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A brief relative history of the upland of Mar

As much as I’m interested in the lives of the ordinary people who lived in the upland of Mar it is impossible to understand their place in it without the contextual framework of those who owned, or effectively owned, the land – the following timeline provides some of that contextual framework.

1689 – Viscount Dundee's Jacobite Rising

In 1689, John 'Black Colonel' Farquharson, 3rd of Inverey burned Braemar Castle to prevent its use by government forces during Viscount Dundee's Jacobite Rising

Act of Union with England – 1707

In 1707, the Scottish and English Parliament united to form the Parliament of Great Britain

Coronation of George I – 1714

In 1714, George succeeded Queen Anne in spite of the fact that Anne had many closer relatives - including James Stuart - who were Catholic

1715 – Earl of Mar’s Jacobite Rising

In 1715 the ‘modern’ story of Mar Forest begins with the instigation of the Jacobite Rising by John ‘Bobin Jock’ Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar.

The resulting forfeiture of 1716 marked the beginning of the end of the essentially feudal landholding system in the upland of Mar

1724 – James Erskine and David Erskine

In 1724 James Erskine, Lord Grange (the Earl of Mar's brother) and David Erskine, Lord Dun (a relative) bought the forfeited property from the Government.

Life in Mar Forest was about to change – to finance the purchase Grange and Dun had ‘greatly extended themselves’ by borrowing money and urgently needed to turn some of what they’d bought into cash

Birth of Lord Byron – 1788

George Byron (later 6th Baron Byron) was born on 22nd January 1788.

1829 – Muckle Spate

In 1829, the Muckle Spate following the storm of August 2nd caused significant damage in the upland of Mar.  The Dé destroyed many bridges in Strath Dee and, rising to over 5-feet against Mar Lodge, it deposited more than 3-feet of debris in the dining room