Famous People

Some famous people of Alness in the Highlands of Scotland

Charles Macintosh

diagram of chemical elementsIn the mid 1700's George Macintosh lived at Newmore. His son, the aforementioned Charles Macintosh, was born in 1768.
He made his name in science and is credited with inventing a revolutionary bleaching powder. His partner Charles Tennant took out the patent in 1899, but it is believed that Macintosh was the real creator.
Another invention was waterproof material. Macintosh was aiming this at the manufacture of tents, but was also used in clothing - 'The MacKintosh' or 'Mac'. The material was first introduced in 1824. Who knows - without Charles Macintosh there would be no Columbo!

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David Forsyth

Chess knight

David Forsyth was born in Alness in 1854. Not a household name but avid chess players may have heard of his invention - the Forsyth Notation.

This is one of a number of systems used for recording on paper the positions of chess pieces, such as can be seen in newspapers today .

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Alexander Matheson and Dyson Perrins were successive owners of Ardross estate, which at that time included the parish of Bridgend, and were both great benefactors to the village. Over his time of tenure Matheson outlayed some £230,000 on land improvements. He was also responsible for bringing the railway north of Inverness. Dyson Perrins (of Lea and Perrins fame) bought Ardross in 1899. He gave the Perrins Centre to the town as well as the bowling club and golf club. The original course was on Dalmore flats, which meant that at high tide some of the greens were underwater. The present 18-hole course (on much higher ground!) was leased from Ardross estates in 1922.

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