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My great grandfather Charles Fyfe died 3 Dec 1904, Lealty, Alness; and his wife Mary Fyfe (MS Muir) died 6 Sep 1916, Bridgend, Rosskeen - Mary lived at Easter Lealty, Alness with Denoon family in 1901. Does anyone know of their resting place?
Barbara Fyfe Young, Chicago, USA
From ReplySent 25/10/2011
re Transport in Tain

We are thinking of spending a week in Tain next Spring. Are there good public transport links around the area please?
From ReplySent 18/10/2011
McLeod and Ross


Can you help please. I am researching my family tree. My ggg granfather was Archibald McLeod. He married Helen Ross in Tarbat around 1841. Helen Ross was born in Tarbat in 1811 (I believe) and her parents were Francis Ross and Helen Ross (nee Monro). I have information on some of Helen and Archibalds children, however have come to a blank regarding earlier records. Helen and Archibald siblings included Alexander Nicol McLeod, James and Helen there were others too, but can't for the life of me remember their names. Any information would be very much appreciated.

Thank you in anticipation
Best Regards
From ReplySent 05/10/2011
Peter Macdonald

Any one know anything about Peter Macdonald (born 1845) or his family. Lived in Portmahomack then moved to Glasgow. Family supplied mains water fountain for village. Were involved in farming and hospitality?
From ReplySent 05/10/2011
Looking for Ray and Lynn Dyke

Lost touch with Ray and Lynn several years ago, tracked them to Orkney Islands where new resident said they were in Tain.
From ReplySent 07/09/2011
Tracking Drum Maker

Can anyone in or around Train tell me about a drum maker from the 1920s named Thorn McCleoded?
From ReplySent 06/09/2011
SMART family

I wonder if anyone knows of a family with the surname Smart in the Tain area (not the electricians). I'm looking in particular for people who may have had some connection with the valley of the river Carron. If you have any information please, please do get in contact at or 07545 140 479
Any information would be most gratefully appreciated
From ReplySent 15/07/2011
mckenzie family

From ReplySent 31/03/2011
Martial Arts In Tain

We are currently accepting new members to our Kempo self-defence group in Tain which meets at TRACC gym on a Friday from 7pm.

Please feel free to come along for a free trial lesson or visit our website:
From Neil HourstonReplySent 23/03/2011
Hartfield - Campbell and Hay (c1760)

My ancestor Col Charles Campbell (15th of Barbreck) was the oldest son of John Campbell and Elizabeth Hay (born c1700) and
From ReplySent 21/03/2011

I have just spent five days back in my home town and thoroughly enjoyed it. It snowed and was very cold but seeing some old friends and visiting my dad was very special. Will not be long before my next visit.
From ReplySent 12/03/2011
Tain's Got Talent

Do you think you can dance rings around anybody famous and give them a run for their money or belt out a tune as good as any artist can?

Does your animal act leave people speechless? Is your mime work mesmerising or maybe your child dreams of stardom?

Whatever it is you do then we want to hear from you!

Tain’s Got Talent coming soon – any talent, any age – simple as that!
So what are you waiting for.

Entry form available from Grants (Bakers) and Tain Service Point

Closing Date – Friday 18th March 2011
More details to follow after the closing date.
From ReplySent 22/02/2011
Family looking for a house ro rent.

Hi there, we are currently looking for a house to rent in tain, somewhere close to the schools would be a plus. 2 bedrooms minimum.

If you have a property and are letting, can you please contact, been looking a while now.

Thanks. :)
From ReplySent 22/02/2011

Young family looking to purchase a house on Knockbreck Road, prefer School side. We have recently sold our house and are currently renting, if you have considered selling please get in touch.
From ReplySent 20/02/2011
Family Ancestory Donald Ross and Ann Munro

Can anyone help with historical information relating to the Family Donald Ross who married Ann Munro. One of the children from that marriage was Angus Ross 1790-1861 died in Ardgay, Scotland May 03, 1861 and he I believe married Elizabeth Ross January 01, 1819 in Edderton Scotland. Elizabeth Ross 1792-1859. They had 5 children and one of them was Donald Ross (1835-1886)born April 11,1835 in Ardgay, Rosshire, Scotland. Came to New Zealand, died 1886 in Hawkes Crag, Buller River, Reefton, New Zealand.
From ReplySent 05/02/2011
Thank you for your hospitality

My wife and I ended up in Tain solely by accident after attempting to drive to Argay from Inverness last Sunday.

Getting stuck in Tain was the highlight of our trip in Scotland, from all of the staff of the Royal Hotel, the lovely ladies at the bakery who helped the older gentleman who slipped down the slope to the bald bartender (who's email I've misplaced) who kindly offered to contact a friend who owned a 4 x 4 to get us to the train station. Thank you so much for making us feel at home and welcome like no other place in Scotland.

Tain will now be our first stop for all of our future trips back to Scotland.


