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Glenbuchat Heritage

108 The Harry Begg Letters
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108 The Harry Begg Letters

This page is about the correspondence between Harry Begg and his friends and family around the time of his emigration to Canada in the 1830’s. It contains a lot of information about the Glen at that time, the people and the activities in the Glen.

The picture above is a letter of introduction for Harry Begg written by Robert Scott minister of Glenbuchat in 1808.

Harry Begg’s family tree can be seen on the page about Badenyon.

At the end of the letters are Appendices which explain some of the names and events in the letters

Editor’s Note:
The information on this page is taken from the original Harry Begg Site.
I have tried to contact the site with information and amendments and also to request permission to use the information, but have received no reply. I am concerned that the site may be inactive and may disappear. If the original site owners have any objections to my using this material please contact me via this sites email. Hopefully they will understand this action is taken in good faith to preserve the history of Glenbuchat.

Welcome to the Harry Begg Web Site

This site will be of interest to descendants of the Begg family of Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On completion this site will display the text of invoices, documents and letters sent to Harry Begg from 1807 to 1851 and letters written to relatives of Harry Begg after 1851. The site will also contain geographical information and research about the times in which the letters were written.


Harry Begg, Robert Scott (Minister, Parish of Glenbucket) James Raeburn (Session Clerk, Parish of Glenbucket)
Harry is leaving Glenbucket.
Whit Sunday is the fiftieth day after Easter.
It is the time of Pentecost (penta 50) when the Holy Ghost spoke to a meeting of Jews from every nation under heaven. Miraculously each Jew could understand the language of his fellow Jew.

August 7th 1808

Certificate to Harry Begg (See picture above)

These Certify that the bearer Harry Begg an unmarried man resided in this Parish from his infancy till Whit Sunday eighteen hundred & seven and remove from it free from Church Censure and Public Scandal so that we know no reason why he may not be admitted into any Christian Society or Congregation. Given in Name q------ and by appointment of the Parish Session of Glenbucket at Glenbucket this seventh day of August, Eighteen hundred & Eight and attended by.

Robt. Scott Min.
Ja. Raeburn Sess. Clk


People Sandy.
This letter appears to be from Harry’s father in law James Forsyth.
Dundurcas, Huntly.
The Forsyths seem to have lived in Dundurcas.
Deaths of the Gentlemen.
Research Notes
Dr. stands for Dear

Dundurcas Jan. 10th 1822

Dear Harry

About two weeks ago, I received your agreeable Letter. I was thinking very much of hearing how you all were, as I had not got any word except at times from Huntly. Before your Letter I heard that you had an increase to your family, and that you were all well which gave me great satisfaction. I observed what you mentioned respecting the Deaths of the Gentlemen – you took notice of, and I am hopeful that it may turn out to be nothing against your interest. I expect Sandy is or has been with you about this time, he went away sooner than I thought of – and as that was the case, I had not time to write with him, nor indeed do I write many Letters, except upon business that I cannot avoid. Some little time after William’s marriage I went to Abernethy with Mrs. Forsyth & family – at that time I had some thoughts of paying you a visit before I returned, but on after thoughts I gave up the design, as I was not acquainted with the roads through that part of the country, and was rather afraid, that I would not be able to bear the fatigue of so long a journey over the hilly country through which I would have to pass. I intend, if I can accomplish it, and am well sometime in the course of the summer to see you. I have not been at Huntly this twelve months, nor have I been above a few miles from the place for I have no desire to travel. Sandy will give or has given you a verbal account of the changes that has occurred since you was here, on which account I shall not enumerate them and on his return I hope to hear a circumstantial account of all your family and relations. It is long since I heard particularly how Charles & family are, I am happy to hear that your Father is well, first opportunity give my kindest respects to him and all the rest of your friends at Towie & Glenbucket as the same opportunity that brought your line is just going off, I am obliged to conclude with my sincere wish to Almighty God for a Blessing to Margaret, the children together with you and all friends, believe me to be
Dr. Harry

Your affectionate Father

James Forsyth

N.B. If there are omissions in the above excuse them as I have not time to look it over for fear of losing the opportunity of getting this sent to Rothes

Note James Forsyth Family tree can be seen at the end of the Badenyon page


Morris Forsyth, Jean Forsyth
Tomulochie, Tarland, Turriff, Strathspey
Death of Harry’s daughter
Research Notes
Written next to address 8 1/2 (postage I guess)

Mr. Harry Beigg (sic) Copper Smith
30 June 1823

Dear Harry

I received your letter last night, and am extremely sorry to learn by it of the death of your Daughter which I hope by the assistance of the Almighty you will bear with, as it is not in the power of the most skilful to prevent occurrences of this kind from taking place ‚ We ourselves has a trial of the same kind last year, and this possibly makes us feel more on the present occasion for you ‚ You will both accept of our joint condolence on this trying occasion, and earnestly wish the rest of your family will be preserved a blessing to you and that the present affliction may be improved for your mutual good. I had a letter from my Father on Saturday and intent writing him today and shall mention this circumstance to him ‚ I am intending a visit to (Place not decipherable) end of this week, as I have not been in Strathspey before, We are all very well here thank God & hope this will find you and your family enjoying health and I earnestly hope the rest of your family will be spared that destructive malady which has been raging in your place ‚ We will be happy to see you here in the course of the summer ‚ Jean joins be in best wishes for Mrs. Beigg & family.
I am Dr. Harry

Your affectionate Brother
Morris Forsyth

Next, part of the same letter

Dear Sister

I feel so much for you under your present trial that I must address a few lines to (you) [opening seal has torn away part of the letter] moved to express what I feel (tear) know what a trial it is except those who have experienced the same – Dear Sister it is God alone that can comfort you – after my Dear Jeannie’s death it was him that comforted me when my heart would have been beset with grief it was his word alone that eased my mind. What a comfort is it to look forward to that happy time when we shall hope to see them again lovelier than ever – may the Almighty bless you and the rest of your family – and
I am Dear Sister

Your affectionate
Sister Jean Forsyth


Mr Harry Begg
New Kirk of Coldstone

British Copper Company
No. 68 Upper Thames Street, London 28th Sept 1824
Bot of Fox Williams Foster Co
Successors to The Late British Copper Company

Mr Harry Begg
Newkirk of Coldstone

5 Sheets of Copper--to order @ 13d £3.13.2
21 Bottoms
1 Piece of Bar S to order 3.12.8 '' .. £14d £5.12.7
Cartage Wharfage & Sufferance 2.3
Insurance on £10 @ 20/ p% £2.0
duty 4.6 £9.12.6

Packed in one Bundle & sent to Store's wharf to be shipped on board the Expert Leslie Mast for Aberdeen, or first vessel

London 28th Sept 1824


We beg leave to hand you on the otherside hereof an invoice of the Copper ordered in your favor of the / Instant amounting to £9-12-6 which we wish safe to hand –

We remain Sir
Your very obdt Servant
for Fox Williams Foster (by) Richard Gilbert


Harry Begg, James Forsyth, Sandy Forsyth, William Forsyth, Morris Forsyth, Mary, Young A. Forsyth (possibly Alexander), Mr. Robertson
Dundurcas, Coldstone A roadside settlement in the Aberdeenshire parish of Logie-Coldstone. Coldstone is a mile north of Newkirk.
Dr. Proctor's plantation was Bryan Castle Estate, near Rio Bueno, in Trelawny parish. (Jamaica)(Appendix1)
Sandy (Forsyth) arrived in Jamaica on January 11th. Though he is a bookkeeper his job is to measure and set off fields. Sandy comments on the lack of religious devotion among blacks and whites in Jamaica. He thinks they should be more mindful considering the mortality rate in Jamaica. Sandy says he works for Mr. Robertson. James tells Harry how he had hoped to be in Canada in the summer of 1826 but his health would not permit him to travel.
Research Notes:
Harry Begg does not leave for Canada until about April 1831. He is in Scotland.
Dr. is an abbreviation for Dear.
James Forsyth wrote this letter. He included quotations from a letter from Sandy Forsyth who had emigrated to Jamaica.
Dundurcas was in the counties of Elgin/Moray. Scottish Parish: Rothes (Dundurcas)

Mr Harry Begg
Tumulochi Coldstone
By Aberdeen

Dr. Harry & Mary
May 4th 1826

It is with great pleasure that I now have the agreeable satisfaction to you notice, that we have a letter from Sandy, dated the 5th & 6th of Feb, announcing his safe arrival in Jamaica, upon the 11th of January, after a short passage of 36 days, after they left Falmouth in England x days of which they were becalmed. The passage however had been very dangerous, for it appears that they had meet with a storm or hurricane when all hopes of safety was given up, and they expected every moment to be engulfed in the bottom of the ocean, it pleased Providence to spare them and they got safe without any damage that we had heard of. The letter was some time before it came to my hand as it was addressed to William to whom more than the one half of it was wrote and the other half to me, it is very long and what is to me is wrote a xxx which makes it very difficult to read, I could not be contained it were I to transcribe it in two sheets of paper, he mentions particularly to me not to neglect to write to all his dear brothers and sisters and names you particularly who he regrets still much his sudden departure from this to be at London in time for the vessel prevented him from having the happiness of seeing you at some time if favored by Providence a few years, he hopes to have the pleasure of spending the rest of his time among his dear relations, I have wrote Morris, Mary, Young A Forsyth (possibly Alexander). I shall now give you an unabridged state of some of the letter to Wm and me that you may have a view of how he is situated and has been employed since his arrival till the time he wrote which was scarcely a month.
After a pretty long preamble relating to his leaving this country without having time for an interview of advising with him or other friends and which takes up the first page. He says,

“Everyone here appears to be too regardless of the Sabbath, this is the only day of the seven devoted for pleasure xxx xxx both with white and black. Not such a thing as going to hear a sermon or to look into a Bible. One has the same opportunity of the gospel here, as if at home, if xxx but in looking after the salvation it must be done privately. One will meet with more countenance who will pay respect to (the Lord). This is a prevailing custom among a great many Book-keepers, who are regardless of character over a sufficient evidence why so many are called off to suddenly to appear before the great Tribunal and as the mortality here is certainly great, and we are ever liable to it, but I am credibly informed by Mr. Robertson the gentleman I am under he observes and I plainly begin to think that one may live as comfortably & healthy in Jamaica as anywhere else if not for excessive drinking, staying out at night soon after they lose their health, their constitution broke, take fever and in a few hours illness make their exit.”

