Old Photograph Temperance Hotel Barbaraville Scotland

Old photograph of people outside the Temperance Hotel in Barbaraville, a small settlement on the north shore of Nigg Bay in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland. As it was a Temperance Hotel it was not permitted to sell alcohol. The Temperance Scotland Act 1913 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom under which voters in small local areas in Scotland were enabled to hold a poll to vote on whether their area remained " wet " or went " dry, " that is, whether alcoholic drinks should be permitted or prohibited. The decision was made on a simple majority of votes cast. The Act was a result of the strong temperance movement in Scotland before the First World War. Brewers and publicans formed defence committees to fight temperance propaganda. From 1820 onwards local people were allowed to build on packets of land from local estates at Balnagown, Tarbet and Polnicol. The nearest small towns are Tain to the north east and Invergordon to the West.

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