Gauldie Family History · North East of Scotland Family History

James Gauldie of Pitchaish

James Gauldie of Pitchaish is listed in “Jacobites of 1745 North East Scotland” as having been active in the ’45, but no further information is given. I haven’t found a birth, marriage or death for him and this James Gauldie may be the “James Gauldie Junior” mentioned in “A List of Persons Concerned in the Rebellion, Transmitted to The Commissioners of Excise in Scotland, 1890” or his father. The 1890 mention of “James Gauldie Jun” says he “carried arms as a private man” and returned home after the rebellion was over. Either way, the address is the same.

Pitchaish is in the parish of Knockando. The old line of the River Spey made it an island, but after the 1768 flood, the river changed direction.

“ISLAND OF PITCHAISH Island of Pitchaish Island of Pitchaish Island of Pitchaish J. McPherson. Blacksboat W. Walker Dellevenan J. Fleming Factor

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A Small Island of about 16 acres, on the opposite side of the Spey from Pitchroy this place was previous to the year 1768 under Cultivation but a flood in that year completely washed away the Good Soil and left it a barren Waste.  It is the property of Sir George McPherson Grant Baronet of Ballindalloch”

Pitchaish now from Google earth, the shape is very distinctive.
Pitchaish now (from Google earth) the shape is very distinctive.

References-

McDonnell, Frances. 1996. Jacobites of 1745 North East Scotland. St Andrews: Frances McDonnell.

n.d. “Ordnance Survey Name Books » Morayshire OS Name Books, 1868-1871 » Morayshire, volume 16.” scotlandsplaces.gov.uk. Accessed 2016. http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/digital-volumes/ordnance-survey-name-books/morayshire-os-name-books-1868-1871/morayshire-volume-16/143#zoom=2&lat=1009&lon=1420&layers=B.

Further reading-

The 1768 flood on the Spey

A List of Persons Concerned in the Rebellion, Transmitted to The Commissioners of Excise in Scotland, 1890