Here he returns thanks to Almighty God for his protection in his dangerous passage the particulars of which he mentions some of which is stated above with reflections of what it is to think of death when in safety, but how different when staring you in the face and not knowing the moment when you are to engulfed in the bosom of the deep. As was his case for some time.

“I am happy to State Lines my arrival to this Island on the 11th of Jan. that I have not had the faintest touch of a headache, I enjoy my health since I left home as well as I ever did in my life. The small pain I complained of in my Chest has intensely left me. And I hope in preserving my Morals and asking the assistance of the Almighty that my health will continue.
You could form no idea of this Country. I who have seen it could skeach (sketch) it out but faintly. The only way I have been employed since my arrival is in measuring and setting off fields along with Mr. Robertson. I rank as 2 Book-keeper. Go to 1xx B.K. £go-2 Bookkeeper £80. 3 B.K. £70. Everything is charged very high. The saddle £ x, the bridle £5. Portmanteau £4. I turn out to Muster at Falmouth after being 3 months in the island. My red coat costs £14. Expenses for myself if boy I take Breakfast & diner £1- otherwise for a plate of soup half a dollar. You must be a young man must live pretty low for years. Clothing is a way high. Coat £5. Shoes 3 to 4 dollars.”

Here complains for want of flannel shirts worn near the body to dry up the sweat.

“I perspire much am frequently obliged to change my shirt twice a day but once regular. You feel very chilly & cold in either linen or cotton shirts, you could xxx the very best I put off xxx—xxx as washing cost us nothing.”

The rest of William’s letter being wrote & crossed with red ink is very faint and scarcely legible all I can make out of it is to this effect.
That white people when on business or employed in the Country, their living costs nothing they may call and have B. and dinner at any plantation but when otherwise when they pay, everything is most extravagant. That two of passengers that went out within have more liberty that he has, have a room by themselves but that he resides with Mr. Robertson, the gentleman he is under, who he commends as a young man very much esteemed and respected as any in the country and who has been very attentive upon him and that he looks upon himself as being under great obligations to him and wishes William to address a few lines of thanks to him for his attention in the first letter he writes. He seems also to have much in his power as he never fails to promote such of his Book-keepers as gives him satisfaction. If I can read correct I think Mr. R has about £200 a year besides several profitable xxx.
What Sandy writes to me is rather of a consolary nature referring to the above for xx know that he left me rather low in spirits which indeed still continues altho’ this letter relieves my anxiety very much. I have thus given you an esteem a view as I could of this,
I have been rather weekly for a few days past the writing of these letters has exhausted a little even tho’ the other three were not so full as this. I wrote you about the beginning of this year and mentioned that if I was able I trusted to have the pleasure of seeing you at your house this summer but as I have not been so very fit for traveling altho’ I have reason to be thankful in tolerable health yet begin to fear that I would not bear the fatigue of such a journey. Meantime I wish much upon receipt of this you would write me xx final post and let me hear how Mary the family and all friends are I request you will make offer of my kindest love xx.

I recommend of you all to Almighty God
and am ever Dr . Harry and Mary,

James Forsyth

For your satisfaction I add this Direction (Direction – Bryan Castle, Rio Bueno, Care Mr. Robertson, Trelawny, Jamaica) I hope this long letter will refresh Mary’s spirits. Mary’s compliments to you all. William and family are well. Mrs. Forsyth often enquires about you. Should add much more ---
P.S. Having so room here I may add that Sandy days to me, “that I need send no more Books to him, as there is a handsome Library at Bryan Castle of Divinity History xx as you will meet with many places in Scotland, which he has free access to. A cheese he got from a friend I put here in his Trunk, says
“the cheese I carried xxx is cut and parted in Small xx much valued, merely because it is Scotch kobback, (Appendix2) in again – you would not think how I have been amused since last night by the Negroes, Since last night it is their common practise to sing, dance from --- Satt night to sunrise Sund xx they can be noisome at times that I have been hours before I could sleep. What a contrast, I have not seen a white woman since I left England.”

1831 April

Margaret Begg (Forsyth), Morris Forsyth, James, Lewis Smith, Sandy, Jeany
Coldstone Tarland, Huntly, Broad Street Aberdeen
According to this letter, Harry and Margaret intended to leave Coldstone in April of 1831.
Research Notes:
Harry Begg does not leave for Canada until about April 1831. He is in Scotland.
Dr. is an abbreviation for Dear.
James Forsyth wrote this letter. He included quotations from a letter from Sandy Forsyth who had emigrated to Jamaica.Dundurcas was in the counties of Elgin/Moray. Scottish Parish: Rothes (Dundurcas)

Mrs. Begg

4 April 1831

Dear Margaret

By a letter I had from James lately I am very sorry to learn that you are about to leave this Country. ‚ You yourselves are the best judges in this matter. I hope your information will turn out to be correct. ‚ We would be most glad if you have it in your power to give us a visit before you leave home ‚ If you were to be at Huntly or any way near this I would meet you It has occurred to that you will surely see our Father and if that be the case you might easily come this way I have not as yet sent James watch He wrote me that you was going away in April so if I did not see anywhere else I intended to have met you at Aberdeen If I could find it [at] all convenient ‚ I hope therefore you will give me notice some time previous to your departure. and I will endeavor to meet you at Aberdeen or if I cannot get away the watch will be sent as formerly mentioned to the Care of Mr. Lewis Smith, Bookseller, Broad Street Aberdeen I have not heard from my Father for a considerable time past. ‚ I think Sandy is at present staying with him ‚ We are all well here thank God & hope you enjoy the same Blessing ‚ Jeany is very anxious to see you and I hope you will favour us with a visit while it is in your power ‚ Make offer of our joint respect to Harry & the rest of your family ‚ tell him I have been expecting to hear of his being at Huntly ‚

I remain Dear Margaret
Your affectionate Brother
Morris Forsyth

1831 July

Harry Begg, Margaret Forsyth, James, Jean and John Begg (children)
Parish of Logie Coldstone
Harry is going to leave Scotland.
Research Notes:
James' pledge as a communicant may be recorded in the Coldstone church records in Scotland.

The bearer of this Mr. Harry Begg, being about to quit this Parrish, in which he has been resident for many years along with his wife Margt Forsyth and his family consisting of James Begg their eldest son, grown up, and Jean and John Begg children, with the intention as I understand of becoming settlers in some part of North America; I hereby certify, that for the space of five years during which time, I have had opportunity of knowing him, he has conducted himself in such a manner as to merit my good opinion; that he and his wife have been regular in their attendance in public worship, and religious ordinances; that his son James, was admitted by me as a Communicant at the Lord’s Table, in the year 1827 and that he has always maintained a good moral character; that they now have this Parrish in full Communion with the Church, in that they may, readily be received into Christian Society, and I hereby commend them to the good offices and friendly regard of any Minister of the Church of Scotland to whom congregation they may attach themselves, and under whose pastoral can, they may, in the course of Divine Providence, be placed.

Given at Manse of Logie Coldstone this 20th July 1831.
by Morris Tawse Minister

1831 September

William, Lord Seafield, Hon. Col. Grant, Mr. McInnes, Mr. F., servants, Sandy, Morris
Tumalochy, Coldstone, Badendallach, Abernethy, Lord Seafield’s property at Abernethy, Grantown, Boat of Bridges, Rothes, Dindabeth, Bridge of Nethy, Elgin
Flood of the river Nethy. There was a flood in the area which damaged homes and buildings. James Forsyth makes a record of the height and breadth of the river Spey at the Rock of Sowerdon for “preservation”. Using these measurement the flow volume was calculated. James mentions the great flood of 1768.
Research Notes:
The village of Abernethy is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Newburgh in Perth and Kinross.
Tummel Bridge, a location in Perth and Kinross, Tummel Bridge lies on the River Tummel at the western end of Loch Tummel. "Loch" and Tummel, I presume were combined into the term found in the address below -- Tumulochy.

This letter has a hole in it. What I could not read is indicated by (hole) in the text below.