John and Amanda Mooney

From ReplySent 10/12/2010

I am seeking information on the birth date, parents names and life of Alexander Fergus Ross, born in Tain, Rosahire, Scotland around 1835 to 1840; his father being a prominent shipbuilder. Growing up he was educated at the Twain Royal Academy and later served as a commissioned officer in the British Navy. He subsequently joined the Boyd Macgregor hipping Company in Aberdeen and became associated with the famous Hudson Bay Company. He later served as a Lieutenant in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War and is burioed in Queensland, Australia. Any help will be appreciated.
From ReplySent 13/11/2010
Tain royal academy - 1980-1986

just came across this wonderful website. have to say it really brings back great memories!I would like to get in contact with anyone who remembers me from the old school days! i lived in balintore at no.36 lochslin place and attended the academy in tain. if this rings any bells fly me an email! -
From ReplySent 26/10/2010
Wanted urgently - dry storage for equipment.

Hello all. Does anyone have/know of somewhere I could rent to store my Music Gear,PA,Amps etc please?
Anywhere dry within the Tain area would be perfect. Id be happy to help with any locks/repairs etc if needbe.
Dave Fleming 01862850028
From ReplySent 20/10/2010
looking for relations of Donald Grant who married Jessie Grant m.s Mcdonald he work in sawmill

any family still there also Geraldine Stien and gillian Stien
From ReplySent 17/10/2010
Home energy saving campaign kicks off in Tain and Seaboard communities

Householders in the Tain area and Seaboard villages are the latest lucky residents in the Highlands and Islands to be offered free home energy checks to help them save £250 a year on their energy costs.

A new campaign by the local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, consisting of a home energy questionnaire and free prize draw, will reach over 3,300 local households from late October.

The advice centre is urging people to complete and return the questionnaire to get a free personalised home energy report containing useful tips on how to potentially increase their income, cut fuel bills and heat their home.

Alternatively they can phone 0800 512 012, free from landlines, to complete a home energy check.

The advice centre, funded by the Scottish Government, is also offering to refer callers for a free home insulation survey to see if their property could benefit from loft and cavity wall insulation.

Peter Rickard, Energy Saving Scotland advice centre’s manager, said:

“We would like as many householders and property owners as possible in the Tain and Seaboard areas to return a completed home energy check form in the pre paid envelope or call 0800 512 012 and speak to one of our friendly advisors.

“When they complete the home energy check we will send them the personalised energy report and we will also refer them for a free no-obligation home insulation survey.”

Householders can also find out more information by coming along to local energy advice surgeries. An energy advisor will attend each event to provide tips on insulating your property and reducing energy consumption in your home. For more information on venues, dates and times in your local area please call 0800 512 012.

Householders can also find out more about the Scottish Government’s Energy Assistance Package, which could help them to increase their income, cut their fuel bills and heat their home. They can call the advice centre and speaking to an energy advisor on 0800 512 012.

Householders with any questions about energy efficiency, renewable energy or sustainable transport can call the local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre for free, impartial advice on the same number.
From ReplySent 12/10/2010
House for rent in Tain

2 Bedroom house for rent in Tain. Really good location for Craighill school and close to the town centre. For viewing please contact me Tel: 01862892618
From ReplySent 02/10/2010

Hi, do you know of Rose Cottage, Tain, Ross and Cromarty? my father was born there,June 1944, his mother Irene Terry, father unknown, she came from Yorkshire. If you dont have any info, I wonder if you had any ideas on researching this? thankyou
From ReplySent 02/10/2010
MacLeod family, Hill of Fearn

Hi, I'm trying to track down an old school friend, Ana Macleod. She had an elder sister Ruth, and a brother too I think.. and a dog called Polly - a little staffie. Does that ring any bells?. Her parents were doctors I think and they lived in hill of fearn. The girls were at boarding school in Edinburgh in the late '80's. I'd really love to see Ana again, or at least know how she has got on. Thanks
From ReplySent 21/09/2010
Rioch descendants

I am looking Rioch family descendants of Ross-shire. Does anyone know of any Riochs living in the district currently?
From ReplySent 30/08/2010
Murray Family Genealogy

Margaret Murray, born July 27, 1833
Tain, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland likely married after 1861.

She was the daughter of Donald Murray and Jessie Clark. She had the following siblings: Donald Murray, Isabella, Alexander, Elizabeth
From ReplySent 26/08/2010
Looking for friend

I am looking for a friend who used to live at Cushnie called Wendy Johnson and her husband Keith. I believe she moved to the Tain area within the last ten years. Would love to catch up with her.
From ReplySent 14/08/2010
Tracing ancestors

Hello. I am looking to trace the family of William John Stewart who was married to Isabella Cameron and lived at Morangie Farm when he died in 1955. He has a son called Kenneth.
From ReplySent 26/07/2010
Chip Shops

