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136 Obituary for Janet Buchan nee McNicol.
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136 Obituary for Janet Buchan nee McNicol.

The above photograph and newspaper article from the Aberdeen Press and Journal 5th March 2012

Janet Buchat had been born and brought up in Glenbuchat and died at the age of 102.
She went to the isolated Balloch School

The following comment is from another pupil at the school who comments about a member of the McNicol family.

Balloch School
William Duncan

In the Army you had to mix with people from all over and from a range of backgrounds. I coped pretty well. I considered myself anyone's equal. Some of those Junior Officers, well you just couldn't work out how they ever got selected for their position. I had a friend- he was in Burma and he was a sergeant, mind- and he wrote a letter home in which he commented, 'Some of the officers we have out here think they have the brains of a Field Marshall, but really they haven't even got the brain of a field mouse!' Well, the letter was censored and he was hauled up in front of the Colonel and he said to him, 'Well, McNicol, probably what you have written is quite true but you can't write things like that, you know. You are to be reduced to the rank of Corporal for a term-but you'll get your stripes back later. In the meantime I must make an example of you'. That McNicol had actually been born in the same room and the same house as I had been. His father had been the head-keeper at Glenbuchat before my father was. And he'd been at the Balloch too. He's dead now.


From Family Tree Maker

Family Tree of Janet Buchan

James McNicol
Died date unknown.
Married Isobel.
Children of James McNicol and Isobel are:
Donald McNicol,
b. 1807, Glen Orchy, Argyllshire, d. November 13, 1894, Sandside,Reay Caithness.


Donald McNicol
(son of James McNicol and Isobel)
Born 1807 in Glen Orchy, Argyllshire,
Died November 13, 1894 in Sandside,Reay Caithness.
Married Martha Montgomerie on May 31, 1839 I Killin Perth, daughter of James Montgomerie and Margaret McKechnie. Martha Montgomery died in 1885
Burial: Unknown, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire.
Will states "gold watch" personal gift from the Duke of Buckingham.

It is assumed that this refers to Donald McNicol
From The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 20 May 1854

A BALL EXTRACTED AFTER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS.
There was extracted the other day, by a talented medical gentleman in Aberdeen, a small ball, from the arm of Mr. McNicol, late principal keeper to the Duke of Buckingham, and residing in Glenbucket, after it had been snugly deposited in his arm for the period of twenty-five years. It appears that Mr. McNicol had received the bullet accidentally from the gun of a, brother keeper, when at roe shooting. The bullet had entered the arm midway between the top of the arm and the shoulder, and went up in a slanting direction, striking and injuring the bone, and lodged in his side very near the heart ; and, when extracted, it was found that, by striking the bone, it had been flattened it nearly as broad and thin as a sixpence, with the edges of it curved backwards, which made the extraction far more difficult; and it by degrees wrought its way back to the arm, from which it was extracted. It was for some time rather troublesome, as it swelled up, and then discharged purulent matter. It is now nearly whole. Mr. McNicol carries the ball in his pocket that formerly he carried in his arm. '


Children of Donald McNicol and Martha Montgomerie are:
James McNicol,
b. August 01, 1840, Killin, Perthshire, d. October 10, 1909, Balvonie, Inshes, Inverness.
Alexander Montgomerie McNicol, He married Mary Sheed in 1866.
b. November 03, 1841, Killin, Perthshire, d. July 11, 1854, Glenbuchat. Diptheria epidemic killed 3 children in Glenbucket in 1854
Richard P.T.N.B.C.G. McNicol,
b. June 28, 1843, Killin, Perthshire, Scotland, d. December 08, 1894, Shurrery Lodge, Reay, Caithness.
Donald McNicol,
b. March 31, 1845, Killin, Perthshire, d. March 03, 1913, Lochee Park Lodge, Dundee,Angus,Scotland.
Mary Corrie McNicol,
b. January 13, 1847, d. July 25, 1854, Glenbuchat.
Martha McNicol,
b. February 23, 1849, d. July 17, 1854, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire.
William Skene McNicol,
b. February 16, 1851, North Knapdale, Argyllshire, d. July 07, 1935, Dorback Lodge, Revack Estate, Nethy Bridge.
Nicol McNicol,
b. February 16, 1854, Glenbuchat Lodge, Aberdeenshire, d. April 16, 1942, Sandside, Reay,Caithness.
John Alexander McNicol,
b. July 17, 1856, Glenbuchat Lodge, Aberdeenshire, d. January 11, 1923, North Carolina, U.S.A..