Mr. Harry Begg

Dundurcas Sep. 30 1831

Dear Harry

Although nothing of particular consequence has occurred since I wrote you last, yet as the school (mails, hole in letter) at Badendallach has happened to call here just now, by whom I believe it was that got the last letter conveyed to you, I take the opportunity to inform you that I have great reason to Bless God, we are all well. William was this way lately from Abernethy the first time since the great Flood we had here. It was out of his power to be here sooner being so closely engaged at home, both repairing his own damage which was great, as well as attending to the repairs of the damage done to Lord Seafield’s property at Abernethy, -- and at the same time being called to the Jury, at the Circuit Court at Inverness he had to attend there, after which he was obliged to return home to meet the Hon. Col. Grant who was at Grantown, upon important business before he could get here to look after the damages done at this place and the Boat of Bridges, he had little time to spare with me, only a short call as he came down, and the same as he went home. Sunday was eight days I went up to Rothes with him in a gig, he staid Sermon then went to Mr. McInnes’s at Dindabeth for the night and went home the next day. I had a notice from him last post that they were all well, and that my good daughter was got over the fright and (hole) she underwent before they got into their house the day of the flood of Nethy. For being both from home that day when they come near the Bridge of Nethy, the road was all overflowed with that Rivelot, and another water that came through the wood, so that they were obliged to turn up the Hill, and when they got into the road again, there was part of it, that they were not 5 minutes off it, when Nethy swept all off. When they came opposite to the House, there was no possibility of getting over the hollow, as Nethy had got down between the Farm steading and the House, so that Mrs. F. had to stay wet and cold in a small house untill the water began to abate a little in the afternoon, when the servants put long ladders over the palling, and help her over, having to go through a considerable depth of water both before they got in and after they got off the temporary passage they had. Nethy was in the Kilthen Nursery & William’s office but the House being a little higher, it got only into the passage. -- I believe I mentioned before that the water had calt and destroyed a great deal of his Farm, but I had a letter from Mrs. F. soon after in which she said very cheerfully that they would have Bread and Wm tells me that he had reserved some Ricks of old corn, which would now be of service to him, and if he got the rest well taken in he would find no deficiency for his family or cattle.
I have been busy for weeks getting (hole -- See research notes above) from the wood beside (hole) up a sort of Ne (hole) in place of those spey sweep off and they an(hole) I had a request from Issac (last name, hole) Elgin to make out a report and send him, for a record to be preserved, of the perpendicular height spey rose to, above her usual level at the Rock of Sowerdon beside me, as also the breadth of the river at that place, in order to calculate the extra quantity of water that passed in a given (time, hole) also how high spey rose above the great flood in the year 1768. This I have accomplished today. There was a stone put into the rock marking the night of Spey in 1768 which was taken away many years ago but after I came here I searched the place, it was in and found it. I shall for curiosity add on the other side the result of my measurements which I intend to send him as soon as I can get a little time to make a report to him.
I am thinking [have been hoping] very long for a letter from Sandy [ref. 1826 letter, Sandy in Jamaica]. I have had no word from him since he wrote Morris except a line that a person here received some months since from an acquaintance there (who said) he was well – compliments to all friends,

May God Bless you all

I am Dr. Mary
Your loving Father
James Forsyth


John Begg (letter writer) James, Charles, Leman Grant, Bengie Tompson, Robert Michie, Thomas Michie, Harry Michie, Margaret, James, Jean, John, George and his wife, George’s daughter Jean
America, Aberdeen, Ballachduie, Mill of Towie
Flood of the river Nethy. There was a flood in the area which damaged homes and buildings. James Forsyth makes a record of the height and breadth of the river Spey at the Rock of Sowerdon for “preservation”. Using these measurements the flow volume was calculated. James mentions the great flood of 1768.
Research Notes:
John has difficulty with spelling. Corrections in parenthesis. This letter had a hole in it. The space left by the hole is shown in the text below as - (hole).

Circular post mark Queenston
Jun 7
U. Can.

Mr. Harry Begg
Coppersmith Township by Sant Thomas
of Southwould County
of Midlesex
Upper Canada

Badenyon April 11th 1833 Glenbucket

Dear Brother & Sister

I received your letter of the 29th of October which gives us great pleasure in hearing of your being settled for once and of your being all in an ordinary state although the distance is far between us in the mean time in the course of a short time we may be nearer each other we are all in good health at present may Father & James and his family and Charles and his family all enjoy the same blissing thank you for it hoping this will find you all in the same I have got no shour bearer (certain letter carrier) to send any of the articles you mentioned as we lay at a distance from the sea for passengers are setting out for America especially the belt you mentioned I spoke to Leman Grant about it as he was going out in the Spring but as I had (hole in letter) an opportunity of being in Aberdeen mayself before he went away I lost the chance I tried Bengie Tompson but he would not promise to make or to give satisfaction I have delied satting (delayed setting) out for some time as may wife is but delicate and may family small she is much afraid for the passage but in the course a short time I hope to give it a fair trial I have heard of James settling for a school and am glad his is likely to suckseed (succeed) and you will perhaps think me carles (careless) for not sending any of the articles you mentioned but I hope you well excuse as I never gave you any reason to doute (doubt) of may will in anything I could do for you. we have had an exelent (excellent) winter but the Spring coming in is more ackward (awkward) there is no seed sown in this place as yet grain low in price, bear 19 stone 18Sh/ob boll, corn 15 stone 12sh/ to 12/6ob boll, meal from 13 sh/ to 14 sh/ g none boll, hay per stone /6 ?, horses are selling well at present owing to the let seson (late season) you will tell George I am clear of Robert Michie in his stead there has been a proges between Robert Michie and Robert Sanderson Thomas Miche and Hary Michie about freighting as Robert Michie had got worse the three (hole)tioner has paid expenses all is settled I am glad to hear of George succeeding so well with his new farm and hopes (hope) he shall have no ocesion (occasion) to now (prevent) his leaving Ballachduie I did not write to George but I hope you see him and tell him I expect to hear from him and from you all as soon as possible sepose I was detained in writing on account of not getting a bearer to send the things I intended I hope by the time this reaches you, you will be better without them with may (my) kindest compliments to you all and the blessings of God which maketh everything on earth be with each and all of you send me word how you are getting on with your trade and how James dowing (is doing) with his school and any thing that may ocure (occur) since you wrote last and what kind of a winter you have had by last and how you are liking the country the reason of my delay is entirely owing to may (my) family not being able to be a help to me as they are of little youse (use) for any kind of work I could not manage a farm without their assistance as I hear servants are dear and scarse (scarce) and of course may be as bad (as bad as his family, I presume) but I hope in the course of a short time if we are spared to give it a fair trial give our kindest compliments to Margaret, to James and Jean and John not forgetting George and his wife and all his family mention George's daughter Jean how she is getting if she is better then (than) when she left Mill of Towie

we remain
Brothers and Sisters yous (yours) Sincerely

John Begg


Thomas Neff Junior, Alexander Warrack, Alexander Duncan, Mr. John Daniel, Dr. William Craigie, Thomas Daniel, Duncan Craigie your cousin from Aberdeen, Captain Duthie, old Matron Downie, John at Badenyon, James Begg Junior Blackhillock, Morris Forsyth at Turriff, James Forbes in Baltimore, George Forbes, Reverend Adam Smith Towie, Mr. McHaidy Deldergie, Mr. Tawse, who dropped down dead in the pulpit, Reverend William Rede in Milltown of Glenbucket, Reverend Mr. Lawblatt minister of Teig, Reverend James Cordiner schoolmaster -- Tartly is minister of Forgue, Minister Scotie, Brody, James Roy, Mr. Cordiner at Gartly,

Letter says Harry has a youngest boy and a daughter Jean and that James was teaching school in Canada.

Name of a ship going to Canada: Molson of Dundee

Turriff A market town with red sandstone buildings in N Aberdeenshire, 11 miles (17.7 km) south-east of Banff, situated between the districts of Buchan and Banff on a hill top overlooking the Burn of Turriff
Speyside The world's greatest whisky making region lies between Loch Ness, the Grampian Mountains and the North Sea.Forgue parish in Aberdeen
Turriff parish in Aberdeen
James Forbes in Baltimore, was both poisoned & murdered by his brother
Research Notes:
George, five of my youngest children at the school of Towie (five children all in the same school in 1834) Charles began Grammar school in August 1834. Charles would be about 14 when this letter was written (Charles was born in 1820)

Mr. Harry Begg
Southwold County of Middlesex
London District, Talbot Street
St. Thomas
Upper Canada

Milltown of Towie 25th June 1834

Dear Brother & Sister

I embrace the opportunity of Thomas Neff Junior or Alexander Warrack Mains of Towie or perhaps Alexander Duncan Fawls who emigrates from this country with the Molson of Dundee for Upper Canada, Neff and Duncan goes out to Mr. John Daniel & Warrack to Dr. William Craigie (appendix3) late of Belnaboth Towie & Mr. Daniel went out to his brother Thomas at Albany, this time last year, Dr. Craigie went only out this year, he sailed from Greenock upon 20th June Current, with his wife & family & the above named three young men goes out with his logage (luggage Scottish) per the Molson, I wrote you in March last year per Duncan Craigie your cousin from Aberdeen who emigrated with the brilliant Captain Duthie Commander & I have no doubt that you will be in possession of it long before this leaves us, I was glad to hear that you were all in good health, although much hurt at your being so faint hearted, In my former letter I endeavored to arouse you & I have little doubt but that you will see it your own advantage by this time, I cannot think that all the value of the concern need make you be much alarmed, I can honestly tell you that I have had much greater difficulties to surmount and never allowed my spirits to be cast down. I told you that I was sorry so far distant from you or else I would do my best to assist you by word and deed, & I will certainly give you some help by way of accommodation, to enable you once to clear up your engagement. But you must write me some time previous so as to enable me to be prepared to lend you some cash as I have none past me in the meantime, and with regard to my Father giving you some assistance, I can assure you that by his present appearance he has every probability of living to require his all; between himself and old Matron Downie, you are well aware that they are living purely with the intention of spending what was formerly won – adopting no plan whatever to gain one shilling more. I expect by the time that this reaches you, you will be reaping a rich harvest, and indeed there is every appearance that our will be very early this year, I suppose that if the weather continues favorable we will be able to commence harvest about the same time that we did so in 1828 – my corn is in full ear, & pretty fair crop of straw, the hay crop is very deficient this year, & is likely to be dear, I spoke to some people who require a good deal of hay for their coach horses – they seem to think that this will be a ruinous season they suppose hay will cost 1/3 to 1/6 [one and three to one and six] per stone & oats 16/” to 20/” per boll, farm produce for three years was unprecedently low

