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Glenbuchat Heritage

2 The Shand Family at Balnagowan Croft
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2 The Shand Family at Balnagowan Croft

The Shand Family at Balnagowan Croft

This album of photographs was kindly donated by Mrs Annie Coutts (nee Shand) whose father and grandfather lived and farmed at Balnagowan croft Glenbuchat.

The pictures above show:

1. The map of the Croft in 1900

2. A photo of the Shand family (details below)

3. A Photo of Mrs Anne Coutts and her husband in 2014.

The Croft consisted of a cottage and a small barn and two fields making 10 acres. At a later date the Shands took over the field between Craig cottage and the manse which was let by the Frasers of Craig cottage.

Alex Shand, Anne’s Grandfather took over the tenancy of Balnagowan in 1907 and the family farmed it until the 1970’s.

The croft provided the family with corn, hay, turnips, potatoes, for own use and made then almost self-sufficient. They kept animals including hens, ducks, cows and latterly a horse. There were two cows, a cow to provide milk and a cow used to breed calves for meat. Mother made cheese and butter which along with the milk she sold to rest of the residents of Belnacraig. The cheese press can still be seen at the cottage.

The croft did not provide a complete living for the family and therefor Mr Shand took other jobs in the glen. He worked a lot with John Begg at Badenyon and became a close friend of his. He also worked with the Andersons at Kirkton.

Most of the croft was worked manually or with the help of a horse. As two horses were used for ploughing, Mr Shand shared his horse with Mr Farquharson at the mill and they ploughed each other’s land together. In the 1950’s Mr Shand bought a Ferguson tractor to replace the horse. He adapted by himself the horse drawn equipment so that it could be used by the tractor.

The Shand Family History.

The second photo shows Anne’s relatives
The people printed in red also appear in red in the family tree below

G Mother Penelope McPherson
G Father Harry Farquharson
Children
Isabella Farquharson (Anne’s mother),
Margaret Farquharson,
Robert Farquharson
Helen Walker in the middle standing, Grandmothers first daughter

Family History
Partially from Kildrummy Families and Family Tree maker

Paul McPherson
Birth 1783 Inveravon, Banffshire
Died 19 Feb 1858 Auchbreck, Banffshire
Spouse
Catherine Christie, b. 1800, Inveravon, Banffshire
Married 06 May 1823 Inveravon, Banffshire
Children
1. John McPherson, b. 1830, Inveravon, Banffshire
2. Donald McPherson, b. 1831, Inveravon, Banffshire
3. William McPherson, b. 1833, Inveravon, Banffshire
4. Robert McPherson, b. 1836, Inveravon, Banffshire
6. Catherine McPherson, b. 1840, Inveravon, Banffshire
1851 enumerated @ Scalan, Inveravon (Chelsea pensioner) with wife and sons Donald and William

Robert McPherson
Birth 1836 Inveravon, Banffshire
Died 22 Oct 1918 Glenbucket
Father
Paul McPherson, b. 1783, Inveravon, Banffshire
Mother
Catherine Christie, b. 1800, Inveravon, Banffshire
Spouse 1
Jean Ross, b. 1836, Strathdon and Corgarff
Children
1. Janet McPherson, b. 22 Mar 1856, Strathdon and Corgarff
Spouse 2
Jean Beattie, b. 01 Feb 1833, Glenbucket
Married 15 Jun 1861 Glenbucket
Children
1. Ann McPherson, b. 15 Aug 1861, Glenbucket
2. John McPherson, b. 21 Jan 1863, Glenbucket
3. Sophia McPherson, b. 23 Oct 1864, Glenbucket
4. Catherine McPherson, b. 21 Apr 1867, Glenbucket
5. Penelope McPherson, b. 29 Jan 1869, Glenbucket
6. Robert McPherson, b. 07 Dec 1870, Glenbucket
7. William McPherson, b. 15 Apr 1874, Glenbucket
8. Paul McPherson, b. 1875, Glenbucket
9. Jane McPherson, b. 1877, Glenbucket
1841 enumerated @ Belistole, Inveravon with mother and siblings John, Janet and Catherine
1871 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket (labourer) with wife and children Ann, John, Catherine, Penelope and Robert
1891 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket (labourer) with wife, daughter Penelope and granddaughter Helen (surname now Walker)

