banffshire Journal 26 April 1864#SALE OF WOOD

The THINNINGS of the PLANTATION OF ASSWANLY, in the Pa4ish of Glass will be Sold, by Public Roup, on Saturday 30th current, at Noon.  The Wood is suitable for Paling, Coalpit Perps etc.

Fife-Keith April 19 1864


Banffshire Journal 31 May 1864


Peter Kelby, Michael Kelby, Francis Kelby, Mary Ann Drummond or Kelby and Elizabeth Wells, hawkers, were yesterday lodged in Banff prison, on several charges of theft committed last week in the parish of GLASS.



Banffshire Journal 5 July 1864


We have had copious showers of rain during this week, which have caused vegetation to progress considerably.  Grain crops of all kinds are looking remarkably well.  On the farm of Dallachie, there is a field of barley nearly full shot.  Hay will be a very light crop, but pasture grass is standing out well.  Turnips are very stiff in coming up.  Some parties have sown twice and the second sowing has been eaten off.  Some fields are likely to be a failure.  We believe they are busy at the hoe on the farms of Cairnborrow and Belnaboth, these parties having the best looking turnips we have seen this season.

Improvements – Those who had visited our village at Haugh of Glass some time ago could not but have been struck with its ruined appearance, there being several of the houses with the roofs fallen in and others fast following.  It has now undergone a great change and the dwelling house and blacksmith’s shop at the lower end of the village have been rebuilt, heightened and slated.  The house and shop formerly occupied by Mr Wilson is now tenanted by Mr J. Aberdein, who has given it a new slated roof and otherwise improved it, so that it has now a fine appearance.  Mr Wilson has also a very neat-looking house nearly built.  The Carding Mill that has been in ruins for a number of years has been taken by George Hay, rebuilt, and enlarged and is now in good working trim, where the trade in all its branches is to be carried on.  A considerable addition is also being made to the shooting lodge near the Haugh.  The mason work is finished and the house has now two good looking fronts, facing east and south.  The new tenant of the shootings is Thomas Powell, Esq., Coldra, Newport.  Last, but not least, there is a new bridge of two arches (nearly built) across the burn of Edinglassie, hitherto crossed by a ford.  This bridge was very much needed, as the ford was miserably bad.


Banffshire Journal 5 July 1864



Begs most respectfully to intimate to the Inhabitants of GLASS and the Public generally, that he intends to Open the SHOP in the HAUGH OF GLASS on the 1st of June, with a GENERAL STOCK OF GOODS comprising DRAPERY, GROCERY, IRONMONGERY etc. and he trusts from his Thorough Knowledge of the Business in all its Departments and by Selling on Small Profits, to merit a Share of Public Patronage.

N.B. – The Highest Price will be given for Butter and Eggs.

April 30th 1864


Banffshire Journal 23 August 1864



Cheap Fares from Huntly Station

On Friday the 26th August 1864, EXCURSION TICKETS will be issued at Huntly Station by the Trains which leave for Keith, Strathspey, Elgin etc. at 5.25 a.m. and 10.22 a.m.: for Aberdeen etc. at 7.32 a.m. and 9.42 a.m.:: for Inverness, Keith, Banff, Portsoy etc. at 10.22 a.m., available on return  up to Monday following by the Ordinary Passenger Trains.

For Fares, Return Trains, Conditions under which Tickets are issued and other particulars, see Handbills and the Company’s Time Tables.

By Order,

Robert Milne, Gen. Manager: Great North of Scotland Railway Offices, Waterloo Station, Aberdeen, 19th August 1864


Banffshire Journal 30 August 1864


The late George Gauld, Esq., Parkhall, Glass, who died on Monday of last week, has, we believe, bequeathed the sum of £800 for the endowment of a female school in the parish of Glass.  The bequest is most judicious, and the school will be of the greatest possible benefit.  Mr Gauld was greatly respected in the district and his death is very sincerely mourned.


Banffshire Journal 6 December 1864


There Strayed from Mains of Kininvie, about 20th November last

A YOUNG COLLY BITCH, of a Dun colour and has a White Breast.  Answers to the name of “Dynie”.  Whoever will bring the Animal, or information of her, to either Mr Donald Findlay, Police Constable, Glass; John Stuart, Shepherd, Edintore by Keith: or Alexr. Stuart, Farmer, Lynemore, Strathdon, will be rewarded for their trouble, and if found in any one’s possession after this notice, they will be prosecuted.

Lynemore, Strathdon, Dec. 5 1864


Banffshire Journal 10 January 1865


In the Parish of Glass and County of Banff

To be let on lease for Seven Years, or such other term as may be agreed to, from the Term of Whitsunday next.