be able in course to inform you – John at Badenyon has not settled with his farm and if he does not get a good bargain you have every chance to have him for a neighbour, James Begg Junior Blackhillock speaks of emigrating next year a great number of your old acquaintances is on the eve of going across the Atlantic, all your friends in Glenbucket, Huntly, Spey Side are in good health, Morris Forsyth at Turriff is very anxious of getting a letter from and indeed so are all your friends in the quarter but I told them that it was not a mere trifle to keep up a correspondence on a large scale, as every letter costs you nearly one dollar (unreadable), & as you have not been long in the place you could not give them a very brief account of the country, that I had no doubt that your attachment to one and all of them was as strong as ever & however soon as you had it in your power you would write them individually – the real news in this quarter are not good, James Forbes in Baltimore , was both poisoned & murdered by his brother George, (Appendix 4 ) the enmity arose about a servant lass which was about their house It is reported that both were attached towards her & of course it ended in the death of the eldest, An inquest was held & George did not appear, the Officers have been searching after him but he has as yet eluded them, the Reverend Adam Smith Towie has lost his wife – Mr. McHaidy Deldergie is now minister of Coldstone in room of the deceased Mr. Tawse, who dropped down dead in the pulpit about Christmas last, Reverend William Rede in Milltown of Glenbucket is now minister of Auchendoir, Reverend Mr. Lawblatt is minister of Teig & another reverend Sir (which I do not recollect his name) is appointed minister Lough, the Reverend James Cordiner schoolmaster -- Tartly is minister of Forgue – Minister Scotie Glenbucket (Appendix 5) was to be transferred but the Brody concern put a stop to that, & Scot’s son in law nearly murdered James Roy in the spring for to obtain part of the Tail Siller, he has his trial to stand before the high court of justiciary in September or October, he is one of the four in Baltimore – that family is rapidly drawing to a close, our winter was uncommonly fine hardly any snow & the spring very dry &until lately we felt very much the want of rain, however we have got a very seasonable relief & corn & grass is making great progress, corn and meal rose in a few weeks to 2 of per boll at Aberdeen but since the rain commenced it is rather cheaper, we have a very fine appearance of a crop & should the same favorable weather continue we will get harvest by the first of August, Cattle is still in good demand & has been the only commodity that has paid us this three years passed, horses a high price & sheep is considerably dearer this year nor last, grass is uncommonly dear rented this year & cattle was put on the grass at high prices, therefore it is much doubted that is will be a bad year for grasiers, I have no grass this year & I consider myself happily delivered. There is five of my youngest children at the school of Towie – Charles has been at home this few weeks past but I intend sending him to Aberdeen in the first of August in the Grammar school & if possible to the college, He completed last year at the Old Town College and gained a five pound burse, but I have no sanguine hopes of his success as it is a mere chance to come in for a burse, the slightest mistake will cut one out of it, There was none fewer nor 116 competitors last year, a very great number of full grown lads and also a number who had been two years at college. So that a young boy of Charles age had little chance, the professors advised me to send him to Gartly to Mr. Cordiner for another year, as he was too young being only twelve years of age which I rather regret and will more so if he is not successful this year, I was much disappointed that you did say what James was doing, if he still was schoolmaster or it he was otherwise employed also what way you are appointed for schools & clergy, we could give you a good supply from this country and would never miss them, say what your youngest boy is doing & if Jean is grown pretty stout – also all the information that you can gather, say what sort of corn, would best suit you, or beer, & seeds of every description, or if you have tried any turnip as yet, and how many cattle you have what quantity you have under crop this year & its returns – I am inclined to think some of our early bato yeilds as they would arrive pretty early at maturity, if you thought (letter chopped off) send you some for trial, a bushel of each kind with a few packets I wonder how you can get made out with out them for growing and especially your work oxen – Dr. Craigie has taken out a runny oats and some rye grass seed, I would exchange seeds (letter chopped off) upon a very little suit as I think the change would prove useful – I am sure your white would do well with me if it were not damaged (letter chopped off) the seeds, Dr. Craigie intends stopping near Hamilton with Mr. Gale (letter chopped off) winter, now you could write him or Mr. Gale, and by the means you might form an easier mode of communication to this country(letter chopped off) parcels going out from this country would be addressed (letter chopped off) their agents at Montreal or Toronto, York & -- I am astonished at the news that James has maintained & I will hardly have it in my power to write him early nor [than] the 1st of August with some more people (letter chopped off) out, I will expect a letter from you & him immediately upon receipt of this, I should like a few weeks of an interval to allow each of you (letter chopped off) to bring something new – mention what number of miles is better, Hamilton, Toronto or York, Montreal & or if it is upon the Lake (letter chopped off) Erie that Talbot Street is, its latitude and longitude (letter chopped off) not a man of the country has mentioned if you are still (letter chopped off) the rupture that you complained of before you left Scotland. (letter chopped off) have contrived to make a belt for yourself, I presume that wood will be rather (letter chopped off) chop of the wood upon your farm since you bought in & how long you are in hoping an acre & if you are upon the side of the river or if you have any spring water, say if you get good sport in fishing or fowling or if your trade be succeeding better nor it was when you first went out, or if you have got a supply of copper from the United States, I have not heard from you if make your own malt and brew your own bear, spirits &c [and etc.] – I shall now conclude joining my wife and family best compliments to you all & sincerely wishing you all prosperity & as this leaves us all in good health so I trust, so we trust in God that it will find all in the same
I remain

Dear Brother & Sister
Yours affectionately

Charles Begg July 14th 1834

Dear Brother
Since I wrote the foregoing there has been a considerable lapse of time, the ship which this is going with has lawing detained past the usual time that she went away last year, the news here is that fine weather continues along with frequent showers & very warm – the crope has made rapid progress, there is some fields of barley out & the near Dalkeith was cut upon the 27th June & several more ased quite ready – their is no barley ready in our neighbourhood but plenty of it nearly full – all kinds of grain crops, Hay, pasture has made an almost unprecedented rapid improvement, we are very busy at present, Hay, Fire, Lime & Turnip is pressing us at the same time & before we get them finished our corn will be ready for cutting – I am going to Huntly to Peter fair upon Wednesday when I shall acquaint Robert Forsyth & and your sister in law that I have wrote you & I would not wonder but you may receive a letter per the same opportunity from them & Morris at Turriff – There is more emigrating from this country this year nor has been in any three former years, we are all in expectation of a very rich early crope & were we to receive a good price this season a very considerable relief would be felt all over the country & Your friends in Glenbucket\ are all well, The Factor & a Planer is in it at present but when their farms may be let I know not, I will be able to acquaint you in my next, John is likely to settle with his place – write me upon receipt of this & mention particularly how your are in you bodily health & if all of you has enjoyed good health since you have been in Canada – My Father, wife & all my family cordially join our kindest & most affectionate good wishes to you all remaining, Dear Brother & Sister
Yours ever truly
Charles Begg

Sent per Alex Warrack
Mains of Towie


The youngest Ratchel and Rob’t, Andrew Fawse from Haughton, Elizabeth Walker, James Walker of Towie, James Begg, John Begg at Badenyon, James at Blackhillock, Mr. Beattie Schoolmaster, Frank, Charles Begg, Mr. Logan, Mr. Trigger, George
Research Notes
Text I could not interpret is indicated by XXX.

13th July 1835

Mr. Harry Begg
County of Middlesex Tounship of
Southwald London District
by – St. Thomas
Upper Canada

Circular post stamp: Ancaster 15th Sept ’35
Bottom left -- A Towie (is scribbled over)

Milltown of Towie 13th July 1835

My Dear Bother & Sister

It is always with pleasure that I endeavour to communicate with you; and convey the pleasing information to us, and I hope so to you, that we are all well, and in good health at present we thank God for that inestimable blessing – xxx xxx say but we have had considerable trouble amongst our family but thank God they are all recovered “back” in October last year, had the Small Pox in Aberdeen, and very short after that was seised with Measles next, six more of the children at home was also taken ill of the Measles all at the time and indeed the “dress” of them are hardly removed, the “choo” Younest Ratchel Y Rob’t has not taken them as yet, and we are inclined to think may not be infected at this time, I wrote you informing you that Charles Gained a Merit Burse of £14 – 10 p at the competition of Kings College (King's College in Old Aberdeen) last year - He has not told me what course of study he inclines to follow but from his natural appearance I can conceive it will be Dr. of some sort or other – my father and all your Brothers & Sisters (here) in Glenbucket and otherwise are all quite will, I will be in Huntly upon Wednesday first at Peter fair being the 16th Current – the weather is not very favourable for the nourishing and bringing the crop to early maturity, besides that we have had frequent very severe fronts which has in some places completely ruined the potato crops, all other kinds of crops will be at least three weeks later this year nor they were for the last preceding three years and in all appearance short of fodder it will be very thick as the seed was excellent – cattle has not paid will they left nothing for winter keep, and grass has taken very dear and I have not doubt but will prove a bad concern there is no appearance of land Rent declining every farm that the lease fall (into) is let at a considerable advance at least 15 to 20 per cent yearly and in some xxx (Kind) of crops had paid extremely well Oats per Tn Brought in an average 23/C to 24/C Common chetter 28/ to 30/ white 38/ to 40/ per Tn Sheep fair remunerating prices, wedders from 10 to 12 to per leg, ewes Good fat 16/ to 18/ and fat lambs 12/ to 15/ each, Beef Stot or Quey (Supposed) 6/ to 7/ per Stone Sinking Offats, Horses Good prices. I have been frequently urged for a fine Young Mare fit for carriage L3 by pounds, only three Years Old. There is a great number of people emigrating to America from this Quarter and every Year is creating more converts, more nor upwards of Thirty five individuals has emigrated from Glenbucket & Towie this year This is sent with one of my neighbours Andrew Fawse from Haughton he is married to Elizabeth Walker daughter to James Walker Towie, who is to take it up as far as Hamilton and to forward to you by post, -- I am surprised that you have not wrote me to say how you are keeping your health and also how the world is using you and what proportion of your farm you have cleared and how much you have to pay of it, or if you are doing anything at your trade. Tell James that I am very much obliged to him for is kind attention is sending me so many News Papers – write me and say if he is still at St. Thomas or if he is doing business on his own account – or tell him to do so himself – John Begg at Badenyon
has renewed his lease for nine years and James at Blackhillock has taken his for nineteen. They are still divided on the score of immigration one bad season would send them all scampering over to your land of promise. I saw Mr. Beattie Schoolmaster & Frank with another young Student called upon us to see Chas and is much surprised that you have never wrote them they would not grudge exps. Also Mr. Logan & Mr. Trigger and a hord of your old acquaintances join loud in Scolding you for remissness. I candidly told them that it was no easy matter to keep up a separate correspondence with so many and I myself was loud in complaint but when I weighed all the difficulties which you had to contend with, I readily forgive you and trusted that in course you would make all up but that I would tell them of your welfare occasionally

