Tain Museum Image Library

Manse Street, 1895
Tain Museum Image Library
Manse Street, 1895

Ross the Dairy's house and garden wall are on the left of this photo with Tommy Bogg's grocer shop beyond, later owned by Donald Leitch. St Andrew's Church can be seen at the far end. The buildings just before it to the left are now gone. That area of Manse Street was later developed for housing. See also picture #248
Picture added on 23 February 2005
The building with the crowsteps is the new hall for St Duthus Lodge No.82. The foundation stone was laid on May 20th 1895 and the building was officially opened on December 20th 1895. The old lodge was on the site of the present Royal Hotel, but this had been sold off in 1872. For most of the intervening period the masons met at the Public Hall built in 1876 just round the corner on Tower Street. The hall in this picture is still in use today.
Added by Estelle Quick on 23 February 2005
Jessie Ross, widow of Andrew Ross, Cabinetmaker, lived in 10 Manse Street until her death in 1950 I believe. It is wonderful to be able to match the road to the entry in the register
Added by Helen Ross, South Australia on 14 November 2005
I also lived in No. 10 Manse Street as a young child.from 1962 - 1967 when it was a school house. My father was head of music at TRA until his retirement in 1993. I also remember Bob Lindsay, who I think may have been the Town Provost at one time, lived next door. I have many happy memories of The Glebe before all the surrounding houses were built, especially the "Hurlie" races down St. Andrews Rd.
Added by Steve Beaton on 15 October 2008
It was actually 20 Manse Street that you lived in Steve. Your family was followed by the Jacksons (Forbes Jackson was in the Technical Dept. of TRA) and then by me, known to you as "Miss Evans" (Geography Dept.) The Talbots lived next door at No. 18. Mike Talbot was in the Science Dept. It would be nice if you got in touch to let us know what you have been doing over the years. Do you still play the flute?
Added by Margaret Urquhart on 20 October 2008
Hi there, on the left of this picture just after the dairy house it looks like there is a vennel or courtyard of sorts, can anyone tell me if this was the original Lewes Lane and what was in this vennel/courtyard? i am really interested in the history of our town and love this site, i would love to sit down and speak with someone about all the buildings and history sometime!
Added by Kirstin Mackintosh on 06 April 2011
6 Manse St was the home of my grandmother, Annie (Fraser) Fox during the 1940s and 1950s. Later it was owned by Donald Leitch.

The houses on the South side of the street were suffering from planning blight in the 1950s -- they were all supposed to be pulled down in order to make a ring road around Tain -- hence the current width of the more westerly part of Manse Street. Happily, the houses have survived and the ring road has been placed in a less-destructive location.
Added by John MacLeod on 07 April 2011
I was told thta my grandfather John Ross had a carpenter's workshop on Manse Street that burned down. Seemingly the land was then used for housing. Does anyone know anything about a fire around here ?
Added by Anne Maciver on 11 June 2011
I am related to the Andrew and Jessie Ross who lived at 10 Manse Street. Their son Hugh was killed in action in WWI and his wife Kennethina died a few years later, leaving my great great grandma Jessie (named after her grandmother) to be raised by her grandparents (Andrew and Jessie). I know very little about them (don't even know dates of birth!) so if anyone has any information on them, please get in touch!
Added by Edward Harrison on 22 August 2011
My Grandparents lived at no. 26 (Alec and Katie Ferguson). Also my father's sisters Mary and Ann. My father is also Alec Ferguson and married Lillian after WW2
Added by Glynis Mackenzie nee Ferguson on 29 December 2012
We are the current owners of 10 Manse Street. Part of the house is Number 8. This is our kitchen but has in the past been used as the Armoury prior to the existence of a police force. Does anyone have any information to confirm this?
Added by Jennifer Jack on 04 April 2015
Kate used to let me into Tain Picture House for the matinee every Saturday for free. My Aunt Cathie Ferguson lived next door at number 28, and Mary's son, Terry was my playmate along with Neil Tasker for years. Last I saw Terry was when he was in the Met and I visited for a week in the 70's.

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