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Glenbuchat Heritage

81 The Deochry
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81 The Deochry

Deochry
If you take the road from Belnacraig in the middle of Glenbuchat and go up the steep hill across the shoulder of Ben Newe, you will come to the most exposed area of Glenbuchat, The Deochry. Previously a clachan of a number of houses, now they are all derelict except for a modern timber built chalet at Easterton.
Named after the Deochrie Burn the area is also named Tom Breac, after the shoulder of Ben Newe.

The name has been spelt in different ways over the years.
Deochrie, Deochry, Dhuchrie (for Dubh Choire). Black corrie.
Dubh, black; choire, coire; corrie.

Note on the above 1850 map the crofts of Easterton, Westerton, Midtown, and Braeside.

There is a rhyme about the Deochry folk from around the mid to late 19th century which is still recited today:

Elder Begg and Bellman Beattie
Scott Stewart and skirlin Eppie
Beardie fierce and Robbin strong
And that completes the Deochry throng.

Elder Begg: ???"
Bellman Beattie" - A bellman was the man who rang the church bell calling the people to worship. Presumably this would have referred to John Beattie, Jr.
Scott Stewart was born about 1837, the son of Robert Stuart and Helen Fraser.
skirlin Eppie" - "skirlin" means shouting or screaming (usually aplied to women)
Beardie fierce and Robbin strong" was Rob McPherson

1851 census

41 Dochry
Robert Stuart Head Mar 63 Crofter (4 acres) no Lab do, Strathdon
Helen Fraser Wife Mar 53 Crofter's Wife Forfarshire, Brechin
Helen Stuart Daur U 18 Crofter's daur Aberdeenshire, Glenbucket
Margaret Stuart Daur U 16 do do do, do
Scott Stuart Son U 13 Crofter's Son do, do
42 Dochry
John Beattie Head Mar 58 Crofter (3 acres no Lab) do, Strathdon
Sophia Michie Wife Mar 43 do, Glenbucket
Jean Beattie Daur U 17 Crofter's daur do, do
Willm Beattie Son 9 Scholar do, do
43 Dochry
John Farquharson Head Mar 42 Crofter (6 acres) 1 Lab do, Towie
Isobel Dawson Wife Mar 41 do, Glenbucket
Ann Farquharson Daur U 19 Crofter's daur (dressmaker) do, do
Jessie Farquharson Daur U 16 do do do, do
John Sandison Serv U 11 Farm Labourer Banff

See the following sites for data on Families of the Deochry
The McPherson family
The Beattie family

Westertown
Archaeological Notes
The cottage at Westertown is situated on a terrace on the left (N) bank of the Burn of Deochry. It measures 11.5m from ENE to WSW by 5.4m transversely over stone walls 0.7m in thickness and up to 1.45m in height. There is an entrance on the SSE, and an outshot is attached to its WSW end. An enclosure, triangular on plan and measuring a maximum of about 6.4m by 3.5m transversely within the remains of a drystone wall, is situated 4m S of the WSW end of the outshot.
Westertown is depicted as roofed on both the 1st and 2nd editions of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869 and 1903, sheet lx).
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ARG), 1 October 1998.

Midtown

Archaeological Notes
The remains of this cottage are situated in pasture about 230m NW of Easterton, immediately N of the public road that links Mill of Newe with Glenbuchat. The cottage measures 12.8m from NW to SE by 5.5m transversely overall and an outshot is attached to the NW end. The walls have been reduced to grass-grown footings 0.7m in thickness and 0.3m in height, and the NW end and the SW side have been heavily robbed. The cottage is set on a stance that has been levelled into the slope to a depth of 1.5m on the NE, and this platform extends beyond the SE end of the building for a distance of about 6m. The rear scarp of the platform is faced with stone.
The cottage is depicted as roofed on both the 1st and 2nd editions of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869 and 1903, sheet lx).
Visited by RCAHMS (PC, JRS), 9 November 1998

Braeside Croft

Archaeological Notes
Two buildings are situated within a forestry plantation on the S side of the Burn of Deochry, some 90m to the SSE of Westertown croft (NJ31SE 68). The first measures 8m from NNE to SSW by 5m transversely over walls 0.7m in thickness and up to 1.3m in height. It has an entrance at the N end of the E wall and an outshot extends for a further 6.5m to the SSW. The S and E walls of the building, however, have been destroyed by the furrows of forestry ploughing. The second building lies 7m to the N, immediately within the plantation boundary, and measures 6.2m from N to S by 5.2m transversely overall. It has been dug end-on into the slope and has an entrance on the W.
A roofed building and two enclosures are indicated at this location on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869, sheet lx), but by 1903 this arrangement had been remodelled, and the 2nd edition of the map (1903, sheet lx) indicates a longer building with only one adjoining enclosure. The latter building is probably the longer of the two that survive today.
Visited by RCAHMS (ARG, JRS), 1 October 1998

