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No Contributor Year: 201080 Corriebreck
If you take the road down the west side of the Nochty, from the Bridge over the Nochty to Lost farm there are a number of ruined steadings along the track. In the trees on the left are the ruins of Blairnamuck farm house. Further along the track on the right are the remains of Corriebreck.
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Corriebreck. Farm named from Coire breac, " speckled corrie."
The follwing are snippets from Corriebreck's historical past.
1696 Poll Book
James Grant of Corriebreck his particular valuatione within the parioch of Invernochtie is fifty pounds 50 0 0. The hundreth pairt whereof is 0 10 0
Nota This is not divyded among the tennents in the poll list given up but is to be payed be the heretor in a soum
Item Corriebrecks oune poll according to his valuatione is 4 and of generall poll is 6s inde both is 4 6 0
Item his wyfe and John and George Grants his sones with Anna and Elizabeth Grants his daughters payes of generall poll each 6s is 1 10 0
Item John Malice his servant his fee 10 per annum fortieth pairt whereof is 5s and generall poll 6s inde both is 0 11 0
Item Robert Reid also his servant his fee 10 per annum fortieth pairt whereof is 5s and generall poll 6s inde both is 0 11 0
Item Janet Nairne a woman servant her fee 5 merks per annum fortieth pairt whereof is Is 10d and generall poll 6s both is 0 7 10
Item William Keson tennent widower and his sone their generall poll is 0 12 0
Item James Kesson tennent and his wife their generall poll is 0 12 0
Item Jannet Mulliert widow her generall poll is 060
Item Robert Murgine her servant his fee 6 per annum fortieth pairt whereof is 3s and generall poll 6s inde both is 090
Item John Tayleor tennent no wyfe his generall poll is 060
Item Elspet Mullier a woman servant her fee 5 merks per annum fortieth pairt whereof is Is 10d and generall poll both is 0 7 10
Total 9 18 8
Census Place: Strathdon, Aberdeen, Scotland 1881
William MITCHELL Head Mar 71 M Pauper Crathie, Aberdeen
Margaret MITCHELL Wife Mar 58 F Pauper Strathdon, Aberdeen
Helen GRASSICK Head Unm 42 F Ag Lab Strathdon, Aberdeen
James GRASSICK Son 11 M Scholar Strathdon, Aberdeen
John HAY Head Mar 27 M Tea Hawker Strathdon, Aberdeen
Margaret HAY Wife Mar 37 F Strathdon, Aberdeen
Ann F. HAY Daur 1m F Strathdon, Aberdeen
Mary A. MC HARDY Step Daur 14 F Dom serv (Out of Employ)Strathdon, Aberdeen
Margaret J. MITCHELL StepDaur 11 F Scholar Strathdon, Aberdeen
Isabella A. COUTTS Step Daur 8 F ScholarStrathdon, Aberdeen
Helen J. COUTTS Step Daur 5 F Strathdon, Aberdeen
James MCHARDY Nephew 3 M Strathdon, Aberdeen
Jane MCHARDY MotherinlawWid 73 F PauperStrathdon, Aberdeen
George COUTTS Head Wid 69 M Pauper Strathdon, Aberdeen
Jane COUTTS Daur Unm 32 F Pauper Strathdon, Aberdeen (Handicap: Imbecile)
Birth: Abt 1765 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: 29 SEP 1840 in Tornagawn, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Father: Arthur Forbes b: Bef 1739 in prob Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Jean Kellas b: Bef 1739 in prob Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 Jane Kinnear b: Abt 1776 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Married: Abt 1795 in prob Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
1. Arthur Forbes b: 23 AUG 1796 in Corrybreck, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 AUG 1796 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
2. James Forbes b: 23 SEP 1798 in Corrybreck, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 SEP 1798 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
3. Ann Forbes b: 2 SEP 1800 in Corrybreck, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 2 SEP 1800 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
4. John Forbes b: 3 NOV 1802 in Corrybreck, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 3 NOV 1802 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
5. Jean Forbes b: 6 APR 1804 in Corrybreck, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 6 APR 1804 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
6. David Forbes b: 26 MAR 1805 in Tornagawn, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 26 JUN 1805 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
William of Corriebreck. According to 'Clan Farquharson' 2005,
William Forbes of Corriebreck married Jean Michie c 1710-1790 eldest of the 'Five Maidens of Rippachie', daughters of James Michie of Rippachie (died 1752) and Elizabeth Copland.
