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21 October 2018Groam House Meeting October 25th 2018

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We have been asked to advertise the Groam House Lecture on "Tarradale through Time" by Dr. Eric Grant on 25th. October.

12 October 2018Meeting October 18th 2018: The Yankee Mining Squadron

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Meeting October 18th 2018: The Yankee Mining Squadron — Impact on the Inverness Firth in 1918

Richard Jenner, Chanonry Sailing Club

Cromarty History Society’s October talk is given by Richard Jenner, whose research produced documents that comprise ‘Harbouring Heritage’, charting the history of Fortrose Harbour and surroundings from the 1600s right up to the present time.

These documents, first posted in March 2012, were revised in 2015 and again in 2017 to co-incide with the Harbour’s bi-centenary and included further research and contributions from others. It was during this research and further work undertaken for the 2018 WW1 project at Groam House that Richard first became aware of the US Navy mining operations in WW1, which has all contributed greatly to this talk.

“The USA was famously ‘late’ in joining-in with both World Wars. The exploits of their army in WW1 are well known but less is known about the contribution of the US Navy to something that became known as the Northern Barrage. Similarly, the Cromarty Firth is famous as a major naval anchorage but less is known about the Inverness Firth which played a large part in hosting the US Navy. The talk to the Cromarty History Society will focus on the impact the US Navy had on that firth”. Richard Jenner

Following a full career in the RAF as a Fighter Controller, Richard retired in 2004 on completion of a 5 year tour at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE, Belgium) where he was Chief Air Command & Control. Richard and his wife Helen then moved to the Black Isle and as keen dinghy sailors joined Chanonry Sailing Club. Richard is the Training Principal at the club and the chief instructor (dinghy).

Cromarty History Society meets in the West Church Hall, Cromarty at 7.30pm on the the third Thursday of each month, September - April.

21 September 2018Groam House Meeting September 27th 2018

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We have been asked to advertise the Groam House Lecture on "Bringing Insular Art back to life, Bain and beyond" by Thomas Keyes on 27th. September in the Gordon Memorial Hall, Rosemarkie.

12 September 2018Meeting September 20th 2018: Kirkmichael, Back from the brink of destruction

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Kirkmichael — Back from the brink of destruction

Dr Jim Mackay

Cromarty History Society’s new season of talks opens with a talk from one of our regular and most popular speakers, Dr Jim Mackay. In an entertaining and informative presentation, Jim tells the story of the Kirkmichael adventure rescuing the increasingly derelict medieval mausolea and former church buildings at Kirkmichael by Udale Bay, and establishing within them a display of the pre-Reformation ornate gravestones found at Kirkmichael and nearby Cullicudden.

Dr Jim Mackay is Chairman of the Kirkmichael Trust, formed by the community on the North side of the Black Isle to rescue Kirkmichael. A keen local historian, he grew up in the Black Isle but worked all over the UK before returning north, where he is a manager with SEPA.

Author of “Resolis ‘Slope of Light’ Guide to a Black Isle Parish”, “Guide to Jemimaville and the Colony (‘Reachfar’) creative home of Jane Duncan, Author” and the recently published “Tales from Kirkmichael, stories and history from the Black Isle, including a Guide to Kirkmichael”, Jim has been stimulating popular interest in the heritage value of graveyards of the north. He has conducted guided tours of several Easter Ross and Black Isle graveyards for school pupils, and lectured at many venues across the Highlands on the subject, as well as on the historical ferries of the Highlands, his other great heritage interest.

Cromarty History Society meets in the West Church Hall, Cromarty at 7.30pm on the the third Thursday of each month, September - April

26 August 2018Groam House Meeting August 30th 2018

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We have been asked to advertise the Groam House Lecture on "Aspects of the Impact of the First World War on Fortrose, Rosemarkie & Avoch" by Robin Witheridge and Richard Jenner on 30th. August in the Gordon Memorial Hall, Rosemarkie.

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