Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sutherland House, Inchcape, Rogart

Following on to our article on Inchcape, Rogart, I have received this photograph of the original old Sutherland home at Inchcape from Canada.

Angus Sutherland wrote:
"The James Sutherland you mentioned who had a stone house was my great grandfather, or possibly another 'great' or two in there. There were several James's in my family.
My wife and I were at Inchcape two years ago (we live in Canada) and visited my relative (a much younger cousin to my grandfather, who came to Canada in 1911). The photos attached include the house she lives in (right beside the chalets, which were built, I believe, by her nephew) and 'the old house', (photo above) apparently the place where my grandfather and previous generations were born and raised.
A family tradition says that the same James mentioned above was approached by the factor and told to leave, but he hauled the factor off his horse and told him in no uncertain terms (possibly with a beating) that he had better not show his face around there again. The note that he had a stone house (the one photographed, I am told) was made by the factor as a way of explaining why he had not removed James Sutherland.

My grandfather, Angus Sutherland, was born in 1886 at Inchcape, but was raised in part at Bonarbridge, came here in 1911 and fathered a family of four, not including a still-birth. Those four have between them 16 children and quite a few grandchildren, with a couple of great-grandchildren now. Three of the four still live, aged 86, 84 (my father), and 75. A cousin of mine is working hard on a family tree and is in touch with other relatives still in Scotland or in England. Your website encouraged me to write about my fascination with Inchcape".

Thank you Angus for writing in.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Peter Murray [1778-1875] married Elizabeth Murray [1/12/1795-1898]

Peter (Patrick) at Dalfeasaig, Rogart, is a son of John Murray and his wife Janet of Rogart.
Elizabeth (Elspat) of Rhiske, Kildonan, is a daughter of Alexander Murray and Chirstina Sutherland.

The marriage took place in Kildonan on 3rd November 1814. The Reverend Sage officiated (OPR).

Peter and Elizabeth spent the first years of their marriage in Kildonan before leaving for Nova Scotia in 1819. Whyte’s directory records Peter working as a farmer in Earltown, Colchester County in 1820 (WHY10063). It is known that they settled west of Earltown Village overlooking the community. Peter was a bonesetter and his descendants are known by the nickname ‘bonesetter’.

They had the following children:
JOHN MURRAY, born 6 May 1816 Rhiske, Kildonan (OPR)
ALEXANDER MURRAY, born 15 May 1817 Rhiske, Kildonan (OPR) [died 1890 Nova Scotia] [married Christina Murray]
CHRISTY MURRAY, born 1821 Nova Scotia [married Alexander Mackay]
JANET MURRAY, born ? [died infant] (GM/NS)
JOHN MURRAY, born 1826 [died 1917 bachelor]
DONALD MURRAY, born 1828 [married Jane Sutherland]
ELLEN MURRAY, born 1831 [died 1908] [married John Sutherland]
ANGUS MURRAY, born 1832 [died infant]
male child, born 1834 [died infant]
WILLIAM MURRAY, born 1835 [died 1862]
ROBERT MURRAY, born 1837 [died 1906] [married Lydia Mackay]

See also Rogart Mountain on our main website
above photograph by Glen Matheson

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Colin Ross & Georgina Grieve

Hi everyone

Here's my Sutherland-Ross and Cromarty connection.

My Great Grandmother, Georgina Grieve - was born abt 1821 in Kincardine, parents George Grieve and Phoebe Ross.

Georgina married Colin Ross, a shepherd, born 1810 in Eddrachillis, Sutherland, on 2nd December 1839 in Lairg.

They had 6 children while staying in Lairg, Elspet 1840; Phoebe 1841; Thomas 1843; Hugh 1846 and George 1850. They moved to Kincardine, Ross and Cromarty, and had 3 children Williamina 1853; Dolina 1855 and Donald 1857 born there.

They later moved back to Lairg where they had a son Robert in 1860 then moved yet again to Rogart where their youngest son Malcolm was born in 1864.

Georgina died in 1907 in Lairg and is buried in the parish cemetary.

I imagine they moved around because Colin was a shepherd had to follow the work.

I would love to learn more about the Grieve side of the family and if anyone has anything at all they could add it would be just great.

Margaret Smith, Renfrewshire, Scotland