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Glenbuchat Heritage

115 Old Glenbucket and Warlds End Fraserburgh
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115 Old Glenbucket and Warlds End Fraserburgh

A request form a Canadian correspondent on the web site led to research that brought to light John Gordon’s (Old Glenbucket) house in Fraserburgh.

The request was as follows:
On my GG grandmother Margaret (Murdoch) Simpson's death record it shows her death at Glenbuchat cottage in 1907. She died of TB. I would like to know if this was a Sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. Her home was Sinclair Hills near Fraserburgh and I would like to know why she was so far from her home.
Any information would be appreciated.

On researching the Murdochs in Glenbuchat I could find no connection with the lady in question. To my surprise, however, I did find a Glenbuchat link to Fraserburgh in the presence of a house there owned by Old Glenbucket himself.

The house is a called now ‘Warlds End’ House and above is a photo from Google Street View and an 1850’s map. While I could find no mention of a Fraserburgh sanatorium, the Glenbuchat Cottage mentioned may be the cottage at the rear of the House in the extensive garden.

More details are available in a Leopard Magazine article

Elegant town house

That Fraserburgh became a notable town – more than the average burgh of barony – can be seen in the elegant town house of the Gordons of Glenbuchat down on the Shore, now known as Warld’s End. The house is now in 1767 garb, but there is evidently an older structure within.

And that leads directly into the entirely unexpected saga of Fraserburgh as a garrison town. The North-East being staunchly Jacobite, it was dealt with harshly after 1745. Fraserburgh had manned gates, and a garrison built against the southern edge of the town, probably in the grounds of Warld’s End. The garrison commander probably occupied the house itself. There are buildings and reused bits of buildings on the high platform (parade ground?) immediately behind the house which might be relics of this period.

The house is a listed building and details are available from The British Listed Buildings Web Site.

The World's End 11 Dalrymple Street, Fraserburgh
Location: S Harbour Road, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9DN

Listing Text
Circa 1767(') 2-storey and basement 3-window squared heathen stone with freestone dressings; quoins, shaped wallhead gable with arched window and ball finials, stairs to pedimented door-piece obscured by wooden porch, moulded eaves course and chimney copes. Poor condition.
Cranna, Fraserburgh Past and Present p.382
Pratt Buchan p.175
Belonged to the Gordons of Glenbuchat. Lord Pitsligo hid here after Culloden. Sold to Charles Gordon 1766. One of the best houses of its date in Aberdeenshire

If anyone knows any more information about the house or sanatoriums in Fraserburgh please let us know.

Picture added on 24 March 2013 at 21:49
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Further to the Warlds End and Gordon of Glenbuchat,the ardent Jacobite supporters connection:- it was the custom at the time of some lairds and gentry, and their families and servants to remove to houses they owned at the milder coastal locations in winter. Escape from the ravages of the Highland climate spent in the their cold draughty castles and houses was very attractve.
Fraserburgh, Aberdeen and Banff (e.g. the Grants of Castle Grant on Speyside)were favourite coastal towns.
After the defeat at Culloden in April 1746, Gordon of Glenbuchat,hunted by the government forces and with £1000 on his head, eventually made his way to the Buchan Coast (which he probably knew well with the Warlds End connection and could rely on help.) He escaped on a ship to Norway on November 27th 1746.
His wife and family were left destitute and the Warlds End, along with his other properties (not Glenbuchat Estate which had been sold to the government supporting Lord Braco befoere the '45)were forfieted to the Crown. It was sold by public roup on the 2nd July 1766 at Edinburgh Cross, and bought for £38/1/1 1/3. by a Charles Gordon. Along with the house went a large area of ground covered by Commerce, Dalyrymple, and Seaforth streets today.
The P&J of July 1945 states:-
Before the harbour improvements of the last century (19th) changed the face of the fore shore, the sea came up quite near to its entrence.
The first bomb dropped on the town in 1941 seriously damaged the building, which was recently purchased by the Town Council from Dalyrample Hall & Cafe Co. Ltd.
Added by Ken Cruickshank on 26 March 2013
There is a Warlds End public house at the bottem of the High Sreet on Edinburghs Royal Mile. A plaque on the wall states that in the 16th century Edinburgh was a walled city and the pub stood at one of its gates.
'As far as the people of Edinburgh were concerened, beyond these gates was no longer their world hence the name The Warlds End'

In Fraserburgh, at Warlds End, an older structure, before the present house of c.1767 stood and may have been a castle or defensive structure, beyond which the Broch townsfolk were outwith the protection of the town.
Added by Ken Cruickshank on 02 April 2013
I know someone who was born there,still very much with us, alive and kicking. E-mail me any query and I will forward to person concerned. Blue plaque on the wall names Thomas Blake Glover,the Scottish Samurai involved in the making of the Mitsubishi Corporation having stayed at the "Warlds End"
Added by Gordon Wackett on 05 June 2013
Valuation Roll 1891-2 lists Fraserburgh
Entry 616 "Warlds End" proprietor The Dalrymple Hall and Cafe Company, Limited. per John Findlayson,secretary,Fraserburgh with tenants John and Thomas Park,shipowners and the occupier being George Windslow, oil manufacturer.The same applied to entry 617,Office,"Warlds End" except the occupier was John and Thomas Park.1918-9 Valuation Roll lists item 2020 same owners as 1891 but building vacant,item 2021 House "Warlds End" occupied by Miss Macallan and item 2022 The Dalrymple Cafe, hall,recreation and other rooms all listed under the umbrella of "Warlds End" John Findlaysons address by this time was listed as 13 Frithside Street,Fraserburgh.
Added by Gordon Wackett on 10 June 2013
My 6 x great grandmother - Barbara Dalrymple is listed by our family as having been born in this house in 1800. Daughter of Jas. (John or James?) Dalrymple. Can anyone confirm they lived there?
Added by Annabelle Kinkead -Weekes on 04 January 2014
Barbara Dalrymple was also my grt grt grt Grandmother, 7th & youngest daughter of James Dalrymple, merchant, & his wife Jane Gamack. Born at 'World's End' in 1800. She married Dr. Alexander Thomson of Aberdeen and they and their only child, Jane, emigrated to Tasmania, later Port Phillip (Melbourne) in about 1833. Would much appreciate any information about the history of the house.
Added by Lisa Stephens on 02 May 2014
I believe my fathers family became owners of the 'Warlds End' at some point before the council bought it.
Apparently my dad's great Aunt Maggie-Ann's people were the owners.
I never met her, but she had passed on a story she herself was told as a child, that Charles Edward Stewart had been a guest there during the Jacobite rebellion. I notice today the local museum seems to agree.
Added by Brian S on 03 February 2015
I am researching (and have published material on) Barbara (nee Dalrymple) and Dr Alexander Thomson as they and small daughter Jane were amongst the first handful of people camped in 1836 on the site which would become Melbourne Victoria. Does anyone know more about Barbara's family and the link to Dalrymple Street.
Added by Anne Marsden on 03 July 2016
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