Does anyone know what happened to shona an Louis from the CHOCOLATESHOP in tain,

Also any idea what happened to big colin who used to run the top chip shop,


Also is Ian Hallsey still about tain.
From ReplySent 24/07/2010

I am looking for descendants of JAMES and DOLINA RANKINE of Tain/Linlithgow.
Dolina died in Tain in the 1940's and James in South Africa in the 1950's. They had, I believe, 3 children born in Linlithgow.
From ReplySent 26/06/2010
House to buy/exchange

I am looking to buy a house in Knockbreck Road, our current property is on the market and I just wandering if anyone would be interested in an exchange. Please e-mail for details and photos are available.
From ReplySent 07/06/2010
Tracing Ancestors

I am looking for information about my Gt.Gt.Grandparents Angus and Georgina Graham (Ross)who lived and worked in Tain and Invergordon. Georgina died in 1911 and Angus in 1931. Their son Charles Graham was my Gt.Grandfather. Charles's sister, Isabella, married a David Douglas, in Tain in 1885. She died at 13,Hartfield Street, Tain, in 1932. I believe Isabella and David had six children. One daughter, also called Georgina, married a Donald Ross in 1927, and she died in Tain in 1969. Georgina's brother, William Douglas was born 1898, and died in Tain in 1987. Can anyone help with information about the family. Thank you.
From ReplySent 06/06/2010
Bike Hire

Spending the first week in August in Portmahomack. Looking to hire 2 adult bikes. Grateful for any help.
Thank you.
From ReplySent 30/05/2010
Weathervane - Tain Tollbooth

Can anyone remember the year that the tollbooth was getting refurbished, and the primary school kids at Craighill Primary got to jump over the Weathervane?
I remember doing it as a kid but cannot remember the year- would have been around 1987-1990.
From ReplySent 13/05/2010
Innis Mhor & RAF Tain

I am writing a book about tidal islands and hope to visit Innis Mhor in Dornoch Firth.
Firstly can anyone tell me if it is easy to walk to this at low tide and where I can find information about when it is safe to walk on the MOD range.
Secondly, I would be most grateful if anyone has any information on the island - history, stories, shipwrecks, wildlife etc.
I can be contacted through my website or please post on this board.
Thank you.
From ReplySent 07/05/2010
Sale of Local Craft Work

Calling all local crafts people, if there was a shop locally in which you could sell your art and crafts work for a small fee would you be interested?
From ReplySent 05/05/2010
Art Club

We are moving to the area soon and I was wondering if there is an art club in Tain, Dornoch or surrounding towns?
From ReplySent 03/05/2010
Tain Guides Brownies & Rainbows

Just to say there are spaces in the units in Tain if anyone is interested please e-mail me on and I will put you in touch with the unit you would like to join and information on times and days etc. The units are
1st Tain Rainbows
1st Tain Brownies
2nd Tain Brownies
1st Tain Guides

From ReplySent 02/05/2010
House Wanted

I am hopefully moving to Tain in the next few weeks so I am looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom house to rent for my family and I. Please email any offers with thanks in advance.
From ReplySent 18/04/2010
Greetings to my host family (McLean)

I'd like to thank once again McLean family, who kindly hosted me in September 2000. Time has passed but I've never stopped thinking about my marvellous days spent in Tain! I hope I'll come back to Scotland one day....

A big hug from Italy
From ReplySent 12/03/2010
Allison Family

I am searching for information on Isabella Allison Born in Tain approx 1850. Emmigrated to New Zealand in 1871. Her father is recorded as Henry Allison on her marriage certificate.Any leads would be appreciated.
From ReplySent 23/02/2010
Would you abseil 100ft off Dunrobin Castle for charity?

Come along on the 17th of April 2010 for a great day out!
It's easy register, just call Peter Logie on 01463 713080, text
From Clic SargentReplySent 18/02/2010
Pattison Cup 1899

My grandfather Donald Bowie was a member of this team and I have his team photo and medal. I would love to hear from anyone with info for persons on team or other. I live in Australia where Donald emigrated to and intend to visit at some stage. Regards Lynda
From ReplySent 07/02/2010
Looking for relative Ross

I am looking for information on a Ethel Ross especially from your older readers who might have more information knowledge of a Ethel Ross who was believed to have emigrated to Rhodesia back in the 40`s, 50`s or even 60`s. She is believed to have at some stage got married to a David Muir here or over abroad. She was also known to have had a daughter and possibly a son. Our informaiton is very sketchy. We were also told that her family might have ran a grocery store or some other type of store in Tain many many years ago. We would really appreciate hearing from relatives of Ethel's extended family. Thank you very much for your time. This would make some people very happy.
From ReplySent 18/01/2010
House for sale Knockbreck Road

Just wandering if anyone is planning selling in knockbreck road (school side) as I have been after a property there for some time. e-mail for details
From ReplySent 18/01/2010
the hammond/bailey family

i lived in morangie Road and opposite me lived the lovely hammond/bailey family.Mam was Shirley she made great toasted cheese, Dad was Truman.I was great friends with Wanda,and Mark and would love to hear from them.Iknow Beverley was asking after me (older sister) Anybody know anything about such a
From ReplySent 21/10/2009
Katherine (Irene) Woods

Katherine (Irene) Woods left Tain about 1966 and got a secretarial job at the University of Edinburgh. She subsequently was hired by a professor at George Peabody College in Nashville,
Tennessee, where I met and dated her in 1966-1967. I moved away - she moved away - California, I think. If anyone in or near Tain has any information regarding her, I'd really like to know where she is and how she's doing.

