Tain Museum Image Library
Ian Harris Year: 2017Jessie (nee) Mackenzie Edderton
Jessie née Mackenzie was my great-grandmother. She was born in 1854 at a farm by the village of Edderton, near Tain (Rhamore farm, aka. Rathmore). She was one of eleven children of tenant farmers, Jessie & David Mackenzie. Two of their sons, Murdo and Charles, are also shown in photographs in the Image Museum.
David Mackenzie later took the tenancy of nearby Craigroy farm, which passed to his youngest son, Robert, and then to the latter’s only son, David, who held it until 2000 (but as he had no issue it passed out of the family).
On June 2nd, 1879, my great-grandmother, Jessie, wed a shepherd named John Gallie, and just two days later they embarked on the clipper ship, the “Nelson”, which sailed from the Clyde. On August 28th, it arrived at Otago on the South Island of New Zealand, where shepherds were in much demand for the sheep rearing industry, and there he became a sheep ranch manager. Unfortunately, he died aged only 27 on March 21st, 1883, from the effects of an appendicitis, and was buried in Dunedin. However, the widowed Jessie (with two young daughters) decided to return to her parental home in Edderton; and in 1895 she married my great-grandfather, Alexander MacArthur, who was a farmer in Nairnshire. Jessie died on August 8th, 1941, and was buried in Cawdor, Nairnshire.
– Ian Harris
Picture added on 27 August 2017 at 20:36