I am still inclined to emigrate myself but I would like my family to be better able to assist in clearing a lot As I consider it would be no easy matter to pay for all by hiring; at the rate of wages which I am told is paid in your Quarter seeing how far you are out of the village and if you are well accommodated for house or if you are near a stream or water so that you could get a mill erected – as I am to write a few lines to James next week I must drop as I intend xxx a Short to George and as you never acquaint me to let me know how many of my letters reaches you I am at a loss to know if you receive them you aught to be in possession of three from me since I had a scrape from any of you, unless an occasional newspaper which I take for granted that you are all well make offer in our undivided compts in which all the children cordially joins, my Father also and all you othe Friends in desires to be kindly remembered wishing you all xxx

I remain

My Dear Brother & Sister
Yours Ever Affectionately

Chas Begg

PS. I wrote some time ago to say that if you could xxx how some seed oats could be convied you xxx send some bushels if it meets your approval write to point out the way


Frank, James , Kellases , Simpsons of Longhough, Mrs Beattie, The weaver, Mossteuvn of Braes, Jeanie & Johnie (Harry Begg’s children).
School of Coldstone, Mill of Towie, Longhough, Longhough, Aberdeen, Canada, Mossteuvn of Braes, Croman.
Frank Beattie has turned 19 and has completed college.
James sends Francis St. Thomas newspapers.
Research Notes
Francis tell us the James was his student. Therefore, James was likely Harry’s son, but he could have been a younger brother after all Francis says indicates that he has been teaching for more than 20 years.

Mr. Harry Begg – Southwald
County of Middlesex
London District
Talbot Street
St. Thomas
Upper Canada

School of Coldstone
10th April 1836

Dear Sir

Nearly five years have elapsed since you ceased to be one of my nearest and most intimate neighbours – I hope these years have passed over in such a manner as not to make you on the whole having crossed the Atlantic and that though you may have undergone that these are in a great degree surmounted and that you have the pleasant prospect of being more comfortable for the time to come – I have never heard from you but have frequently heard concerning you from your Brother at Mill of Towie, whom I have occasionally seen – I have frequently received St. Thomas’ News Papers and was in doubt that they were sent and addressed to me by my old acquaintance and favorite Pupil James Begg – A repetition of one of them, now and then would still be acceptable to assure me that I was not altogether forgotten by some of the settlers on the Banks of Lake Erie, and with whom I was once so intimately acquainted – Frank last year wrote James by the Kellases who went out to America but as I understand that they stopped at Cape Breton, I am afraid they have neglected to forward the Letter – I now find that the Simpsons of Longhough are to sale from Aberdeen to Canada in a day or two and I cannot resist embracing such a favourable opportunity of addressing a few lines to you as I understand they are to be located closely by you – We remain much in the same state as
when you left though doubtless older and older like, and I think I have got clear of as many hairs from off my head as you have done – You will recollect we used to compare – On the whole, my health has been pretty good & Mrs Beattie has not had any serious illness, though she has been frequently frail and never is very strong – her father is still alive cheerful and happy and able to keep everything neat and tidy about the place – Frank now within a little of completing his 19th year, is become a gay stout chiel five feet ten without the shoes, and completed his courses at College a fortnight ago – He lodged last winter in the same house with your nephew from Mill of Towie, who, I understand, is a fine smart Boy – Frank has no view of any immediate employment – I should be well pleased to have him appointed assistant and successor to myself of which I think there is some chance of by being able to accomplish, for my situation with the Dick Bequest and my having got my salary raised again last year, is now worth about £90 per annum – Half a score of years ago I would have been well pleased had I been able to make half as much – The weaver left the NewKirk at last WhitSunday and is living alone in a house at Mossteuvn of Braes – He has a trifle that will keep him for some years – It will be very unnecessary for me to give you the news concerning the people of this neighbourhood -- the Simpsons will be able to state to you every alteration that has taken place since you left Croman – Had that not been the case I should have given you a great deal of news – I would really take it kind if you would write me a long letter and let me know how you are coming on, or cause James do so – I was glad to hear that he was profitably employed -- I hope Mrs Begg and you both enjoy good health and comfort and that Jeanie & Johnie are both fine thriving creatures and that they have not entirely forgotten their first teacher -- Mrs B. her Father, and Frank, beg to be most kindly remembered to you & yours along with,My Dear Sir,

Your sincere friend

Francis Beattie


Mr. Logan, James Robroy, James McGreggor & Honest MacPherson, Mrs. Beattie, Frank, William the oldest boy, Old Matron B. Downie, Alxe [someone who is always with Morris Forsyth], George of Blackhillock, my work friend James, Mr. John Master [blotch] Bookeller, Walker, Thomas Ritchie the Commander of the Circasian.
Badenyon, Tilcharn [Gilcharn], Grampains, Murray Shire, Banf [he spells it with one f] , Towie Crowmar & Kildy, Huntly, Abernethy, Toronto, New York
Parish of Glenbuchat (later Glenbucket), Aberdeenshire.

Mr. Harry Begg
Southwold Talbot Street
County of Middlesex
St. Thomas
Upper Canada

Milltown of Towie 6th June 1837

Dear Brother & Sister

I am surprised that you have not wrote me before now, to say the least, I always recon to get a letter once a year, but years have rolled on, and only two short letters since you left Scotland has come to my hand, although we are at a very great distance indeed from each other yet the facility of communicating is left open, and there-ualy cannot exist a more agreeable mode of sympathizing and encouraging each other in difficulties or prosperity than to [large ink blot covers text] our wants or wishes, assisting or contributing to each other’s present [blot] difficulties, in a temporal manner, may be out of our power [at] present but give vent to a friend even unburdens the mind and fits us for a war of difficulties, I am only afraid of you health and the injury you got before you left Scotland had prevented your own bodily exertions, all other obstacles, your perseverance and industry, will ultimately overcome, and should it please God to continue your health a few years will place you beyond the reach of want and dependence, I sincerely that my sister and young friends has had a stock of good health, such of them as most depends upon you, James, may be said to have ceased being a dependent, long, long, ago and indeed he, from all that I can understand, has contributed mightily towards your comfort and assistance, God grant that he may live long to be a credit to you and an honour to the Name – I have so much today upon many things, since we parted at Abdn but as a great deal of them would be uninteresting I shall not confine myself chiefly to the local circumstances of the old country and your favourite friends which you left behind, none has a greater claim than Mr. Logan, James Robroy, James McGreggor & Honest MacPherson all and every are unremitting about your welfare and although you may not take time to write to each, you ought to at least devote a column to each. Others, I may say, Mr. Beattie and his good wife and Frank all which is particularly zealous about your welfare – Winter here, at this date has hardly left us, I was at Badenyon upon Sunday last, being the 4th June and the Tilcharn [Gilcharn] had wreath of snow in some places 10 to 14 feet deep and if the weather continue as cold and stormy will continue tenants of the Grampains [Grampians] all the year round, vegetation has made little if any progress as yet grass to [for] cattle, is scarcer this year, nor [than] it has been for 20 years past and as for winter keep (kept) fully as scarce as it was in 1826 Grain has not come to be as dear as we have seen it. [Charles seems to be transitioning from commas to periods in punctuation] nor is it expected to do so. Oats p Tn 28 to 30f -- best Beer 32f to 35f p. Tn of 52tn p. Bushel, oats and Tn a fodder 45f – per Tn Beer [Charles uses “bear” as the spelling] 40f to 42f Tn in Murray Shire and Banf Do 50f to 60f per Tn the Glens or Highlands, no feed (seed) and what meal they had bad – Towie Crowmar. & Kildy downward a fair crop and in some instances and an average one but in general light – I have sown a greater breadth of land this year nor [than] I did last year but I have not got clear of half the beasts that I intended to sell, consequently I will be miserable for grass, [blotch] over in Canada with the whole bundle of my [blotch] circumstances as I am with a grope of little children and unable to do anything to assist me must have patience a little longer. [Perhaps he is talking about reasons he cannot go to Canada at present.]
All your friends in Glenbucket are well, my Father has not been very well this spring, but has got better, Old Matron B. Downie is quite well, duce take her, -- your friend at Huntly is only midling in health and these hard times is making matters worse. William the oldest boy has gone abroad as clerk to an extensive company of merchants who has an establishment abroad, but at present I cannot give it the right name – your Father in Law is still alive and well, Alxe [not sure what this is] is always with him and Mr. New [can’t read this] at Abernethy is in good health and family, as I had a man lately from that quarter -- -- All our field work is nearly finished, Sowing of Turnip is near completed, and need we had, for our hay was all done, and nothing to give the horses but corn and some grass – with little appearance of a speedy relief – It may not be out of place to say that George of Blackhillock is not likely to become a Canadian Farmer, There is, as it always was, an unsettled combination of circumstances, constantly haunting and gauding them on, that perhaps it may involve themselves and others into very disagreeable consequences [ah, ha, secrets, scandals perhaps], Altho, at present not to be acknowledged, but when the time comes I will let you know all – I have only my own opinion for saying so as yet, however I have seldom been wrong in conjecture especially when past and present circumstances are taken into consideration – I would indulge myself in giving you a more circumstantial account of our local affairs, but as I have to write to my worthy [looks like worlh] friend James, I must content myself with only a few more at present – as I intend to write even in the end of [blotch] with a Mr John Master [blotch] Bookeller Aberdeen who is going out to Toronto with his wife and family and I may add a large assortment of stationery readymade cloths &c [means and etcetera] But, this is sent per our Neighbour Walker at the head of my land who is going away upon Monday morning to sail in the Circasian. Thomas Ritchie Commdr for New York – Therefore I shall only add that all your old friends here is unchanged and each and every one more anxious to hear of your welfare nor a nother – my Father is anxious to convey his best wishes, my wife and Family all join and as this leaves us all well I sincerely trust the same will find you all so
Mean time I am

