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POWs helping at Arabella
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POWs helping at Arabella

This picture was taken at harvest time on one of the Arabella holdings in 1946. Mrs Jean Macdonald (nee Ross) is seen with her sister Molly (married name Ferguson) to her left , her daughter Margaret (later Macleod) on her right and surrounded by a group of prisoners of war who were helping with the harvesting.
In 1919 the Land Settlement (Scotland) Act extended the powers of the Scottish Board of Agriculture & Fisheries so they could buy farms and divide them as appropriate into small holdings which returning forces men could take up. This led to the sub-division of some former large farms, including in Easter Ross, in the 1920s & 1930s. The Arabella small holdings were part of this scheme. Other places in Easter Ross where Dept. of Agriculture small holdings were created were - the Arboll area near Inver; and an area near Fearn.
Local resident Ian Wallace and Tain & District Museum are currently working on a project about the Arabella area in general and the holdings in particular. If anyone has any information about these or any other similar holdings in Easter Ross please contact us at info@tainmuseum.org.uk
Picture added on 16 August 2010
My grandparents had No 8 Arabella holdings and it is still in the family. Their names were George and Janet McIntosh. My uncle lived there until his death in ?2009. And it then passed to his nephew.
Added by Jennifer Jack on 07 January 2016
My Father is George Robertson. In 1946 he can be seen in the photograph of the Tain Pipe Band far right back row - Tain Through Time Web - I have not been told very much but Arabella and other nearby farms were where he and his brothers worked after WW11. My Father moved to the West Coast - Lochcarron in 1948 I will go to Tain soon to find out more and if Mr Wallace or anyone from the project would like to meet - that would be great.
Anonymous comment added on 16 January 2018
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