News 2011 - Naidheachdain 2011

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November                                          An t-Samhain

A glorious start to November, weatherwise, allowed local tree surgeon Paul Sharp, to remove theholy tree causing such damage to the wee St Duthus chapel in the churchyard. After all the relevant documentation and permissions were obtained Paul, assisted by Denis Macdonald, set to.

Denis and Paul preparing to start work

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul  Sharp at work

After a full day of hard work the danger to the chapel was lessened but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure its preservation in the future. The chapel is nowpart of a project to preserve endangered buildings in our local kirkyards.This projectis being led bythe Highland Buildings Preservation Trust.

the end result

October                                                An Dàmhair

October saw the museum participate in the annual Archaeology Festival. Alistair Jupp gave a most intereting presentation about his visit to Peru. The museum door closed for the year at the end of October.

September                                             An Foghair

In preparation for our2012 exhibition a group met in the museum each week todiscuss the 1950s. An enjoyable time was spentremembering childhood activities and national events. The results of the group's work will be on display in the museum in April 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August                                                 An Lùnasdal

 

Clan Ross at the Tain Highland Gathering 2011

The Clan Ross tent was erected on Thursday 11th August 2011to welcome the visitors tothe Tain Highland Gathering held in theGlenmorangie Ground. Attempts to raise the tent on theday before were thwarted by appauling wind and rain but our intrepid tent crew were up early on a glorious Thursday morning.

Alistair, Katie, Michael and David

The Games were opened with the Chieftains' Parade. Pictured are former chieftains Forbie Urquhart and Wattie Louden;both gentlemen have supported the museum magnificently overmany years.Members of TainPipe Band, who wear the red Ross tartan, visited us after piping the chieftains onto the field.

 

Forbie and Wattie

 

 

members of Tain Pipe Band

 

 

The heavy athletes on the field

We had many visitors through out the day including this years Chieftain'swife and Alan Ross,visiting from the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former chieftain and local jeweller Gordon Forbes called in for a blether. He is seen here with Museum Trust chairman Alistair Jupp. Ray and David Robertson, Museum trustees, spent some time at the tent inbetween theirother duties at the games.

Gordon and AlistairAlistair, Ray, David and Margaret

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally a picture of Katie, Morag, Alistair and Margaret

 

June                                                An t-Og-mhios

Ross at Amat

Ross Orndorff from Oregon, USA, made a return journey to Tain in June and spentsome time helping out at the museum and exploring his Clan Ross heritage. Ross's first trip was in 2009 to the Clan Ross Gathering. This picture was taken at the grave of George Ross, 10th of Pitcalnie (1803 - 1884) near Amat Lodge, Glen Calvie.

Ian Leith

A new book has been added to our online shop entitled "The Man Who Went To Farr". The author, Ian Leith, dropped by to explain about the book and his motive for writing about Patrick Sellar.

Patrick Sellar was Factor on the estates of the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland at the time of the 19th century Highland Clearances. As well as being a respected agricultural improver he gained notoriety for his methods of clearing people from the land. These methods resulted in Patrick Sellar being charged and tried for murder. He was acquitted but was never able to escape the clamour and continuing accusations. Today the debate still rumbles on.

Ian Leith's new book presents the evidence submitted during the trial along with many other facts gathered from public domain documents that did not feature during the trial. Ian, a native of Caithness, first became interested in Patrick Sellar while working in the Libraries of Caithness and Sutherland.

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