Braeside
Archaeological Notes
The remains of this cottage are situated in dense coniferous woodland to the S of the Burn of Deochry. It measures 12.5m from NE to SW by 5.8m transversely over stone walls 0.6m in thickness and up to 1.9m in height. There is an entrance on the SE. Braeside is depicted as roofed on both the 1st and 2nd editions of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1869 and 1903, sheet lx).
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ARG), 1 October 1998.

Eastertown
Archaeological Notes
This small disused quarry, which comprises two pits separated by a narrow baulk, is situated immediately W of a minor public road about 530m NNW of Easterton (NJ31SE 132). The SW pit measures about 18m from NE to SW by 15m transversely and 3m in depth. The NE pit measures about 8m in diameter and has a maximum depth of 1m on the NW. Both pits have been dug into a SE-facing slope and are now enshrouded in gorse. The quarry is depicted on the 2nd edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1903, sheet lx).
A number of hollow trackways, one of them marked on the modern 1:10,000 map, run close to the W side of the quarry; they are presumably precursors of the modern road.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS), 26 October 2000.

Tom Breac
QUARRY, RIG AND FURROW
Archaeological Notes
(Previously classified as cord rig and possible small cairns: location amended to centred NJ 3759 1483 and NJ 3755 1495 and classified as rig and quarry). There are no small cairns or traces of cord rig at this location, and the features previously noted on aerial photographs (RCAHMS 1995) are the result of modern cultivation. At the head of the field, however, above and to the S of a distinct modern plough-scar, there are traces of rig-and-furrow cultivation, which extend for a short distance beyond the modern fence-line into the unimproved hill ground. The rigs measure about 3m in breadth and are aligned roughly NNW and SSE.
A small disused quarry, measuring about 6m in diameter and 1.5m in depth, has been dug into the break of slope towards the northern end of the cultivated field.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS), 26 October 2000.

Sphagnum Moss
During WW1 the collection of sphagnum moss was organised from the area of Deochry and Bunzeach. The moss was laid out to dry on wire netting, and used in the manufacture of wound dressings for the front lines.

Stewart/Stuart (from the Deochry) family tree

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John Stuart
Birth: Bef 1769 in prob Aberdeenshire,
Death: Aft 1806 in prob Strathdon,
Marriage
Margaret White b: Bef 1769 in prob Aberdeenshire,
Married: Bef 1789 in prob Strathdon,
Children
1. Robert Stuart b: 22 Feb 1789 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
2. John Stuart b: 12 Jun 1791 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
3. James Stuart b: 21 Apr 1793 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
4. Alexander Stuart b: 01 Nov 1795 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
5. Margaret Stuart b: 04 Mar 1798 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
6. Anne Stuart b: 16 Dec 1799 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
7. Jean Stuart b: 29 Sep 1806 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,

Robert Stuart
Birth: 22 Feb 1789 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
Burial: Aft 12 Oct 1860 Strathdon Churchyard, Strathdon,
Christening: 22 Feb 1789 Strathdon,
Death: 12 Oct 1860 in Dykernuck, Towie,
Census: 1841 Deochry, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Deochry, Glenbucket,
Father: John Stuart b: Bef 1769 in prob Aberdeenshire,
Mother: Margaret White b: Bef 1769 in prob Aberdeenshire,
Marriage
Helen Frazer b: 22 Apr 1797 in Cortachy & Clova, Angus,
Married: 19 Oct 1826 in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire,
Children
1. Alexander Stuart b: 10 Nov 1824 in Glenbucket,
2. John Stuart b: 19 May 1829 in Glenbucket,
3. Hellen Grassick Stuart b: 15 Feb 1831 in Glenbucket,
4. Margaret Grassick Stuart b: 26 Jan 1832 in Glenbucket,
5. Archibald Stuart b: 20 Jan 1835 in Glenbucket,
6. Scott Stuart b: Abt 1839 in Glenbucket,

1841 Scotland Census about Robert Stuart
Name:Robert Stuart
Age:50 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1791
Gender:Male
Where born:Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Civil parish:Glenbuchat County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Deachy
Occupation:Farmer
Parish Number:200
Household Members:NameAge
Robert Stuart50
Hellen Stuart40
Hellen Stuart9
Margaret Stuart7
Archibald Stuart6
Scott Stuart4

