Map of Cromarty - 1871
This map shows a number of differences from today. At the right hand side some houses can be seen to the east of Clunes in what is now a field, and there is a reservoir on the hillside above. These houses are not visible on the Ordnance Survey of 1897 - see picture #588. The manse has not yet been built, nor have the Coastguard houses and a market garden and greenhouse stand on what is now Victoria Park.
A number of street names now unknown are marked - Brick St, Forsyth St, Ross St, Seaview, Victoria Place, Links Terrace. The Little Vennel is marked as Gordons Lane, whilst Gordons Lane is shown as Manse Lane. The Big Vennel is called Fish Lane, and the Paye is marked as Hugh Miller Place.
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Comment left on 24 December 2003 by Clem Watson
H. Comment left on 14 March 2006 at 20:57 by Hazel Clark
Mr John Tant, Pheonix Inn at Evanton, will remove from this inn to the Head Inn at Cromarty.
I would appreciate if anyone can positively identify which inn this is in Cromarty; and also if there is any more local information on that Tant family.
That John Tant had previously been employed as Butler by Alexander Fraser of Balconie and Inchcoulter. His wife was Henryetta; and they may have been related eg cousins.
A slightly later Butler to AF in February 1834 was William Tant marrying Katharin Emelia Yellowlees, probably the daughter of another servant and possibly a servant herself. In November 1834, this William Tant joined the Excise Service, his papers showing him as being born in the county of Middlesex around 1808.
There is yet another Tant in the area in the same era, John Tant (Vintner) married to Hannah Aldred in London 1820. Three of the first JT's children are recorded with this second JT, living in Mary King Close Edinburgh in the 1841 Census. This second JT and HA had a son Charles.
Apart from this newly-found 1829 mention above in the Inverness Journal, I have no other traces of "my" John Tant and Henryetta.
My suspicions are that they died around 1836 when there were some form of eoidemic in the area generally.
I have complete extracts from the OPRs, SRs, Wills and Censuses on Scotland's People; and from Find My Past.
Alexander Fraser, his son Evan Baillie Fraser and Dr James Wishart are commemorated in the names given to the descendents of those three Tants, to the extent that there was still an Evan Baillie Fraser Tant in Edinburgh about four years back.
Additionally, the names Henryetta (inc Henry) and Hannah Aldred appear across the three lines, suggesting some close connection of kith and/or kin; but no solid proof.
Most of the present Edinburgh area Tants are descended from William Tant and Amelia Yellowlees, also including an Australian line.
John Tant and Hannah Aldred's descendents are mainly in Lancashire.
Most of "my" John Tant and Henryetta's descendents ar scattered far and wide, mainly England with some in Germany and Canada.
The results to date can be followed through on-
It is more local records, mentions, grave stones etc that I am seeking.
Thank you Comment left on 07 January 2009 at 12:51 by Alex Dow
Transcribed, it reads-
Head Inn at Cromarty
JOHN TANT respectfully intimates to the Inhabitants of Cromarty, its vicinity, and the Public generally, that he is to REMOVE, at the Term of Whitsunday first, from the Phoenix Inn at Evanton, to the above Inn, which is well known as being for several years back occupied by the late Miss Cormack.
J.T. further intimates, that Travellers and others may rely upon every attention and comfort.
N.B. ----Good Stabling/
21st May, 1829.
The mention of "Miss Cormack" suggests that this Head Inn was established in 1807-
John Cormack has taken the house in New Street, possessed by the late Murdo Ross, and turned it into an Inn.
1810 New Inn, John Cormack has moved in to this Inn. (Is this a different Inn from the 1807 conversion? AD)
1824 Cromarty Inn. John Cormack has retired from the inn & his sister, Mrs Elizabeth Cormack, will continue running the inn.
1829 Cromarty Inn, death of Mrs Cormack & sale of furniture.
I have noted the references to Mrs Cormack & Miss Cormack, suspecting confusion in that era.
However, can anyone clarify particularly the location of the Head Inn - could it be the present Royal Cromarty Hotel?
Alex Dow Comment left on 19 February 2009 at 19:45 by Alex Dow
Until then, we presume it was known by it's number in Church Street. Comment left on 21 February 2009 at 18:52 by Ann Hill
The Murrays left their property to their eldest daughter, Elspet MacAndrew of Geelong, Australia. I believe she never lived here but sold it to Mrs Creech of Dunoon in 1888. Incidentally it is interesting to note, if you enlarge this map, that the Lady's Walk appears to end when it comes to the top of Wellington House garden. Comment left on 21 February 2009 at 19:14 by Ann Hill
SC24/10/100 William Grant, Manager, Caledonian Brewery Co., Inverness vs John Tant, innkeeper, Cromarty: Debt 1831-1832
SC24/10/128 Tain Brewery Co. vs John Tant, Cromarty: Debt 1833
SC24/10/142 William Watson, hardware merchant, Cromarty vs John Tant, innkeeper, Cromarty: Debt 1835 Comment left on 02 June 2009 at 10:14 by Alex Dow
I obtained a copy of the Summons for the 1835 Debt, on the assumption that being "local" and last, that it may have details of use to me.