THE SHOOTINGS OF GLENMARKIE and CORSMAUL (which are now to be let in consequence of the present Tenant having taken a Deer Forest on the Fife Estates); extend over nearly the whole of the Parish of Glass or over Ten Thousand Acres, whereof 6000 are Moor and 4000 Arable Lands.  The Moor Pasture covers several Hills and is of a character favourable to Game.  The Game have always been in good condition and plentiful.  The low Shooting consists of Hares, Partridges and Wild Fowl.

A New Lodge has been erected, agreeably situated on the banks of the Deveron and within six miles of Huntly.  It contains two Parlours, five Bedrooms: Kitchen with Range and Oven; Servants Apartment and a commodious Game Larder with separate entrance; Water Closet and other conveniences.  The Offices are in good order, consisting of Coach House, Stable and Kennels.

Along with the Shootings, will be Let the Salmon and Trout Fishing of the Deveron, as far as Lord Fife’s Property in the Parish extends, being about three miles.

The present Tenant has kindly permitted reference to be made to him as to the character of the Shootings.

Applications may be made to Messrs. H. & A. Inglis, W.S. 16 Queen Street, Edinburgh; to Messrs Martin & Leslie, 27 Abingdon Street, Westminster, London: to Mr Snowie, Gunmaker, Inverness; or to Mr Stewart, Fife-Keith, the District Factor.

Fife-Keith, December 21 1864


Banffshire Journal 22 May 1866


ALL PERSONS found TRESPASSING on the LANDS OF GLENMARKIE, in the Parish of Glass and County of Banff, in search or pursuit of GAME OR FISHING in the RIVER DEVERON, within the boundaries of the said Lands, without the Written Permission will worth with be prosecuted according to Law.

Huntly 8th May 1866

Parties resorting to the Hills for the purpose of Casting and Driving Peats on any of the Peat Mosses, are hereby warned against the practice of taking Dogs with them, thereby disturbing the Game, as Offenders after this Notice, will be prosecuted for breach of the Fife Estates  Regulations.

  1. Stewart, District Factor.


Banffshire Journal 23 October 1866


On Wednesday last, William Cantile, a farm servant at Edinglassie, was brought to Banff by Constable Robert Donald, charged with night poaching on the Hill of Dumeath, parish of Glass, the property of the Earl of Fife.  He was tried on the following day at the instance of the Procurator-Fiscal, and was sentenced by Sheriff Gordon to one month’s imprisonment and to find sureties for the sum of £10 that he will not offend again for one year, or undergo six months’ additional imprisonment.


Banffshire Journal 9 July 1867


In a Petition, at the instance of ALEXANDER SIMPSON, Junior, Procurator-Fiscal of Aberdeenshire, against ELIZABETH STEPHEN OR MCCULLOCH, Wife of Alexander Stephen, Crofter, Hill of Aldyne, Parish of Glass and shire of Aberdeen, founded on the Act of Parliament 25th and 26th Victoria, Cap. 54, Section 15 – with the view of having her confined in a Lunatic Asylum – the following Interlocutor has been pronounced;-


‘Aberdeen 4th July 1867 – The Sheriff Substitute, having considered the foregoing Petition and Medical Report a Certificate pronounced, grants warrant to commit the said Elizabeth Stephen or McCulloch to the Royal Lunatic Asylum of Aberdeen, in the meantime, as a place or safe custody, and assigns Friday the Twelfth day of July current, at Half-past Twelve o’clock Afternoon, within the Sheriff Court-House of Aberdeen, for proceeding to inquire into and take evidence on the condition of the said Elizabeth Stephen or McCulloch; farther, directs notice of the foregoing Petition and Commitment, and also of the above diet,  to be made once in the Aberdeen Free Press newspaper and also in the Aberdeen Herald newspaper and also in the Banffshire Journal and also directs and ordains notice of the foregoing Petition to be made to the Inspector of Poor of the Parish of Glass and on the said Elizabeth Stephen or McCulloch and on the said Alexander Stephen, her husband, by serving on each of them a copy of the foregoing Petition and of this deliverance; farther, grants warrant to cite Witnesses and Havers and ordains them and the said Elizabeth Stephen or McCulloch to attend said diet with certification.

Signed John Comrie Thomson’

Of all which notice is hereby given accordingly

A.L. Simpson, Jun. Procurator-Fiscal of Aberdeenshire


Banffshire Journal 21 April 1868


A gentleman from the parish of Glass who was in town on the market-day on Wednesday last, and had in his possession a pocket-book containing a deposit-receipt for a considerable sum, along with £20 in notes, discovered in the afternoon that the pocket-book and its contents were amissing and gave information to the police, who have made a searching investigation to trace the missing property, but have been unsuccessful in all their efforts, as yet.


