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Work starts on Barkly House
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Work starts on Barkly House

Picture added on 22 January 2005
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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!”
Added by Andrew Bathie on 22 January 2005
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?
Added by Pat Swanson on 22 January 2005
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?
Added by Nick Hide on 24 January 2005
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.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 24 January 2005
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.

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