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Glenbuchat Heritage

160 Easterbuchat Barn, Wall writings
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160 Easterbuchat Barn, Wall writings

Easter Bucket Barn

In 2012 work started on the barn at Easterbuchat to convert it into a home.

In the process of renovation some pencil writing was noted on some of the timbers in the barn loft. Some were just records of the date and the weather, while some demonstrated verses and pictures of a more ‘rude’ nature.

Samples are displayed below.
Click on 'View large image’ below at end of text if you wish a larger image to examine more closely

The text, where decipherable, is as follows:
1.
Private D H Rodger
C Company Royal Highlanders
2/4 Royal Highlanders
Glenbuchat

2.
Private David H Rodger
No 5667 C Company
?1917 ?Feb ?Easterbuchat

3.
William Henderson
John Innes winnowers corn on Friday 18th Nov 1910, a very bad day

4.
George Deans
Easterbucket
Left 28th May
Farm took by J Thomson
Mains

5. William Henderson (Not in Photograph)
Height 5ft 113/4 in
Weight 12st 7lb
Age 19
Ch ?Chest) 28in

The following is an exploration of the possible histories behind the names.

Private D H Rodger
The following research about Private Rodger is rather circumstantial and not completely proven. I would be delighted if anyone else can provide more information supporting or refuting the following suggestions.

The Voters roll for Easterbucket in 1918 was:

James Hay Shepherd
Sarah Hay
George Forbes Duncan Farmer
Jane Duncan
William Henderson Ploughman
Miss Christine C Profeit
William Symon retired shoemaker

George Forbes and William Henderson are relevant to the following discussions and will be noted later

Private David H Roger
The Royal Highlanders are also known as the Black Watch. I traced a Private David Hunter Rodger who was in the Black Watch and who had come from Dundee. I wondered therefore what connection he might have with Glenbuchat. The only connection I could find was that Mr Duncan the farmer at the time was married to Mary Roger. Could David have been a relation of Mr Duncan’s mother ?

The Roger family in Glenbuchat

Census Belnacraig 1851
Archibald Roger 55 Tailor y.
Barbra do 55 y.

From Glenbuchat Ancestors , and
From Family Tree Maker

James Roger
Children
John Roger c. 20 May 1696
James Roger c. 2 Jun 1697
Margaret/Mary Roger ?date
Residence
1696 Bellabeg
? Torranchroy

John Roger
Christening. 20 May 1696
Spouse
Isobel Beattie
Married 1736
Children
Daughter Roger c.28 Apr 1771
James Roger c.15 March 1773
Barbara Roger c.2 May 1775
Jean Roger c. 1777
John Roger c. 5 ? 1780
Archibald Roger
Rachel Roger c.9 Aug 1785
Sally Roger c.20 Apr 1788
Residence
1771 Smiddyford
1782 Belnacraig

Barbara Roger
Birth 2 May 1775
Spouse
John Kellas Belnacraig (Tailor)
Children
Barbara Kellas c. 29 Jul 1798
Elspet Kellas c. 17 July 1803
John Kellas c. 26 Aug 1814
Residence Belnacraig

Archibald Roger
Birth: b. 2 Nov 1782 in Glenbuchat Aberdeenshire,
Burial: Aft 16 Apr 1849 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Occupation Tailor
Death: 16 Apr 1849 in Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Marriage 1
Barbara Dow b: 20 Apr 1786 in Rinstock, Strathdon,
Married: Abt 1819 in prob Strathdon,
Children
1. Jean Roger b: 29 Jun 1820 in Glenbucket, c: 29 Jun 1820 in Glenbucket,
2. Mary Roger b: 20 May 1827 in Glenbucket,
3. Elspet Roger b: 18 Sep 1829 in Belnacraig, Glenbucket,

Census Belnacraig 1851
Archibald Roger 55 Tailor y.
Barbra do 55 y.

Barbara Dow
Birth: 20 APR 1786 in Rinstock, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire,
Christening: 20 APR 1786 Strathdon,
Death: 08 MAY 1872 in Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Burial: AFT 08 MAY 1872 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbuchat,
Father: Alexander Dow b: Before 1763 in Tarland,
Mother: Jane Stuart b: Before 1763 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marriage 1 Archibald Roger b: ABT 1783 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Married: ABT 1819 in prob Strathdon,
Children
1. Jean Roger b: 29 JUN 1820 in Glenbucket, c: 29 JUN 1820 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
2. Mary Roger b: 20 MAY 1827 in Glenbucket, c: 20 MAY 1827 in Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
3. Elspet Roger b: 18 SEP 1829 in Belnacraig, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Census: 1841 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,

