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Glenbuchat Heritage

8 Family and Neighbours
The Glenbuchat Image Library
8 Family and Neighbours

Picture 1
Anne’s mother Isabella Farquharson and father Alex Shand
They were married in Glenbuchat Church in 1940 by the Rev Zachariah Moore

Picture 2
Fiona, Jessie and Louisa McHardy from Broombrae West
Click for photo of when they were younger

Picture 3
Charles McHardy (Shoemaker Glenkindie) and ‘Jinx’ McHardy sister of Bob Murdoch

Broombrae is a cottage just 50 yards up the hill from Balnagowan. The cottage was two dwellings side by side, East and West Broombrae. East Broombrae was occupied by the Shearer family and West Broombrae by the McHardy family. These photos show the close family connections that existed in the Glen.

Robert Murdoch was born in Belnaboth across the glen and retired to Bowiebank just 30 yards below Balnagowan. Bob Murdoch married Nan Shearer of East Broombrae and his sister. Bob’s sister, apparently nicknamed ‘Jinx’ married Charles McHardy presumably from West Broombrae.

Little is known about the McHardy family but one son was killed in the First World War:

McHardy Alexander
Birth Place:Strathdon, Aberdeen
Death Date:17 Oct 1915 Death
Location:France & Flanders
Enlistment Location:Glasgow
Rank:Sergeant Regiment:Scots Guards
Type of Casualty:Killed in action
Theatre of War:Western European Theatre
Son of Mrs Louisa McHardy, Belnacraig, West Broombrae, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire Loos Memorial M. R. 19 Panel 8 & 9 Strathdon

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