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Glenbuchat Heritage

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118 Backies

Backies

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A 1850 map of Backies
Backies today
A plan of the old cottage at Backies
A 1859 newspaper report of a ploughing match at Backies

From Place names of West Aberdeenshire

Backies (Glenbucket). Meaning of Name
Laing, in the "Donean Tourist," calls this place Bacaiseach, which, he says, signifies an impeding or obstruction. I know nothing of any such form of the name, and Laing gives no authority.
Baukie (Sco.), “a strip of untilled ground between cultivated ridges," does not suit, the vowel sound being long.
Backie (Sco.), dim, of back, and pi. Sy has been suggested, but I never heard the word so used, and do not see the sense of it.
Backhous croft, Haddington, and Bakhous croft, Kincardine, seem to be close parallels, but these were probably crofts attached to bake houses.
In Aberdeenshire there is a curious custom of calling a farmer by the first syllable of the name of his farm, with ‘ies’ added, thus — Drummies, Whities, Edenies, Scurries, and many such like. These names do not apply to the farms, but to the occupants, and are really nicknames, though no offence is intended or taken. A farmer in Strathbogie once occupied a farm called “Back o’ Field," and for forty years was commonly known by no other name than “Backies." Had this man gone into a croft after leaving his farm, it would almost certainly have been called "Backie's Croft." In some such way this place in Glenbucket may have got the name.

Click for Poem THE BACKIES BIRKEN BRAE by James Murdoch

From SCOTTISH RECORD SOCIETY.

THE CONSISTORIAL PROCESSES AND DECREETS,
(Commissariot of Ebinburg. )
1658-1800.

Consistorial causes or actions relating to marriage,
113. Process of Divorce — Alexander Mylne, sometime in Glenbucket, and now in Hallhead in the parish of Cushney, against Isobel Gordon, his spouse, daughter to William Gordon in Geach, in the parish of Cabrach, and relict of George Gordon in the Backies of Glenbucket, married at Glenbucket Kirk 24 June 1694 I 546 16 July 1703

From the Book of Glenbucket
The fourth Earl of Fife used to come to the Glen occasionally to shoot grouse, and for his accommodation a very modest room was added to the house of Backies , opposite the present Lodge. (See plans of old cottage above) Afterwards the Glen was let to shooting tenants, of whom Lord Craven was the first. He lived at Colquhonny, and was followed by the Duke of Buckingham, whose rent for the Glenbuchat and Glen Nochty shootings—except Auchernach, which then belonged to Forbes of Skellater—was £200. The first Lodge, a small house, was built for the Duke. Sir Robert Harvey came after the Duke, and then Colonel Walker and Mr. Behrens, a Jewish banker of Manchester.

From the Donean Tourist
David Duff a collateral branch of the noble family of Duff gained from his Majesty Robert III in 1401 the barony of Muldavit and was afterwards made Earl of Fife This barony continued to be one of the chief titles of the family until alienated in the beginning of the reign of Charles I William Duff of Braco who married Helen Taylor and had only one daughter who married Patrick Duff Esq of Premnay His uncle William Duff of Dipple succeeded and married Helen daughter of George Gordon Esq of Edinglassie issue William who was representative for Banffshire in 1727 was created Lord Braco of Kilboyde by the privy seal of Queen Caroline when Regent dated Kensington June 17 and by patent at Dublin July 28 1735 and was farther advanced to the peerage as he was created Viscount Macduff and Earl of Fife by privy seal at St James's April 4 and by patent April 26 1759 He married Janet daughter of James Ogilvie Earl of Findlater and Seafield and she dying without issue he married secondly Jane daughter of Sir James Grant of Grant Bart issue fourteen children and died September 30 1763 and was succeeded by his son James who was created Baron Fife February 19 1790 in the English peerage and Lord Lieutenant of the county of Banff He married Dorothea daughter of Alexander ninth Earl of Caithness by Margaret daughter of Archibald Primrose fourth Earl of Roseberry James died without issue June 24 1809 and was succeeded by his brother Alexander to the Earldom and Viscounty but not to the barony of Fife as that title became extinct February 19 1800 he married Mary daughter of George Skene Esq of Skene and had issue He died April 16 1811 and was succeeded by his son James who married Mary Caroline second daughter of Lady Louisa Manners she died in December 1805 and had no issue Heir presumptive Alexander his Lordship's brother.

