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March 2021

5. The following summary of our activities was submitted to Highland Regional ScARF (Scottish Archaeology Research Poject) an overview of Highland heritage from earliest settlers to the present.

Name of Organisation: Culbokie Community Trust History Group.

Contact details: Roger Piercy, history@culbokiect.org, www.culbokiect.org/historyofculbokie

Date of Summary: March 2021

Formed in 2014 to compile a digital format of the history of Culbokie.

The Culbokie Community Trust (CCT) was setup in 2014 following discussions with the Ferintosh Community Council (FCC) in helping to formulate plans for the development of Culbokie prior to the publication of a Local Plan in 2016 and to guide the development of a new gathering space and community hub in the centre of the village.  In order to create extra interest in the CCT website it was felt that a digital record of the history of Culbokie should be created and volunteers commenced work in 2014. Material already existed following the creation of “Black Isle Heritage Memories: Remembering Your Community” organised by ARCH under the guidance of Cait McCulloch and this formed a useful starting point. Each group member took on a topic/topics of their choice to research and it was an early decision that the format of presentation would be purely digital to enable regular updating as further material became available.

Topics covered range from Archaeology & Ancient Sites, through Social History and Rural Life, to Trade & Industry and People of Culbokie. The site map for all the topics can be downloaded from here.

There is a monthly report contributed to the CCT and FCC newsletters and, initially, we invited speakers to share their knowledge, and for a few years we embarked on the ‘rescue’ of our local henge which had become significantly overgrown. We are in regular contact with other local historians and encourage the Community to share with us their experiences especially those families that have carried out family history research involving former residents of Culbokie.

Currently we are aware of modern history in the making and are ensuring that suitable photographic records are made of these developments.

4. We are moving towards recording the role played by the Templars in Culbokie. If you’d like to help or have any information that you think might be of interest, please contact history@culbokiect.org

3. A new topic has been posted in Social History "Village School 2007 - " detailing the building of the replacement primary school.

2. New information has been posted for Alexander Ross in "People of Culbokie".

1. CCT Newsletter submission. 

The History section of the CCT web site continues  to evolve. Recent additions are:

  • The building of the Cromarty Causeway in the Transport and Communications section, provided by the Section Engineer, Don Fraser MBE
  • Reminiscences of Schoolcroft
  • A description of Roundhouses in the Archaeology & Ancient Sites section
  • The history of Communion tokens including images of local tokens in Churches and Religion section
  • Group photos of Primary School pupils of 1979 and 1980 in the Village School section.
  • A link to a further report on the finding of a Cist and Beaker at Findon Farm has been posted in the Archaeology and Ancient Sites section.
  • Images from the recent past of Baluachrach a.k.a The Meadows, Glascairn have been added to the  Housing Developments section.

Most of the items in the Gallery were made available by Elspeth Weir, former teacher in the Primary School, who gave a talk to the Culbokie Church Centre Senior Citizens' Friendship Group, 2/3/2020. During the talk members of the audience shared their reminiscences, one of which resulted in this extra paragraph being added to the story of the Findon Hall. "The entrance porch of the old hall was on the left hand side and the kitchen at the far right. There was no heating in the hall and it was always cold. There was a badminton court set out inside and between games members of the club used to sit on the stage at the far right of the hall huddled around a paraffin heater to keep warm. Jock Watt, who later became Director of Leisure for Highland Council, used to take the schoolchildren for PE lessons in the hall and the school parties used to be held there. Scottish country dancing, drama groups and Raymond Bethune's pop band also used the Hall."

NOTE: it is sometimes useful to right-click on an image and select "View image" as this might provide an enlarged image.

Artwork produced by the pupils in 1973.
Artwork produced by the pupils in 1973.
1973 was the centenary of the opening of the school.
1973 was the centenary of the opening of the school.
A possible view of the Kiosk referred to on the Captain Elliot Strip Map of Culbokie
A possible view of the Kiosk referred to on the Captain Elliot Strip Map of Culbokie
Willie MacDonald shop
Willie MacDonald shop
Location of Shoemaker/Tailor adjacent to Inn - now demolished
Location of Shoemaker/Tailor adjacent to Inn - now demolished
Culbokie Inn - entrance to Smoke Room
Culbokie Inn - entrance to Smoke Room
Original porch
Original porch
Retirement of Willie MacDonald, shopkeeper.
Retirement of Willie MacDonald, shopkeeper.
Annie Smith MacKenzie - author of a history of Culbokie, [Earth's crammed with Heaven]
Annie Smith MacKenzie - author of a history of Culbokie, [Earth's crammed with Heaven]
Continuation
Continuation
Sketch by Helen (Nell) Fowler 1924 in an autograph book.
Sketch by Helen (Nell) Fowler 1924 in an autograph book.
A sketch by Annie Fowler, Head Teacher in 1924 in an autograph book.
A sketch by Annie Fowler, Head Teacher in 1924 in an autograph book.
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