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STRACHAN, James in Old Morlich
(About 1680-)
(1702-After 1775)
SMITH, Barbara


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1. THOM, Jean


  • Baptised: 16 March 1744, Glenbucket Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Marriage (1): THOM, Jean in July-August 1769 in Glenbucket Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: 1 June 1828, Mains of Tillyangus, Clatt, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2

   Another name for James was STRACHAN, James.

  General Notes:

"Baptisms Glenbuchat
1744 March 16
Baptized James son to William Strachen in Drumnagarie"

Scotland's Places Horse Tax records has a record for James Strachan, living at Mains of Tullyangus in Clatt parish Aberdeenshire:
"9 Sep 1797
Masters/Mistresses:James Strachan, Mains of Tillyangus
Number of horses:2
Horses liable in duty:1
Horses not liable:1
Duty: 0.2.0"

A granddaughter of James Strachen was baptised in 1805, the entry containing the following:
Old Parish Register
Glenbuchat Parish
"9 January 1805
Said day James Strachen in Drumnagarie & Ann McKenzie his spouse had a daughter baptised called Mary before witnesses"

An alternative record of this baptism records the information above and adds:
"John Christi in Belnacraig & James Strachen elder in Drumnagarie"

In the Inventory of the Moveable Estate of the deceased James Strachan compiled in 1828 James Strachan was recorded as 'sometime farmer at Parkstile of Tillyfour, Oyne, and latterly residing at Mains of Tillyangus who died on the first day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight years'. Because James died intestate, his daughter signed an affidavit concerning his estate. 'Aberdeen 31st July 1828. The above is the Inventory of the moveable estate of the deceased James Strachan, father of me Mrs Christian Strachan or Home referred to in the affidavit emitted by me as his Executive before the Commissary of Aberdeen of this date (signed) Christian Strachan'. the document goes on to confirm that Christian Strachan resided at Mains of Tillyangus, but curiously refers to her as the 'only surviving child of the deceased James Strachan sometime farmer residing at Parkstile of Tillyfour of Oyne and latterly residing at Mains of Tillyangus aforesaid and wife of Peter Home farmer there.' The document authorised Christian Strachan to enter into the possession and management of her father's moveable estate. The value of that estate was between one hundred and two hundred pounds sterling.

In the death certificate of his son, James, in 1874, James was recorded as 'James Strachan, farmer (deceased)'. 2 3 4 5 6 7

  Research Notes:


In the Appendix to the Strachans of Glenkindie 1357-1726 by Colonel James Allardyce LLD, printed in Aberdeen, in the nineteenth century for private circulation, there appears this quotation which undoubtedly applies to the family under review here:

"There was also a family of Strachans at Drumnagarrow in Glenbucket, (now, it is believed, extinct,) which was understood to be of the Glenkindie stock. The last of this family was a famous violinist, and had a great reputation as a player of strathspeys."

The editor, John A. Henderson, of Aberdeenshire Epitaphs and Inscriptions, also refers to a 'claim' as he terms it by the family at Drumnagarrow that they were descended from the Strachans of Glenkindie:

"The farm of Drumnagarrow was for a considerable period occupied by a family named Strachan, who claimed descent from
the Strachans of Glenkindie. The last of the family was an expert violinist, and had a deservedly high reputation as a player of
strathspeys. (See Colonel Allardyce's Strachans of Glenkindie, p. 43.) Indeed, many hold that he was the finest player of dance music that ever existed."
8 9

  Noted events in his life were:

Moved home: from Drumnagarrow, Glenbucket parish, Aberdeenshire, Between 1785 and 1797, to Mains of Tullyangus, Clatt parish, Aberdeenshire. 7 The last child of James Strachan and Jean Thom was baptised in Glenbucket, in 1785. the family were resident at Drumnagarrow.
The horse tax records of 1797 show James Strachan resident, with two horses, one of which was liable for duty, at Mains of Tullyangus in the parish of Clatt.

James married Jean THOM, daughter of Arthur THOM in Echt, then Glenkindy & Bellamore and Jean HUNTER, in July-August 1769 in Glenbucket Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1 (Jean THOM was baptised on 5 April 1745 in Glenbucket Parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 5.)

  Marriage Notes:

The Old Parish registers for the parish of Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire have recorded the proclamations of the banns of marriage of James Strachen and Jean Thom as follows:
Strachen & Thom Contracts
July 16
Yesterday James Strachen & Jean Thom both Parishioners Consigned Pledges and were Contracted this day proclaimed pro imo (for the first time)
July 23
Strachen & Thom proclaimed pro 2do (for the second time)
July 30
Strachen & Thom proclaimed pr 3tio (for the third time) 1


1 Old Parish Registers, Marriages Glenbucket 200/0020 0215 1769.

2 Will or Testament, Aberdeen Sheriff Court Inventories SC1/36/5 1828.

3 Old Parish Registers, Glenbuchat Aberdeenshire Christenings 1744.

4 GRO Scotland, transcription


6 Will or Testament, 31/07/1828 Aberdeen Sheriff Court Inventories SC1/36/5.

7 Internet Site,

8 Strachans of Glenkindie 1357-1726, Appendix.

9 e-books, Aberdeenshire Epitaphs and Inscriptions ed John A. Henderson.

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