Dear Brother
Yours ever

Charles Begg

1838, May 20

James (Charles’ brother) has two sons in Aberdeen, Alexander and William. Alexander is on his own account and William is with him, William Strachan, Dawson
Aberdeen, Bandenyon, Blackhillock, Huntly, Spey side, Cromar, Deeside, “Via New York”, village of Niagara A village in the Cromar district of Aberdeenshire, Tarland is situated on the Tarland Burn, 5 miles (8 km) north-west of Aboyne.
Events 1837/1838:
Further considerable Snowfall across Scotland. However a late start to the winter, with as late as the 6th January, the weather reported as mild with farmers well on with the work. Hard Frosts & Snow however then became a feature of the winter/early spring, with further notes of disrupted mails, hardship for people and livestock.
See Weather (Appendix 6)
Research Notes
Charles mentions selling grass parks and William's home made guns. He may be an auctioneer.
Charles tells us that his father is 84 years 5 months old when this was written. Therefore, James Begg was born in December 1753 or January 1754. When James Begg was 15, Captain Cook set sail on the first of his three famous voyages, in 1768.
Charles considers 2 pounds per month to be a good wage for a young man. Dawson a fellow in the machinery line makes that wage.

Charles says he wrote two letters in 1837 so do I have them?

Mr. Harry Begg
Township of Middlesex
St. Thomas, London Dist.
Upper Canada

Milltown of Towie 20th May 1838

Dear Brother

Should these few lines reach you I would request that you would immediately answer the same having wrote twice last year and never received on single scrape from none of you, I am anxious under considerable anxiety with regard to the cause of your silence, especially at the present crisis when all Europe seems to turn their attention unto the late struggles which has lately distracted the Two Provinces, but I would fondly hope that better days and more peaceable will be right at hand. And that, whatever grievances may have crept into the counsels of the country, and management of your affairs, redress will be in accordance with the present state of the colonies, which will give life and energy to you all. And as the subject matter to found this constitution will be taken from among yourselves. I hope that you will choose such as has the good of the country entirely at heart and none of that fire brand sort of fellows which is generally forward on every occasion but men of strict probity, a clear head, and sound understanding – who will have the common good of the country alike at heart – I sincerely trust that none of you have taken any other interference than that of defending your persons and property and assisting to the protection of others, which ought to be equally dear to friends and neighbours . – There has been a great many alterations taken place in this country since you left it and every year adds something new to furnish you a history of but one year would be more nor my narrow space will admit. but to tell you a fiew [Charles spells few this way in other letters also] may not be improper – 1837 was a year of hardship and difficulty to some and also propitious to others to others. The upper part of the district was more or less damaged with frost, in the early part of the season in Towie little or any damage was sustained, The summer season however was very disagreeable, but the cops was all pretty well secured, prices per Tn 18/ to 25/ for oats, beer 23/ to 27/ meal per sack of 280 tn 32/ to 36/ sack, fodder dear 12/6 to 16/ per Tn, straw – Winter was unusually long and late, we had no snow of consequence until the last day of Christmas when a serious storm commenced which lasted fifteen weeks without one single fresh day, the average depth would have been fully 3 feet g h to four feet and where it drifted some wreaths several hundred feet deep, While writing this opposite my own window I can see several wreaths of snow, a good number of people lost their lives. Adam Hay was one of the sufferers -- sowing commenced about the 16th and 24th April all the oats & bear was completed with seeds &c [and etcetera] the first week of May on my farm and would have been done earlier had not a second storm come on which put a period to field operations for more nor eight or ten days, All our potatoes are planted and the turnip land preparing, but I have seldom seen the grass so far back, I am going to Mains of Brux today, to take charge of the sale of the grass parks there, and is almost resoved to become a purchaser, I have taken a grass place for my young cattle in Curgarff by O-duchoy, but as I have sold none. And as I am overstocked I must do what I could have gladly avoided: making money to others, but I can see no other alternative – cattle and grain markets are all on the advance, and I may say that in general trade is healthy. and should a favourable summer follow I have seen worse prospects. Our local banks has all the appearance of contributing much towards the general good, as they are all established upon the most liberal and best digested plans, which past & present circumstance has disclosed & the Old Aberdeen Bank was about ten days ago robbed of upwards of £15,000 sterling besides a great number of checks, no trace of the robbers has at present been discovered, although the most active steps has been taken to discover them & a reward of Five Hundred guineas has been offered – your friends in Towie are all well, my Father has been rather bad with sore eyes, but the general state of his health has been good for his age, say upwards of 84 & five M/ds.

My own family is all well, Charles has completed his education and has as yet got no situation. I have caused him to write to James and hear his opinion – the people of Bandenyon & Blackhillock is all well, Two of James sons is in Aberdeen. Bakers & Alexander on his own account --& William with him – Your friends in Huntly and Speyside are all well. and also in Cromar and Deeside – This is wrote to go with William Strachan “Via New York” who goes to the village of Niagara along with an Uncle of his wife’s. Dawson; who had been out there some time and returned and takes a young wife with him. He is in the machinery line of business, and had done some good, he has upward of two pounds per M/d with power to take a few good hands with him. Williams is a very ingenious fellow, he indeed is superior to most, and inferior to none for work and ingenuity he takes out some fine guns of his own making stock lock and barrel of the first rate descriptions, I attended (torn) and sold off his stock of goods, and am happy to say that he has something to take out with him say £50 – or upwards besides a good deal of valuable articles -- as this will in all probability be sent forward as early as he reaches New York. I will expect that you will write us all the history of your late troubles and how you are getting on, in your farming and trade &c, how your wife and family is, also is also if you are liking the country better – A number of your friends is slipping (shipping?) off but none nearer nor three or four degrees and for that an increase is upon the ascendancy, with myself and others – As I have another scrawl to write to George and little time I will conclude by sincerely trusting that his will find you all well while it leaves us also,

Yours Ever Affectionately

Charles Begg

1838, May 21

Captain Gordon, George Begg, Adam Hay, the Sherrif, Harry and James, Peter, Sir A. Leith, Wm Strachan.
Correct for May 21
Corgarff, Buchan, Glenlivat, Aberdeen, Marischal College, Badenyon, Blackhillock, America, Glenbucket, Kindyside, Beltar, Sir A. Leith, Towie, New Biggin, Old Morlick, Van Dieman's Land, Canada, Wm Stracham, NetherColquhoich, the village of Niagara.
Research Notes
Charles would have been 18 when he wrote this letter.
Consumption: tuberculosis of the lungs

