THRUMSTER ESTATE EXHIBITION
An exhibition of material on the
estate of Thrumster, including Sarclet, was held 1 - 8 December in the
archive. Thanks to Islay McLeod for the loan of farm accounts, personal
letters, legal documents and her transcriptions of many of the records
we did not have space to display. School records, valuation rolls and
council records are always here for anyone that missed it. We are
getting copies of the Crofters Commission maps which give the names of
the tenants and show the boundaries.
EXHIBITION ON WATTEN PARISH
AND OLD HALL ESTATE
Following the interest shown in the Thrumster estate material, we are
planning an exhibition on Watten parish and the farm of Old Hall (see
new accessions for more details), Also on display will be items from
collections such as that of local historian John Mowat who focussed
particularly on Watten) school records, maps, local authority archives,
parish registers and census returns. If anyone has any old photographs
of land, people or buildings from this parish, we would be extremely
grateful for any loans. It wil run 14 - 20 March inclusive.
SCOTTISH ARCHIVE NETWORK (SCAN)
The Scottish Archive Network is going to be
putting a number of document photographs on their website. They hold
iformation on all the archives in Scotland and will be posting more
detail on us shortly, possibly even helping to produce a ‘micro-site’.
Their address is www.scan.org
We wish all our customers a happy
New Year. Recent visitors will be pleased to hear that Gail Inglis will
now be stayinguntil the end of February, working every day Wednesday.
We have recently received the first
deposit of some accounts from Buckies, Thurso, and Old Hall, ‘ deposited
by Hugh Davidson of Bermuda and Keiss. More material is expected next
summer which is likely to include personal letters from family members.
The Davidsons were major traders in skins, and large bills for hides
were regularly received from Liverpool and London as well as numerous
The documents deposited in
October are already proving their worth for those with connections in
this area, include lists of servants and bills from local traders or
other local farmers selling or renting their stock .
Also included are yearly printed
reports from the Trustees of the Caithness and Sutherland Railway.
John Horne and family
Ronald Thomson of Edinburgh has recently
deposited a letter to him from one of John Horne’s daughter and a
postcard written by Horne himself.
Henry Henderson ‘Bard of Reay’
We expect to have the diaries of Henry Henderson some time next year, on
deposit with permission by the family, who now live in Canada. These are
extensive in themselves and also include a number of newspaper cuttings
and original letters from friends, relatives and numerous well-known
individuals. For the time being, John Humpbries (who has them in his
safekeeping at his home in Thurso) has deposited a lively article of his
own on the Bard, which sits well with the small amount of letters and
other material we ~‘ hold on this famous local poet.