According to the Red Book in the OIO Library one of their sons was James Forbes of Seaton.
James Forbes (1735-1829) was the son of William Forbes of Corriebreck and his wife Jane Michie, and grandson of William Forbes of Belnabodach. Very little has been published about his life. From the records deposited here and other collections in the University (see 'Related Material' field) it is known that he had business interests in London, and that he was one of the proprietors of the Aberdeenshire Canal. The main references to him in A. and H. Tayler's 'The House of Forbes' (Third Spalding Club, 1937; pages 368381) concern his purchase of the estate of Newe from his bankrupt relative Major John Forbes, 9th Laird of Newe, which he resold, for a considerable profit, to 'Bombay Jock' Forbes, founder of the Bombay mercantile business, Forbes and Co. Later, c. 1782, he purchased Seaton Estate in Old Aberdeen, and settled here with his wife, Margaret Gordon, daughter of Rear Admiral William Gordon of Banff. Their only surviving child and heiress, Elizabeth Forbes, married Lord James Hay (17881862), second son of George, 7th Marquis of Tweeddale (17531804), in 1813, and they subsequently lived at Seaton with her father, who died in 1829, aged ninety-two.
Donald Cattanach of Invernettie in Strathdon, which estate he acquired from his son-in-law, Alexander Forbes of Invernettie Donald's son, John (who may be identical with the first mentioned John Cattanach in Bellastrald) had a wadset of the lands of Corriebreck and Blaimamuck in Strathdon from his brother-in-law, Forbes, 25th December, 1685. A John Cattanach, schoolmaster at Invernochtie, Strathdon, is mentioned as having lieeo the writer of a bond relating to the estate of Candacraig in 1713
Lands of Auldahuie, Blairnamuick and Corriebreck were wadsetted (mortgaged) by the Earl of Fife to Charles Forbes of Auchernack in 1776 (extract from Aberdeen University MS 3175/828)
The Grants of Rippachie on Donside were alluded to in notice of Mary Grant, wife of the Rev. James Lumsden, of Corrachrie, minister of Towie. She is understood to have been a niece of Grant, of Ballindalloch, and to have inherited the lands of Rippachie and Deskrieside. Her mother, Mary Strachan, is known to have been a daughter of Mr. James
Strachan, minister of Oyne, but Scott, in his "Fasti," says that the minister of Oyne's daughter, Mary, married Mr. John McInnes, minister of Crathie ; and agreeably with this we find that on 15 Feb., 1740, Mr. John Mclnnes, minister at Crathie, and Mary Strachan, his spouse were in debt in the lands of Kinbattoch in security of £2,ooo Scots. The apparent discrepancy might be removed if it could be ascertained that Mary Strachan was Mr. Grant's widow when she married Mr. Mclnnes. Mary Grant was born in 1701, but unfortunately the Baptismal Register for the united parishes of Migvie and Tarland is incomplete in the beginning of the i8th century, otherwise the names of both her parents might possibly have been found there. In 1735 she was infeft in Rippachie, to which the next reference we have is in 1752, when her husband, the Rev. James Lumsden, granted a lease of the land and mill of Rippachie to John Gordon, of Crathienaird for their joint lives. The following are a few fragmentary notices of
the family : —
Lieutenant John Grant, Mill of Rippachie, was one of the referees in 1772 in matters in dispute between the Laird of Candacraig and Mr. Thomas Mitchell, minister of the parish of
Captain James Malcolmson, of General Wemyss' Regiment of Foot, was married to Miss Barbara Grant, daughter of Captain Grant, Rippachie, at Tarmore, on the 8th of January, 1800, and Miss Mary Grant, Rippachie, died at Muckerach, near Granton, in her 77th year, on 26th Aug. 1838.
The Poll Tax Book shews that in 1696 Rippachie and Deskrie, in the parish of Migvie, belonged to George Forbes, of Skellater (who was grandfather of Mr. James Lumsden, minister of Towie), and William Forbes of New, but the name of Grant does not appear in account of those polled in that parish. In that of Strathdon, however, a family of Grants is mentioned — whether related or not to the Kippachie Grants we are ignorant : —
" James Grant, of Corriebreck, his wife, John and George Cirants, his sons, and Anna and Elizabeth Grants, his daughters."
Picture added on 18 August 2010 at 22:35
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