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10 November 2016
Meeting November 17th 2016: The Diary of a Victorian Lady

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The Diary of a Victorian Lady

jonathan mccoll

Thursday November 17th. 2016, 7.30pm, West Church Hall, Cromarty

 

Cromarty History Society’s November meeting will be an illustrated talk describing late nineteenth century Ross shire through the attitudes, lifestyle and character revealed in the diary of an upper–middle–class Dingwall girl. Tina MacLennan was the privileged daughter of the Chief Constable of Ross, so existed in a narrowly defined stratum of society. Though having left the town of her birth, she returned for a three-month visit in 1892. Her diary kept during her stay survives to give a series of snapshots of her life and times, not all of them pleasant and not all of them obvious on first reading. Her diary entries will be combined with old photographs, censuses, family trees and extracts from newspapers to reveal this unique record.

Jonathan McColl is Irish–Canadian with Highland ancestry and is a recently retired IT trainer. He shares his long–standing interest in family and local history through occasional talks and published pieces. He is a Trustee of the Dingwall Museum and has worked on Dingwall’s historical record.

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

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