Unfortunately, it does not contain any more significant information, apart from "a copy of the account [was left AD] with Mrs. Tant for the said Defender, in his owen (sic) dwelling house. Simon Fraser, Sheriff Officeer". (4th March 1835)
Obviously this is not absolute proof that John Tant was alive that day; but it seems most unlikely that he wasn't.
This narrows down the times of the deaths of the couple to being 1835 to 1841, if absence from the 1841 UK Census; and the presence of three of their children with the other John Tant and Hannah Aldred in Edinburgh, 1841 Census.
The Debt seems to have been paid before any Court appearance, as there is a final page to record the verdict of the Court; and the relevant parts are blank. Comment left on 28 June 2009 at 19:15 by Alex Dow
Still not located positively The Head Inn in Cromarty.
Innkeeper 1829 to 1835 or later, John Taint/Tant and his wife Henrietta, previously at the Phoenix Inn Evanton and earlier Butler to Alexander Fraser of Inchcoulter and Balconie.
John Tant, Vintner, and his wife Hannah Aldred (married London 1820) had son born in Cromarty 1831 and were next found in Edinburgh, 1841 Census, with three of the children of the first John Tant and Henrietta.
There was also William Tant, born about 1808 in "Pancras, County of Middlesex" who in February 1834 had become Butler to above Alexander Fraser; and in November 1834, joined the Excise Service with Alexander Fraser (above) and Doctor James Wishart as Guarantors.
About 2000, there was an Ian Charles Tant interred in Cromarty - he is not a known relative, his father being SAmuel Tant of the Royal Marine Artillery stationed in the area in 1917.
For a much fuller version-
genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?early,tants::tant::265.html Comment left on 03 September 2010 at 14:16 by Alex Dow
Margaret - Maggie
12 High Street - High Street Nr 12
The Enumerators were given instructions that if recording themselves or other Enumerators, this must NOT be given as their occupation (two weeks out of 10 years).
I have found about a dozen in the 1881 Census giving their occupation as "Enumerator" or "Census Enumerator".
In the 1881 Census covering Fife, there is one "Head of Household" listed with the addition "Since Dead".
In Aberdeenshire, for a farm, there are two persons listed with almost all the details "Unknown" er sim, apart from one being identified as "Male" and the other "Female".
An unusual duplication is that George Stephens born in Fife 1829 - later Lord Mountstephens, with his wife and the latter's personal servant, are all shown bin both the 1881 British Census and in the 1881 Canadian Census. Comment left on 04 September 2010 at 17:09 by Alex Dow
His later records claim that he was born in 1809 in Cromarty, but I can find no trace of the birth. His wife (Janet Grant) is, however, in the birth records for Cromarty born 5 February 1810.
His death record shows that his father was also David Munro an innkeeper, presumably also in Cromarty. Any additional information about the inn that he owned / managed would be welcome. Comment left on 03 October 2010 at 13:30 by David McKenzie
Please e-mail me, as we are either related or have TANT family contacts via the multi-generation name of EBFT, as you will have seen above.
freeserve.co.uk Comment left on 29 May 2015 at 10:37 by Alex Dow
This first John Tant first appears in the Scottish Records in 1822, at the Baptism of his first son, Henry, with the mother being Henryetta ...?
A second John Tant appears as a Vintner, across the Firth in Cromarty, 1830, at the Baptism of his son, Charles, this second John Tant's wife being Hannah Aldred.
John and Hannah are recorded in the London "Bishop's Transcripts" as being married down there in 1820.
Your Alexander James Wishart Tant is the son of William Tant and Amelia Yellowlees.
William Tant and Amelia Yellowlees first appear in the Scottish Records, when they married in February 1834, William also being described as Butler to Alexander Fraser, presumed in succession to the first John Taint/Tant.
In November 1834, William applied to become an Exciseman, Alexander Fraser and Doctor James Wishart of Dingwall being his Guarantors. I have a copy of his Excise Entry Papers.
William and Amelia actually had two sons, named AJWT, the first being born in Forgue Aberdeenshire 1837 and dying by 1844 or early 1845, as he does appear in the 1841 Census.
A second AJWT is born to the couple in 1845, down in Whitby - William's posting as an Exciseman.
This second AJWT migrated to Auatralia about June 1881 from memory, as he does appear in the UK Census held about 3 months earlier.
All three lines in earlier generations acknowledge that they are related; and there is strong evidence for this, such as the sharing of unusual names, particularly Evan Baillie Fraser Tant after AF's son, Evan Baillie Fraser - BUT no HARD EVIDENCE.
