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We welcome any suggestions of improvements to the chapters we are creating as these have been compiled from research done through the internet, libraries, museums and conversations with residents and the memorabilia they have been prepared to share with us. The authors are well aware that they might well have missed significant sources of information and would be keen to talk to anyone who may be interested in helping rectify this. If any of the photographs that appear on this site cause offence then please let us know so that we can remove them. Care is taken to ensure that donors of photographs appreciate that we will make use of them in a way to further the aims of the project and this will include the use of Facebook.

Contact can be made through history@culbokiect.org

June

1. A link has been added in the chapter on the history of Urquhart and Logie Wester Parish to a gallery of photographs. They were taken in February 2012 when the church was being stripped down in readiness for it to be converted into a private house. The marble plaques were taken down and have since been damaged, but, importantly, the two brass plaques which weren't in position to be photographed have since been lost. However, enquiries are being made and if anyone has any information about the location we would be interested to hear about it. Contact can be made through history@culbokiect.org.

2. A copy of the A3 2-fold History leaflet has been entered into the Document Library and can be accessed here

3. The obituary to Annie Smith Mackenzie, whose book, "Earth's crammed with Heaven" provided us with very useful material, is available through the Rural Life chapter.

4. Advanced notice! We have commited ourselves to hosting a drop-in event during the Highland Archaeology Festival on Wednesday 11th October. This will be at the Teanagairn Henge where we will be able to show visitors the Henge now that the vegetation has been reduced. We will be looking for volunteers to guide visitors to the site.

May

A working party of volunteers under the guidance of archaeologists from Adopt a Monument made very good progress with the clearing of a massive amount of vegetation from the henge as can be seen in this gallery of photographs. The archaeologists are very excited by the exposure of a feature, in the centre of the henge, that has not been recorded before. We have been given the go-ahead to continue the clearance unsupervised which will entail the removal of the last strip of gorse on the south-west outer rim and further strimming of the grass/dockans/rosebay willow herb etc.

The archaeologists will now report to Historic Scotland to get guidance as to the removal of the stumps of gorse, we could only use loppers and a saw. This will be done chemically on a return visit.

Future clearance visits will probably be along the lines of a squad to remove the last of the gorse, followed by a few people with strimmers, as it was clear that these must be kept apart. In late Autumn a cosmetic tidying up can be carried out.

Early May

I have now been able to create the nucleus of a working party to clear the vegetation from the Teanagairn henge on Monday 22nd May starting at 10am. We will be working under the guidance of the archaeologists from Adopt a Monument (AaM) which is part of Archaeology Scotland, who will be providing tools.

You can visualise what can be expected and what we would hope to achieve by working through the slide show on this page http://www.culbokiect.org/index.asp?pageid=641549

The toughest vegetation can be seen on the slide “June 2016 – rather overgrown”. This is a mixture of gorse and broom etc  but the good thing is that all the material is to be thrown over the fence behind Roland’s head (the gentleman on the right of the photo), obviously with the landowner’s permission. Derek Hannan.

The next toughest material will be raspberry canes and dockans.  As you can clearly see from the photos preceding “June 2016” the ground is uneven and there is evidence of rabbit burrows so it isn’t going to be smooth going.  The archaeologists did suggest that they might do some surveying using the plane table method but we’ll have to see if that materialises – it will be very interesting for those of us who haven’t experienced the technique.

The 4th, 5th and 6th slides show the access point to the path leading to the henge. Parking is restricted so if you are interested in joining us then please contact me on roger.piercy167@btinternet.com and I can give details of the parking arrangements.

Over to you and your friends and family. The more the merrier.

March

1.Three hours of solid Munro history were enjoyed by a select group who were entertained by Hector Munro of Foulis on our visit this morning. Go to this page to see photographs of the visit.

2. Don’t forget there is a CCT social pub night at the Culbokie Inn on Wednesday (29th March). Martin and Penny will be there from about 8pm. Hope to see some of you – with partners or friends.

February

1. A useful meeting on the 28th, however the numbers were down slightly, we could still do with more folk showing an interest and sharing their support for the various projects. The visit to the Teanagairn Henge with Adopt-a-Monument (AaM)  in the afternoon was reported on. This proved to be very useful and once we get feedback from AaM we will organise a working party under the guidance of AaM to clear the site of the excessive vegetation and make plans for other improvements which will require the need to apply for funds. However, there will be no shortage of support as the archaelogists are very excited about seeing this henge improved.

2. The web site History pages continue to attract attention claiming about 30% of the total number of page views during February.

3. A chapter on the history of Forestry and it is effect on the life of Culbokie over the years is in draft form for discussion and a chapter on Alcaig is in preparation. Any information that is relevant to these chapters would be most welcome. You know how to contact us! Please don't be shy. Very few of us have any special skills in this department.

4. The 28th March sees a visit to Foulis Castle for a private tour commencing at 10.30am available to the History Group and friends. It would be helpful to know who plans to visit.