His Lordship has a hunting seat at the Backies as already mentioned Near the Backies stood the old castle of Badenyon, i.e. bird's bush, surrounded by a deep fosse and covered by a tower of defence. Tradition reports it to have been reared by some of the Muat Mowat or Montealto family in the thirteenth century Arms argent a lion rampant sable armed gules within a border of the second Crest an oak tree issuing from a rock proper Motto Montealto i.e. spring up In 1818 part of the ruins were visible and the shell of the culinary apartments. Here at a place called Muat's stone was fought the combat between Forbes and Muat There is an elegant Scotch air called John of Badenyon On an eminence near the estuary of the stream stands the old castle of Glenbucket reared by John Gordon descended from the family of Rothiemay The family were called the gay Gordons as may be found by an old song called Glen logie which is here affixed

1851 census
Backies
Mary Brodie Head W 61 Occupier of 20 acres Aberdeenshire, Glenbucket
Alexr D. Brodie Son U 27 Ag Lab do, do
Mary Ann do Dau U 22 house Serv do, do
Grace Reid Visitor 7 Scholar do, do
John Grant Serv U 15 Farm lab MorrayShire, Rothes
Donald McNicol Lodger Mar 43 [Hd?] Game Keeper Argyleshire, Glenorchy
Nicol McNicol Visitor do 32 do Keeper do, do
John Robertson Lodger do 40 do do Perthshire, Longforgan(?)

From “glenbuchatancestors”
Baptism
1772
MOIR – May 3 – James Moir in Backies had a child baptized by a Priest called JAMES he being a Roman Catholick

MICHIE – March 30th – Hary Michie in Badenyon had a daughter baptized named HENERETIA before witnesses [xxx]n Anderson in Backies and James Beig in Badenyon

1831
Reid - James Reid in Newton, and Hellen Forbes his wife had a Daughter, born on the 7th day of Octr, Baptised and named Isobel on the 9th day of same month – in presence of witnesses viz Peter Davidson Merchant, & William Brodie, Backies

Deaths
William Alexander Gordon (single)
1873 February twenty-fourth 9h 30m AM Backies, Glenbucket
M: 69 years
Parents: [xxx] W.A. Gordon (deceased) [in pencil: xxx ? Strathspey] & Elspet Kellas (deceased)
Cause: Unknown. No medical attendant
Informant: W.A.G. Brodie, Nephew(?) (present) added: occupier (plus illegible text in parens)] 1873 Feby 25th at Glenbucket. John Callam, Registrar

Marriage
1846
31st Janry - Robert Murdock, Heughhead & Isobel Broddie Backies Glenbucket were regularly proclaimed for the first second and third time on the 25th Janry and married on the 31st Janry by the Revd Robt Scott, Glenbucket

From “Scottish notes and queries John Malcolm Bulloch – 1906”
The Brodies in Glenbucket, now Glenbuchat. —
“Since I mentioned in 2nd S., VI., 95, that I was a descendant of the Brodies of Glenbucket, a branch of the Brodiss of Brodie, my friends bearing this surname have recently furnished me with dates of births, etc., of those of Belnaglack, Backies, and Drumnagarrie, the notes going back to at least a hundred years. Though there are no Brodies now in Glenbuchat, they are by no means extinct. They are the descendants of John Brodie, third son of 12th Brodie of (see below) born at Belnaglack, Glenbuchat, in 1848, now minister at Kirkpatrick-Juxta, who is M.A., Aberdeen, 1877, and B.D., Edinburgh, 1875 ; unmarried. The Backies branch are represented by William Yool Brodie, born 12th June, 1887 at present in Aberdeen; and the Drumnagarrie section by John Brodie, born at Dykeside, Auchterless, on 22nd November, 1869, now of the Fife Arms Hotel, Aberchirder. He is unmarried.”
Robert Murdoch.

From Scottish notes and queries, John Malcolm Bulloch, D. Wyllie and Son, 1906
“William Gauld, in Crofts, previous to his removal from Tarntoul, along with Adam Hay, Upperton, and William Brodie, Backies, was captured by the excise, smuggling whisky, and heavily fined. Gauld was able to pay his fine. Brodie, while languishing in Aberdeen jail, wrote his wife, Mary Reid, daughter of Archibald Reid and Jean Middleton, to get sharp tools passed in to him so that he might break out. This alarmed her, and she rode, during the night, on horseback, from Tarntoul to Aberdeen, a distance of forty-four miles, to inform him that Lord Fife was using his influence to get him liberated — he being at that time employed by his Lordship”