For/ Mr. James Begg
St Thomas County of
Middlesex via London
Upper Canada

21st May 1838

Milltown of Towie 21st 1838

I am happy to inform you that I have now finished my studies at College, and I am anxious like many more to get some doing for myself. I think I would like to be a schoolmaster or clerk or anything of that kind, that might happen, but I would not be a parson nor a petty fogging lawyer. I think a doctor a good business abroad but a very bad one at home, few of them, however keep their health abroad or endure long in this cold climate when they return. I have a strong desire to go to your place of refuge provided you could inform me of any situation in the same line as your own, or a school master anywhere there. The situation with you would not be so difficult to be procured with you as here. The spring work here is nearly over for a season, but owing to the severe winter and the great fall of snow it has been much later than usual. A very short time go the people about the head of Corgarff (Corgarff Aberdeenshire) had only begun the ploughing, and many of them have no expectations of meal in their crop. The weather all along has been very unfavorable for growth in anything and if it continues so much longer there will be a scarcity of meal for the cattle. The winter was unusually severe and continued without intermission for nearly 15 weeks. The prices of Grain are as follows – Oats per quarter 18/ to 25/. Beer per quarter, of 52lbs per bushel 22/ to 27/ meal 32/ to 38/ per sack of 28o lbs – Cattle, horses, sheep xx are in good demand according to quality. Sheep which had been sent for pasture during the winter down to the coast side nd down to Buchan were a great deal worse off than those which were kept at home as the storm blew from that direction about Glenlivet there was scarcely any snow where about Aberdeen and thereabouts, the snow as immensely deep. There is a new Marischal College building in Aberdeen at the back of the old one, the foundation stone of which was laid last Autumn; there are also a great many other splendid buildings erected and in progress. During last year there was a new Banking company established in Aberdeen, under the name of the North of Scotland Banking Company, where I had some expectations of getting in as a clerk, but whether I will be successful or not time will determine. In the course of last year also there was a great fuss made about the election of a whig-radical member, instead of Captain Gordon, but it came too late, for the Captain was returned with a majority of above 300. My uncles in Badenyon and Blackhillock with their families are well. George Begg has given over thinking about America now, he has been looking at several farms in this quarter. In Glenbucket in the time of the storm Adam Hay who lived in the (Uyper)town was lost a short distance from his own house and lay for days before he was found; after he was found a rumour was spread that he had not got fair play, and the Sherriff was called out to examine into it, but found no evidence of any thing of the kind. Two of the family of Tollafraik in Kindyside, Harry and James have now died in consumption and the youngest daughter is fast following, (Jane or Sam) died not long ago at the (piece torn from letter next to seal) Harry about two years ago. The good folks of Beltar (torn) well, Peter I was hearing had been out as a volunt (torn) more from the same quarter. My Grandfather is a (torn) and is much plagued with his right arm, which (torn) the elbow, he is very anxious to hear about you, (torn) tell you that he wonders much how you have (torn) so long in writing and is much afraid on account of this war which is raging among you. – There is not nearly so much word about going to America as there was some time ago, not withstanding the dear rent paid for the land. Two of Sir A. Leith's (farms) in Towie New Biggin and Old Morlick have given at this setting a good deal more than double the former rent. The free passages granted to emigrants had little effect on people here about. Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania: Separated from New South Wales as an independent colony in 1823) and not Canada as former is now the goal. This war with you has deterred many half resolved emigrants to your quarter; this letter, however is sent with Wm Stracham, a cousin of my father's, who lived at NetherColquhoich, and is mostly 'a Jack of all Trades', the village of Niagara is his destination. It would give us all a great pleasure to receive a letter from you and get an account of some of the transactions of the war wh- was raging in your quarter. All here are in good health and wish this may find you and all friends the same and uninjured by the turbulent among you.

I ever am Yours truly,

Chas. Begg Jnr

P.S. It would give all great pleasure to see you in Scotland and hear from you everything about Canada – Mother Father and the rest join me in kindest compliments to yourself and all friends. CB.


Harry Begg, Philander Colby.
Correct for 1839
Southwold in the County of Middlesex district of London and Province of Upper Canada, Rear of Lot No. 34 north of Talbot Road East containing be a measurement 26 acres.
Research Notes
Contract has a three year term. Farm of 26 acres has a house, shop and buildings. Rent is 10 pounds a year except in the first year Harry was to pay 6 pounds 5 shillings (provincial currency) if he cleared and fenced 6 acres. This contract does not bear any signatures.

This indenture made the third day of October in the year of our Lord

Made in Southwold in the County of Middlesex district of London and Province of Upper Canada by and between Harry Begg of Southwold aforesaid Coppersmith and Province aforesaid, Gun Smith of the other part. Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the rents, covenants, conditions and agreements hereinafter reserved and administrators and assigns one or ought to be paid, done and performed, he the said Harry Beth hath demised, leased, set, and to farm let, and by these presents doth demised lease, set and to farm let, unto the said Philander Colby, his executors and administrators all that parcel or tract of land cleared on the rear of Lot No. 34 north of Talbot Road East containing be a measurement 26 acres be the same more or less together with the log dwelling ­ hou house, the log building used as a workshop and the privilege of planting out any number of apple trees from the Nursery in any part of the orchard.

To have and to hold the said parcel or tract of land, dwelling -- house, buildings and premises herby demised unto the said Philander Colby, his executors, administrators and assign from the day of the date of these presents, for and during, and until the full end and term of three years from thence next ensuing, and fully to be complete and ended, yielding and paying therefore yearly as follows, for the first year the sum of six pounds and five shillings provincial currency besides chopping and clearing six acres new land and huting a good and sufficient fence around it, otherwise if the aforesaid six acres are not cleared and fenced then first years rent will be ten pounds provincial currency to be paid on the first day of October 1840 and to pay during the remainder of the term three years yearly, the yearly rent or sum of ten pounds currency to be paid on the first day of October 1841 and ten pounds currency to be paid on the first day of Oct. 1842 without any deduction or abatement thereout, for or upon any account or pretense whatsoever. c the said Colby having liberty to take timber for rails off the woodland part of said rear lot No. 34 for the fencing of said six acres and repairing the other fences on said lot and of cutting beach or other timber not fit for rails or other useful purposes for fire wood for his own use where the said Harry Begg may give him liberty provided always nevertheless that if it shall happen that the said yearly rent hereby reserved, or any part thereof, shall be behind and unpaid for the space of twenty-one days next over or after either of the said days hereinbefore mentioned, and appointed for payment of the same, (being lawfully demanded) or if the said T. Colby, the executors, or administrators, shall assign over, underlet, or otherwise depart with whatsoever, without the consent of the said Harry Begg, his heirs or assigns, first had and obtained in writing under his or their hands, for that purpose; then and in either of the said cases, it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Harry Begg, his heirs, or assigns, to re-enter and the same to have again, retain, repossess and enjoy, as in his and their first and former estate, or estates, any thing herein contained to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding.

And the said T. Colby doth hereby for himself, his heirs, executors, assigns, covenant, promise and agree to and wish the said Harry Begg his heirs, executors, assigns, (that is to say) that he the said P. Colby, his heirs, executors, assigns, shall and will well and truly pay or cause to be paid, unto the said Harry Begg his heirs, executors, assigns, the said yearly rent of £10 yearly payment, on or at the days or time and in the manner hereinbefore mentioned and appointed for payment thereof.

And also that he the said P. Colby, his heirs, executors, assigns, shall and will at his and their costs and charges, will and sufficiently repair and keep repaired the said dwelling – house, buildings and fences now erected, or which shall any anytime or times hereafter during the said term be erected upon the said demised premises and further, that he the said P. Colby his heirs, executors, assigns, shall and will be at all time during the said terms, cultivate and farm such part or parts of the said land and premises as now are or shall hereafter be brought into cultivation during the said term in a proper husband like manner and to surrender and yield quiet and peaceable possession of the same to the said Harry Begg or his assigns at the termination of the period aforesaid, and to pay all taxes and assessments on the premises leased.

In witness whereof the parties have hereupon to set their hand and seal this day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.


Betty Downie, Blackhillock, George, John, Robert Forsyth, Morris, Mrs. Beattie, Frank.
Blackhillock ( Ed. Blackhillock is a farm in Glenbuchat) was in Fyvie. A village on the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire, Fyvie is situated 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Turriff.
Research Notes
James would have been 30 when this letter was written to him.

Ampersand is used a lot by the authors of the letters. The & is used for "and" but in places stands for "and also" or "etcetera"

Written in 1912
"Texas fever is also commonly known as Spanish fever, Splenetic, or Murraine fever. It is a specific fever communicated by cattle which have recently been moved northward from the infected district, or which is contracted by cattle taken into the infected district from other parts of the world."

MURRAIN (A DISEASE OF LIVESTOCK) A plague of Egypt - Ex 9:3,6; Ps 78:50 Texas Fever is caused by an organism which lives within a red-blood corpuscle and breaks them up. It is therefore simply a blood disease.

According to Robert Charles Begg who e-mails me Charles' father was James Begg, and his mother was Rachael Ried

This Letter Is Not Finished -- More To Type

Circular postage stamp Paid Apr 12 M 1841 W
in handwriting Pd 1/21/2

Mr. James H. L. Begg
Saint Thomas
London District
Upper Canada

Milltown of Towie 7th April 1841

My Dear Nephew

Yours of 11th January I duly acknowledge. We were all glad to hear that you and all friends in Canada were in good health. And also that your family and domestick affairs were prospering. Your friends here & Glenbucket are all well. My father is still alive & in good health (but dead to the world). He is now become so feeble and helpless that he requires to be lifter from chair to chair & fed like a child. For eight or nine months past he has been in the helpless condition & since Whitsunday ¹40 he has been with us, as we were not able to endure the fatigue of waiting upon him in his own house. And his nurse Betty Downie was little better, therefore I discharged her, and took charge of him ourselves ­ I may add that Betty Downie had got him to give her a Bill for £21 Sterling besides a great many other items of no inconsiderable value, equal to nine or ten pounds more, independent of the privilege of working for her own behoof to the neighbour s, spinning, weaving & [&c stands for and also or etcetera] for years, all which was kept secret from us untill a notice reached this [us] from the Bank that the Bill was due three days thereafter. I had no alternative but take the coach and post on to Aberdeen and pay the Bill. And upon returning I give her her leave. You will readily see that we are fixed here for a time, & untill it please God to liberate us from our present charge we are & must remain for a time & indeed it is a very great consolation to us that he [father] is so well pleased. He cannot suffer my wife to be absent. He is equally attached to the whole of the family & some of the younger children is always fondling about him. The rest of my friends in Glenbucket has not been very solicitous in enquiring after his wellfare. Blackhillock [I think Charles is using a place to describe a person he¹d rather not name] in particular has only been once or twice seeing him since he removed & his wife never and George only once. John & his family has been several times. I have not bee able to learn any particular reason and can only suppose that they dont expect to come by a fortune or they would have been oftener ­ I may mention that I advertised the house in Huntly for sale & hitherto I have been unsuccessful ­ I believe that Blackhillock has looked upon it as his, however soon my father failed, and indeed he had made frequent inquiries how to come by the rights, none of them however has spoke to me upon the subject. [Here too Charles is telling the story but being secretive] Therefore I can only suppose ­ enough

Your Grandfather T.F‹[T. Forsyth] died in January last and the storm was so deep that Robert Forsyth could not attend the funeral, Morris resides in Aberdeen and he was also prevented ­ all of them well ­ Mrs. Beattie dropped off in a fit of apoplexy about 4M/ds ago [4 months and so many days ago]. Frank has been very unfortunate, got an excellent position in the Old England Bank London & misbehaved ­ remains at home ­ no marriages of consequence none of your friends in Glenbucket ­ Fine spring weather all the seeds sown in the best of order, Good sell for cattle, horses, sheep, & grain 20/ to 23/ per Tn ­ Oats, beer 25/for 52ti P.B. Meal 32/ to 34/ per sack of 280ti -- All my land is rolled, & Potatoes ready to be planted. Vegetation making a rapid progress, plenty of fodder. Expect an early crope. The Murraine an Egyptian distemper prevalent amongst the cattle upon the border has got North to Aberdeenshire last year.

