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11 November 2018Meeting November 15th 2018: The Great North Road

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The Great North Road — The Story of the A9

Jim Miller

Jim Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working in London and abroad, he returned to the north of Scotland and has been a freelance writer for over 30 years. He has written regular columns in the Inverness Courier and the John o’Groat Journal and his books include The Dambuilders, Scapa, Swords for Hire and the The Gathering Stream.

The talk to the Cromarty History Society is based on his most recent publication, The Finest Road in the World, which tells the dramatic and sometimes humorous story of travel and transport in the Scottish Highlands.

The A9 is the spine of the communication network in the Highlands and, as a route connecting the north with the country's capital, has a long and varied history. Jim’s talk will cover early travel on horse or foot, to the early 1900’s when only nine vehicles were registered in Inverness-shire to the very different present day.

Alistair Dalton, reviewing The Finest Road in the World for The Scotsman, described this book as “leavened with vivid anecdotal detail that leaves the journey a memorable one”.

Jim Miller has given many talks throughout the Highlands and at one time was involved in the Cromarty Book Festival. This will be an entertaining and informative evening on an iconic Highland route.

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

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.

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