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John Shivas
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John Shivas

A John Shivas, Land Surveyor and Auctioneer, appears frequently in the Burgh Accounts from c1880 into the early 20th century (later accounts are held elsewhere than the museum). It seems highly likely that the John Shivas shown in the photograph is the one referred to in our accounts. He was employed by the burgh for tasks such as "laying down marches of Mussel Scalps on Plan", "reporting on waterworks", "measuring and selling manure", "measuring road metal" also "measuring crops, High Mills". As an Auctioneer he was used to conduct the sale of various town assets e.g. salmon fishings, town lands & quarries, "ground behind the courthouse". He certainly looks like a land surveyor, dressed in country tweeds suitable for outdoor work and with what could be plans tucked under his arm.
Picture added on 14 July 2005
I am Roger Shivas, son of D W Shivas who had the electrical business in Tain and who died in 2002. It is quite likely that this John Shivas is my grand uncle. Do you have any other Shivas related material? I have been trying to collect pictures and notes to augment my family tree.
Added by Roger E Shivas on 03 August 2005
Roger Shivas here again. I got the relationship wrong in my first comment. This John Shivas is my Great Grandfather.
Added by Roger Shivas on 29 September 2009
Roger, I remember your father with great pleasure. He was a stalwart supporter of the museum and always interested and enthusiastic, and always very dapper too. The museum has a copy of The Racketeer with one of his ads in - Your Man In The Street (or something similar) with a cartoon of him with his head sticking out of a hole in the road. Have you seen that? Perhaps if we ask Margaret nicely she could scan some of the pages - they're full of interest.
Added by Estelle Quick on 30 September 2009
Hello Roger, I can't help you immediately on this quest but if you wish I could set my brother on the trail. He lives in Dingwall and is quite well connected in Ross-shire so I'm misusing this comment box on a particular (retirement) quest of my own, which is catching up with former friends. I'm sure we studied engineering together in Edinburgh from 1958 to 62. If you'd also be interested to do some live conquering of the past, do please contact me at bobmacnab@yahoo.com - be great to hear from you!
All the best, R.B.MacNab.
Anonymous comment added on 04 January 2010
Sadly, Roger Shivas passed away in Kirkcaldy in 2011. aged 70. His wife Isabel, pre-deceased him. I think they had family, but have no details.
Added by David Brown on 19 August 2016
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