The Gordons o' Girnoc
My Family - 'Camlet John'
The Girnoc Farms
Past Research
Location Map
Gordon Tombstones
Frugal Joseph Gordon
The 'Wolf McAndrews'
Newton & Linquoch
The Loinveg Longhouse
As one rises steeply out of the birch woods, heading southwards, the main Girnoc track leads first to the scattered remains of  Newton, a farming community that was deserted before 1850, and then Loinveg, a farm one-and-a-half miles on from the Cosh. Loinveg has an equally lengthy history, though unlike Newton, was farmed up until relatively recent times.

Loinveg has a rather romantic Gaelic translation
(l�n na bhfiodhag) "meadow of the bird-cherry." It was in its day a fairm-toun of similar size to Camlet and had several households. Loinveg was almost certainly the birthplace of Euphemia MacAndrew (the first wife of "Camlet John").

Examination of the old parish register reveals that there were several MacAndrew families in Loinveg throughout the 1700's, with the head of household carrying names such as Donald, James and John. Indeed the density of family groups of McAndrew in Crathie parish point to it being one of the focal points of origin of the name.

"Camlet John's" second son, who carried his father's name, took over the tenancy of Loinveg around 1834. We shall, for the sake of avoiding confusion, call him "Loinveg John."
'Loinveg John' (born 1787) moved to this farmstead with his wife Mary Downie (who was apparently his second cousin) and two young children John, aged 12 and James aged 8. Interestingly both boys were born at Mill of Cosh, indicating that for some years after their marriage, John and Mary lived there.

"Loinveg John" farmed 26 acres of lower Girnoc. Both he and his wife Mary died before civil registration was brought in, but as he appears as a 64 year old widower on the 1851 census, we know he must have died between then and 1855
Map of 1806 by John Innes
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