I have extracted virtually all of the avilable records covering those three lines of Tant from that first Scottish appearance down to 11900, with slightly lesser coverage since then; and still adding as more records become available on-line.
Regarding proven relatives of AJWT, his direct descendents are mainly in Australia; and those of his siblings are scattered around Central Scotland and in England.
If you go to my posting on this site, 29 May 2015, you will find a cryptic form of my email address. (there should be a "." after the "u".) Comment left on 01 February 2016 at 07:17 by Alex Dow
See the cryptic version of my email address in my posting 29 May 2015.
There should be a "." after the "u".
Also, Cassie, would appreciate you also contacting me. Comment left on 01 February 2016 at 07:22 by Alex Dow
Given your Grandfather, Terence Yellowlees Tant, was born in 1899 Malta Terrace Edinburgh, died 1986 Morningside, with a Brother, Evan Baillie Fraser Tant, born 1897 Comely Park Place Edinburgh, died 1914, their father was another EBFT, born 1866, died 1919.
In turn the father of that EBFT 1866-1919, was WILLIAM Tant, b 1828 d 1901.
(I use UPPER CASE on the First Names of my ancestors; and on the Surnames of my lady-wife's ancestors, to help keep track!)
We are directly related by that WILLIAM Tant and his wife, ANN Plummer.
WILLIAM was the son of the earliest Scottish Tant, JOHN Tant/Taint and his wife, HENRYETTA ... (Surname not known).
However, at present, I have not located any direct links from our first Scottish Tant line, to that third line descended from William Tant and Amelia Yellowlees.
Almost ironically, although there is no direct/recorded Tant link from our first line, to the second line from John Tant and Hannah Aldred, the sister Mary of Ann Plummer above, married a second line John Tant, the son of John Tant and Hannah Aldred. Comment left on 01 February 2016 at 19:24 by Alex Dow
Contact me by e-mail, as described in my earlier posting.
I think I have found a lead etc. Comment left on 06 February 2016 at 15:12 by Alex Dow
Strange! Comment left on 18 February 2016 at 13:24 by Alex Dow
I am particularly interested in the period from 1820 to 1837, when those families first appeared in Ross and Crmarty.
My direct ancestors
John (1) Tant/Taint and his wife, Henryetta
John (1) from 1822 to 1827, was Butler to Alexander Fraser.
1827 to 1829 - Ran the Phoenix Inn at the south end of Evanton
1829 to 1835 - Ran the Head Inn, Cromarty aka "Tant's Hotel".
1835 Last known record of John (1) and Henryetta, when served with a Writ for Debt.
John (2) Tant and his wife, Hannah Aldred.
This second John was a Vintner, in his son's Baptismal Record.
In the 1841 Census, this couple are living in Edinburgh, with both their own children; and also three of the children of John (1) and Henryetta.
No further direct records found for John (2).
Hannah died in Edinburgh in 1848, John (2) is mentioned; but no indication whether alive or dead.
William Tant also Butler to Alexander Fraser marrying Katherin Amelia Yellowlees, Kiltearn Parish, February 1834 - Amelia is local.
William Tant applying to join the Excise Service, sponsors Alexander Fraser (above) and Doctor James Wishart of Dingwall.
Plenty of subsequent records for William and Amelia, until their respective deaths, William in 1898, Amelia in 1893.
Whilst the likelihood is that all three Tants are related, no absolute record proof so far. Comment left on 16 March 2016 at 14:16 by Alex Dow
com Comment left on 18 March 2017 at 15:11 by Alex Dow
The reason is that she claimed that family history was that two brothers came to England from France, one became a farmer and the other went to Scotland. My mothers ancestorGeorge (b1795) became a farmer but I have no information concerning his origins.
William came from Farming stock and his records say that he was born in St Pancras but the records for 1808 were destroyed in WW2. There are many Tants in East Anglia around the time of Williams birth. Comment left on 11 July 2017 at 15:45 by Peter preston
Alex Dow Comment left on 11 July 2017 at 19:52 by Alex Dow
Due to the scaling of the offered maps and their dating, it is not "perfect"; but it may be of some help.
As indicated previously, I have a lot of information about the three TANT lines that appeared in Ross & Cromarty 1822 to 1834; and I am willing to share this freely.
com Comment left on 23 July 2017 at 15:34 by Alex Dow
Alex I tried to email you but it would not let me. Comment left on 01 March 2019 at 16:52 by Cassie
I would like to find 2 areas in Cromarty, Mackenzie's Square & Thomson's Well. From the 1841 Census, my relatives Charles & Barbara Ross lived at the address of Mackenzie's Square and Robert & Christina Johnston lived at Thomson's Well. Any help would be appreciated, thanks. Comment left on 18 December 2021 by Maggie Brannen
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