Thursday, 29 June 2017

Old Photograph Balconie Street Evanton Scotland


Old photograph of a shop, houses and people on Balconie Street in Evanton, Easter Ross, Scotland. The current town was founded in the early nineteenth century by Alexander Fraser of Inchcoulter Balconie who named it after his son Evan, but the core of the village buildings date from the Victorian era. The Fyrish Monument is a monument built in 1782 , on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general. As the local population were being cleared off their land, employment was a problem and so it was built to give the locals some work. It was said that Sir Hector rolled stones from the top of the hill to the bottom, thereby extending the amount of time worked and paying the labourers for additional hours. In 1860, the Highland Railway decided to construct a railway line going from Inverness through Easter Ross. The line was completed by 1862, and the following year, on 23 May 1863, Evanton gained its own railway station. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.



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