Histories census
1851 enumerated @ Backies, Glenbucket (gamekeeper)
1861 enumerated @ Glenbucket Lodge, Glenbucket (gamekeeper) with wife and sons William, Nicol and John
1871 enumerated @ Gamekeepers House, Glenbucket (gamekeeper) with wife and sons William and John
1881 enumerated @ Auchernach Lodge, Strathdon (retired gamekeeper) with wife
1891 enumerated @ SandSide, Reay (widower/retired gamekeeper) with son Nicol, daughter-in-law and grandchildren John, David, Martha, James, Eliza, Nicol and Donald McNichol

1861 Scotland Census about John Alexr Mcnicol
Name:John Alexr Mcnicol Age:4
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1857
Relationship:Son
Father's Name:Donald Mcnicol
Mother's name:Martha Mcnicol
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket
Civil parish:Glenbucket
County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Glenbucket Lodge
Occupation:Scholar ED:2
Household schedule number:8 Line:17 Roll:CSSCT1861_29
Household Members:NameAge
Donald Mcnicol33
Martha Mcnicol45
William L Mcnicol10
Nicol Mcnicol7
John Alexr Mcnicol4
Betsey McPherson15
Alexander Moir20

1871 Scotland Census about John A Mcnicol
Name:John A Mcnicol [John A MacNicol]
Age:14 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1857
Relationship:Son
Father's Name:Donald Mcnicol
Mother's name:Martha Mcnicol
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket
Civil parish:Glenbucket
County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Gamekeeps House
Occupation:Scholar ED:2
Household schedule number:12 Line:17 Roll:CSSCT1871_38
Household Members:NameAge
Donald Mcnicol63
Martha Mcnicol55
William S Mcnicol20
John A Mcnicol14
Elisabeth Douglass21


William Skene McNicol
(son of Donald McNicol and Martha Montgomerie)
Born February 16, 1851 in North Knapdale, Argyllshire,
Died July 07, 1935 in Dorback Lodge, Revack Estate, Nethy Bridge.
Married Janet Wattie on June 04, 1874 in St Andrews, Lhanbryde, Aberdeenshire, daughter of John Wattie and Grace Cameron.
Janet Wattie (daughter of John Wattie and Grace Cameron) was born January 04, 1849 in Strathdon,Aberdeenshire, and died December 24, 1916 in Dorbach Lodge, Nethy Bridge, Invernesshire.

Children of William Skene McNicol and Janet Wattie are:
Donald Montgomery McNicol, b. February 03, 1876, d. January 12, 1961, County Hospital Invergordon..
Martha McNicol,
b. July 22, 1877, d. January 25, 1963, Riemore, Tomintoul and buried there.
John Wattie McNicol,
b. 1879, . September 19, 1958, Altdachie, Aberdeenshire.
Mary Wattie McNicol,
b. August 31, 1883, Dorbach Lodge, Nethy Bridge, Invernesshire, d. April 1973, Pinehill, Auchterhouse,Angus.
James Alexander McNicol,
b. 1881, d. December 30, 1916, France, from wounds received in Battle of Somme.
William Montgomerie McNicol,
b. 1886, d. date unknown.
Jessie Helen McNicol,
b. 1888, d. date unknown.
John Wattie McNicol,
b. 1879, d. September 19, 1958, Altdachie, Aberdeenshire.
Histories census
1851 enumerated @ North Knapdale with mother and siblings James, Alexander, Richard, Donald, Mary and Martha
1861 enumerated @ Glenbucket Lodge with parents and brothers Nicol and John
1871 enumerated @ Gamekeepers House, Glenbucket (assistant gamekeeper) with parents and brother John


1881 Scotland Census about William S McNicol
Name:William S McNicol
Age:30 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1851
Relationship:Head
Spouse's name :Janet S McNicol
Gender:Male
Where born:North Knapdale, Argylesh
Registration number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket
Civil parish:Glenbucket
County:Aberdeenshire
Address:Keepers House
Occupation:Gamekeeper ED:2
Household schedule number:10 Line:17 Roll:cssct1881_60
Household Members:NameAge
William S McNicol30
Janet S McNicol31
McNicol5
Martha M McNicol3
John W McNicol2
John McDonald23
Jane Watt17

James Alexander McNicol
(son of William Skene McNicol and Janet Wattie)
Born 1881, and died December 30, 1916 in France, from wounds received in Battle of Somme.
June 1916, injured in Battle of Somme.
December 1916, died from injuries.
December 1916, Buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme Frane.
December 1916, Grave reference IV.F.20..


