Meanwhile the Duchess of Gordon described how 'the market at Insch was something wonderful; so different from former years.
At Insch, before we had finished tea on the 11th October, 1859, at Mr. Elmslie's (father of the late Professor Wm. Elmslie), a message came to say that the church was now full. The rain poured ; and Mr. Radcliffe packed the people into the session house, and everywhere. He never remembers to have seen a church more packed. Many of the people, who no doubt had come some miles, were still standing outside, looking through the windows.
From 'Recollections of Reginald Radcliffe,' by his wife p86