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Glenbuchat Heritage

19 Grave Stone No 16 John McKinzie
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19 Grave Stone No 16 John McKinzie

Glenbuchat Old Kirk Graveyard

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Erected by

MARY FARQUHARSON in memory of my

Husband JOHN MCKINZIE sometime

Miller at Mill of Glenbucket

Who died 7th July 1825 Aged 51


4 of their family viz

JOHN who died 14th Oct 1843 Aged 32

JAMES who died 20th April 1843 Aged 27

CHA’s who died 13th April 1842 Aged 25

ROB’t who died 17th May 1822 Aged 2 years

And their daughter ANN who died

28th June 1845 Aged 25 Also the

Above named MARY FARQUHARSON who

Died 13th May 1848 Aged 67

John MacKenzie (presumably Jon McKinzie’s father)married, about 1773, Janet or Jannet Thain, by whom he had issue—
(1) John MacKenzie, sometime miller at Mill of Glenbuchat, born at Glenbuchat 1774.
He was proclaimed 6th September 1804 (Marriage Register), and afterwards married to Mary Farquharson Glenbuchat Parish, daughter of Alexander Farquharson and Janet Ritchie (a cenotaph to whose memory will be seen on the walls of he Parish Church at Glenbuchat)

The above-mentioned Mary Farquharson was a daughter of Alexander Farquharson and his wife, Janet Ritchie, before-mentioned. Her husband John M'Kenzie, had a brother James, who left the parish when a young man, and is believed to have been actively engaged in the Red River Rebellion. He never returned to this country, and the family connection with the parish is now extinct. His sister, Jane, was the wife of Robert Murdoch

From “The Celtic Monthly: A Magazine for Highlanders 1907"

When mentioning the surname M'Kenzie, I am tempted to make tne following remarks bearing on family history. My great - grandmother, Jean M'Kenzie, 1784-1822, became the wife of Robert Murdoch, 1779-1824, in Belnaboth, Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire. She had two brothers, John and James. John, 1774-1825, was a miller at Mill of Glehbucket, and married Mary Farquharson, daughter of Alexander Farquharson ana his wife Janet Ritchie (a cenotaphto whose memory will be seen on the walls of the parish church of Glenbucket). These Farquhar- sons belonged to the Allargue branch of the clan.

James left the parish when a young man, and is reported to have been actively engaged in the Red River Rebellion, and latterly to have held a lucrative position in the army. He never returned to this country, and the surname M'Kenzie is now extinct in the locality.

Probably some of our American readers can corroborate the statement made to me of James M'Kenzie's career. Was a list ever published of those who participated in the Rebellion ?

I have been thinking that the ' Tales and Traditions of the Mackenzies' {Ctltic Monthly, Vol. xi., page 72), where Fionn states a charter was dated at Kincardine, may possibly explain the appearance of the surname Mackenzie in Aberdeenshire.

Robert Murdoch

From the Book ‘Glenbuchat Ballads’
‘He (Rev Robert Scott) also sided with the Reids and other prosperous farmers against the miller, John McKenzie, in a multure dispute. At the time, McKenzie was facing financial difficulty and subsequently lost the mill’
Multure Archaic, or Scot ‘a fee formerly paid to a miller for grinding grain ‘

This was about1825 about the time of John McKenzie’s death

And again

"What began as an exchange of letters in the fall of 1820 over repairs to the church, soon descended into a squabble with the heritor’s staff that dragged on for the entire decade…. Scott,(Rev Robert Scott) however, insisted on renovations to the manse, and we can assume that his first thought was for his wife, whose discontent seems to have been growing. Work approved for the summer of 1822 began late and then ran into trouble because of complaints that it encroached on the graveyard.

On 27th August, Forbes informed George Wilson that “The minister was obliged to cause the Pinns to be removed after set or I believe the people would (have) broken all his windows. The people turned out to be John McKenzie and his wife, thought Forbes would have enjoyed leaving the impression that Scott was the target of wider antagonism. The ‘mill McKenzies’ as they were known, were a common source of friction in the Glen, but in this instance their position is understandable. They no doubt harboured resentment over Scott’s support of the well-to-do farmers in the mill-action which was on going, and in the summer of 1822 they were grieving the loss of their two year old son and John’s sister Jane both of whom died that spring.

Construction that interfered with the graveyard would have opened fresh wounds for them. Scott’s response was mixed. By the way of compromise adjusted the plan of work – which angered Wilson, who felt sure the builders would exploit the situation – but he was surprisingly curt in his remarks about the MacKenzies: “if they were buried or banished”, he wrote, “it would be no loss to Society in Glenbucket.”
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