Strathpeffer Events

Strathpeffer Community Collage
Achterneed Hall - scene of the Heights Heritage exhibition.

Autumn view of Saunders Campbell's pond from the road near Betty Mackenzie's croft, looking towards the Black Isle.

Same view in winter.

Heights Heritage Exhibition - September 1991

Places in "The Heights"

Visitors to Dingwall often ask about what seems to be the ruins of a castle on Tulloch Hill, beside Ben Wyvis.  Caisteal Gorach, the Foolish Castle, was never lived in - it is a folly built to look like a ruin.
Henry Davidson, an 18th century laird of Tulloch, provided work for labourers by building the roofless doorless castle.  It is said he did not want any large houses on his estate other than Tulloch Castle - and Caisteal Gorach is not exactly a prime residential site.  It is 1000ft above sea level and no road has ever led there.

Generations of Dingwall folk have made the arduous climb to picnic at the castle and enjoy the view over six countries.

Donnie Mackenzie's house when thatched (1915).  Donnie's granny at the door.

Mary Mackenzie outside the house which was there before Roy's house. William was next door. When William died Mary moved into William's house.

Dochcairn before 1913.

Four scenes of Duran.

Fanny Campbell at her home.

Hillcrest 1956.

Jock the Glen's house.

An Army camp, possibly 1939.  This photograph must have been taken from the top of Knockfarrel as the Dingwall-Strathpeffer road can be seen in the background.

Munro's Posting Establishment motor garage, Strathpeffer - now Spa Motors?

Roddy Munro, Davy Munro, Johnnie Mackenzie and Kenny Urquhart.

Achterneed station.  Sammy Blair the stationmaster.

The great storm of January 1978.  Alex John Maclennan's croft.

"Jockan" Macritchie's houseduring the 1978 storm.  

And after.

The Heights does not consist solely of ancient monuments and old croft houses;  modern developments occur.  For example ....

Angus Mackenzie and Paul Major building the wall on the front of Angus's new house. The wall is made of whinstone and granite.

Angus Mackenzie, Paul Major, at work. The house is built on the site of John Munro's house which was here in the early 1900's - known as Westermost Croft - the first or last house in the 'street'.

Although they did not form part of the Heights Heritage exhibition, the photographs which follow have a part in the history of the area.

"Glenburn" was the childhood home of Mrs Christine Rich (nee Campbell) who, with her son John, visited the area at a time when the house was deserted and in a rundown condition. In the manner of Goldilocks, they explored the house and John lit a fire in the livingroom in order to take a photograph of his mother, as a reminder of how it had been. The photographs have been donated by Mrs Campbell's daughter, Mrs Susan Morling.

It is hoped that photographs of "Glenburn" as it looks today (2008) will be available in due course.

Glenburn in (?)

Mrs Campbell at the front door of Glenburn.

The kitchen

Mrs Campbell at the livingroom fire.

Mrs Morling has also supplied this photograph of "Granny Campbell", otherwise Mrs Jessie McKay Campbell, mother of Christine (above) and George and Simon (below).
Part of the Campbell family history is included in the World War I records on the website of Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society. These records are of extracts from the Ross-shire Journal during 1914-18 relating to service personnel.

Date of Paper:  16.11.1917
Surname:  Campbell
First Name(s):  George
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Glenburn, Achterneed, Strathpeffer

Simon Campbell (left) and George Campbell (right).  Photograph courtesy of their nephew, John Rich, Petersham, Australia.

Date of Paper:  16.11.1917
Surname:  Campbell
First Name(s):   Simon M.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Glenburn, Achterneed, Strathpeffer.

Mrs Campbell, Glenburn, Achterneed, Strathpeffer, has been officially informed that her son, Pte. Simon M. Campbell, Seaforths (Service Battalion) was killed in action on October 12, 1917, while serving on the Western Front. Another son, Private George Campbell, Seaforths, was severely wounded the following day.  Photographs of the two brothers appear to-day.
Pte. S. M. Campbell was well-known in Dingwall and Beauly as well as in his own native district. For three years he was an ironmonger with Mr Morrison, Beauly. Subsequently he entered the employment of Messrs C. & J. Urquhart, Dingwall, whose services he left early in the war to join the colours. He was a fine, upstanding youth, brave and courageous with a high standard of personal honour and a genial, pleasant, and happy manner. His death is deeply regretted in the battalion, and sincere sympathy goes out to his mother in her bereavement.
Captain C. Barrington Anderson, M.C., writing to Mrs Campbell, says: "It is with the greatest regret I am writing to inform you of the death in action of your son, Pte. S. M. Campbell, of my company, who was killed during an attack made on the 12th October. He was killed by shell fire early in the attack, death being instantaneous. He was an excellent soldier, and had only recently returned to my company. His bright disposition made him a general favourite among his comrades who will miss him greatly. Knowing how much this sad news must mean to you, I send you my heartfelt sympathy in your great loss."
Pte. George Campbell, who also joined up early in the war, has been severely wounded in the leg, which has been fractured. He is in hospital in France.

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