Tain Museum Image Library

Strawberry pickers
Tain Museum Image Library
Strawberry pickers

This is a group of strawberry pickers, around 1899-1900, in a field which used to be opposite the railway station. It was part of a nursery belonging to WG Holmes, Seed Merchant. The nursery mainly grew strawberries and fruit trees eg apples. pears, plums. It later became a football field and was known as Coronation Park. It is now a depot for a construction firm.
Standing at back L to R - Macrae or Campbell (?), Janet ? (Knockbreck St). WG Holmes, Alick Munro (Mounteagle), Bob Stenhouse, Mrs Macdonald, William Munro, George Oman, George Graham, Angus Hepburn; group of three at LHS - ? Graham, George Mackenzie )former General Manager of British Linen Bank), Willie Holmes; group of four in middle - Roddie Ross, Andrew Ross, Andrew Gallie, Tom Mackenzie; Two at RHS - ? Cameron, ? Urquhart.
Picture added on 30 March 2004
I believe there may be 3 or 4 ancestors in this photo. Andrew Ross (?son of Hugh Ross c1838), Andrew Gallie (?related to James Ross McLean Gallie), young Urquhart (?related to Andrew Urquhart c1845 and married to Barbara Gallie). We live in South Australia and are descendants of George Ross, born in Edderton 1840 and migrated to Australia 1867.
Added by Helen Ross on 14 November 2005
My great grandfather Robert Stenhouse (aka Bob Steen) is the 5th from the left on the back row. He was quite a local character apparently - would love to hear more
Added by Caroline Smith on 07 December 2006
I believe the Angus Hepburn mentioned is my grandfather who worked for the railways and lived in Hilton. He married Isabella McAngus and they had 5 children. Subsequently he moved to Stornoway where he worked for the civil service before retiring to Edinburgh. I would appreciate any more information readers may have.
Added by Angus Hilton Hepburn on 14 January 2008
Fascinating. Never knew that strawberries were ever grown in this area.
Added by Sam Kennedy on 25 April 2017
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