1851 Scotland Census about Robert Stuart
Name:Robert Stuart Age:63 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1788
Relationship:Head
Spouse's Name:Helen Feaser
Gender:Male
Where born:Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Parish Number:200
Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Dochry
Occupation:Crofter (4 Acres) No Lab ED:1
Household schedule number:41 Line:19 Roll:CSSCT1851_45
Household Members:NameAge
Robert Stuart63
Helen Feaser53
Helen Stuart18
Margaret Stuart16
Scott Stuart13

1851 Scotland Census about Helen Feaser
Name:Helen Feaser
Age:53 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1798
Relationship:Wife
Spouse's Name:Robert Stuart
Gender:Female
Where born:Bocchin, Forfarshire
Parish Number:200
Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Dochry
Occupation:Crofters Wife

1861 Scotland Census about Helen Stewart
Name:Helen Stewart
Age:63 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1798
Relationship:Mother
Gender:Female
Where born:Glainmis, Forfarshire
Registration Number:692/1
Registration district:Leith North
Civil parish:North Leith County:Midlothian
Address:Trinity Ry Statn ED:19
Household schedule number:36 Line:3 Roll:CSSCT1861_131
Household Members:NameAge
James McIntosh37
Helen Stewart McIntosh63
Helen Stewart63

1871 Scotland Census about Helen Stewart
Name:Helen Stewart
Age:72 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1799
Relationship:Head
Gender:Female
Where born:Cortachy, Forfarshire
Registration Number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket
Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Dochry
Occupation:Crofter (coccer Arable)

Scott Stuart
Birth: Abt 1839 in Glenbucket,
Residence: 1860 Dykernuck, Towie,
Death: 20 May 1921 in Whitehaugh, Tullynessle,
Census: 1841 Deochry, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Deochry, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Deochry, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Clashmore, Corgarff, Strathdon,
Census: 1891 Corriebreck, Strathdon,
Census: 1901 Deochrie, Glenbucket,
Residence: Bet 1877 And 1886 Strathdon,
Father: Robert Stuart b: 22 Feb 1789 in Fleuchets of Conrieside, Strathdon,
Mother: Helen Frazer b: 22 Apr 1797 in Cortachy & Clova, Angus,
Marriage 1
Ann Stewart b: 28 May 1850 in Crathie & Braemar,
Married: 05 Dec 1873 in Kirkmichael, Banffshire,
Children
1. Robert Stewart b: Abt 1872 in Strathdon,
2. Helen Stuart b: 26 Sep 1874 in Glenbucket,
3. William Stewart b: Abt 1877 in Strathdon,
4. John F Stewart b: Abt 1879 in Strathdon,
5. Charles F Stewart b: Abt 1882 in Strathdon,
6. Elizabeth A L Stewart b: Abt 1885 in Strathdon,
7. Ann Scott Stewart b: Abt 1886 in Strathdon,
8. Maggie J Stewart b: Abt 1892 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 2
Joyan Dewars b: Abt 1847 in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland
Event: Liaison Abt AUG 1873 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 11
Children
1. Alexander Stewart b: 13 May 1874 in Blairnamuick, Strathdon,

1841 Scotland Census about Scott Stuart
Name:Scott Stuart
Age:4 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1837
Gender:Male
Where born:Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Civil parish:Glenbuchat County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Deachy
Parish Number:200
Household Members:NameAge
Robert Stuart50
Hellen Stuart40
Hellen Stuart9
Margaret Stuart7
Archibald Stuart6
Scott Stuart4

1851 Scotland Census about Scott Stuart
Name:Scott Stuart
Age:13 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1838
Relationship:Son
Father's Name:Robert Stuart
Mother's Name:Helen Feaser
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Parish Number:200
Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Dochry
Occupation:Crofters Son ED:1

1861 Scotland Census about Scott Stuart
Name:Scott Stuart
Age:23 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1838
Relationship:Son
Mother's Name:Hellen Stuart
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Dochry
Occupation:Lessee's Son Ag Lab ED:1
Household schedule number:31 Line:19 Roll:CSSCT1861_29
Household Members:NameAge
Hellen Stuart59
Scott Stuart23
John Stuart5

1871 Scotland Census about Scott Stewart
Name:Scott Stewart
Age:34 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1837
Relationship:Son
Mother's Name:Helen Stewart
Gender:Male
Where born:Stenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket
Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Dochry
Occupation:Farm Lab ED:1
Household schedule number:4 Line:20 Roll:CSSCT1871_38
Household Members:NameAge
Helen Stewart72
Scott Stewart34

