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120 Tragedy at Crofts
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120 Tragedy at Crofts

The above newspaper article from the Huntly Express relates to a distressing family tragedy at the Mill of Crofts Glenbucket in 1865.

Isobel Murdoch (1852 – 1865) was the daughter of Robert Murdoch shoemaker from Tarland and later Strathdon. He was married to Isobel Brodie of Glenbucket. Isobel Brodie was the daughter of William Brodie and Mary Reid, both from Glenbucket. Isobel Brodie had a sister Mary Ann Brodie who married John Gauld of Crofts . Young Isobel or Isabella was therefore staying with her aunt, also called Isobel, at the time of her death aged 13 in 1865.

As noted above Isabella had gone to bathe in the Mill Dam at Crofts and had got into deep water and drowned despite help arriving quickly. She was buried in the Glenbucket Church yard and her name added to the family gravestone.

From Kildrummy Families Web Site

Murdoch Family

Robert Murdoch
1779 - 1824
Birth 1779 Unknown
Died 10 Apr 1824 Glenbucket
Spouse: Jean McKenzie, b. 1791,
Children
1. Margaret Murdoch, b. 24 Nov 1804, Towie
2. John Murdoch, b. 08 Feb 1807, Glenbucket
3. Robert Murdoch, b. 05 Jun 1809, Glenbucket
4. William Murdoch, b. 1812, Glenbucket
5. Alexander Murdoch, b. 27 Aug 1815, Glenbucket
6. James Murdoch, b. 06 May 1820, Glenbucket

Robert Murdoch
1809 - 1889
Birth 05 Jun 1809 Glenbucket
Died 04 Mar 1889 Tarland and Migvie
Father Robert Murdoch, b. 1779,
Mother Jean McKenzie, b. 1791,
Family Isobel Brodie, b. 20 Nov 1821, Glenbucket
Married 31 Jan 1846 Tarland and Migvie
Children
1. James Murdoch, b. 14 May 1846, Strathdon and Corgarff
2. Mary Ann Murdoch, b. 27 Feb 1848, Strathdon and Corgarff
3. John Watt Murdoch, b. 26 Dec 1849, Strathdon and Corgarff
4. Isobel Murdoch, b. 20 Jan 1852, Strathdon and Corgarff
5. William Murdoch, b. 20 Jun 1854, Strathdon and Corgarff
6. Margaret Murdoch, b. 01 Sep 1856, Tarland and Migvie
7. Robert Murdoch, b. 13 Feb 1859, Tarland and Migvie
8. Alexander Murdoch, b. 07 Jun 1860, Tarland and Migvie
9. Ann Murdoch, b. 29 Sep 1862, Tarland and Migvie
10. Elizabeth Murdoch, b. 03 Jul 1865, Tarland and Migvie
11. Archibald Murdoch, b. 04 Apr 1869, Strathdon and Corgarff
Histories census -
1851 enumerated @ HeughHead, Strathdon (shoemaker/crofter) with wife, brother James and children James, Mary and John
1861 enumerated @ CraigieLea, Tarland (shoemaker/crofter) with wife and children James, Mary, John, William, Margaret and Alexander
1871 enumerated @ CraigieLea, Strathdon (shoemaker/crofter) with wife and children James, William, Margaret, Alexander, Ann and Archibald
1881 enumerated @ CraigieLea, Tarland (farmer/retired shoemaker) with wife and children William, Alexander, Ann and Archibald

Isobel Murdoch
1852 - 1865
Birth 20 Jan 1852 Strathdon and Corgarff
Died 21 Aug 1865 Glenbucket, in Mill Dam at Crofts Glenbucket,
Father Robert Murdoch, b. 05 Jun 1809, Glenbucket
Mother Isobel Brodie, b. 20 Nov 1821, Glenbucket

Details of the Gauld Family of Crofts.

1871 Scotland Census about Jonathan Gauld
Name: Jonathan Gauld
Age: 72 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1799
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name: Mary A Gauld
Gender: Male
Where born: Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration number: 200
Registration District: Glenbucket Civil Parish: Glenbucket County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Crofts
Occupation: Farmer of 60 Acres 40 Of Which Are Arable Employing 1 Man 1 Woman & 1 Boy
Household Members: Name Age
Jonathan Gauld 72
Mary A Gauld 43
Jonathan Gauld 10
Mary A Gauld 8
Bessie Fraser 19
Alexander McDonald 16

Jonathan Gauld
Birth: 01 Jul 1799 in Glenbucket,
Death: 16 Jan 1876 in Crofts, Glenbucket,
Father: William Gauld b: 30 May 1758 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Helen Michie b: 07 May 1777 in Invernochtie, Strathdon
Marriage 1
Mary Ann Brodie b: 11 Dec 1828 in Glenbucket,
Married: 19 Feb 1858 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: 1841 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Crofts, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Crofts, Glenbucket,

Details of Brodie family

William Brodie
Birth: bef 30 Nov 1785 in Glenbucket,
Death: 26 Mar 1839 in Backies, Glenbucket,
Father: William Brodie b: bef 1764 in prob Aberdeenshire,
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,

Isabella Brodie
Birth: bef 20 Nov 1821 in Glenbucket,
Death: 26 Jan 1888 in Glack, Migvie,
Father: William Brodie b: bef 30 Nov 1785 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Mary Reid b: 16 May 1789 in Glenbucket,
Marriage 1
Robert Murdoch b: 05 Jun 1809 in Glenbucket,
Married: 31 Jan 1846 in Glenbucket,
Children
1. James Murdoch b: 14 May 1846 in Strathdon,
2. Mary Ann Murdoch b: 27 Feb 1848 in Strathdon,
3. John Watt Murdoch b: 26 Dec 1849 in Strathdon,
4. Isabella Murdoch b: 20 Jan 1852 in Strathdon,
5. William Murdoch b: 20 Jun 1854 in Strathdon,
6. Margaret Murdoch b: 01 Sep 1856 in Tarland & Migvie,
7. Robert Murdoch b: 13 Feb 1859 in Tarland & Migvie,
8. Alexander Murdoch b: 07 Jun 1860 in Tarland & Migvie,
9. Ann Murdoch b: 29 Sep 1862 in Tarland & Migvie,
10. Elizabeth Murdoch b: 03 Jul 1865 in Tarland & Migvie,
11. Archibald Murdoch b: 04 Apr 1869 in Strathdon,
Census: 1841 Backies., Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 Craigielea, Tarland,




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