Thursday, 14 January 2016

Old Photograph Gordon Arms Hotel Fochabers Scotland

Old photograph of the Gordon Arms Hotel on the High Street in Fochabers located ten miles East of Elgin, Moray, Scotland. Fochabers was founded in 1776, and is one of the best examples of a planned Scottish village. Alexander Milne born 1742, died 1838, was a Scottish American entrepreneur and philanthropist who was born in Fochabers, Moray. He was employed as a footman by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon and when ordered by the duke to powder his red hair, Milne declined, left his employment and emigrated to the American colonies. By 1776, Milne had moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, where, after doing well in the hardware business, he set up a brick making company using mainly slave labour and by the late 18th century most of the brick used in New Orleans was made at his works.

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