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Cromarty House Gardens

Date Added: 07 January 2005 Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge Year: 1900 Picture No: 989

Postcard published by Hossack & McLeod, Cromarty, showing the (now) walled garden with the old Manse in the background. I think the roof of Clunes and Clunes Cottage can be seen to the right of the picture. See also picture #1138.

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This PC seems to be a good 'find'. It shows the 'Gardens', as they were referred to in Cromarty, as a formal garden. Laterly it was converted into a Market Garden under Mr D. Ross, Head Gardener, and then followed by Mr J. Bryce. The going rate for a cabbage and 5lbs of spuds, late 40's early 50's. Old money 2/6d, 7.5p in decimal !!!!! Can anybody date the tinted PC? Comment left on 10 January 2005 at 22:58 by Clem Watson
Who lives in Cromarty House now or is it open to the public? Am I correct in thinking that thats where Lady Ross lived - she was such a nice lady? Comment left on 30 April 2005 at 22:04 by Mary Mackay now Harrison
The house depicted in this pc is occupied by a Rev.(Mr) Dupar. Cromarty House is currently owned by an English gentleman Mr Nightingale, who succeeded his father as Cromarty Estate Landowner, after the late Col. G.D.N. Ross . Lady Ross, to whom you refer used to stay in Clunes House adjacent to the former tennis courts. A nice lady as you say, and a real 'blue blood' of the old school !! She once came to my house in George Street, to tell my mother that I did not salute as she passed in her car!! That was only in the late 1940's!! Still, at that time, you more or less saluted all in authority that moved, including your teachers, as a mark of respect. Comment left on 01 May 2005 at 19:21 by Clem Watson
Thank you Clem isn't it wonderful that I'm learning all about Cromarty 45 years after leaving the area. What a great pity that my mother [Isabel Mackay] could have known about this site she would have enjoyed it so much she died last June but for the last two or three years she had suffered from dementia and was in a care home. This truly is a wonderful site thank god for it. One other question, was Lady Ross Col. GDN. Ross's Mother? or indeed his wife[shows my ignorance] thanks again. Comment left on 01 May 2005 at 21:49 by Mary Mackay now Harrison
Did you get a 'pakeen' for that Clem? Lady Ross obviously had time on her hands to come to your home in person to make a complaint. I'd like to think it was tongue-in-cheek, but, if not, you were lucky to escape with your head intact! Comment left on 01 May 2005 at 23:37 by Margaret Tong
Yes Mary, I only received a yellow card, but I could have been sent to the 'Tah' of London!! Lady Ross was the Col's mother, The Col. also had a brother Donald, who owned, & pesonally ran an 'up-market' restaurant in Edinburgh. Donald had the ability to switch into a Cromarty accent at will, himself and my
late father were lifetime friends.
Comment left on 02 May 2005 at 12:05 by Clem Watson
I am A South African Ross trying to trace my roots. I think that George Ross was the father of John Ross who was my great great grandfather. John Ross was a laird's son who ran away from home - he had family who went to America. My great grandfather was Thomas Ross who had quite a large familiy. I have some details if anyone is interested. Comment left on 29 April 2010 at 10:41 by Brian Alexander Ross
I delivered there today and a few years ago. Would like to know who built the place and how did they come by the money to do so. It looks like it was built about the same time as Fort George and I know that stone came from the Cromarty area and some masons. I was the last child born in the walls of the Fort under military command as the hospital and family clinic ceased to be used. The local medical practices and hospitals took the strain. I lived in the fort and 4 other houses until I joined the Royal Engineers at the age of 15. It would be interesting to find out more about Cromarty House. Many thanks Comment left on 30 November 2012 at 22:01 by Peter J W Lamont
Clem, Would that be George Street, Dingwall? My Great-grandparents were John Ross and Margaret nee Urquhart from George Street in the 1940's. Comment left on 19 April 2013 at 21:43 by Pat Vickers nee Ross
No I THINK Clem is reffering to George St Cromarty Comment left on 23 April 2013 at 13:19 by Mary Mackay [now Tomlinson Harrison]
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