Mary Roger
Birth: 20 May 1827 in Glenbucket,
Christening: 20 May 1827 Glenbucket,
Death: 21 Mar 1910 in Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Burial: Aft 21 Mar 1910 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Father: Archibald Roger b: Abt 1783 in Aberdeenshire,
Mother: Barbara Dow b: 20 Apr 1786 in Rinstock, Strathdon,
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Children
George Forbes Duncan b: 07 Jul 1859 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Old Morlich, Towie,
Census: 1851 Nethertown, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,

George Forbes Duncan
Birth: 07 Jul 1859 in Glenbucket,
Burial: Aft 09 Dec 1942 Glenbuchat Churchyard,
Census: 1871 Manse, Glenbucket,
Death: 09 Dec 1942 in Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Belnacraig, Glenbucket,
Mother: Mary Roger b: 20 May 1827 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 1 Jean Symon b: Abt 1868 in prob Aberdeenshire,
Married: Bef 1909 in prob Glenbucket,
Children
Helen Duncan b: Abt 1909 in Glenbucket,

Helen Duncan
Birth: Abt 1909 in Glenbucket,
Burial: Aft 23 Dec 1932 Glenbuchat Churchyard, Glenbucket,
Death: 23 Dec 1932 in Royal infirmary, Aberdeen,

As noted above George Duncan was the farmer at Easterbuchat in 1918

1901 Scotland Census about George F Duncan
Name: George F Duncan
Age: 41 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
Relationship: Head
Mother's Name: Mary Roger
Gender: Male
Where born: Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire Registration number: 200
Registration District: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Easterbucket
Occupation: Farmer ED:
Household Members: Name Age
George F Duncan 41
Mary Roger 73
Williamina Clark 24

1901 Scotland Census about Mary Roger
Name: Mary Roger
Age: 73 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Relationship: Mother Gender: Female
Where born: Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire Registration number: 200
Registration District: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Easterbucket
Occupation: Housekeeper
Household Members: Name Age
George F Duncan 41
Mary Roger 73
Williamina Clark 24

1861 Scotland Census about Mary Roger
Name: Mary Roger
Age: 33 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Relationship: Daughter
Mother's Name: Barbara Roger
Gender: Female
Where born: Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire Registration number: 200
Registration District: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Belnacraig
Occupation: Householders Daur
Household Members: Name Age
Barbara Roger 75
Mary Roger 33
George Duncan 1

1861 Scotland Census about Barbara Roger
Name: Barbara Roger
Age: 75 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1786
Relationship: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Strathdon, Aberdeenshire Registration number: 200
Registration District: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Belnacraig
Occupation: Householder Formerly Dom Serv
Household Members: Name Age
Barbara Roger 75
Mary Roger 33
George Duncan 1

1851 Scotland Census about Barbara Roger
Name: Barbara Roger
Age: 65 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1786
Relationship: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Parish Number: 200 Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Belnacraig
Occupation: Formerly Farm Servt
Household Members:
Name Age Barbara Roger

Private David Hunter Roger may have been a relation of Mary Roger mother of George Duncan of Easterbucket

The following are some details of Private David Hunter Roger.

David Hunter Roger was in the Black watch was killed in Flanders in Sept 1917. His death is commemorated on the war memorial in Forfar

RODGER, DAVID HUNTER.
Private. Black Watch. France.
Killed in action 27th September, 1917.

The Forfar war memorial is a high castellated tower built of rustic blocks of local stone and sandstone quoins. It stands in the park behind the baths on Uplour Road.
The tablet above the door bears the inscription:
'THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE'
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF FORFAR AND
DISTRICT WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 18
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
David Hunter Rodgers
Name: David Hunter Rodgers [David Hunter Rodger]
Birth Place: Forfar
Death Date: 27 Sep 1917, Burial Place: Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Forfar Rank: Private Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Battalion: 4/5th (Angus and Dundee)
Battalion (Territorial) Number: 201829
Type of Casualty: Killed in action Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

The Dundee Black Watch Battalions had a number of different numbers and were mixed and amalgamated at the war progressed. David was initially in the 2/4 Territorial Battalion which was a home defence battalion disbanded in Dec 1917. At the time of death he was with the 4/5 Battalion. July 1917 saw six battalions of the Regiment taking part in the Third Battle of Ypres and the endeavours to extend the Salient. In this the 4/5 Battalion was reduced to no more than company strength, indicative of the terrible losses and conditions at Passchendaele.

2/4th (City of Dundee) Battalion (the battalion noted in the pencil writing)
Formed at Dundee in September 1914 as a second line unit.
Moved to Broughty Ferry on Tay Defences.
January 1915 : moved to Hawick and attached to 2nd Seaforth & Cameron Highlanders Brigade in 2nd Highland Division.
Moved to Bridge of Earn mid 1915.
October 1915 : formation became 191st Brigade in 64th Division at Auchterarder.
November 1915 :absorbed 2/5th Bn. Moved to Norwich in May 1916 and soon on to Kelling Heath.
Disbanded on 19 December 1917.