1861 Scotland Census about Robert McPherson
Name: Robert McPherson
Age: 23 Estimated birth year: abt 1838
Relationship: Servant
Gender: Male
Where born: Inveravon, Banffshire
Registration Number: 200 Registration district: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Tarntoul
Occupation: Farm Servt
Household Members: Name Age
Isobel Farquharson 77
Alexander Farquharson 48
Ann Farquharson 29
Ann Chree 7
Robert McPherson 23

1871 Scotland Census about Robert McPherson
Name: Robert McPherson
Age: 32 Estimated birth year: abt 1839
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Jane McPherson
Gender: Male
Where born: Inverinan, Banffshire
Registration Number: 200 Registration district: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Dochry
Occupation: Ag Lab
Household Members: Name Age
Robert McPherson 32
Jane McPherson 38
Ann McPherson 9
John McPherson 7
Catherine McPherson 4
Penppe McPherson 2
Robert McPherson 3 Mo

1901 Scotland Census about Robert McPherson
Name: Robert McPherson
Age: 58 Estimated birth year: abt 1843
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Jane McPherson
Gender: Male
Where born: Inveravon, Banffshire
Registration Number: 200 Registration district: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Deochrie
Occupation: General Lab
Household Members: Name Age
Robert McPherson 58
Jane McPherson 68

John Beattie
Spouse
Sophia Michie
Child
Jean Beattie b. 101 Feb 833

Jean Beattie
Birth 01 Feb 1833 Glenbucket
Father John Beattie, b. 1793, Strathdon and Corgarff
Mother Sophia Michie, b. 1808, Glenbucket
Spouse 1
William Palmer
Not married
Children
1. Helen Beattie, b. 05 Jul 1858, Glenbucket
Spouse 2
Robert McPherson, b. 1836, Inveravon, Banffshire
Married 15 Jun 1861 Glenbucket
Children
1. Ann McPherson, b. 15 Aug 1861, Glenbucket
2. John McPherson, b. 21 Jan 1863, Glenbucket
3. Sophia McPherson, b. 23 Oct 1864, Glenbucket
4. Catherine McPherson, b. 21 Apr 1867, Glenbucket
5. Penelope McPherson, b. 29 Jan 1869, Glenbucket
6. Robert McPherson, b. 07 Dec 1870, Glenbucket
7. William McPherson, b. 15 Apr 1874, Glenbucket
8. Paul McPherson, b. 1875, Glenbucket
9. Jane McPherson, b. 1877, Glenbucket
1841 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with parents and siblings John and Helen
1851 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with parents and brother William
1861 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with mother (widow), brother John and daughter Helen
1871 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with husband (labourer) and children Ann, John, Catherine, Penelope and Robert
1881 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket (farm servants wife) with children Penelope, Robert, William, Paul and Jane
1891 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with husband (labourer), daughter Penelope and granddaughter Helen (surname now Walker)

Helen Beattie 1858 - 1890
Birth 05 Jul 1858 Glenbucket
Died 29 Apr 1890 Glenbucket
Death - Deochrie 29 Apr 1890 age 31y of Influenza.
Death registration lists her as Helen Palmer,
Father William Palmer
Mother Jean Beattie, b. 01 Feb 1833, Glenbucket, outfield worker"
Domestic Servant (single), illegitimate.
Informant is John Beattie, uncle.
No father is listed on Hellen's birth record, however starting on the 1871 census, this Helen appears with the last name Palmer. She lived in the household of her grandmother Sophia at least through the 1881 census.
1861 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with mother, grandmother (widow) and uncle John Beattie
1871 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with grandmother (widow), uncle John Beattie, aunt-in-law, half-sister Sophia and cousin John Beattie
1881 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with grandmother (widow), uncle John Beattie, half-sister Sophia and cousin John Beattie


