Returning Rosses 2013

The end of the season approaches but Michael and Tonja Ross from Colorado, USA, managed to fit in a visit to see us. Michael's ancestors lived in Inverness.

On a rather damp October day Mark and Barbara Ross from Sydney, Australia called in for a visit. Mark's grandfather Ross emigrated to Australia in 1905 from Aberdeen.

   Harold Ross and his family are from Florida, USA. They enjoyed a tour round Easter Ross in the company of volunteers Alistair Jupp and Philip Ward


Beverley and Bruce Turner visited us from Vancouver Island, Canada. Beverley's Ross ancestors came from Tain.



Anne and Blane Oncescu from Saskatchewan, Canada, had fun finding out about Anne's Ross heritage.

Janet Ross from California, USA, enjoyed her visit to the museum. Janet makes kilts for her local pipeband and highland dancers.

Stephanie, Zoe and Oliver Burdo can trace their family's arrival to the USA to 1750 when they know their Ross ancestor came to New York. His son was John Ross. 


David and Judi Ross from Ontario, Canada have been trying to trace David's ancestor George McConnachie Ross who it is thought left Scotland some time in the 1840s or 50s. He died in Canada in 1899 aged 60 years.

Nancy Ross and John Kryslov from New York, USA, enjoyed a visit to the Clan Ross Centre. Nancy's ancestor is Rev. Duncan Ross, Tarbat, who was born 1769.

Bruce Andrews from Washington, D.C. visited with his family. His ancestor, Anne Ross, lived at Fearn and Ballone in the early 19th century.

David Ross Cousins visited with his family, Ryhna and Odin, from Montreal, Canada. Odin enjoyed playing with the castle and knights.

Sisters Madeleine and Monique Ross are enjoying their holiday to Scotland. Daughter Veronique is acting as chauffeur. They are descendants of Guillaime Ross who fought with Wolfe at Quebec.

Luke Jenner from Australia visited to catch up on his Clan Ross history his Clan Ross history. He is a descendant of James Ross.

Paul Ross and his family visited Tain today. Paul is the 9th generation from James Ross who was sent to America after the Battle of Worcester 1651. DeAnn and her daughters, Hanna and Clara, are 10th and 11th generations, respectively,  from James.

Helen Ross has been visiting relatives in the area and called in for a visit.

Tracy Mulligan nee Ross visited with her husband on a gloriously sunny July day. Tracy's ancestor Hector Ross (1809-1852) arrived in Sydney, Australia about 1839.

Mary Laycon (nee Mackay) from New Zealand knows her ancestor George Mackay was born in Tain and left for New Zealand in 1862. There are Ross ancestors in her family tree who she will let us know about when she gets home.

Returning to the Clan Ross Centre for a second visit was Mary Heatherington and her family from Western Australia. Their first visit was in 2009 during a thunderstorm but this time the sun shone. Mary's father was Alexander Ross from Dingwall who emigrated to Australia in 1950. In the picture is Adriana Ross, Donald Ross (Mary's brother), Ruth Anne Metcalf, (Mary's daughter), Mary, Judy Heatherington and Robert Fraser Heatherington (Mary's son).

Brenda Stober and son Matt are proud Rosses from South Carolina, USA. Brenda helps run the Clan Ross tent at various Highland Games in South Carolina.

Steve and Nicole Ross from Alberta, Canada, are visiting Scotland on their honeymoon. Steve's earliest known Ross ancestor is Alexander Ross (1797) from the Tain area. His son Thomas left for Canada aged 19.

Ken Ross was visiting from Pennsylvania, USA with friend Kelly. His ancestor, Findley Ross, came from Moor Farm near Tain and left for America c.1866.

Virginia Ross from New Zealand has been visiting us as she researches information for a book she is writing about Euphemia, daughter of Hugh, 4th Earl of Ross. She is a descendant of Alexander Ross, 4th (legitimised) son of Walter, 8th Laird of Balnagown.

The Ross family from B.C. Canada have been searching for information on their ancestors Alex Ross and Christy MacDonald of Skilbo and their son Hugh who was born 1797.

Paul and Steve Ross visited from Utah, USA.

  Ernie and Pauline Ross from New Zealand have made a second trip to visit us at the Clan Ross Centre. Their first visit was in 2011.

Ron and Deanna Ross from McKinney, Texas visited us with their family as they tour Scotland discovering more about their Ross heritage.


Wayne and Joleyn Ross travelled from Sydney, Australia. Wayne's Ross ancestor emigrated from Dornoch, just across the Firth from Tain.

Theresa Ross and her husband Mike Perse have been working hard on Theresa's Ross family history. William Ross travelled to Canada with the Fraser Highlanders, returned to Tain but later went back to Canada to become a farmer.

Patsy Ross Noonan is on the trail of her Ross ancestors who lived at Tarbatness. Alexander Ross and Elizabeth Roy married in Fearn Abbey and emigrated to Canada.

Leon, Gwen, Margie and Teri travelled from Utah, USA. They have been exploring their Ross heritage.

Ian Ross and his wife Eileen are on the trail of Ian's ancestor, Hugh, who found his way to Northumberland at the turn of the 19th century.

Daniel and Karen Halloran from Oregon, USA, called in to see us. John's Great-grandfather, William Ross, left Tain for the military and travelled to Quebec.

John Ross and his wife Julie from Australia have been investigating their family histories whilst on holiday. John's Great-great-great grandfather Ross was from Bonar Bridge.

Julie Vasquez nee Ross returned to the home town of her Great-great-great grandfather Finlay Ross in April. She was accompanied by her husband Joe. Julie and Joe are more used to the heat of Texas than the more temperate weather of Scotland!

Linda Statham nee Ross and her husband John  are the first Returning Rosses of  the 2013 season. They travelled all the way from Brisbane in Australia. Linda's Great Grandfather came from Scotland.

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