Many thanks, Charles Patterson, P.O. Box 351, Cross Plains, TN 37049 -
From ReplySent 17/10/2009
looking for a flat share in tain or dornoch

i am looking for a flat to buy or share with i looking to work in inverness and would to stay in tain or dornoch
From ReplySent 13/10/2009
Archibald and Lily WILSON, of Badvoon and Edderton

Archibald and Lily Wilson died in 1912. Their children are reported to be:
Alexander b. 1845/46
Kenneth b. 1848
James b. 1850
Annie b. 1854
Georgina b. 1856
Archibald b. 1857
William b. 1862

If you or anyone you know may have information regarding this family then please contact me via email.
With warm and sincere thanks, Gail
From ReplySent 09/10/2009
Information regarding family

I am trying to research my family, am trying to get information regarding the following
the 1881 census shows
James Rose age 83 gardener, probably my great,great grandfather
living with
Margaret Rose age 36, great great grandmother Domestic
Alexander Paterson age 12
Jessie Cameron age 8
Dora Rose age 2, my grandmother
the children are all down as grandchildren
living in ?Chadel Street (poor writing on census)
I think James was married to Margaret MacIntosh but do not have any record of her.
Dora married in 1907 in Inverness where she and Alexaner were both living.
From ReplySent 04/09/2009
family history Campbell

I am trying to get information about another family member who I think lived in Tain.
His name was Donald George Campbell, I have a photo of him taken by John Munro, when he was champion of Tain Bowling Club.He was bourne in 1901 in Inverness, father John mother Isabella who died in 1903.
Donald was married to Annie May in 1924.
From ReplySent 04/09/2009
Tain flowers

From ReplySent 04/08/2009
The Mitchell clan

Hi the good folks of Tain,
Did anyone know my Grandfather - William Mitchell a postman for many years in Tain. He lived at 1 Ankerville Street, Tain and had 3 sons David, Gordon and William or Charlie (my dad) as he was known by two names, apparently he was named after a doctor that delivered him in 1932 by the name of Willaim Charles Ross.
My father left Tain I think in the fifties and moved to Grangemouth to work in the railway.
We used to come up and have great holidays visiting my uncle.
My dad and my uncle Gordon were very close as their older brother David moved to South Africa where I have "Mitchell" realives and then he moved on to Canada.
If you have any stories about my dad, uncle Gordon of grandfather I would be very grateful.
My grandmother was known by the name Willimina Robertson.
They had a sister Barbara, she died very young at the age of 3 and is buried in the old cemetery across from the good old Railway Inn.
From ReplySent 22/07/2009

Looking for an old friend who I believed moved to Tain many years ago,dont have much information to go on with, but his name is Robert or Rab Doyle,he has a twin brother called Davie and an older brother called Billy
From ReplySent 08/07/2009
Rose Garden

I had a walk around the new-look Rose Garden in sunny Tain today. It looks absolutely beautiful! What a difference from the old Rose Garden. Well done to all in the community who have done a tremendous job building and maintaining it.

Cadboll Place
From Neil HourstonReplySent 03/07/2009
Shandwick castle

I am trying to locate a Shandwick Castle (possible misspelling) the supposed birthplace of one of my ancestors (David Ross), date of birth uncertain, died Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1879. Supposedly a Battle of Waterloo veteran he was a colourful identity in early Victorian settlement.
From ReplySent 28/06/2009
looking for family

I'm looking for some members of my mother's family. My mother was Annabel Shaw from Invergordon and her cousins were McKenzies. Their mother was my granny's sister - Jessie. I'm going to be up staying in Fearn and visiting with my cousin Gardie Munro in August and again in September. I wouldn't mind meeting some of the relatives I only vaguely remember from my childhood.
From ReplySent 26/06/2009

Does anyone know of a public area in Tain that offers WI-FI internet?
From ReplySent 15/06/2009
How often do you post?

I'd really like to know the whereabouts, family in Tain, or how to find Katherine Woods who immigrated to
America in about 1967. Please post.
From ReplySent 13/06/2009
Tain St Duthus (1920)

I have a list of indviduals named on a team sheet for Tain St Duthus' first post WW1 trophy win, when they beat Alness 1-0 to win the Pattison Cup in 1920.

I am looking for help with who these players were, or if anyone was perhaps a relative, I would be interested in photographs or more information about who they were.

