15 October 2017Meeting October 19th 2017: The Hospitals of Inverness

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The Hospitals of Inverness : Their origin and development 1650–2000

Jim & Steve Leslie

The Cromarty History Society is delighted to welcome back father and son, Jim & Steve Leslie to share more of their research on the History of Highland Hospitals with a focus on Inverness. This will include a look at the establishment and development of the Northern Infirmary (later the RNI), the Inverness poorhouse (including Dunbar’s Hospital), the Citadel and Culduthel fever hospitals, the Forbes Dispensary, the Bona Convalescent Home and various military hospitals, culminating in the establishment of Raigmore Hospital. The development of these institutions will be considered in the context of the evolving social conditions and advances in medical science. Jim and Steve’s project began in 2008 with a 2 year research programme supported by the NHS Endowment Fund and the Centre for History at the UHI. Their work culminated in a report documenting the history of over 60 Highland Hospitals, many of them long forgotten and some with no existing records. Since then, more have also been discovered!

Jim Leslie was Head of Geography at Nairn Academy until 1991 when he was appointed Adviser in Social Subjects for Highland Council and, some years later, Education Officer in Ross and Cromarty. He is now semi-retired working in administration and in historical research, documenting the history and development of Highland hospitals. Steve Leslie is Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Director of Research, Development & Innovation with NHS Highlands. He holds Honorary Professorships with both the University of Stirling and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Jim and Steve have published four books detailing the Hospitals of Skye, Nairn, Lochaber and Inverness and will be available for purchase at their talk.

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

20 September 2017North Kessock Meeting October 4th 2017

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We have been asked to advertise the North Kessock and District Local History Book Launch and Meeting entitled "Bronze Age KnoWOW" with the authors Susan Kruse and Graham Clark on 4th. October.

20 September 2017Changes to Groam House Lectures — September and October

Groam House has sent us the following information about changes

… we have had to make a change to our programme and there will not be a talk on the 28th September as previously listed.

Instead the talk on the Rosemarkie Caves Project 2016 & 2017 will take place on the 26th October and [we] will e-mail you with the full details nearer the time.

The talk on the Scottish Wildcat Action Project that was to have been on the 26th October has been cancelled.

17 September 2017Meeting September 21st 2017: Interpreting the Black Isle and Beyond

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Interpreting the Black Isle and Beyond :The history and mystery of 21st century interpretive storytelling

Verity Walker


Most recently, she has project-managed the community engagement side of the Kirkmichael restoration for the Kirkmichael Trust and plans to build on this with a new project looking at the mediaeval period in the Highlands with a focus on the Chanonry of Ross. Her debut historical novel about WWI, ‘Major Tom’s War’ will be published next year. Verity was brought up in the Black Isle by her mother Penny Poole, a local teacher and keen amateur historian. As a young girl, her summers were spent visiting historic sites such as castles or ruined burial grounds. This love of the past stayed with her and influenced her professional life.

This talk will take the audience on an entertaining ‘tour’ of some of the most beautiful places in the Highlands — with a surprise (and a story or two) in store!

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

08 September 2017Meetings 2017-2018

September 2017 – April 2018 Meetings

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7. 30pm, West Church Hall, Cromarty

The Cromarty History Society begins the 2017–18 season on Thursday 21st September with a talk by well known Black Isle resident, Verity Walker. Her work in the field of interpretation will take us on a light hearted journey to some of the most beautiful corners of the Highlands with the promise of a surprise - and a story or two!

The following month is Jim Leslie’s look at the hospitals of Inverness, which at one time included a poorhouse, convalescent home, fever and military hospitals. He will show how they developed through evolving social conditions and advances in medical science, culminating in the establishment of Raigmore Hospital.

Eric Grant has undertaken a great deal of research on the history of Tarradale House near Muir of Ord and its previous owners. Miss Amy Yule purchased the house in the 1890s and began a series of impressive improvements. Although no known portrait of her exists, her character will be brought to life by this illustrated account of a “lady laird”.

The ’Christmas‘ talk will be an expansive timeline of Cromarty history by David Alston, followed by complimentary festive mulled wine and mince pies.

Terry J. Williams is the author of the book of the talk title, ‘Walking with Cattle’, which includes excerpts from her interviews with the few remaining individuals who remember the days of droving in the Uists and Benbecula. She will share the highlights of her research and intriguingly, some adventures that didn’t make it into the book!

Two Cromarty residents, Sheila Currie and Janie Verburg have been working over the last year on delving into the past of their own early 19th century homes. Each will share what they have found and explain the process of research that helped them achieve this inspirational project.

Following a short AGM, the final talk of the season will take place. The annual Cromarty Courthouse Lecture is fittingly focused on Crime and Punishment at this well known Cromarty landmark building and is delivered by their Trustee, Paul Monk.

2017/18 Annual Membership of the Cromarty History Society is £10 single member, £15 for a family. There is a fee of £3 per meeting for non-members. Children under 16 admitted free. The Society promotes the knowledge of the history of the town and parish of Cromarty and is the Friends organisation for the Cromarty Courthouse Museum.

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