John Wattie McNicol
(son of William Skene McNicol and Janet Wattie)
Born 1879, and died September 19, 1958 in Altdachie, Aberdeenshire.
Married Robina Smith Robertson (Robina Smith Robertson, b. 1884, d. April 18, 1953, Faichla.) on November 11, 1908 in Public Hall, Alford, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Robertson (reputedly) and Jemima Pyper/Smith.
Children of John Wattie McNicol and Robina Smith Robertson are:
Martha NcNicol,
b. Abt. 1910, d. Abt. 1992.
John McNicol,
b. Abt. 1912, d. Abt. 1989.
Janet McNicol.
b. August 1909 Glenbuchat d. 2012 Kemnay Aberdeenshire
Mary McNicol,
b. Abt. 1916, d. 1990, Kirkcaldy.

1901 Scotland Census about John W Mcnicol
Name:John W Mcnicol
Age:22 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1879
Relationship:Son
Father's Name:William S Mcnicol
Mother's name:Janet Mcnicol
Gender:Male
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration number:90A
Registration district:Abernethy and Kincardine
Civil parish:Abernethy and Kincardine
County:Inverness
Address:Dorback Lodge
Occupation:Gamekeeper ED:6
Household schedule number:4 Line:22 Roll:CSSCT1901_26
Household Members:NameAge
William S Mcnicol50
Janet Mcnicol52
Donald M Mcnicol25
Martha M Mcnicol23
John W Mcnicol22
James A Mcnicol19
William M Mcnicol15
Janet Mcnicol12
Isabella Farquharson59

Janet McNicol
(daughter of John Wattie McNicol and Robina Smith Robertson).
Married William Buchan.

Children of Janet McNicol and William Buchan are:
Alison Barbara Murray Buchan.
John Buchan.
Gavin Buchan.
Kathleen Buchan.


John Alexander McNicol
Born on 17 Jul 1856 in Glenbucket Lodge,
Died on 11 Jan 1923 in Ashville, North Carolina.
Married Mary Helen Tillotson on 10 Nov 1885 in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Mary Helen Tillotson was born on 7 May 1858 in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire. She died on 29 Jun 1941 in Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
They had the following children:
Martha Ripley McNicol
Montgomery Margaret McNicol was born on 27 May 1889 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
Lives in Montreal in a sanitarium
Laura Elizabeth Strattem McNicol



Family of Janet Wattie wife of William Skene McNicol


John Wattie
(son of James Wattie and Helen McHardy)
Born November 29, 1788 in Strathdon,
Died March 17, 1859 in Strathdon.
Married (1) Grace Cameron in Strathdon, daughter of James Cameron and Grace Stewart.
Married (2) Margaret Berthwick.
Burial: Unknown, Strathdon Old Kirkyard, Strathdon,

Children of John Wattie and Grace Cameron are:
Isabella Wattie, d. date unknown.
Mary Wattie, b. February 21, 1836, d. date unknown.
John Wattie, b. November 29, 1841, Mill of Newe Strathdon, d. June 04, 1933, Mill of Newe, Strathdon.
James Wattie, b. May 16, 1844, Mill of Newe, Strathdon, d. May 08, 1923, Mill of Glenconrie, Strathdon.
Alexander Wattie, b. December 19, 1848, d. date unknown.
Janet Wattie,
b. January 04, 1849, Strathdon,Aberdeenshire,
d. December 24, 1916, Dorbach Lodge, Nethy Bridge, Invernesshire.

Children of John Wattie and Margaret Berthwick are:
Delilah Wattie, b. 1832, d. date unknown.





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I can add information on the family of William Skene McNicol and Janet Wattie should any wish it. My father in law, now 101 years old is their grandson through his mother Mary Wattie McNicol.
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