Can you help with details?

1. We would like to know as much as possible about the photograph in the gallery (click on image to enlarge). We have been given access to this photograph courtesy of Alan Forsyth, 5th from the left in the front row. It could well be that his Aunt, Frances Fowler (wheelchair) was central for the reason for the photograph. It is the wide range of adults and children involved that makes the photograph intriguing. It has been suggested that the date is c1988/9 and the location could be the Findon Hall. The adults include from the left, Chrissie Stewart, Stuart Greaves, headteacher, Rev John MacLeod, Rosemary Forsyth (Fowler), John Wood, post master, Rosie Fowler, Pam Piercy, Anna Macdonald, Hughie Forsyth and Iain Stewart. What was the occasion?

2. We have received this request from John Rowan and if you have any help to offer then we will forward it from history@culbokiect.org.

"Recently, I discovered that the birthplace of my Great Great Great Grandfather, Roderick Mackenzie [Junior] b. Abt 1835, as being Urquhart, Ross and Cromarty.
He was the son of Roderick Mackenzie [Senior] and Margaret Urquhart, married in 1830 and had several siblings.

"In the 1841 & 51 census’ their address is simply “Urquhart, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland”.

"If it is possible, and not too much of an imposition, could you point me in the right direction, to find out more about the points below, I would be grateful:

"1) where would the family have been living?

"2) what would the conditions have been like?

"3) are they likely to be tenant crofters?

"4) Roderick [Junior] left in the 1860’s and went to the Isle of Man - was there a significant happening locally, that prompted this ?
( he married, in the Isle of Man and had one child in 1869, my Grt Grt Grandmother Catherine, who was left in Birkenhead in 1870, with the Chisholm family, while Roderick [Junior] and Anne emigrated to the USA, possibly via Canada)

"5) is there a connection between the Mackenzies and Chisholms, as I can’t find a direct relative?

"I hope you are able to assist.

"Best regards, John (Rowan)"

The story of Roderick Mackenzie [Junior] continues here. Supported by a selection of photographs mainly about his daughter, from a second marriage, Margaret who made a name for herself as a Soprano singing Scottish songs.


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