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Freedom of the Burgh, Sir Arthur Bignold
Tain Museum Image Library
Freedom of the Burgh, Sir Arthur Bignold

This group photo is taken at the entrance to the old Town Hall in Tower Street (later used as a cinema and currently awaiting renovation) following the Freedom of the Burgh Presentations to Sir Arthur Bignold, MP, and Colonel James Alex. Francis Humberston Stewart Mackenzie of Seaforth in 1907. Sir Arthur is probably the white bearded gentleman at the front with Lady Bignold beside him. Colonel Mackenzie could be the gentleman in spats leaning against the balustrade. Also in the picture are various councillors, baillies and other dignatories (including the Countess-Dowager of Moray and Sir Kenneth Matheson, Bart. of Lochalsh) and leading businessmen. A cake and wine banquet took place afterwards in the Royal Hotel.
Picture added on 17 February 2004
I'm presently studying the Hopsitals of the Highlands. I presume that Athrur Bignold is teh gentlemen who founded the Bignold Hospital in Wick, and Mackenzie of Seaforth established the Seaforth Hospital at Conon Bridge. Can anyone tell me why they received the Freedom of Tain?
Many thanks

Added by Jim Leslie on 08 June 2008
Sir Arthur was MP for the Northern Burghs, which included both Tain and Wick, from about 1900 to 1910. He had a house at Lochrosque near Achnasheen. Colonel Mackenzie, 1st Baron Seaforth, was a member of Ross & Cromarty County Council. He did a lot of good works and was from a family with long and strong local roots, but I don't know of any specific Tain connection. He owned the Brahan estate near Conon Bridge.
Added by Estelle Quick on 09 June 2008
The gentleman standing centre left on the second step up is my great-grandfather, Provost Donald Fowler. To his right, on the step above him, is his wife, Mrs Joanna Fowler, nee MacDonald, of Mansfield. My grand-mother, Margaret (Peggy) was their youngest daughter. She was born and raised at Mansfield. After Peggy married, she gave birth to my mother, Angela Joy Gordon at Mansfield and my mother spent much of her youth at the house and on the home farm. My mother is still alive and remembers Tain well.
Added by Hamish Wilson on 23 January 2019
Sir Arthur Bignold (8 July 1839 – 23 March 1915)[1] was a Conservative Party politician in Scotland who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wick Burghs from 1900 to 1910
Added by Phyllis Hannah on 19 April 2020
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