1/5th (Angus and Dundee) Battalion
August 1914 : in Arbroath. Part of Black Watch Brigade, unallocated to a Division.
2 November 1914 : landed at Le Havre.
13 November 1914 : attached to 24th Brigade in 8th Division.
18 October 1915 : converted into Pioneer Battalion to same Division.
6 January 1916 : converted back to infantry and transferred to 154th Brigade in 51st (Highland) Division.
29 February 1916 : transferred to 118th Brigade in 39th Division.
15 March 1916 : amalgamated with 1/4th Bn to form the 4/5th Bn.

Now more about David Roger and is family

David H Rodger
Birth Abt 1899 inTannadice, Angus, Scotland
Family Members
Parents
David Rodger (1872-1935)
Mary Craik (1873-1954)
1901- Age: 219 John Street

1901 Scotland Census about David Rodger Jr. (David’s father)
Name: David Rodger Jr.
Age: 29 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Mary Rodger
Gender: Male
Where born: tannadice,
Forfarshire Registration number: 288A
Registration District: Forfar Civil Parish: Forfar Town: Forfar County: Angus
Address: 19 John St
Occupation: House Painter
Household Members: Name Age
David Rodger Jr. 29
Mary Rodger 27
David H Rodger 2
Marion H Rodger 11mo
Jane Craik 52

1901 Scotland Census about David H Rodger
Name: David H Rodger
Age: 2 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: David Rodger
Mother's Name: Mary Rodger
Gender: Male
Where born: tannadice,
Forfarshire Registration number: 288A
Registration District: Forfar Civil Parish: Forfar Town: Forfar County: Angus
Address: 19 John St ED: 23
Household Members: Name Age
David Rodger Jr. 29
Mary Rodger 27
David H Rodger 2
Marion H Rodger 11mo
Jane Craik 52

David Rodger (our Davids father)
Birth: 9 Jan 1872 in Forfar, Angus,
Death: 9 Apr 1935 in Dundee, Angus,
David died at 0100 on the 9th April 1935 in Marrbank, Paradise Road, Dundee, usual residence Kinnoull, Hanick? Terrace, Forfar.
He was 63 years of age, married to Mary Craik and was a master house painter.
His parents were David Rodger, house painter, deceased, and Mary Hood, deceased. Cause of death as certified by F R Brown, MD, was duodenal ulcer, pneumonia.
His son George M H Rodger, 40 John Street, Forfar, registered the death on the 9th April 1935 at Dundee, Registrar W H Phillip.
Father: David Rodger b: 21 Jan 1838 in Forfar, Angus, Scotland
Mother: Mary Hood b: 1843 in Kinnoul, Perth, Scotland
Marriage 1 Mary Craik b: 1873 in Forfar, Angus,
Married: 5 Mar 1897 in Forfar, Angus,
David and Mary were married on the 5th March 1897 at West End Reid Hall, Forfar, after publication according to the Forms of the Baptist Church. David was 25 years of age, a bachelor, and a housepainter journeyman, residing at East High Street, Forfar. His parents were David Rodger, housepainter (master), and Mary Hood. Mary was 23 years of age, a spinster, residing at 12 John Street, Forfar. Her parents were Alexander Craik, jouneymen plumber, deceased, and Jane Soutar. The minister was John M Munro and the witnesses were James Rodger and Agnes Soutar. The marriage was registered on the 6th March 1897 at Forfar, Registrar W H Thomson.

William Henderson
The other person mentioned in the 1918 Voters roll was William Henderson and he was a ‘winnower’ in 1910 indicating that he stayed a while at Easter bucket. There was another William Henderson in the glen, born 1880 at that time but he lived at Belnaboth and he was a Carpenter. His son also William Henderson died tragically aged 6.
So again we are looking for more information about William Henderson of Easterbuchat.

The William Henderson shown in the Games photo is the ploughman in the 1918 Voters Roll and the one noted in the Easterbucket barn writings.

John Innes
I can find no information on John Innes

George Deans
The final person is George Deans who left the farm and passed it on to the Thomson Family.
The Thomson family came to Easterbuchat in 1943. Alan Johnson mentions the Deans family in his comments on the page about Easterbuchat . His relatives ‘recollected a family at Easter Buchat with 3 girls, and a family Deans,’

Unfortunately I have no other information on George Deans

Thomsons of Easterbucket
The Thomsons of Easterbuchat are a branch of the family who had been at the Mains of Glenbuchat for many years. They are a large and widespread family who have had a presence in the glen for over 100years

Hopefully they will be the subject of a future article






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