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STRACHAN, James in Old Morlich,Glenkindie then Aberdeen
SMITH, John in Towie, Kearn and Kildrummy
(About 1680-)
(1702-After 1775)
SMITH, Barbara


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1. THOM, Jean

STRACHEN, James 1 2 3

  • Baptised: 16 March 1744, Glenbucket parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3
  • Marriage (1): THOM, Jean end of July-August 1769 in Glenbucket parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1 2
  • Died: 1 June 1828, Mains of Tillyangus, Clatt, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

   Another name for James was STRACHAN, James.

   User ID: M3.

  General Notes:

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from Births and Baptisms

Old Parish Registers
Glenbucket parish Aberdeenshire

March 16
Bap James son to William Strachen Drumnaga"

"Masters/Mistresses:James Strachan, Mains of Tillyangus
Number of horses:2
Horses liable in duty:1
Horses not liable:1
Duty: 0.2.0"

from Farm Horse Tax

A granddaughter of James Strachen was baptised in 1805:

Old Parish Registers
Glenbucket parish Aberdeenshire

"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"

sometime Farmer at Parkstile of Tillyfour in Oyne parish,and latterly residing at Mains of Tillyangus
Aberdeen Sheriff Court Inventories

from Legal Records

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)." 3 4 5 6

  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 applies to the family under review here:

Several families of the name of Strachan, in the parish of Towie, claim to be decended from the old Strachan of Glenkindie, viz., the Strachans at Mill of Culfork, and the Strachans at New Mains. The claim rests on tradition: there is no documentary proof.
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." 7 8

  Noted events in his life were:

Moved home: from Drumnagarrow, Glenbucket parish, Aberdeenshire, Between 1785 and 1797, to Mains of Tullyangus, Clatt parish, Aberdeenshire. 5 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 and Jean HUNTER, end of July-August 1769 in Glenbucket parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1 2 (Jean THOM was baptised on 5 April 1745 in Glenbucket parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 3 4.)

  Marriage Notes:

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from Index of Marriages

Old Parish Registers
Glenbucket parish Aberdeenshire

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 2


1 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Glenbucket parish Aberdeenshire Marriages.

2 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Marriages.

3 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Births and Baptisms.

4 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Glenbucket parish Aberdeenshire Baptisms.

5 Internet Site, Historical Tax Rolls Farm horse tax rolls 1797-1798 Farm Horse Tax 1797-1798, Volume 07 E326/10/7/52 Clatt parish.

6 National Records of Scotland, Legal records - Wills and testaments.

7 James Allardyce, The Strachans of Glenkindie 1357-1726 (1899), Appendix pages 42 and 43.

8 e-books, Aberdeenshire Epitaphs and Inscriptions by John A. Henderson (1907).

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