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Glenbuchat Heritage

79 Blairnamuck Glen Nochty
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79 Blairnamuck Glen Nochty


Blairnamuick (Strathdon), Bldr nam muc, "field of the pigs."


If you look at a 1930 map you will see two roads down Glen Nochty from the split at the road to Auchernach. At that time both were equal importance. Prior to that, both roads were populated with occupied farms and houses. Now the east road is tarred and there are occupied houses on it. The west road, which crosses the bridge built by Nathaniel Forbes and goes down the west side of the Nochty, is now only a rough track and devoid of occupied houses or farms until you reach Lost farm. All that exists are ruins and ‘ghosts’ see entry on Belnaboddach


If you travel the road and turn the corner after going uphill from the bridge you come to a forestry plantation. Just inside the middle of the plantation are some ruins of a small settlement. This is all that remains of Blairnamuck, no longer marked on modern maps since 1850 but marked on Roy’s Military map of 1747


In 1851 it was still well populated according to the 1851 census:



John Stewart        Head            Mar       50       Farmer of 8 acres                              

Isobel do              Wife             Mar        30                                                                     

Jane do                 Daur              U          12      Scholar                                                     

John do                 Son                            10             do                                

Charles do            Son                              7              do                                                      

Margaret do          Daur                            1                                                                     

Joan Dewars         Step Daur                    4                                                                                   

59 Blarnamuck                     

Mary Anderson     Head             U         56      Ag Lab                                                        

Catharine Hay       Daur              U         24      Ag Lab                                                       

60 Blarnamuck                     

 James Dow          Head             U         44       Ag Lab                                                       

James Dow           Son                           11       Scholar                                                      


Jane McHardy      Head           Mar        42      Farm Servant's Wife                                                                    

Margaret  do        Daur                            7      Scholar                                                                                   

Geo do                 Son                           9 mo                                                                                                     


Hellen Beattie        Head             U        66       Pauper (Ag Lab)                                                                            

63 Blarnamuck                      

George McHardy Head          Mar        45   Ag Lab                                                                                  

Susan do              Wife           Mar        47                                                                                           

Elizabeth do          Daur                           6  Scholar


At one time the property at Blairnamuck must have acted as a school because in the list of schools maintained by The Society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge in the year 1757  it is recorded


“Blairnamuck Strathdon 34 (Scholars)”

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