Returning Rosses 2010

On our final day of the 2010 season we were delighted to meet Kevin Hilman from Seattle in the USA.

Kevin Hilman

Making a brief visit to a very damp Tain were John, Mertia and Christine Ross from South Africa. John's family lived in Glasgow and Rothsey prior to John moving to South Africa.

Helen Maker nee Ross from Canada made a very special visit to see us to celebrate her 90th birthday. Helen and her daughters, Nancy, Judy and Patty spent some time at the Clan Ross Centre. Helen's grandmother Christina  Ross lived at Lochslin in 1845. Christina's brother was Hugh Ross. Their father may have been a shoemaker who died in 1881.

Nancy, Judy, Helen, Llyod and Patty

Violet and Lynn Booth from Cornwall had interesting information to share with us when they visited the Clan Ross Centre. Violet's great grandfather was Walter Ross, born in Balintore. He walked down to Striling in the early 1850's to seek work. They believe he traveled with his future wife who came from Nairn. They were married in Linlithgow and settled in Stirling.
Lynn and Violet

Gregory Ross and his wife Rhonda called in to see us from Australia. Gregory's great great grandfather, Angus Ross, went to Australia in 1855 after working as a maltsman at Balblair Distillery.

Gregory and Rhonda

Travelling from California, USA were David Ross and his daughter Sheila. Their ancestor John Simpson Ross was born in Edderton in 1834 and left with his family some time in the 1830's.
David and Sheila

Dawn Mallinson, nee Bird Ross, visited us from Australia. Dawn's great great grandparents were from Edderton.

Dawn and Roderick


Linda and Stanford Ross were on the trail of George and Jessie Ross from Newfield, their 4 X great grandparents.
Linda and Stanfield

A few days after her cousin Helen May's visit, Margaret Joan Ross McPherson from USA called in to see us as well.

Leslie Ann Leithead and her daughter Karen from Gloucestershire made a trip north to visit  the her father's home area. Gilbert Matheson Ross was born in Portmahomack and was the son of D.J.Ross

Helen May Ross visited Tain with friend Beth Davidson. Helen supplied us with intersting information about her ancestor John Ross, born around 1804 in Scotland. John was the son of William, a sergeant in the 60th Regiment (Rifles) killed in Canada in 1814. At the age of 23 John received 113 acres of Crown land in the Province of New Brunswick.

Charlie Ross from Lincoln dropped in to see us on his visit to Scotland.

Samatha and her brother Toby Ross from Edinburgh called in to find out more about Clan Ross.Their 4 X great grandfather was David Ross, Tain, a shoemaker who married Janet Mackay in 1810. They had 10 children, 3 of whom were baptised in St Duthus Collegiate Church. The family moved to Brentford, London.

Samantha & Toby

Fern Taylor and her husband Stephen from Australia joined us at the Tain Highland Games and later at the Clan Ross Ceilidh. Fern's great grandparents were Roderick and Margaret Ross from Nigg, their son was Donald John Ross and his daughter was Margaret Ross, Fern's mother.
Stephen and Fern

Elizabeth and David Ross are visiting from Australia and joined us at the Tain Highland Games. One of David's ancestors was Andrew Ross who was born in Dingwall. He and his wife, Margaret Chisholm, and their five sons sailed from Cromarty on a boat called "Asia" to arrive in Sydney, Australia in 1836.

David & Elizabeth

Anton and Marga Ross first learned about their Ross heritage through the Clan Ross Association in the Netherlands. They were holidaying in Scotland and called in to see us to learn more.

Samantha Nelson and her family have been visiting the north to find out more about Samantha's Ross roots around Inver.

Samantha and Andrew


Rob Eva, Nico and Hannah Ros have been visiting from the Netherlands. Rob's niece Diny de Wit, from South Africa, visited us with her family in 2006.

Margaret Ross Van Horne and her husband Paul called in to see us while their cruise liner was docked in nearby Invergordon

Permilla, Maria and Ida. Permilla and Ida Brolund from Denmark together with Permilla's sister Maria Flagerup are descended from a George Ross who went to Sweden in the early 18th century.

Betty Joan Ross and her friend Bertha were visiting from British Columbia, Canada.

Robert Guy and his son Robbie made the trip to Scotland to celebrate Robbie's graduation. Robert and Robbie are descended from the Rev George Ross who left Balbair in 1705 to settle in America. The Reverend's son George Ross signed the American Declaration of Independence.

Sirkka Elizabet and Stein Palo lives in Trondheim, Norway. Sirkka is a descendant of George Ross who went to Stockholm in the 17th century. Many of George Ross's descendants visited us last year for the Clan Ross gathering.

Florence, John, daughter Amanda and grandson Ross come from Lanark. Florence's father was William Kennedy Ross from Inver. William was part of the 51st Highland Division captured at St Valery in France whilst fighting the rearguard action at the start of World War Two.

Jean Glady and her daughter Betheen Glady-Teshendorf called in to see us on their trip to Ross-shire to visit Kincardine where their ancestors, Thomas and Isabella Ross left from in the 1770's to start a new life in Canada.

Returning to Tain with their mother, Angela, were Maggie and Katriona who visited last summer for the Clan Ross Gathering. They have been sharing their Ross family research with us and will be sending us more details soon which we will post on the "Special Rosses" page.
Angela, Maggie and Katriona


Stefan Palm and his family are from Sweden. Stefan is descended from George Ross from Easter Ross who settled in Stockholm between 1631 and 1660. Stefan has done considerable research into George's life and willl be sharing some of this with us in the future.

Stefan, Claes, Erdle and Mavil

Karen Fox, an American lady residing in the Wirral, called in to find out more about her Ross ancestry. Her 4 X great grandmother Ross moved to America in the early 19th century.

Aileen Nicoll nee Ross and her husband visiting from Fife.

Ian and Dorothy Dickson from Sunderland visited us while on the trail of the grave of Ian's 3 x grandfather Duncan Ross. Duncan was the ferryman on the Nigg to Cromarty Ferry from 1840 to 1851.
Dorothy and Ian

Our first Ross visitors in June were Robby, Laura and Anne Moiseev from New Jersey, USA. They are descended from William Ross who travelled to the USA before 1780.[picture#413#]

Roy and Barbara Ross from North Carolina, USA, are not the first Rosses to return this year but the first to submit to our photographic activities. They have been enjoying a sightseeing trip to Scotland whilst getting in a few games of golf on our beautiful golf courses.

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