Here are the names:

W Munro
W Macleod
T Macleod
R Earl
A Macleod
W B Dunnett
J G Holmes
D J H Mitchell
D Mackay
G Findlay
W Ross
E M Fraser

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Rgds,
From ReplySent 13/06/2009
What schools were in Tain around 1909

Hi Folks,

I am doing some research on my great uncle who came from lairg.

He was a teacher in Scotland from around 1908-12. He emigrated to Australia in 1912 and taught there till the beginning of the Great war. He died at the battle of Gallipoli in 1915.

I have a photo of him about age 20 in 1909 aprox, it looks like a official school photo and was taken in Tain by a studio called Smiths.

I think he may have been a student teacher or even a qualified teacher there.

What schools were there around that time in Tain. I have Australian teaching records and he was sole teacher in a school there. I'd imagine that he was a primary teacher though not sure.

If I can find the names of schools around that time I may be able to find records of him in the archives in Inverness Library.

His name was Alexander Maclean.

Any thoughts or info would be appreciated!

Many thanks

Kind regards

Alan Macrae
From ReplySent 07/05/2009
Gordon MacIntosh Condolances

We would like to express our sincerest condolances to the friends and family of Gordon MacIntosh who died last week.
Gordon shared an interest in cars when we first met him in Tain/Portmahomack in the 1980's with our RS2000 when he had a origional RS1800 and exteemly nice too. We often brought parts for him courier style on a Friday night from Eagle Rally Services on our way to The Port. He also helped us on numerous occasions to keep on the road with his friend Howard. We are sure Gordon is in Heaven now still reving the White RS1800. Your loss is shared by many -
Best Wishes, Andy & Dougie (Janspeed) McFadzean from Johnstone, Paisley.
From ReplySent 07/05/2009
Rose Gardens

I was trawling through the image gallery and came across a photo of the presentation of the rose garden sun dial, i am just wondering if it will be replacedin the new garden or moved elsewhere? if it is going to me moved could anyone say to where?
From ReplySent 17/04/2009

I am searching for relatives of Alexander Denoon, born 1856 Fearn, who married Jane Fyfe, born 1854 Newport, Fife - their children were Charles 1891, Janetta 1895 & John 1897. On the 1901 census the Denoon family were living in Quire Cottage, Rosskeen, Ross-shire (Farmer). Alexander's parents were John Denoon, born 1831 Fearn & Janet Ross, born Edderton 1821, and they lived in Balinroich, Fearn. Jane Fyfe was my grandmother's sister. Any info would be welcome - I live in Chicago, USA.
From ReplySent 07/04/2009
Coming to Scotland

I'm coming to Scotland in August and will be staying in Tain. I'm hoping to find lost cousins. The children/grandchildren of William Ross and Williamina MacGregor and the children/grandchildren of Roderick Ross and Elizabeth Gunn all from the Ardgay/Bonar areas. My Grandpa Alexander Ross immigrated to Canada abt.1902, William and Roderick were two of his brothers.
From ReplySent 25/03/2009
Denoon family from Tain

Am looking for the Scottish side of my family tree - William Denoon was born about 1835 and his last address in Scotland was Tain, before he left for Australia. He had a son John Denoon, who was born on 7/10/1874 at Gundagai, NSW and William was a storekeeper at Coolamon, near Gundagai at that time.
William married Catherine Helen McKenzie in Australia and am looking for a birth place for him and any other information about his ancestors in Scotland.
From ReplySent 13/03/2009
Coming to Scotland

I'm trying to find my lost cousins. Children of William(Bill)Ross and Williamina(Mina) MacGregor, also children of Roderick Ross and Elizabeth Gunn. All from Ardgay, Hilton, Bonar Bridge areas. My Grandfather Alexander was a brother to William and Roderick,and he immigrated to Canada.
From ReplySent 07/03/2009
Rose Garden Trees

I was upset to see the last two trees in the Rose Garden being cut down. Even with those trees being hundreds of years old I don't believe that they were in a bad way, I guess that the team re-vamping the Rose Garden simply wanted rid of them... A real shame.
From ReplySent 28/02/2009
Where are they now ?

My father, Donald McLeod moved from Lanarkshire to Hill-o-Fearn around 1970. I visted him and his new family at Balblair Farm in Hill-o-Fearn in 1980, and I,ve not seen or heard from them since,and was wondering if they are still in the area,they had a son called James who i think would be about 32/33 now, my dad used to have a shopping van that went around the area.
I am sure the farm was called Balblair,
it was the last on the right comming from the railway station heading towards the Fearn Hotel.
It would be nice to hear how they are getting on.

Thanks Elaine.
From ReplySent 12/02/2009
Tain Thistle Football Club

Just to give everyone an update. Tain Thistle Football Club will play their final two games of the 2008/09 season on January 24th against Alness (A) then against Invergordon on the 31st, at home.

Anyone who wishes to come along and support the team would be greatly welcome. We have food and drinks on sale at the game, as well as match programmes and scarves (for that wee extra bit of warmth!)