From The Glenbuchat Ballads
“Perhaps a similar encounter is implied in John Forbes’s oblique comment that “There was a sade Deficulty Last time with Brody in getting up some spirits to the Lodge and taking a Extre price also on account of the Excise being so plenty on the Road.” Smuggling also strained relationships within the community. John Reid tried to back out of a partnership with John Hay of Upperton because he was afraid of an association with smugglers, and a Glen Nochty tenant appealed for a farm in another parish on behalf of his sons, "as they have no employment but Farming, as they were never practised with the employment the young men of Nochty side employ themselves with.” Archibald Reid angered several of his Beltimore neighbours, Forbes among them, by subletting a cottage on his farm to an excise officer. Still, these were minor concerns compared to the difficulties faced by some of the smugglers’ families. When William Brodie and Adam Hay were jailed for an extended period their families became so destitute that the parish elders had to petition the Earl to intercede for their release. Small wonder that Scott counted the end of smuggling as the most positive development in Glenbuchat during his ministry. All the same, neither distilling nor smuggling were clear cut issues of right and wrong. John Forbes, William Brodie, and other glen residents openly sold whisky to the factors at Duff House and Mar Lodge, sometimes in lieu of rent.’ What the government opposed, the heritor implicitly supported, underscoring an ambiguity between what was legal and what was culturally appropriate or at least accepted.”

From collected Oral History by David Northcroft author of the book 'Grampian Lives' and reproduced with his permission.

Balloch School Teacher – lived at Backies
I was at Balloch for the three years till its closure in '48. It was a one-room school with a little porch as you went in and that's where you would hang up your coats. The toilet was round the back- a dry toilet. I can recall someone who had gone out from the glen to Canada and who sent a box of powdered drinking chocolate to the school so that each day, along with the piece that we took to the school - there were no school dinners- we had warm chocolate to drink. There was also a fireplace and an organ, that stood in the corner; a pedal organ.. Every morning, Mrs Fraser would play it; we sang 'the Old Rugged Cross'. Then there were the desks which had lift-up lids, a blackboard, and eventually a telephone that rested on the window-sill. There were cupboards at the back. Letters of the alphabet were kept in an Oxo tin. You could describe it as a bare, austere place. I can remember that Mrs Fraser used to do the floor herself and that she had this stuff called 'Does-mo'. She would sprinkle it on the floor and then sweep it up- she had a special 'Does-mo' broom for that.

Mrs Fraser was an Englishwoman. She was an independent woman who lived up at Backies in one of the crofts. She lived there by herself. We would take milk up to her, from our cow. Dad used to call her ‘Glory hallelujah’, because she was forever pumping the Bible into us. She was rather lame and, I think, was in her 60s. How she landed up at Balloch I have no idea. Nor can I really tell you how well she fitted into the community. You see, there was no real 'community' to fit into- there was our family, there was the old gentleman and the old lady, and that was about all within the mile, mile and a half of us. The school itself only had about ten at the most on its roll. The shepherds and their families would come and go; there were two boys who lived on a tenant farm. There was the one schoolroom and that was it. Really, Mrs Fraser was simply one of the odd people who were dotted around the landscape of the glen.

From a Guide to Donside 1852
The parish of Glenbucket occupies the strath washed by the stream Bucket from whence it is named. The name is Gaelic and signifies the Strath of Male Deer. The Earl of Fife has a Hunting Lodge here called Backies also from the Gaelic signifying an impending or obstruction.
Near the Backies stood the old Castle of Badenyon ie Bird's Bush surrounded by a deep fosse and protected by a tower once the residence of the celebrated John O Badenyon. Tradition says it was reared by some of the Mowat family in the thirteenth century. Here stands Muat's Stone formerly alluded to The subject of the following ballad was one of the gay Gordons of Glenbucket

There were also gamekeepers. William Brodie was keeper at Backies, up at Glenbuchat Lodge. He died in 1839, and James Brodie, gamekeeper at Drumnagarrie, died nearly half a century later.

From Roots Web

Archibald Reid
Birth: Bef 1766
Death: Bet 1795 AND 1840 in prob Glenbucket
Marriage 1 Jane Middleton b: ABT 1761
Married: 04 SEP 1786 in Glenbucket,
Marriage Bann: 03 SEP 1786 in Coull,
Children
1. James Reid b: 23 JUL 1787 in Glenbucket,
2. Mary Reid b: 16 May 1789 in Glenbucket,
3. Peter Reid b: 29 May 1791 in Glenbucket,
4. Archibald Reid b: 11 AUG 1793 in Glenbucket,
5. Ann Reid b: 06 JUL 1795 in Glenbucket,

Mary Reid
Birth: 16 May 1789 in Glenbucket,
Death: 28 FEB 1864 in Crofts, Glenbucket,
Father: Archibald Reid b: Bef 1766 in prob
Mother: Jane Middleton b: ABT 1761 in Aberdeenshire,
Marriage 1
William Brodie b: Bef 30 NOV 1785 in Glenbucket,
Married: ABT 1815 in prob Glenbucket,
Children
1. James Brodie b: 25 May 1816 in Glenbucket
2. William Brodie b: Bef 12 JAN 1818 in Glenbucket,
3. Margaret Brodie b: Bef 02 FEB 1820 in Glenbucket
4. Isabella Brodie b: Bef 20 NOV 1821 in Glenbucket,
5. Alexander D Brodie b: ABT 1824 in Glenbucket,
6. William Brodie b: 09 JUL 1825 in Glenbucket
7. Mary Ann Brodie b: 11 DEC 1828 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Backies, Glenbucket,
Christening: 16 May 1789 Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Backies, Glenbucket,

