Genealogy of Alexander Hutchison and Laura R J
|L - R. Laura (Cantlay) H, Alex Cantlay H,
Alexander Hutchison, Laura Ann H.
In front - Ada Madeline H, dr of James H & Lillie Harper.
Taken at Dorbshill ca 1919.
|L - R
Laura Ann, Alexander, Alexander Cantlay, Marjorie Rose, Laura RJ.
of Danestone Farm: Woodside: Aberdeenshire. Ca 1928.
|Alexander Hutchison (1879 - 1955) was the fifth son and
sixth child of George Hutchison and Ann Sangster. He was born on 1st August
1879 on the farm of Hardslacks of Cruden: returned to work on the farm for a
year then, like most of his siblings, opted for another career.
He followed family tradition into joinery and carpentry but rather than
learning the trade by helping his father - as was formally the practice - he
served a four year apprenticeship, with one year as a journeyman, with James
Robertson, the millwright at Bogbrae, Cruden. This formality of course
opened the door to employment anywhere in the english speaking world.
Two years were spent getting experience locally but then a serious attack of
pleurisy enforced an 18 month convalescence. Then to Edinburgh for four
years and formal qualifications in building technology from Herriot Watt
College, and emigration to Winnipeg, Canada.
Once again illness, in the form of a typhoid epidemic, wrecked progress and,
seriously debilitated, he eventually returnd to convalesce on the farm at
By now however farming prospects had become brighter and it made sense for
Alex, in partnership with his older bother William, to lease the larger
property of Dorbshill of Logie Buchan into which the remaining family
(Mother Ann Sangster, Geo jnr, Ann, William, Alex) moved in November 1910.
He married Laura Cantlay of the farm of Arthrath of Ellon. Their three
children were born at Dorbshill, then at whitsunday 1924 they moved to
Danestone Farm, Oldmachar, in which they lived for 21 years.
Despite the severe agricultural depression of the 20's and 30's he realised
that, though the life was sheer slavery, dairying at least kept the banker
from the door. In 1936 the imminence of war relieved the situation and by
1945 they were glad to retire to Cults, Aberdeen.
TMH January 2004.
||1 Mar 1916
||11 Jul 1942 Nan Davidson..
Sheila m. Christopher Glidewell 1970.
Beth m. John Hartley 1986.
Linda m. Mark Gyngell 1977.
||1 Oct 1917
||2 Sep 1921
|Alexander Cantlay Hutchison, MA.(1936) BSc.
Born Dorbshill, Auchmacoy, Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
|Laura Ann Hutchison. MA?