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Glenbuchat Heritage

87 Tarntoul Croft
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87 Tarntoul Croft

Tarntoul: Torr an t-sabhail, " Knoll of the barn."

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While the north east side of the Buchat Water upstream from the church still is actively inhabited, on the other side, the south west side is much more sparsely inhabited. There were however in the past two crofts at Tarntoul and the neighbouring Tullocharroch.

Opposite Altnacraig cottage there is just visible the remains of a gable from one of the buildings at the farm at Tarntoul.

Tarntoul and the neighbouring Tullocharroch were recorded as being in a bad state in 1901

From the Book of Glenbuchat
“Up to the middle of the 19th Century the people lived for the most part in clachans, irregular groups of 10 – 20 “Fire Houses” that sheltered, very indifferently, as many families, usually related. |The houses were set down anyhow in a group, and were built partly of stone with lime and clay and having thatched roofs. Hovels still more wretched made of “divots”, chiefly provided for the “bestial”. The principal clachans were Easter Buchat, Beltamore, Belnacraig, Belnaboth, Upperton, Peatfold and Badenyon, but they are rapidly disappearing, being replaced by the houses erected by the new laird, who has already built or reconstructed over twenty.

James Barclay, who purchased Glenbuchat in 1901, was to rid the Glen of these primitive dwellings. When he called at Tullocharroch he found water running out by the front door and was astonished to discover that this seemed normal. At nearby Tarantoul, the roof had fallen in and the tenant was living with relatives on a neighbouring farm. There were according to Barclay as many as ten to twenty five ‘fire houses’ in a clachan, built of stone lime and clay and with thatched roofs. Peat burned in open fires with large hearths and chimneys sometimes 10 feet wide. The floors were of earth or clay, beaten hard but full of moisture, and the sloping roof gave the impression of the inside of an inverted ship.”


From The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

This farmstead is situated in rough pasture at the foot of the NW flank of Stony Hill. On the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, sheet lx, 1869) it is depicted as comprising an L-shaped range, with what was probably a cottage a short distance to the N, and another detached structure to the SE. By the end of the 19th century (OS 6-inch map, Aberdeenshire, 2nd edition, sheet lx, 1903) the range was still roofed, but the cottage and the detached building to the S were roofless.
Today, nothing is visible of the cottage and, with the exception of a short stretch of walling (0.6m thick and 2.7m high) at the N end of the range, the rest of the farmstead has been reduced to grass-grown footings. The range comprises two conjoined buildings, one a possible L-shaped barn on the N, and the other a two-compartmented structure to the S. The barn measures 13.6m from N to S over walls 0.6m in thickness and re-entrant angle is on the E; there is a possible wheel-pit set against the outside of its N wall although there is no visible source of water to supply it, and none is shown on either edition of the OS map. The second building on the S measures 14.2m from N to S by 4.9m transversely overall, and has entrances in the E side. The detached building lies close to the SE corner of the range and measures 8.8m from E to W by 4.9m transversely overall; and there is an entrance on the S.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ARG), 2 October 1998.

Tarntoul limekiln

The remains of this limekiln are situated at the edge a N-facing terrace immediately N of a rough track which passes through a coniferous plantation on the lower, NW flank of Stony Hill. Its site is marked by a semi-circular depression, measuring 5.5m from NE to SW by 3.6m transversely and up to 0.25m in depth, at the crest of the slope, and by a tumble of stones and boulders running down the steep slope into the trees.
The kiln is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, sheet lx, 1869), and is annotated Old Limekiln on the 2nd edition of the map (sheet lx, 1903).
Visited by RCAHMS (ATW), 19 May 1997.

Census 1851
Tarntoul
Isobel Farquharson Head Wid 59 Occupier of 16 acres, Tarland
Alexr do Son U 33 Occupier's Son , New Machar
Hary do Son Mar 31 do do Servant
Ann do Daur U 22 do Dom house Servt , Glenbucket
Cathrine do do U 18

The occupants of Tarantoul and surrounding farms had some nefarious activities in the past.

