Tour Scotland Video Old Photographs Rogart



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland. This was originally a scattered crofting village in the Highlands, until the opening of the Rogart railway station at Pittentrail 1.5 miles to the south east. A newer industrial village grew after the arrival of the railway in 1886, with the older village remaining. The village was the home of Major Andrew MacDonald born 7th of May 1721, who fought in the French and Indian War. In 1758 Andrew was sent to assist with besieging the Fort of Louisbourg. The French garrison resisted for just long enough to prevent the British from marching westwards to invade Quebec that year. The eventual capture of Quebec though earned him a promotion to Captain and a return to Halifax. His climb up the ranks continued and in 1766 he became a Major in the 59th Regiment. Rather than returning home when he retired on full pay in 1770, he remained in Halifax. He had settled there and had many friends among the Scottish merchants of the city. The year after his retirement he joined the North British Society and for the next quarter century he was an active and enthusiastic member of this philanthropic club. He is described rather formidably as having a ‘powerful and robust personality’! MacDonald worked to develop the burgeoning colonial town of Halifax. Despite having been settled in the colony of Nova Scotia for thirty years, in 1798 he decided to return to Scotland. For the final decade of his life, until his death in 1809, he lived where he had been born, in Rogart. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.



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Tour Scotland Video Old Photographs Tongue



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Tongue, Sutherland, Scotland. This is a coastal village in the north west Highlands. It lies on the east shore above the base of the Kyle of Tongue and north of the mountains Ben Hope and Ben Loyal. To the north lies the area of Braetongue. Tongue is the main village in a series of crofting townships that runs through Coldbackie, Dalharn, Blandy, and the harbour of Scullomie to the deserted township of Slettel. The area was an historic crossroad for Gaels, Picts and Vikings. Castle Varrich near to the village was the ancient seat of the chief of the Clan Mackay. George Washington Campbell was born on February 9, 1769 in Tongue, was an American statesman who served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Ambassador to Russia and the 5th United States Secretary of the Treasury from February to October 1814. He died in 1848 and is buried at Nashville City Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.



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Tour Scotland Video Old Photographs Helmsdale



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Helmsdale, Sutherland, Scotland. The modern village was planned in 1814 to resettle communities that had been removed from the surrounding straths as part of the Highland Clearances. It is a fishing port at the estuary of the River Helmsdale, and was once the home of one of the largest herring fleets in Europe. The village is on the A9 road, at a junction with the A897, and has a railway station on the Far North Line. Andrew Rutherford, born 23 July 1929, died 13 January 1998, was born in Helmsdale. He was a British scholar and university administrator. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of London from 1994 to 1997. In 1953 he married Nancy Browning and they had two sons and a daughter. He died in Edinburgh. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.



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Tour Scotland Video Old Photographs Golspie



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland. This is a village in the Highlands, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie. Dunrobin Castle, the seat of Clan Sutherland, is nearby. Adam Beattie Gunn was born in Golspie on December 24, 1872. he was an American athlete who competed mainly in the "All rounder", the fore runner of today's Decathlon. Gunn took first place in the Amateur Athletic Union's U.S. All-around championships in 1901 and 1902. The 1901 title was won in Buffalo, New York which Gunn adopted as his home town. He competed for the United States in the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis, Missouri in the All rounder which consisted of 100 yards run, shot put, high jump, 880 yards walk, hammer throw, pole vault, 120 yards hurdles, 56 pounds weight throw, long jump and 1 mile run, where he won the Silver medal. He died on August 17, 1935. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.



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Tour Scotland Video Old Photographs Dornoch



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland. This is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, near to where it opens into the Moray Firth to the East. Dornoch has the thirteenth century Dornoch Cathedral, and the previous Bishop's Palace which is now a hotel, Dornoch Castle and a notable golf course, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It is also notable as the last place a witch was burnt in Scotland. Her name was Janet Horne; she was tried and condemned to death in 1727. Dornoch used to be connected to the main railway network at The Mound via a light railway. The railway was opened on 2 June 1902. Stations on the line were Dornoch, Embo, Skelbo, Cambusavie Halt and The Mound Junction. The stations were shut on 13 June 1960. Rosamunde Pilcher's last novel Winter Solstice is largely set in and around Dornoch, fictionalized under the name of Creagan. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.



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Old Photograph Golf Course Kingussie Scotland

Old photograph of golfers on the golf course Kingussie, Scotland. Kingussie is the capital of the district of Badenoch. It lies beside the A9 road, although the old route of the A9 serves as the town's main street which has been bypassed since 1979. Kingussie is 42 miles South of Inverness, 12 miles South of Aviemore, and 3 miles North of Newtonmore.



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