The Brydons

Scotland to Canada

Rev. John Glendenning Bryden

Male 1787 - 1855  (68 years)


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  • Name John Glendenning Bryden 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 1787  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1841  Sandsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Died 1855  , Sandsting and Aithsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7102  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2020 

    Father William Bryden,   b. Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Jean Glendenning,   b. Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Janet Creighton,   b. 1795, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1888, Sandsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 19 Jul 1819  , Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Jane G. Bryden,   b. 1821, Sandsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1911, Sandsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     2. Robert Creighton Bryden,   b. 19 May 1825, , Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1849, East Indies Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    +3. Jessie Creighton Bryden,   b. 1826, , Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1886, , Sandsting and Aithsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Helen Bruce Bryden,   b. Abt 1826, , Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, , Sandsting and Aithsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    +5. Mary Ann Bryden,   b. 1827, , Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1887, , Sandsting and Aithsting, Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     6. Katherine I. Bryden,   b. 1831, , Shetland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F2370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1787 - Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jul 1819 - , Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1841 - Sandsting, Shetland, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1855 - , Sandsting and Aithsting, Shetland, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Letter from John Bryden to his parents
    Letter from John Bryden to his parents
    Letter from John Bryden to his parents on his arrival at Shetland

  • Notes 
    • "The Shetlanders come nearer to the English than to the Scotch in figure and features, and even in the colour of their hair, which is rarely either black or violently red, and most commonly of a brownish yellow."

      The features and expression of countenance of this people could not be better described than in the words of an accomplished Shetland clergyman, the late Rev. John Bryden of Sandsting, who says? "They are of middle stature and well proportioned, having brown or yellow hair; their features are rather small than otherwise, and without that harshness which is characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon descent."

      A mischievous hobgoblin, similar to or identical with the Water-Kelpie, is thus described by the Rev. Mr. Brydon of Sandsting, in his account of Shetland superstitions:
      "There is a 'trow' (a kind of spirit) called a Neogle, somewhat akin to the water-kelpie of other lands, who makes his appearance about mills, particularly when grinding, in the shape of a beautiful pony. That he may attract the attention of the person who acts the part of miller, he seizes and holds fast the wheel of the mill; and, as is natural, the miller goes out to examine into the cause of the stoppage, when, to his astonishment, a beautiful pony, saddled and bridled, is standing, and ready to be mounted. Who but an old miller could let slip such a fair opportunity for a ride? But if he should neglect warnings, and unguardedly put his foot in the stirrup, his fate is sealed. Neither bit nor bridle avail him anything. Off goes the pony, bog or bank arrest not his course, till in the deep sea he throws his rider, and himself vanishes in a flash of flame. But some millers are proof against the temptation, having been taught caution by the fate of others; and, instead of taking a ride, salute his Neogleship with a fiery brand through the lightning-tree hole, which makes him immediately scamper away." From the supposed diabolical practices of this hobgoblin, may have arisen the saying concerning a doubtful person, " He is not to ride the water on."

        -- source: ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCOTTISH LIFE. by Rev. Dr. Rogers, page 213-214 --