Tain Museum Image Library

Gruinards Lodge, Strath Carron
Tain Museum Image Library
Gruinards Lodge, Strath Carron

This picture shows the large workforce used to build Gruinyards Lodge. It is a Maitland designed building. Andrew Anderson, Bonar saw mill, picture #55 is 8th from the left holding paper (plans?).
Picture added on 02 March 2004
There is a novel by Anita Burgh called "The Family" in which she describes a house which I believe to be Gruinards - I'd be interested if you agree. She also mentions the 'Stones' of Tain and their excellent caboc!
Added by Hugh Godman on 09 June 2004
Have passed this lodge going on holiday to Amat for 60years to see the photo of this beautiful lodge being built was excellent. Well done Tain Museum.
Added by Ian Ross Horne on 07 April 2005
Following Mr Ian Ross Horne's comments, do you have any other 'old' photos of Amat, Glen Calvie, Braelangwell etc (some of the Lodges) up the Carron glen?
Added by Hugh Godman on 08 April 2005
also any old photos of alladale lodge
Added by R HUGHES on 15 April 2007
The man supposed to be Andrew Anderson is certainly not my uncle. The man shown appears to have a grey beard which Andrew never had! Is it known what date Gruinyards was built?

Added by Katharine Broome on 28 April 2007
Thanks Katherine. The comment was made based on information written on the back of the photo. We have little or no information about many of the photos in our collection and no way of checking the accuracy of what information we do have so comments like yours are really helpful.
Added by Margaret Urquhart, Tain & District Museum on 02 May 2007
Hi Katharine. According to Elizabeth Beaton, Gruinards Lodge was built in 1896/7. I can't remember Andrew Anderson's date of birth (1870ish?) but he surely would have been much younger than the bearded man at this date anyway. Do you know whether the Andersons had any involvement in the building of Gruinards - timber supply for example?
Added by Estelle Quick on 03 May 2007
The Dictionary of Scottish Architects has some information which indicates the date as 1896/7. It confims Maitland was involved in executing the actual plans.

I believe Andrew Anderson was born c1878 and d1935

And if anyone is interested the guy in this picture www.tainmuseum.org.uk/imagelibrary/picture/number177.asp was a "Mason's Labourer" between 1896 & 1901 and lived not far from the lodge. So there's a chance he worked on this building. If it was possible to get a higher resolution of the picture, I may be able to identify him

Added by Ross Macleod on 09 May 2007
great to see this photo.I have passed this area many times my family are the Munros from across the Carron from Gruinyards

Added by Andy on 14 October 2012
I have just finished uploading a number of family photographs featuring Gruinards Lodge to my genealogy pages. In particular, these photos feature the lodge, its gardens, the River Carron and the Lewis family, which leased the lodge annually during the 30s and 40s. If you are interested in seeing these photos, please contact me via my email address and I will provide the link.
Added by Andrew Robert Deane on 29 February 2016
Gruinards Lodge is not the large house in the novel The Family nor was it the inspiration. The house is Achany, by Lairg, Sutherland. The years I lived there were some of the happiest of my life.
The Stone family were and are, I'm proud to say, good friends.

Added by Anita Burgh on 27 November 2016
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