Whaick (or Whyack or Whaich)
The electoral register for 1832 has "Malcolm Finlayson , tenant" listed, so there was probably someone living here at the same time as Haldrick. But the house which is there now looks far too modern to date back to 1860 so they must have built a newer house on the same spot:
The sheds at the back look like they are hundreds of years old, but look as if they are still occasionally used, perhaps during lambing or for sheepdipping.
The house had boarded up windows. The front door was open and sheep had been wandering in and out.
The sheep had left poo everywhere:
It also had a grimy bathroom. I had to use my torch for this one, I always carry one in my rucksack:
When you get closer up you realise the house is in a really bad state.
Most of the windows where smashed or missing, and the lintel of one of the windows had given way.
And there was a big hole in the wall of one of the outbuildings:
- Alexander Monteath, who I think was the father, had moved to Carim, which is the ruined mansion I had written about before in 2011 ! The story is here, and I didn't name it then. It is only a few miles away.
- H Monteath is down as being a farmer at Easter Biggs, which is only a few miles away as well. The farm is still there and I walked past it coming back from Haldrick ! But remember from above that in 1903, Henry Monteith was living at Haldrick, the first cottage, just a short way away !
- J Monteath was a farmer at Wester Biggs, which is close to Easter Biggs. The farm is mostly gone, though.
- John Monteath is listed as the farmer for Knowehead (same as in 1893).
- J Monteath is listed as the farmer for "Whyack" which I think is the same as "Whaick" which is the farm which is now the deserted bungalow !
This wheel would have driven these pistons, but I have no idea what they would have done.
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