1881 Scotland Census about Scott Stewart
Name:Scott Stewart
Age:42 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1839
Relationship:Head
Spouse's name : Ann Stewart
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:240 Registration district:Strathdon
Civil parish:Strathdon County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Clashnore
Occupation:Contractor Of Agril. Labour ED:4
Household schedule number:14 Line:11 Roll:cssct1881_69
Household Members:NameAge
Scott Stewart42
Ann Stewart30
Robert Stewart8
Helen Stewart6
William Stewart4
John F Stewart2

1891 Scotland Census about Scott Stewart
Name:Scott Stewart
Age:52 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1839
Relationship:Head
Spouse's name :Ann Stewart
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:240
Registration district:Strathdon
Civil parish:Strathdon County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Corrybreck
Occupation:Ag Lab ED:4
Household schedule number:40 Line:9 Roll:CSSCT1891_73
Household Members:NameAge
Scott Stewart52
Ann Stewart41
Helen Stewart16
Charles F Stewart9
Elizabeth A L Stewart6
Ann Scott Stewart5

1901 Scotland Census about Scott Stewart
Name:Scott Stewart
Age:62 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1839
Relationship:Head
Spouse's name :Ann Stewart
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket
Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Deochrie
Occupation:Crofter ED:1
Household schedule number:11 Line:20 Roll:CSSCT1901_68
Household Members:NameAge
Scott Stewart62
Ann Stewart50
William Stewart24
Elizabeth A L Stewart16
Annie S Stewart15
Maggie J Stewart9

1881 Scotland Census about Robert Stewart
Name:Robert Stewart
Age:8 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1873
Relationship:Son
Father's Name:Scott Stewart
Mother's Name:Ann Stewart
Gender:Male
Where born:Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:240
Registration district:Strathdon
Civil parish:Strathdon County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Clashnore
Occupation:Scholar

1891 Scotland Census about Robert Stuart
Name:Robert Stuart
Age:18 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1873
Relationship:Serv (Servant)
Gender:Male
Where born:Strathdon, Aberdeen Shire
Registration Number:240
Registration district:Strathdon
Civil parish:Strathdon County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Lynmore
Occupation:Farm Serv ED:3
Household schedule number:15 Line:24 Roll:CSSCT1891_73
Household Members:NameAge
Alexr Stuart36
Jane Stuart79
Margaret Stuart50
Alexander Stuart7
Robert Stuart18
James Hosie9
William Hosie8
Betsy Anderson64

Robert Stuart migrated to Australia probably in the 1890s .

Helen Stuart
Birth: 26 Sep 1874 in Glenbucket,
Death: Aft 1914 in prob Strathdon,
Census: 1891 Corriebreck, Strathdon,
Census: 1881 Clashmore, Corgarff, Strathdon,
Census: 1901 Torrancroy, Strathdon
Father: Scott Stuart b: Abt 1839 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Ann Stewart b: 28 May 1850 in Crathie & Braemar,
Marriage 1 Alexander Allanach b: 17 AUG 1874 in Strathdon,
Married: Abt 1898 in prob Glenbucket,
Children
1. George Allanach b: Abt 1900 in Glenbucket,
2. Annie Allanach b: 02 Mar 1904 in prob Strathdon,
3. James Allanach b: 31 Mar 1906 in prob Strathdon,
4. Jean Allanach b: 19 Apr 1908 in prob Strathdon,
5. Donald Allanach b: 31 Jan 1910 in prob Strathdon,
6. Living Allanach









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Comments:
Hi from Australia,

Thanks to the contributor for adding this document, I now have a far better appreciation where my Grand Father Robert Stuart (born 1872) lived aand worked before coming to Australia as a young man. His Grand Father Robert Stuart and father Scott Stuart farmed at Deochry for decades and raised families. In the 1851 census as indicated above they resided at address 41 Dochry.

Regards Gerry
Added by Gerry Millward on 08 September 2010
Robert Stuart is my 3x great grandfather. Interesting reading about him.
Added by Donna Cruickshank on 08 February 2017
Very interesting reading. Always adding another bit to the family tree. Scott Stuart was my Great Grandfather. My Grandmother was Elizabeth Ann Leys Stewart.
Added by Sylvia B Alexander on 17 February 2017
Very interesting. Always good to add to the Family Tree Scott Stuart was my great grandfather and Elizabeth Ann Leys Stuart was my grandmother.
Added by Sylvia B Alexander on 19 February 2017
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