This is the end of the letters in the Web Site


1. Trelawny (Jamaican Patois: Trilaani) is a parish in Cornwall County in northwest Jamaica. Its capital is Falmouth. It is bordered by the parishes of Saint Ann in the east, Saint James in the west, and Saint Elizabeth and Manchester in the south.
In 1770, the wealthy planters in St James and St Ann succeeded in having sections of those parishes become the parish of Trelawny as they were too far from administrative centres. Trelawny was named after William Trelawny, the then Governor of Jamaica. The first capital was Martha Brae located two miles (3 km) inland from Rock Bay.
Trelawny is best known for its sugar estates and sugar factories. It had more sugar estates than any other parish, so there was need for a sea coast town to export it. Falmouth became a thriving seaport and social centre. The town had two of its own newspapers; The Falmouth Post and The Falmouth Gazette.

Trelawny was also home to the largest group of Maroons in the island. A 1739 treaty between the Maroons and the English gave the Maroons freedom and land, which effectively put a stop to their raids on the plantations. However, a. second Maroon uprising in 1795, led to over 600 Maroons being exiled to Nova Scotia, Canada and later to Sierra Leone in Africa in 1800.

2. Kabbok
Probably refers to Caboc cheese.
Caboc is Scotland's oldest cheese, known in the 15th century in the Western Highlands. It was described as a chieftain's cheese because in those days rich, soft cheeses were reserved for the nobility and such cheeses were called 'white meats'. The cheese was first made by Mariota de Ile, the daughter of the chieftain MacDonald of the Isles.

Caboc is made using the double cream of pasteurised cows' milk, without rennet, and the cheese is shaped into small logs. Nowadays, each cheese is rolled in toasted pinhead oatmeal. The paste is primrose yellow, rich and smooth like butter and has a light nutty flavour, from the oatmeal. The cheese is generally eaten when young, within 5 days of making. It can, however, be kept for up to three weeks in cool conditions. Each log is 3cm in diameter, 7cm in length and weighs 100g. Caboc has a fat content of 67%.

Legend has it that the process of coating Caboc in oats was discovered by accident. A cattle herder returned home with the day's cheese in the same box he had used to carry his oatcakes earlier that day. The oat-coated cheese was enjoyed so much that from that day onwards Caboc has always been made with the oatmeal coating.

3. Dr William Craigie
Born: Circa Mar 11 1799 In: Belnaboth, Towie,
Died: 1863 (at age ‎~64‏) In: Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario Province, Canada
Events in Dr. William's life:
1834 - From Banffshire, Scotland to Ancaster, Ontario & 1845 to Hamiliton, Ontario, Canada
M.D. from Marieschal & Kings College-
Occupation: Physician & Educator
1829 Age ‎~30‏ Marriage to: Mary Craigie (born Campbell)
Elgin, Moray, Keith County, Banffshire, Scotland
June 30 1829 Marriage ceremony performed by Rev. William (or Alexander) Walker
May 8 1830 Age ‎~31‏ Birth of son: William Craigie IV Aberdeenshire, Scotland
1831 Oct 18 Age ‎~32‏ Birth of son: Andrew Craigie Keith, Banffshire, Scotland
1833 Aug 3 Age ‎~34‏ Birth of son: James Craigie Keith, Banffshire, Scotland
1834 Age ‎~35‏ Birth of daughter: Mary Crawford (born Craigie)
1839 Age ‎~40‏ Birth of son: Peter Craigie, twin of John
1839 Age ‎~40‏ Birth of son: John Craigie, twin of Peter
1839 Age ‎~40‏ Death of son: John Craigie, twin of Peter
1857 June 2 Age ‎~58‏ Marriage of son: William Craigie IV to Catherine Gill Craigie (born Halson) Ancaster, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada (St. John's Church by Rev. F.L. Oster, Rector)
1863 Age About 63-64 Death
Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario Province, Canada
Hamilton Cemetery, Wentworth County, Ontario Province, Canada

4 Family tree of James and George Forbes
John Forbes
Birth: BEF 1764 in prob Aberdeenshire,
Death: BET 1808 AND 1840 in Baltimore, Glenbucket,
Jean Craigie b: BEF 1764 in prob Aberdeenshire
Married: 25 APR 1784 in Glenbucket,
1. James Forbes b: BEF 14 JUL 1787 in Glenbucket
2. Jean Forbes b: BEF 25 OCT 1789 in Glenbucket,
3. Arthur Forbes b: BEF 06 MAR 1792 in Glenbucket,
4. Margaret Forbes b: BEF 31 AUG 1794 in Glenbucket
5. John Forbes b: BEF 23 APR 1797 in Glenbucket,
6. William Forbes b: BEF 21 AUG 1799 in Glenbucket,
7. Fiffe Forbes b: BEF 15 APR 1802 in Glenbucket,
8. Gordon Forbes b: BEF 20 NOV 1804 in Glenbucket,
9. George Forbes b: BEF 14 MAY 1808 in Glenbucket

James Forbes
Birth: Bef 14 Jul 1787 in Glenbucket,
Father: John Forbes b: Bef 1764 in prob
Mother: Jean Craigie b: Bef 1764 in prob Aberdeenshire, Scotland

George Forbes
Birth: Bef 14 May 1808 in Glenbucket,
Father: John Forbes b: Bef 1764 in prob
Mother: Jean Craigie b: Bef 1764 in prob Aberdeenshire, Scotland

5 Robert Scott

Minister of Glenbuchat 1808 - 1854

Born 1778, son of William Scott; farmer, Rothiemay ; educated at King's College, Aberdeen ; M.A. (27th March 1800); became tutor in the family of Major Innes at Keiss ; licen. by Presb. of Caithness 5th March 1805 ; pres. by George III. 22nd Feb., and ord. 9th June 1808 ; pres. to Forgue Nov. 1833, but declined; died 16th June 1855.
He married 15th April 1812, Mary Margaret (died 23rd Oct. 1830), second daughter of James Forsyth, minister of Belhelvie, and had issue Isabella Elizabeth, born 27t May 1813 (marr. Charles McCombie, LL.D., min. of Lumphanan) ; Elizabeth Mary, born 25th Dec. 1814 (marr. William Reid, min. of Auchindoir)

1851 Scotland Census about Robert Scott
Name:Robert Scott
Age:72 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1779
Where born:Rothiemay, Banffshire
Parish Number:200 Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Occupation:Minister Of Glenbucket
Household Members:NameAge
Robert Scott72
Christina Grant36
Isabel Dey24
John Stuart22
Alexr Inch14

6 Weather
1834/35 to 1837/38: (Winters/Springs): 4 notably severe winters/cold-springs in Scotland.
1. 1834/1835: Notably Snowy winter in Scotland. By the third week of January, 1835, there had been enough Snow to seriously disrupt the 'Mails', but it was not until the end of February that the greatest quantities were reported. The bad/snowy weather lasted well into mid-March, with Depths of 8 or 9 feet being reported.
2. 1835/1836: Another bad winter for Snow in Scotland. From December until the end of March, snow was a feature. Heavy falls were reported in January and February, 1836, followed by 'considerable' accumulations in March, especially across northern Scotland. In Edinburgh, Snow was a problem as late as the 31st March, and it was not until 7th April that there was a significant easing in the situation.
3. 1836/1837: Although considerable Snowfall was reported in January, 1837, the worst of the weather as far as Snow was concerned, was still to come. Blizzards began at the end of February and on the 14th March, the weather was still 'severe'. All through March, the weather is still described as 'severe' both as to Cold & Snow. Much transport dislocation, and distress to livestock, damage to root crops etc. On the 12th April, the Glasgow Chronicle reported that the Campsie and Kilpatrick Hills were still white with snow. The wheat was so badly damaged by Frost that the farmers had harrowed in down, and were sowing oats instead.
4. 1837/1838: Further considerable Snowfall across Scotland. However a late start to the winter, with as late as the 6th January, the weather reported as mild with farmers well on with the work. Hard Frosts & Snow however then became a feature of the winter/early spring, with further notes of disrupted mails, hardship for people and livestock.
1838: (September): The 'Grace Darling' Gale (Gale affecting the Farne Islands, only remarkable for generating the events leading up to the 'Grace Darling' story.)

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