The club are also now looking for sponsors for next season (2009/10) and would welcome any offers via our official website:

Many thanks,

From ReplySent 22/01/2009

We recently stayed in your lovely town. We stayed at a guesthouse with the above name. I would like to highly recommend this place, the lady who owns it Alice, gives you such a warm and freindly welcome. Lovely clean fresh room, with a comfortable bed. Breakfast is delicious, with lots of tea and coffee to wash it down. Thankyou Alice
From ReplySent 20/01/2009
My name is TAIN

How might I find out if my family has any association with the Tain community,history,clans, etc?
From ReplySent 10/01/2009
Isabella Ross Edinbane

Has anyone any information on Isabella Ross who was a table maid at a big house in Edinbane around 1926.
From ReplySent 09/01/2009
On Holiday

I'm looking to travel to Scotland in the next year and am quite interested in the town of Tain, as well as the towns surrounding the Cromarty Firth. Thanks for being so informational.
From ReplySent 02/01/2009
Niall Thomson

I am a former captain in the Dutch Commandos. In February 1995 I was privelidged to meet Niall Thomson during a training we had in and around Achnacarry where Niall was an instructor during the war. Only recently I read on a site that Niall passed away in the latter part of 1997. I still have photographs of him taken during our stay at Achnacarry. I know that his address than was: Tigh Na Greine, Quebec Bridge, Tain. I am looking for relatives of Niall to get in contact with.
From ReplySent 28/12/2008
Niall Thomson

In 1995 I was in Scotland as an instructor with the Commando course of the Dutch Army. Our guest during those days was Niall Thomson. During the war he served with the Commandos and as an instructor at Achnacarry. Niall was a great person and I was very priviliged and proud to be in his company. After the excercise I stayed in contact with Niall for a short while. A few months ago I read on a site that Niall had died in the latter part of 1997, only two years after I had met him. I still have the adress he had than: N.G.G. Thomson, Tigh Na Greine, Quebec Bridge, Tain, but I don't know if this is still valid. Does anyone know if the adress does still excist and does anyone know any relatives of Niall? As I would like to know more about Niall and his service with the Commandos, I would like to get in contact with them. I have some photos of him taken during our stay at Spean Bridge and Achnacarry. I am looking forward to any reply.
From ReplySent 12/12/2008
Love Tain

I lived in Tain when I was a teenager as my father brought us over from Texas with his job at Brown and Root. They were many American familes there at the time and we attened Tain Royal Academy. I am so grateful for the experience and pleasure of living in Scotland. Hope to return one day.
From ReplySent 25/11/2008
Francis Robertson 1764-1852

I am engaged on the renewal of a disused victorian burial ground in Brighton - England. One of the monuments which I hope to restore bears the following inscription:

To the memory of LAURENTIA DOROTHEA wife of FRANCIS ROBERTSON Esq died 2 August 1846 aged 70 years. Also sacred to the memory of FRANCIS ROBERTSON Esq of Tain in Rosshire born 1 August 1764 died 7 September 1852 aged 87 years who exemplary in all the social duties of life evinced the spirit of heavenly love, which actuated her performance of these duties and prepared her for the sufferings of a long and painful illness to submit with pious and cheerful resignation to the will of God and in the deep consciousness of her own utter insufficiency to rest her sole hope of eternal salvation on the atoning merits and mediation of her blessed redeemer.
--- gifted with eminent abilities. Endowed with great virtues and possessing singular truthfulness of character the excellent qualities of his mind and heart rendered him esteemed and beloved in every relation of life, for the benefit of his fellow creatures many profited by his prosperity, and his unshaken trust in all the sufficient merits of the one and only saviour prepared him to meet death with the calm resignation of a true Christian.
Deeply and fervently regretted by his surviving children and remaining friends he was permitted to retain his mental facilities unclouded to the last, and having been blessed with more than ordinary health and length of days his spirit returned to his maker almost without a struggle. His end was peace.

Does anyone know anything about Mr Robertson; are any descendents still in Tain - any information gratefully recieved
From ReplySent 14/11/2008
Margaret Cameron

Any info on Margaret Cameron, aged around 17 in 1943, Fiona Gillanders would like to know, thank you, (in relation to George)
From ReplySent 06/11/2008
Does anyone remember me from high school?

I went to Tain Academy from 1972-1974. We moved there as did many families from the United States as they worked for Brown and Root. I came to Tain from Texas and reside in Texas now. I sort of remember names: Allison Grant (?), Carolyn (whose family lived on a farm back by the big house we lived in and rented from Brown and Root that was made in to 3 homes at that time. It was so beautiful. My high school boyfriend was David Johnson. Some of my American friends were Denise Fallon, Phyllis and Becky Nesaloni, Ruby, Corrie, the Warren brothers. Does anyone out there remember this particular time or people? I loved the beauty there but was too young to fully appreciate it at the time. And now I would love to return and visit before I die. Thanks to anyone who can remember anything and answer back.
Vicki Turner Hart (50 years old now)
From ReplySent 29/10/2008