From Scottish notes and queries, John Malcolm Bulloch, D. Wyllie and Son, 1906

“William Gauld, in Crofts, previous to his removal from Tarntoul, along with Adam Hay, Upperton, and William Brodie, Backies, was captured by the excise, smuggling whisky, and heavily fined. Gauld was able to pay his fine. Brodie, while languishing in Aberdeen jail, wrote his wife, Mary Reid, daughter of Archibald Reid and Jean Middleton, to get sharp tools passed in to him so that he might break out. This alarmed her, and she rode, during the night, on horseback, from Tarntoul to Aberdeen, a distance of forty-four miles, to inform him that Lord Fife was using his influence to get him liberated — he being at that time employed by his Lordship”

The occupants of Tarntoul were mainly the Beattie family and the Farquharson family

For full details of Beattie family click this link Beatties of Glenbuchat .
The following information is from these pages and relate to the occupants of Tarantoul

Tarntoul_
There are Beatties at Tarntoul from at least the 1720s. Recorded Beattie births there end about 1796. At least two of the Beattie brothers moved to Cabrach, where there are recorded births starting around 1816. By the 1841 census, the Farquharson family has replaced Beatties at Tarntoul.

James Beattie in Tarntoul. B bef 1706 Tarntoul
Jerom Beattie - 8 Dec 1724 JEROM son to James Bettie in Tarntoul
James Beattie - 29 Apr 1728 Baptized JAMES son to James Bettie in Tarntoul
Another son? Adam Bettie. B bef 1734
Probably the Adam Bettie m Marjory McComish - 21 NOV 1751 Glenbucket
Elspet Betty - 1752 Decr 12 - bapt Elspet daur to Adam Betty in Tarntoul
Jean Bettie - 1755 Febry 16th bapt Jean daughter to Adam Bettie in Tarntoul

Another son, or perhaps a brother?
Eldest son, given that he is the one who continues to reside at Tarntoul?
John Beattie in Tarntoul. B bef 1721. Listed as "John Betty in Torntowle" in 1747 inventory of Peter Gordon in Crofts
Glenbucket extracts - Tack of Tarintoul to John Beattie 1758-1777 as presently possessed by himself
Tarntoul
Jerom Beattie CHR 30 Sept 1739 Baptized JEROM son to John Bettie in Tarntoul
Tarntoul Jean Beattie CHR - 14 Sep 1742 Baptized JEAN dau to John Bettie in Tarntoul mar to John Beig, above?
William Beattie CHR - 2 Sep 1744 Bap WILLIAM son to John Bettie in Tarntoul.
D - aft 1783 (witness at child of brother James)
John Beattie CHR - John Betty chr 05 DEC 1746 Glenbucket [Decr 5 bapt John son to John Beity in Tarntowle] John B. Elder from Netherton?
Adam Beattie CHR - 20 Dec 1748 - ADAM son to John Bettie in Tarntoul.
D - aft 1783 (witness at child of brother James)
James Beattie CHR - 1751 Aug 6 - Bap JAMES son to John Bettie in Tarntoul.
M - Ann Murrain before April 1782
D - 12 Dec 1812 [draft MI]
1781 - witness at birth of John Beattie, Ballachduie, with Adam Beattie, Netherton
+ with Janet Gauld (Netherton)

John Beattie CHR - 27 Jun 1784
James Bettie in Tarntoul & Anna Murrain his spouse had a son baptised called JOHN before witnesses [old: June 27 James Bettie in Tarntoul had a son baptized before the congn named JOHN]
James Beattie CHR - 7 May 1786
James Bettie in Tarntoul & Ann Murryain his spouse had a son Baptized named JAMES before witnesses John Beig & John Bettie
M - Isobel Bain 8 JUL 1813 Cabrach, Aberdeen, Scotland
D - Powneed Cabrach 29 March 1862 aged 75, buried Cabrach Churchyard
+ Isobel Bain CHR - 30 September 1790 Powneed, Cabrach, daughter of William Bain and Beatrix Gordon D - 5 Feb 1883 [MI] Isobel in household of son James at Powneed, Cabrach in 1881.

