Avoch and Killen Famous People

Avoch and Killen Famous People

James Douglas Fletcher was the son of James Fletcher, a native of Avoch who made his fortune in Liverpool.  Born James Jack, James senior had been brought up in Moray where he married Isobel Fletcher and took her surname.  James Fletcher junior had the same talent for making money, in his case through rubber and tea in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). James senior had refurbished Rosehaugh which James Douglas Fletcher enlarged to opulent proportions under the architect William Flockhart.  The grandeur of the interior, which was heated by a steam boiler,  extended outdoors to include a swimming pool, Turkish baths, farm steading, stables, dairy, laundry, walled garden and extensive glasshouses, and electricity-generating building.  Sadly the house was demolished in 1959 after its contents had been sold and dispersed worldwide.

Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1755-1820) was the noted explorer and trader in Canada who gave his name to the Mackenzie river which he discovered in 1789.

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