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Work starts on Barkly House

Work starts on Barkly House

Date Added: 22 January 2005 Contributor: Calum Davidson Year: 2005 Picture No: 1011

Albums: Buildings

Groups: Barclay House Restoration


My father can remember being sent to Miss Barkly’s as a child in the 30’s with a few pennies to get gooseberries. Having paid Miss Barkly the instruction was always the same before he went to pick them “now start whistling and don’t stop till you’ve finished!” Comment left on 22 January 2005 at 15:43 by Andrew Bathie
That is a good one Andrew! I have enjoyed a few goosgogs, apples and of course the old peas out of one or two gardens in Cromarty on my holidays as a youth. Accompanied by a well known Cromarty businesman and some others. This well known person may recall going over one garden wall which was about four feet on the outside but a "bit" more on the other. This was obviously in the dark. I remember after we got him out with the haul. Him saying "I thought I was never going to hit the ground". If only my Uncle Evan (The Post) & Auntie Ena knew. However! If this was the worst some of the youth of today was getting up to. Wouldn't it not be a brilliant world? Comment left on 22 January 2005 at 22:55 by Pat Swanson
Does anyone have the history of this house?
I am trying to research an item about the Barkly family of Mount Eagle, Cromarty, and their business partners, the Davidsons of Tulloch, Dingwall in the early part of 19th Cent. Was this Barkly house one of the family homes?
Comment left on 24 January 2005 at 14:00 by Nick Hide
Nick, Mount Eagle is the name of another house in Bank St - it's the one with the white gable in picture #469 - but it's also the name of the area of the Black Isle south of Culbokie where the TV/Radio transmitter is. However, as there is a Barkly Street in Cromarty, and Barkly was certainly a local name, then they probably did stay in the house called Mount Eagle. Comment left on 24 January 2005 at 15:23 by Garve Scott-Lodge
Nick - You will be well aware that Ian Davidson mentions some links between the Barkly family and the Davidsons of Tulloch in the recent Davidson Book (I was amused to read that Duncan the 4th Davidson had fought a duel with Hugh Ross of Cromarty over a bridge - shots were exchanged, they then shook hands and Duncan then married Ross's daughter!) Dr David Alston has undertaken some research into the Barkly family, which he has discussed with my father Charles G Davidson, who I think you know. Drop me an e-mail and I'll pass it to David.

Comment left on 24 January 2005 at 22:13 by Calum Davidson
I hope I have a new home by the end of Janurary next year !!!!!!!! Comment left on 12 February 2005 at 14:26 by Miranda Evans !!!!
Was this house burnt down? Comment left on 25 February 2005 at 18:27 by Craig Simms
The property was subject to a severe house fire in the early 1980's, which destroyed the interior and the roof. Comment left on 26 February 2005 at 18:22 by Calum Davidson
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