Re: [Stonehaven] Question Regarding 'Register of Testaments 1715-1800
- Thanks Ian,
I will look it up - would the Tifty Burn power a Grain Mill
perhaps ? Thanks for the different spelling of Bodiechell.
There are two farms near Fyvie with the right sort of name,
both close to NJ 785 435 (Uk national grid ref). The Tifty
Burn runs through the area.
The spelling slightly different now at Bodiechell
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- Hi Brenda,
Ian may have misled you. Nothing about place-names is unusual
in Aberdeenshire - the most unlikely names recur all over the
There is a farm called Mains of Bodychell and a ferm toun
called Bodychell in Pitsligo parish on the border with Tyrie,
alongside the Water of Tyrie burn. It may or may not be your
Bodichell - spelling varies a lot over the centuries.
The grid references are NJ950628 and NJ955628, respectively.
If you want to see their location go to:
The circle shows Bodychell; Mains is just to the west of it
at the end of the lane but not named.
If you look further west along the Water of Tyrie there is
a place called Tyrie Mains. On the 1896 map that is shown
as a Mill.
The Mill in this case would have been a water mill for grain.
One of the curiosities of the mills in Aberdeenshire was that
a condition of tenancy [and sub-tenancy which was common]
often required a crofter or tenant farmer to use a particular
mill. This would have been owned by the land-owner or
principal tenant and he would get a cut of the proceeds. So
the guy at the bottom of the land-using pile would have to
give the miller a proportion of his flour/grain and another
proportion to his landlord & sometimes a tithe to the church.
He could end up with only about 70% of his produce.
We have heard of one sub-tenant who had to cart his grain 15
miles to the designated mill, passing two or three other
mills on the way. But, hey, who said life had to be fair?
There were lots of other mills in Aberdeenshire. The ones
scattered around the countryside were usually for grain but
some of the towns had woollen mills. New Pitsligo - a new
township - seems to have had a big weaving and clothing
industry late in the 19th century judging by the number of
our relatives who migrated there & took up various associated
trades. It sounds rather like sweat-shops.
There were also many mills in the Denburn area of N. W.
Aberdeen which, I think, did similar things. You may have to
ask the Aberdeen List for details if you are really interested.
I've only picked up bits & pieces from the Exchange Lists, so
There may be other Bodichell/Bodychell/Bodiechell, etc places
in Aberdeenshire but GENUKI only shows the one in Fyvie and
the one in Pitsligo.
Good luck & Best wishes,
From slender evidence, Mid Bodichell seems to be a farm
somewhere near Fyvie in Aberdeenshire. Bodichell is an
unusual name, and I would be extremely surprised if there
is another place with the same name.
Mill of Bodichell would most probably have been a grain mill.
There is a common phrase "last will and testament" meaning
the document describing how a person wants his property
disposed of when he dies. The register of testaments may
well be a collection of wills.