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Aerial view of Cromarty House

Aerial view of Cromarty House

Date Added: 09 August 2004 Contributor: David Newman Year: 2004 Picture No: 890

This is an aerial view of Comarty House with other houses appearing at the top of the picture (Clunes House is in the top-right of the picture).

Albums: Aerial Views, Buildings

Groups: Cromarty House and Gardens


What year did Cromarty house have servants? Comment left on 15 March 2007 at 16:17 by Amber
I'm sure that, at one time, Cromarty House employed servants for a number of years.
I do remember hearing that my late uncle, Davie McLeman, was 'boots' there. I am guessing that would have in the 1920s or 30s.
If you know my Uncle Dod and Aunt Jean McLeman, do ask them if they have more information.
Comment left on 16 March 2007 at 02:25 by [email protected]
Amber, have a wordie with Camerons grandad Alla, he did a lot of work at the big house over the years, will tell you lots of stories. Comment left on 16 March 2007 at 16:59 by Sue Florence
Was Cromarty House built on the site of Cromarty Castle which I have read about in certain books of the area. Comment left on 16 March 2007 at 21:47 by William Long
The site of Cromarty Castle was - I understand - to the rear and east of the present house. So that would be to the right and to the rear of the house in this photo. Comment left on 17 March 2007 at 16:21 by Calum Davidson
Amber my dad work at Cromarty House in 1937 and he had to keep the drive from the House to the Lodge gates clear of all leaves etc so as not to upset Lady Ross as she passed through in her carriage. He also had to run and open the gates and lift his cap as she passed. Can you imagine how difficult that must have been especially in the autumn? Comment left on 21 March 2007 at 14:59 by Anne Short (Finlayson)
From what I remember being told, but not sure the house did use servants and that is why the tunnel was built so not to be seen leaving or coming to the house. I also remember been told a lot of, if not all the stone on the outer of the house was from the castle.. and somewere to the left of the house there was the old well from the castle. It could even be the disc shape in the grass... o do have some pictures of it and will try to find them and upload... may have other pics but not as good as some that on here. Comment left on 07 April 2009 at 13:56 by Gary S
I think my uncle, the late Davie McLeman, was 'Boots' at Cromarty House. I'm guessing, because of his age, it would have been in the 1930s. 'Boots' would have been the servant responsible for cleaning and polishing shoes and leaving them outside the bedroom door. I'm sure he had other duties.
I do remember Uncle Davie was great at shoe polishing. The trick was to use a little polish and then rub till shiny.
Comment left on 07 April 2009 at 18:17 by Margaret Tong
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