Humphrys genealogy

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My wife's ancestors - Noltie - Contents

East Gallowhill, near Alford, Aberdeenshire

Home of the Noltie family from 1822 to about 1895.

The Noltie house is on the SE side of the small hill of Gallow Hill (or Gallowhill), W of Alford (pron. "Afford"), Aberdeenshire. See map.
The road into the Noltie house used to continue on towards Mid Mill and the old Alford church, but is now a dead end. The road beyond the house is now blocked off and overgrown.
The Noltie house was the only house at East Gallowhill in the 19th century.

The Noltie house, East Gallowhill.
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From Google Street View.

The house at East Gallowhill is a listed building.
See entries for LB3293 - farmhouse and LB3294 - outbuildings at rear.
It was built c.1800 and was "said to have been an inn" or "a former coaching inn".

Henry Noltie of Germany and his son Henry Noltie both came to the Alford area through their service to Farquharson of Haughton House on the NE side of Alford.
In 1822 Henry Noltie settled at East Gallowhill to farm, and he left Farquharson's service.
East Gallowhill was on the Farquharson estate and Noltie got a long-term lease from Farquharson. The lease ended 1898, so it seems it was a 75 year lease 1823-98.
The Noltie account book for East Gallowhill starts in 1822, though Henry Noltie writes as if he did not leave Farquharson's service until his marriage 1823.
Thereafter it is sometimes listed as just "Gallowhill" but it is clear that the family is living in East Gallowhill all this time.
The will of Henry Noltie (died 1892) shows he was leasing the farm from "Mrs. Farquharson" of Haughton.
The last sighting of Noltie in East Gallowhill is the death of Henry Noltie's widow there in 1894. Their children left the place soon after.
Their dau Agnes was married 1896 not from East Gallowhill but from Airlie, Keig, nr Alford (where her brother Hugh lived).
Her brother Henry Noltie did not stay at Alford - he was not a farmer but rather a carpenter, and he had moved to England by the time of his marriage 1897. The 2 other sisters were married and gone before 1894.

It became a listed building 1971.
The house was in bad repair around 1995,
but has been nicely restored since.
It was for sale as at 2007 (formerly here and here).
It is described as a "converted traditional B Listed Georgian coachouse".
Postcode given as AB33 8NE, grid reference NJ 564 158.

The Noltie house at East Gallowhill.
Top: From old map. Survey date: 1866 to 1867. Publication date: 1867.
Bottom: From old map. Survey date: 1865. Publication date: 1892.
The Noltie house is the only house in East Gallowhill in these maps.

The Noltie house at East Gallowhill.
From map of c.1869 at

Screenshot from modern satellite view.

The Noltie house in bad repair in 1995.
Photo from Kirstine Holmes.
The house has been nicely restored since.


Modern photos


The Noltie house, East Gallowhill.
Photo 2008. See full size.
See other shot and other shot.

The house for sale as at 2007.
Formerly here.

Inside the new front porch, 2007.
Formerly here.
See full size.

The road up to the Noltie house (from the Alford side or E side).
This was once a through road (so an inn or coach house could be located on it) but is now a dead end.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.
See other shot.
See 2008 shot from Geograph.

The Noltie house (from the E side).
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.
See other shot.

The N side of the Noltie house.
Odd that there are almost no windows at the side or the rear.
Visible in background LHS is a new house that has been built adjacent.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.

The outbuildings at the rear

The outbuildings at the rear are still in a ruined state.
Photo 2008. From NW side.
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See other shot.

Videos, 2008

From front (E side) of house.
Pan from S to N.
From here. Hosted at my YouTube account.
Download AVI file.

Still from above.

The old road. Still from above.

From NW side.
Pan from E to W.
Showing the outbuildings.
From here. Hosted at my YouTube account.
Download AVI file.

The old road going W followed the line of utility poles here, and is now overgrown.
Still from above.

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