Glass Remembered … Sudden Deaths

Aberdeen Journal 12 April 1886


About one o’clock on Saturday morning a pedlar named James Mensal Johnstone aged 43, who lived at 14 Nelson Street, Huntly, was found dead in the middle of the road leading from Huntly to Glass, about a quarter of a mile east of the farm of Mains of Cairnborrow.  Deceased left home last Friday evening and said he would be home that night.  As he did not come back, his wife and a neighbour went in search of him.  They came upon him at the place mentioned above, with his coat and overcoat lying beside him and a pint bottle containing whisky was found near him.  They tried to rouse him, but he made no sign except a gurgling noise and thinking that he would soon come round, they removed him to the side of the road, covered him with his top-coat and a shawl and waited until he should show signs of consciousness.  He lay there for two hours and as he made no movement during that time, they again tried to rouse him.  They then found that he was dead.  Assistance was procured and he was taken home.  The night was one of intense frost and the death of deceased, who was a man of delicate health, is attributed to cold and exposure.  He leaves no family.


Aberdeen Journal 4 October 1887


James George, a harvest hand, employed on the farm of Invermarkie, died very suddenly on Saturday afternoon.  Not feeling very well, he had gone into an outhouse, where he was found dead about two hours afterwards.  The body was seen by Dr Wilson, Huntly, but medical aid was of no avail.  Deceased, who was a native of Botriphnie, was 59 years of age, and unmarried.


Aberdeen Journal 1 December 1888


John Ingram who resided at Westerpark in the Parish of Glass and drove a provision cart for Messrs Brander Brothers, Huntly, died very suddenly on Tuesday while on his rounds in Cabrach.  At Greenloan he complained of a severe headache and fell down near by the farm at Eastertown of Lesmurdie and was carried into the farmhouse there and died about an hour and a half.  He was a middle aged man and a native of Keith.  He was very much respected in the district and leaves a widow and four of a family to whom the greatest sympathy is felt.  The bursting of a blood vessel is supposed to be the cause of death.


ABERDEEN JOURNAL 13 November 1907


Mr Bain, caretaker of Mr McPherson’s Lodge at Edinglassie, died suddenly on Sunday evening at six o’clock.  Deceased had not been in good health for some weeks, but was improving and on Sunday was going about all day and was at the door talking, apparently in his usual health, only half an hour before he died.  Deceased only went to Edinglassie Lodge in August.  He leaves a widow and five of a family, all grown up.


Aberdeen Journal 15 January 1908


Mrs Dyker, Chapelhill, widow of Mr Alexander Dyker, was found death in bed yesterday morning.  Deceased was in apparent good health the previous day and was seen going about as usual.  A small boy – a grandson – was the only one residing with her, her husband having predeceased her some five years ago.


Aberdeen Journal 1 September 1908


The death took place suddenly on Sunday evening at Broadbog, Glass of Miss Helen W. McGregor, second daughter of Mr Alexander McGregor, tailor.  The deceased was in her usual health in the forenoon when she attended church.  She took suddenly ill about 8 o’clock.  Dr Wilson was sent for with all speed, but she died a few minutes before he arrived.

Quite a gloom has been cast over the district and much sympathy is rendered to her aged father in his sad bereavement.


Aberdeen Journal 8 December 1910


The death, at the early age of 22, occurred in Glasgow on Friday, of Mr John Patillo, eldest son of Constable John Patillo, Glass.  Mr Patillo served his apprenticeship as a law clerk with Mr John Stuart, solicitor, Huntly.  He afterwards received an appointment in the office of Messrs Boyds, Miller and Thompson, writers, 190 St Vincent St. Glasgow, which he has held with the greatest acceptance to that firm for the past three and a half years.

Mr Patillo was on duty as late as Wednesday last, and, although never of a robust constitution, the sudden news of his death from heart failure came as a shock to his relatives and many friends in the north of Scotland.  His remains were followed to Nellfield Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon by a large representative gathering of his many friends from town and country, the coffin being borne by companions who were associated with him in Huntly.  Amongst the many floral tributes from friends and others were a handsome cross from his employers in Glasgow and a wreath from Mr Stuart, Huntly.


Aberdeen Journal 25 July 1911


On Sunday afternoon a young girl named Ewen, belonging to Lumsden and employed as a domestic servant at the farm of Auchenhannoch, occupied by Mr Gartly, took suddenly ill, and was sent to bed by her mistress.  About two hours afterwards, on going to wake the girl, the mistress found her lying face downwards on the bed and a closer examination revealed the fact that the girl was dead.  The doctor was immediately summoned and on arrival, pronounced death to be due to natural causes.


Aberdeen Journal 13 November 1918


Mrs Wm. I. Gordon, Glass, after attending the Communion service in Glass Parish Church, suddenly passed away while sitting in her chair.  Mrs Gordon was a much respected lady and held in great esteem by all.  She is survived by her husband and family.

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