Mary Ann Brodie
Birth: 11 DEC 1828 in Glenbucket,
Death: 04 MAR 1905 in prob Glenbucket,
Census: 1841 Backies, Glenbucket,
Father: William Brodie b: Bef 30 NOV 1785 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Mary Reid b: 16 May 1789 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 1
Jonathan Gauld b: 01 JUL 1799 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. William Gauld b: 31 JAN 1859 in Glenbucket,
2. Jonathan Gauld b: 08 JAN 1861 in Glenbucket,
3. Mary Ann Gauld b: 31 May 1863 in Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Backies, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Crofts, Glenbucket,

William Brodie
Birth: Bef 1764 in prob 2
Death: AFT 1798 in prob Glenbucket,
Marriage 1
Janet Gauld b: 23 AUG 1755 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. William Brodie b: Bef 30 NOV 1785 in Glenbucket,
2. Jean Brodie b: 28 FEB 1788 in Glenbucket,
3. Alexander Brodie b: 28 FEB 1788 in Glenbucket
4. Elizabeth Brodie b: Bef 05 JUL 1790 in Glenbucket,
5. Isobel Brodie b: Bef 02 JUN 1793 in Glenbucket,
6. James Brodie b: Bef 12 FEB 1796 in Glenbucket,
7. Helen Brodie b: Bef 08 JUN 1798 in Glenbucket,

William Brodie
Birth: Bef 30 NOV 1785 in Glenbucket,
Death: 26 MAR 1839 in Backies, Glenbucket,
Father: William Brodie b: Bef 1764
Mother: Janet Gauld b: 23 AUG 1755 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 1
Mary Reid b: 16 May 1789 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. James Brodie b: 25 May 1816 in Glenbucket
2. William Brodie b: Bef 12 JAN 1818 in Glenbucket
3. Margaret Brodie b: Bef 02 FEB 1820 in Glenbucket
4. Isabella Brodie b: Bef 20 NOV 1821 in Glenbucket,
5. Alexander D Brodie b: ABT 1824 in Glenbucket,
6. William Brodie b: 09 JUL 1825 in Glenbucket,
7. Mary Ann Brodie b: 11 DEC 1828 in Glenbucket,

From Kildrummy Families

James Brodie 1816 - 1861
Birth 25 May 1816 Glenbucket/Glenbuchat
Died 21 Jul 1861 St Nicholas, Aberdeen
Father William Brodie, b. 30 Nov 1785, Glenbucket/Glenbuchat
Mother Mary Reid, b. 16 May 1789, Glenbucket/Glenbuchat
Spouse 1
Elizabeth Gordon, b. 03 Jan 1820, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
Married 29 Jul 1843 Kirkmichael, Banffshire
Children
1. William Alexander Gordon Brodie, b. 06 Apr 1844, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
2. Mary Ann Gordon Brodie, b. 25 Sep 1845, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
3. Rowland Hill Gordon Brodie, b. 25 Sep 1849, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
4. James Brodie, b. 1851, Kirkmichael, Banffshire

Elizabeth Gordon 1820 -
Birth 03 Jan 1820 Kirkmichael, Banffshire
Spouse 1
James Brodie, b. 25 May 1816, Glenbucket/Glenbuchat
Married 29 Jul 1843 Kirkmichael, Banffshire
Children
1. William Alexander Gordon Brodie, b. 06 Apr 1844, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
2. Mary Ann Gordon Brodie, b. 25 Sep 1845, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
3. Rowland Hill Gordon Brodie, b. 25 Sep 1849, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
4. James Brodie, b. 1851, Kirkmichael, Banffshire
Histories census
1851 enumerated @ TomachLaggan, Kirkmichael with husband (gamekeeper) and children William, Mary and Rowland
1861 enumerated @ Backies, Glenbucket with husband (farmer) and children William, Mary, Rowland and James
1871 enumerated @ Backies, Glenbucket (widow) with brother William and sons William and Rowland
1881 enumerated @ Backies, Glenbucket (widow) with son William

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 In 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





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49 The 'Baltimore Picture'47 Gavin Ogg34 Strathdon Slides - Blackhillock Farm24 Strathdon Slides - Farm and farm Yard22 Strathdon Slides - Unidentified Farm Hay making17 Strathdon Slides - Farm Life16 Strtathdon Slides 12 Starthdon Slides - Unidentified Farmyard10 Strathdon Slides - Mill of Newe Farm9 Strathdon Slides - Unidentified Farm