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Glenbuchat Heritage

121 Florence Barclay
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121 Florence Barclay

Florence Barclay was the daughter of James W Barclay and inherited the Glenbuchat estate on his death in 1907.

Above three pictures of Florence Barclay (from Family Tree Maker)
Photo with Baby July 1908
Florence Barclay Milne
Agnes Ida Milne or Couper (Daughter)
Agnes Martin or Milne (Step mother in law)
Florence Margaret Couper (Granddaughter)
Florence and ?two Grandchildren
Florence as a child

From Introduction to ‘Glenbuchat Yesterdays’ by Ken Cruickshank

In 1907 following the death of her father James W Barclay, Florence inherited the estate.
Her husband Col George Milne came from an Aberdeen family who owned shipping business and farmed property at Kinaldie outside Aberdeen.

In 1903 Col Milne had purchased Logie estate Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire and the two estates of Glenbuchat and Logie were now united under one family with the Milne main residence at Logie House. Col. Milne was a keen farmer and sportsman and divided his time between the two estates. Each year during the shooting season the Milne family and servants removed to Glenbuchat Lodge for several months.

Improvements to the estate begun by James W Barclay continued under Florence and Col. Milne, in particular, the building and reconstruction of farm houses, cottages and steadings. Building work was carried out at Craigton, Badenyon, Rhyntaing, Tombrek, Craighead, Broombrae, Drumnagarrow, Dockington, Belnaboth, Newton and Beltimb in the years before the first World War. Investment in the estate cushioned the effects of low prices in these years and the boom in production of the War years saw the prosperity of the farming community through to the early 1920’s.

Both Florence and Col Milne were active in their contribution to the war effort. Florence was an untiring fund raiser for hospitals and was appointed County Director of the Aberdeen Red Cross. She was awarded an MBE for her war services. From his youth Col. Milne had been a member of the Territorial Army and rose to Commanding Officer of the 1st Highland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. At the outbreak of the War, he was energetic in recruiting volunteers for army service. Their son, James Barclay Milne saw active service at the front and won the Military Cross.

As proprietrix of the Glen and Chairwoman of the Parish Council, Florence took a keen in the welfare and social life of her tenants. For example, when the Aberdeen Education Authority closed the Balloch School in 1921 due to the small number of pupils, she fought a prolonged campaign on behalf of her tenants in the Upper part of the Glen to have it reopened. She convinced the Authority of the hardship caused to the children in walking long distances to the main Parish School and her offer to repair and furnish the School at her own expense finally persuaded them to reopen it in 1927. The inter war years saw Col. Milne appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and elected a County Counsellor when his main interests lay in public health and roads. On the death of His wife Florence in 1927, he became the Laird of Glenbuchat.

Florence Milne Family History
Click for previous family history (Family of James Barclay her father)

Florence Barclay
Birth 22 September 1864 in Old Machar, Aberdeen,
Death 24 February 1927 in East Peterculter, Aberdeenshire
James William Barclay (1832-1907)
Jane Smith (1831-) Spouse
George Milne (1857-1939)
Margaret Milne (-)
Agnes Ida Milne (1885-1967)
James Barclay Milne (1886-1966)
Florence Beatrice B Milne (1888-)
Agnes J Milne (1888-)
Frances G Milne (1890-)
1891 Scotland Census 1891 Age: 27 Residence Kinellar, Aberdeenshire
1927 24 Feb Age: 62 Death East Peterculter, Aberdeenshire

Agnes Ida Milne
Birth 21 April 1885 In Old Machar, Aberdeenshire,
Death Abt 1967 In Daviot, Aberdeen,
George Milne (1857-1939)
Florence Barclay (1864-1927)
John Cardno O Couper (1865-1913)
Florence Margaret Couper (1908-2009)
John Ogston Couper (1910-1911)
David Ogston Couper (1913-1944)
1885 21 Apr Birth Old Machar, Aberdeenshire,
1891 Age: 6 Residence Kinellar,
1901 Age: 16 Residence Aberdeen Ferryhill, Aberdeenshire,
1907 18 Jun Age: 22 Marriage to John Cardno Ogston Couper Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire
1932 7 May Age: 47 Arrival Quebec
1932 1 Jul Age: 47 Arrival Liverpool, England
1967 Abt Age: 82 Death Daviot, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Florence Margaret Couper
Birth 30 Aug 1908 In Aberdeen,
Death 6 June 2009 In St. Mary's Convent, Chiswick, London,
John Cardno Ogston Couper (1865-1913)
Agnes Ida Milne (1885-1967)
Julian (Julius) Macdonald Greenfield (1907-1993
2009 6 Jun Age: 100 Death St. Mary's Convent, Chiswick, London,
Ewen Cardno Greenfield,
Caroline Barclay Lloyd (nee Greenfield)
Thomas Kennedy Greenfield.

Picture added on 02 November 2011 at 21:43
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Most interesting. But you have got one thing wrong. Under Florence Margaret Greenfield (nee Couper) you say that she had no children. She had three, of whom I am the eldest - Ewen Cardno Greenfield, Caroline Barclay Lloyd (nee Greenfield) and Thomas Kennedy Greenfield. Best wishes.

Entry Now corrected
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Added by Ewen Cardno Greenfield on 29 January 2012
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