Penelope McPherson
Birth 29 Jan 1869 Glenbucket
Father Robert McPherson, b. 1836, Inveravon, Banffshire
Mother Jean Beattie, b. 01 Feb 1833, Glenbucket
Spouse 1
Charles Walker: not married
Children
1. Helen Walker McPherson,
b. 26 Oct 1889, Glenbucket
Spouse 2
Harry Farquharson
Children
Robert McPherson,
Margaret McPherson
Isabella McPherson (23.2.04)
1871 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with parents and siblings Ann, John, Catherine and Robert
1881 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket with mother and siblings Robert, William, Paul and Jane
1891 enumerated @ Deochry, Glenbucket (unemployed domestic) with parents and daughter Helen (surname now Walker)

1891 Scotland Census about Penelope McPherson
Name: Penelope McPherson
Age: 22 Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Relationship: Daur (Daughter)
Father's Name: Robert McPherson
Mother's name: Jane McPherson
Gender: Female
Where born: Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number: 200 Registration district: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Deochry
Occupation: Domestic Serv (Unemployed)
Household Members: Name Age
Robert McPherson 24
Jane McPherson 58
Penelope McPherson 22
Hellen Walker 1

Harry Farquharson
Birth12 Apr 1860 in Glenbucket
Death13 Jul 1922 in Royal Infirmary Aberdeen
Parents & Siblings
Harry Farquharson1819 – 1886
Margaret Milne1823 - 1912
Spouse
Penelope McPherson 1869 - 1929
Children
Robert Farquharson1895 - 1985
Margaret S Farquharson1898 - 1979
Isabella P Farquharson 1904 – 1983

1891 Scotland Census about Harry Farquharson
Name: Harry Farquharson
Age: 30 Estimated birth year: abt 1861
Relationship: Serv (Servant)
Gender: Male
Where born: Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number: 200 Registration district: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Badenyon
Occupation: Farm Serv
Household Members: Name Age
Ann Begg 53
John Begg 13
Jane Gibbon 31
James Robb 50
Harry Farquharson 30

Alexander Shand
Spouse
Ann Clark
Moved to Balnagowan 1907
Children
William Shand
James Shand
Alexander Shand (13.5.08)
Mary Shand
John Shand
Annie Shand
Lizzie Shand
Chantelle Shand
+Twin died

Alexander Shand
Birth13 May 1908
Death 18 Sep 1971 in Balnagowan, Glenbuchat
Parents
Alexander Shand –
Ann Clark –
Spouse
Isabella P Farquharson 1904 - 1983
Children
Male Baby Shand Died at birth 8th Feb 1942
Anne Shand (Adopted)
Rev Zechariah Moore 1940’s married Alex and Isabelle and Christened Anne at Glenbuchat Church

Isabella Penelope Farquharson
Birth 23 Feb 1904 in Tulloch, Strathdon
Death13 Feb 1983 in Royal Infirmary Aberdeen
Parents
Harry Farquharson1860 - 1922
Penelope McPherson1869 - 1929
Spouse
Alexander Shand1908 – 1971


Anne Shand
Spouse 1
Albert Brown (Died 2006)
Rev Findlay McDonald married Anne and Albert 6/6/64 at Glenbuchat Church
Spouse 2
Alexander Coutts


Third Photograph

Anne was married in 1964 in Glenbuchat Church to Albert Brown.
Albert sadly died in 2006 and after a time Anne met Alexander Coutts whom she had known in her youth. They subsequently married
The above photo shows Anne and Alex Coutts in 2014


The Album.

The pictures in the rest of this album relate to the Shand family and the working of the croft. Other pictures relate to scenes of Glenbuchat some of which are already on this site but are included as they are of better quality or have extra information.


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