I am researching my family. My Grandmother Helen Ferguson was born in Logie Easter in 1898 amd married Alfred Farquhar Anderson born in Drainie in 1897. They had 3 children, Margaret(Peggy) Ken and Esther. I'm told they had a pig farm, but can't find any more info. Does any one have any information.
From ReplySent 04/10/2008
Motro Bike Hire

I am holidaying at Pormahomack at the end of September.
As a surpise for my wife does any one know where I could hire a 3 wheeled motor bike for one day only in the Tain Inverness area?
From ReplySent 11/09/2008
McLeod Family History

My great, great, great grandparents were Alexander & Sibla (Sybylla)McLeod, she was a Sutherland, married at Seafield, Tarbat, on 24/12/1834, which I believe is in Ross & Cromarty. They had 3 children born at Newfield (Andrew 1835, Elspet 1836 and Kenneth 1839). Andrew appears to have died in infancy and the others appear in the 1841 Census for Logie Easter - Phippsfield. They don't appear in the 1851 Census and as they emigrated to Botany Bay in 1857 it's possible they were victims of the Highland Clearances left for the Liverpool area before then.

Is there anyone who can help me with furthe rinformation or am I looking in the wrong area. Look forward to hearing from anyone who can help.
From ReplySent 10/09/2008
Macraes from Tain

Are the any relations left in Tain?
My Great Grandfather William Macrae was born in Tain in 1792.his father was called Donald.
My Great Grandmother Christina Ross was born in Tain in 1800.
They married in 1822 in Tain.
Any infomation please.
From ReplySent 27/08/2008
Macleod Family

I am seeking the brothers and sisters of FERGUSON SUTHERLAND MACLEOD b. 29.10.1879 who died at ARDGAY HOUSE 30 June 1969 His wife who predeceased him was Annie Mina Anderson. Ferguson and Mina owned/ran the Balnagown Arms Hotel which burnt down in about 1943. Ferguson's siblings were John R. Macleod born 1882 ; George I.K. Macleod b. 1886, and Margaret E. Macleod b. 1889 all at Lochalsh, Rosshire. Their parents were George Macleod b. 1855 at Strathy - Innkeeper and Farmer, and Mary Frances Ferguson, b. 1866 at Stromeferry, Lochalsh. I am a descendant of Ferguson,via his father, George, Grandfather John and Great Grandfather Robert. If anyone has information I should be most grateful to hear from you.
Denise Macleod
From ReplySent 23/08/2008

Hello. Just a comment to say tain is a lovley place. :D X
From ReplySent 16/08/2008
Horse share

I know there are lots of horses kept in and around Tain. I am looking for someone who is needing help with exercising their horse or pony. Please get in touch if you do.
From ReplySent 12/08/2008

hi my name is melissa boyle ,my mum used to work in the Tain market and my dad had a shoes repairs in Tain and still lives in Tain . i love Tain it is a really nice place to live or to visit . well i was just making a comment.
From melissa boyle ReplySent 06/08/2008
lost relative

iam tryingto fing my husbands great aunt her name is jessie mckenzie(miller) if she is still alive she would be about 90 does anybody know if she is still alive
From ReplySent 30/07/2008
christina fraser. well street.

I am looking for any information on William and Christina Fraser who resided at 9 Well Street, Tain in 1864,they had at least one daughter Christina who married John Howitt from Aberdeen in Inverness 1864.Any information would be appreciated.
From ReplySent 24/07/2008
i am triying to find a relative who served and fought with the seaforth highlanders in india in the 1890s

his name was bernard woodcock
From ReplySent 30/06/2008
Ferguson of Arboll

David Ferguson of Arboll was the father of my ancestor Barbara who married c.1784 Alexander MacLeod of Sallachy & Tain. I'd like to find the name of David Ferguson's wife and would appreciate information from anyone who can help. Many thanks.
From ReplySent 27/06/2008
MacIver's In Tain

Are there any MacIvers in Tain that may have relatives in Stornoway.My cousin Murdo MacIver was married in Tain to a woman from Tain in the 50's,the marriage broke up but he had a son. sadly Murdo died some time ago, and I think his ex wife remarried her name was Sheila
From ReplySent 19/06/2008
Long lost music mate

I have an old mate who lives in Tain his name is John Rattray we played in a dance band together for many years john is an ardent bowler and he plays the accordion, would love to hear from him we haven't been in contact now for 21 years. I'm still around John...hope you are too! we are both now in our early 60's
From ReplySent 13/06/2008
Tain Telephone Exchange - Stafford Street

Years ago, Tain Telephone Exchange was situated in Stafford Street(No10). Does anyone have any details/photographs/stories of the telephone exchange or folk who used to live at 10 Stafford Street? I am trying to find as much history of the building as possible.