Tarntoul
Alexander Beattie CHR - 22 Mar 1790 Glenbucket "James Bettie in Tarntoul & Ann Murrain his spouse had a son Baptized called ALEXANDER before witnesses John Bettie senior"
M - Margaret Reid 20 JAN 1820 Saint Nicholas Aberdeen
D - Todholes, Cabrach 13 Nov 1864 Informant: William Beattie, son (not present)
+ Margaret Reid Margaret Reid was born about 1795 in Inveravon, Banffshire. She died 24 APR 1865 at Todholes Cabrach.

Tarntoul
Jean Bettie - August 1st 1796 James Bettie in Tarntoul & Jean Watson his spouse had a daughter baptised named JEAN before witnesses. [old book: August 3rd(?) James Bettie in Tarntoul had a son baptised before witnesses John Bettie & Adam Bettie] again, probably the same James Bettie & Elspet Smith
Tarntoul
Adam Bettie CHR - 1796 [aft Dec 11]. James Bettie in Tarntoul had a son baptized Adam before witnesses. Mother's name Elspet Smith. (Glenbucket) [also appears as "James Bettie of Tarntoul had a son Adam bap. (unreadable) 1796"]. kirk session (excerpts): 1799 July [...][...] Minr & Elders compeared Elspet Smith a young [...] from the parish of Inveraun who had been servant te [...] Bettie some time ago a married man in this parish [....] 1800 January 12th. James Bettie appeared before the Congregation for the sin of Adultry with Elspet Smith had been before the session three sabbaths before & this day was absolved as a Commutation for his crime.
D - [probably] 25 Mar 1869 District of St Nicholas, Aberdeen.
On death registration parents are listed as John Beattie, farmer (reputed father) & Isabel Smith Domestic Servant (both deceased), which, while not correct, does match the general names and circumstances of Adam's birth quite well. Corroborating the identification is the 1851 census, which shows Adam as born in Glenbucket.

The Farquharson Family
From Heather Price at http://genforum.com/farquharson/messages/114.html

“Catherine Farquharson my great grandmother was born in Glenbucket in 1833 the daughter of James Farquharson & Isabella Forbes. In Tarntoul Glebucket 25.5.1854 she married Charles McHardy from Stratdon. On 7.11.1854 Catherine & Charles sailed from Plymouth aboard the "Amazon" as assisted immigrants for Melborne Australia.Employment was arranged with a Mr Farquharson, Keilor Vic.”