December

1. Meeting on Wednesday 7th, - very productive with 7 of us attending. Plenty of useful discussion with plans drawn up for further work. Next year promises to be interesting with some tours  in the planning stage. The History pages continue to attract significant attention. We can still find research work for any new volunteers and it would be good to spread the "load". The next meeting will be Tuesday 28th February, 7pm. Note the change of day in the hope we can attract more to the meetings. This is the correct date - the entry in the Noticeboard is incorrect!

2. The chapter on "Communications" is now posted with the Summary page being used to display a gallery of photographs of various means of transport and associated items.

3. The "Folklore" chapter has been updated with some more to follow.

November

A date has now been fixed for our next evening chat, Wednesday 7th December, 7pm, with Carolyn Morrison our host at 16, Balnatua, last house in far right hand corner.

The history of the parish of Logie Wester and Urquhart written by Dr. William Young in 1984 is now available in pdf format. The parishes of Urquhart and Resolis were united in 1977 and the intention is to bring the history up to date.

October

The guided walk around the Ferintosh Distillery and chambered cairn at Mulchaigh was very successful and interesting. The weather was very kind and no sign of midges which was excellent. A page has been created to display the photographs and a link to the NOSAS page giving the history of the site. A date still has to be fixed for our next evening discussion - watch this space as the agenda is ever increasing!

On Wednesday 5th October, local historian Jim Mackay delivered an excellent a talk "Crossing the Firth - the Ferries of the Black Isle and Easter Ross." A large turn-out of 40 from far and wide enjoyed the talk and we were able to donate £67 to the Kirkmichael Trust funds.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday 22nd October, we have arranged for Allan Mackenzie to conduct a tour of the old Ferintosh Distillery at Mulchaich Farm. All are welcome, suitable footwear is advised and cars can be parked at the Ferintosh Free Church from where it is only a short walk to the site.

September

A progress meeting was held at Cnocmisan, Pam Draper's house, and a useful discussion ensued. The Group will now be officially referred to as the "Culbokie History Group" and will always be identified as under the 'umbrella' of the Culbokie Community Trust. The summary leaflet will be produced in 2-fold format for ease of handling and the summaries will need to be re-written to accomodate extra chapters, such as "The Fisher Folk of Findon" which is now available in the list of chapters. Arrangements for the CCT AGM and presentation on the 3rd and Jim Mackay's talk on the 5th were discussed.

We have heard that Adopt-a-Monument are making progress with their application for Leader funding for improvements to the Teanagairn Henge.

August

The History Group displayed a wide variety of material and a descriptive leaflet of all the Chapters so far compiled was launched.

July

A constructive and productive meeting was held in which progress on forth-coming chapters was discussed. In the pipe-line we are working on the history of the Culbokie Inn, investigating some of the ghost stories that exist, the history of fishing and forestry. We would like to see people taking on the history of Alcaig and it's association with Culbokie, Transport, War heroes and their stories.

The provision of Information Boards displaying some of the material we have collected was discussed as a long-term project.

The Teanagairn Henge project is waiting for the Adopt a Monument people to get back to us with their proposals/recommendations which will depend on what finances can be tapped into. Some attempt will be made to assess the popularity of a public meeting at the henge.

The table below reveals the interest that our work is attracting on the web site since 1st January 2015. This page has the highest number of hits on the site.

Chapter

Hits

Historical drive through village

453

Dun

284

School

248

Henge

158

The railway

199

Village centre

150

Findon Mill

75

Archaeology

72

Rural life, farming and crofting

26

June

On Wednesday 22nd a visit was made to the Teanagairn Henge in preparation for making decisions as to whether we will create a project to ensure that the henge is in a fit state to be publicised to encourage visitors to what is acclaimed to be a very fine specimen. We have been offered help from NOSAS and Adopt-a-Monument in formulating plans with the possibility that funds will be available from A-a-M. Compared with the aerial photograph shown in the Archeaology Chapter the henge was extremely overgrown and only the adventurous explored the inner structure of the henge.

A follow-up meeting took place on Tuesday 28th to enable the A-a-M representative to see what was likely to be involved in opening up the visibility and access to the henge. It was very useful and A-a-M are already making plans to acquire funding for us. We hope to receive their thoughts on how we progress the work which will have to be carried out under their supervision and guidance.

Our next informal meeting will be held in Pam Draper's house Cnocmisan on Wednesday 20th July. The agenda will include discussion on the progress with the preparation of further chapters of Culbokie History, the Teanagairn Henge, the provision and siting of an Information Board in the village

May

The "Culbokie Treasures" talk by Cait McCullagh was extremely interesting and was well attended, especially as it was a glorious evening, weather-wise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mystery object was a 2cm piece of gold that formed part of a hair piece embellishment in Medieval times.

A very interesting web site has been drawn to our attention which features many photographs of interest to this project. It is the site of the Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society which has its headquarters in Maryburgh and can be accessed through www.rossandcromartyheritage.org. You have to select the community of "Ferintosh" and work your way through to the photographs. It is well worth a visit.

Next Saturday, 21st May, Archaeology Day, there will guided tours by Dr. Jim Mackay, of the Old Cullicudden Churchyard, details can be found in the Ross-shire Journal, May 13th. It is advised to phone 01381 620575 to book as places are limited due to parking constraints.

 

 

 

 

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