Banffshire Journal 16 November 1869


Sir – I observed in last week’s Express a paragraph by ‘St Mungo’s Secretary’ to the effect that an angler, who had gone from Huntly to exercise his profession on the Deveron, in the parish of Glass, had been assaulted by ‘a brace of Water Bailiffs’ and ordered off the grounds, on the estate of Aswanly, being distinctly informed that he was not to fish there; and that as he did not seem to comply with the peremptory notice to quit, that the said Water Bailiffs took possession of his rod and tackle, to make sure that their instructions should not be violated.

Now, I beg to inform you that the report sent you by the worthy Secretary of the departed Saint is utterly false.  The Water Bailiffs on the Deveron have no instructions to seize any man’s fishing rod and I am pretty certain that not one of them ever overstepped or acted contrary to their instructions; and if the angler referred to had been challenged and his rod taken from him, it must have been by a brace of fowls of a different feather from Water Bailiffs, as there is only a single bird of that claim stationed in the parish of Glass at present.

Trusting you will be kind enough to give this a place in next week’s Express – I am Sir, your obedient servant

James McKay, Chief Constable of the Deveron

Pitscurry 22nd October 1869

Banffshire Journal 7 June 1870


At the let of contracts upon Friday last, for enclosing the old burying-ground at Wallakirk, parish of Glass, there were a number of offers given in.  The successful candidate was Mr John Grant, mason, Dufftown.  The work is to be commenced very soon and is specified to be finished by the 1st of August.  When completed it will prove to be a great service, not only in protecting the tombstones from being broken by the intrusion of cattle, but will add greatly to the ornament of the place.  Few graveyards are to be found richer in natural scenery than Wallakirk, so beautifully situated on the banks of the Deveron, surrounded by mountain, wood and water and almost overshadowed by the Castle of Beldorney.  The improvements to be made will entail considerable expense, and the Committee of Management are still straitened for funds.  They appeal to the many respectable families and individuals in many quarters of the country who have relations interred in Wallakirk, to assist in contributing their mite towards defraying the cost of the proposed improvements.


Banffshire Journal 21 March 1871


The pasture land of Greystone, IN THE Parish of Glass, tenanted by the late Lieut. Bennet, containing about 130 Acres, part of which has been under cultivation, will be Let to a suitable Tenant.

Offers to be given in to the District Factor on Friday 24th March curt. Who will show the Plan at his Office.

Fife-Keith March 1871


Banffshire Journal 18 April 1871


There will be Sold by Public Roup, at MILLTOWN OF ASSWANLY, Parish of Glass on Monday the 1st May next.

The following EFFECTS, belonging to Mr John Rhind, Farmer there viz;-

4 Cows, calved and to calve
10 Two-year old Stots and Queys (very fine)
6 One-year Stots and Queys
1 Calf
2 Horses, nine and eleven years old
1 Sow, near Pigging

IMPLEMENTS – 2 Box Carts, 2 Single and 1 Double-Mould Ploughs, Grubber, 1 Set of Iron and other Harrows 2 Stone Rollers, 1 Iron Scuffle Harrow, Barn Fan, Bushel, Turnip Machine, Shoulder Picks, 24 Sacks, Cattle Bindings, Weighing Beam and the whole of the other Farming Implements, which are mostly new.

Also, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Eight-day Clock, Dresser, Chairs, Press and the whole of the Cooking and Dairy Utensils.


A THRASHING-MILL with Fan and Elevators, if not previously sold by Private Bargain.

Sale to commence at Eleven o’clock

Jas. McKinnon, Auctioneer

Huntly 15th April 1871


Banffshire Journal 29th August 1871


The crops in this quarter are beginning to assume the golden hue and should the weather continue favourable, harvest will be general in two weeks.  Some fields of bere are about ready for cutting.  There is fully a better crop in this strath than for some years, but some damage by shake was done between Thursday and Friday on exposed places, the wind blowing a perfect gale.

The half-yearly communion in the Free Church is to be held on Sabbath, the 3rd prox.  Thursday will be observed as the fast day, when Mr Reid, Gartly, will officiate.  On Saturday, Mr Urquhart, Botriphnie, will preach.  On Sabbath, Mr Macdonald will be assisted by Mr Burnet, Huntly; and on Monday Mr Murdoch, Grange, will conduct the services.