James Farquharson 1
Birth: 29 JUN 1790 in Belnaboddach, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Burial: AFT MAY 1834 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Christening: 29 JUN 1790 Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Death: MAY 1834 in Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Father: James Farquharson b: BEF 1765 in prob Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Isabel McHardy b: BEF 1765 in prob Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 Isabella Forbes b: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Married: 01 NOV 1817 in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Children
1. Alexander Farquharson b: 12 SEP 1817 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 12 SEP 1817 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
2. Harry Farquharson b: 06 JUN 1819 in New Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 06 JUN 1819 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
3. Janet Farquharson b: 22 NOV 1825 in Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 13 DEC 1825 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
4. Ann Farquharson b: 29 MAR 1829 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 MAR 1829 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
5. Catherine Farquharson b: 03 OCT 1832 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 03 OCT 1832 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Alexander Farquharson 1
Birth: 12 SEP 1817 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Census: 1841 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Christening: 12 SEP 1817 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Residence: 1870 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Death: AFT 1881 in prob Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5
Census: 1851 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 6
Census: 1871 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 7
Census: 1881 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5
Father: James Farquharson b: 29 JUN 1790 in Belnaboddach, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 JUN 1790 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Isabella Forbes b: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Harry Farquharson 1
Birth: 06 JUN 1819 in New Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Burial: AFT 29 OCT 1886 Glenbucket Churchyard, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Census: 1841 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
Christening: 06 JUN 1819 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Event: Informant 03 OCT 1855 Tillycharrich, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5
Death: 29 OCT 1886 in Tillycharioch, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Census: 1851 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Census: 1871 Tullocharrich, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 6
Census: 1881 Tillacharrich, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 7
Father: James Farquharson b: 29 JUN 1790 in Belnaboddach, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 JUN 1790 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Isabella Forbes b: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 Margaret Milne b: ABT 1823 in Inveravon, Banffshire, Scotland
Married: ABT 1847 in prob Inveravon, Banffshire, Scotland 8
Children
1. John Milne Farquharson b: 16 AUG 1848 in Inveravon, Banffshire, Scotland c: 17 AUG 1848 in Inveravon, Banffshire, Scotland
2. Alexander Farquharson b: 22 SEP 1851 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 28 SEP 1851 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
3. William Farquharson b: 24 SEP 1855 in Tillycharrich, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
4. Isabella Farquharson b: 06 MAY 1857 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
5. Harry Farquharson b: 12 APR 1860 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
6. Elspet Farquharson b: 24 JUL 1862 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
7. George Farquharson b: 01 JUN 1864 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
8. Robert Farquharson b: 18 MAY 1866 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Janet Farquharson 1
Birth: 22 NOV 1825 in Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Census: 1841 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Christening: 13 DEC 1825 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
Death: 09 NOV 1904 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Census: 1851 Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5
Census: 1861 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Census: 1881 Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 6
Father: James Farquharson b: 29 JUN 1790 in Belnaboddach, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 JUN 1790 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Isabella Forbes b: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 Adam Hay b: 20 JUL 1815 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 20 JUL 1815 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
•Married: 26 MAY 1847 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
Children
1. Mary Hay b: 29 JUN 1848 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 JUN 1848 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
2. Isabella Hay b: 12 OCT 1849 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 12 OCT 1849 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
3. Ann Hay b: 31 AUG 1851 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 31 AUG 1851 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
4. Adam Hay b: 03 OCT 1853 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 25 OCT 1853 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
5. Catherine Hay b: 23 FEB 1856 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
6. William Hay b: 14 JUN 1858 in Uppertown, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
7. James Hay b: 25 OCT 1860 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
8. Alexander Hay b: 10 FEB 1863 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
9. Elizabeth Hay b: 02 MAR 1866 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
10. Jessie Charlotte Hay b: 02 SEP 1868 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
11. Margaret Hay b: 15 NOV 1870 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Ann Farquharson 1
Birth: 29 MAR 1829 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Burial: AFT 18 JAN 1915 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Census: 1841 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
Christening: 29 MAR 1829 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Death: 18 DEC 1915 in Sunnybrae, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Census: 1851 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5
Census: 1871 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 6
Census: 1881 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 7
Father: James Farquharson b: 29 JUN 1790 in Belnaboddach, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 JUN 1790 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Isabella Forbes b: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 William Chree b: 21 NOV 1822 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 21 NOV 1822 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Married: AFT 1881 in prob Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 8
Children
1. Ann Chree b: 29 AUG 1853 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 AUG 1853 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Catherine Farquharson 1
Birth: 03 OCT 1832 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Census: 1841 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
Christening: 03 OCT 1832 Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2
Death: AFT 1851 in prob Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Census: 1851 Tarntoul, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 4
Father: James Farquharson b: 29 JUN 1790 in Belnaboddach, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 29 JUN 1790 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Mother: Isabella Forbes b: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland c: 23 JAN 1790 in Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

http://www.oocities.com/swalker7736/beattie.htm?20108#TARNTOUL#ixzz11meQYhf2

Catherine Farquharson my ggm was born in Glenbucket in 1833 the daughter of James Farquharson & Isabella Forbes. In Tarntoul Glenbucket 25.5.1854 she married Charles McHardy from Stratdon. On 7.11.1854 Catherine & Charles sailed from Plymouth aboard the "Amazon" as assisted immigrants for Melborne Australia.Employment was arranged with a Mr Farquharson, Keilor Vic.




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