Kind Regards
From ReplySent 29/05/2008
Knockbreck Primary

Pupils at Knockbreck Primary School are compiling a book about the history of their school. Anyone with interesting stories or photos from the past who would be willing to contribute to this interesting and worthwhile project can contact the school directly.Thanking you in advance. Lorraine MacSween.
From Lorraine MacSweenReplySent 26/05/2008
childrens quitar lessons

does anybody know of anyone who does children's quitar lessons in Tain or surrounding area.
From ReplySent 21/05/2008
Wherabouts of Ashley Duthie, MB ChB

Just curious as to whether you're still alive--am hearing some entertaining stories about you from my mother, who's 74 now. Your parents lived in Chesterfield, Derbyshire but your family is from Scotland. Thanks, anyone from Duthie clan. :-) Hali from America
From ReplySent 29/04/2008
MacKenzies buried at Fearn Abbey

My great great grandfather was John MacKenzie 1811-1850, mason at Beachanlochan. I can find no trace of this ?placename. Does anyone know of him and his wife Margaret, and their family? Their daughter Catherine 10.6.1841 - 1891/2 was my great grannie, and her brother Hugh b.20.7.1843 was a Tain builder and is buried at Old St. Duthus, Tain. Any further info would be much appreciated.
From ReplySent 26/04/2008
Tain Pipe Band

I am aware that Tain has a Pipe band at present but I am looking for information/photographs from earlier years ie 50's 60's etc that could be scanned and e-mailed to me!
Thanks in anticipation.
From ReplySent 25/04/2008
Pipe band

Re: Earlier query about Pipe band e-mail address is wrong way round geetting on you know!
From ReplySent 25/04/2008

How are my freinds at St Duthus Bowling Club.We hope your green is now in use and you have a good season.If your green is open could you e.mail me a fixture list and my wife and i might come up and play in one of your open tournaments.
Your Friends from Blacklands Bowling Club
From ReplySent 14/04/2008
Flat/house to rent in Tain?

Anyone know of a 1-2 bedroom house/flat available to rent in Tain, longterm and unfurnished? Quiet, non-smoking tenant, no pets, professional. Any ideas much appreciated.
From ReplySent 12/04/2008
How to reach Tian?

hello friends,

actually i m trying to organize my trip to north of scotland and planning to visit in august. I hope the weather would be nice at that time. Right i according to my trip, i have reached upto Lochinver, now i would like to know how can i travel from Lochinver to Tain with public transport, What sort of public transport i can use ? how much it cost approx?

It would be great help, if anyone knows.

you can email me on

Thank you very much..

From ReplySent 07/04/2008
Mcleods of Tain? Janet, Alexander? Advice Please

Hello beautiful Tain:

Though I fortified myself at Glenmorhangie, and stayed at Carbisdale castle, I was unable to find a stitch about my long lost 4th grandmother. Might anyone have familiarity with the following people from your country's past please?

Janet Mcleod, born 1783 tain - died 4 April 1873

Daughter of Alexander Mcleod and Grace Mcleod.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Jim Walker
From ReplySent 14/03/2008
St Duthac cemetery/Lewis and Mary Bain

I am just wondering if anyone who lives near the above cemetery, would be able to look for the graves for Lewis and Mary Bain. I am not sure what year Lewis died but Mary died June 2005 and Lewis was before that. I'm just interested to know his year of death and any inscriptions if they have a headstone. A Photo would be even better?!!!! Mary was my grandmother's sister. Also if anyone knows of this couple I would love to hear any info. I live in Australia so any help would be much appreciated. Thankyou!!
From ReplySent 08/03/2008
Ross & McKay ancestors from Edderton?

My great great grandparents came from somewhere in Scotland to East Nissouri, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada probably around 1862. Laughlin Ross was born abt 8 July 1838 and "Minnie" (?Mary A.) McKay was born 22 July 1837. I don't know when they married. Their first child Elizabeth "Libby" was born 1862 in Ontario. I'd like to know more about their origins and ancestry. Love this website.

From ReplySent 04/03/2008
Wheels film made in tain

Could any one help me find a copy of the film WHEELS that was made in tain.
From ReplySent 18/02/2008
Buccaneer crash

is their any reported article concerning the crash of the above aircaft in 1965 flown by LT/CDR Watson and L/T Hulme whilst on a bombing run at Tain range /kind regards Scouse
From ReplySent 18/02/2008
ann richards

does anyone know the whereabouts of Ann Richards..last heard of growing up in Tain and living there in the 80's. She will be in her early 40's now.Any information will be appreciated. Many thanks.
From ReplySent 13/02/2008
Ann from Ireland

Been to Tain many times, lovely place. If anyone knows John Ross from Lower Arboll, let him know that Ann was wandering how things are in Tain.
From ReplySent 31/01/2008
Tain Violin Maker

Can any Tain folk remember or tell me something about a bagpipe/fiddle maker called Torquil Macleod---producing instruments in the 1920s and 1930s in Tain?
From ReplySent 19/01/2008
how do i.....

can anyone tell me, where i might find a contact telephone number for the band rhythem and reel? i have tryed yellow pages but have had no luck!thanks
From ReplySent 15/01/2008
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