Tain Museum Image Library

Balnagown Staff c1900
Tain Museum Image Library
Balnagown Staff c1900

This William Smith photograph of members of the Balnagown staff in the service of Sir Charles Lockhart Ross shows, on the left, a Mr Calder and, seated, the butler, James Allan. Also included is a Mr Munro (to the butler's left?) who is reputed to have later been murdered in America.
Picture added on 07 April 2005
My Grandfather A ( That is his correct initial I believe, he died way before I was born) Ross was the estate carpenter and undertaker at that time who eventually left the Balnagown to set up his own successful building business in 'Moss View' Tain. He built an ocean going yacht for Sir Charles called the 'Lady Patricia' according to my dad Andrew 'Tim' Ross.
Added by Peter A Ross on 08 January 2006
The butler, James Allan was my grandfather. My mother Jane Elizabeth Allan had this picture in her album and I remember it well. It is nice for me to be able to get a copy and pass on to my children.
Thank you.
Added by Arthur Mee on 22 June 2006
The Butler, James Allan was my Great-Great Grandfather. Thank you for posting the picture, as we do not have a lot of family pictures of the Allan side.
Added by Melinda Aston on 13 September 2007
My name is William Luxton living in Ottawa, Canada. I too am a grandson of James Allan. My
mother was Rebecca Sophia Luxton (nee Allan) who was born in 1890 and often told me stories
of growing up at Balnagown . Whe also went into "service" and became the Lady in Waiting for
Lady Bessborough . Thank you for the picture and the memories .
Added by William [Bill] Luxton on 15 September 2007
My name is Dorothy Defalco living in Ottawa, Canada. I now know that I am the great granddaughter of James Allan. My grandmother Katherine D`Aoust (nee Allan) was the daughter of James Allan and the sister of Rebecca Sophia Luxton.
Added by Dorothy Defalco on 05 July 2017
My name is Robert D'Aoust living in Ottawa, Canada. I am the great grandson of James Allan. My father Edward D'Aoust is the son of Katherine D'Aoust daughter of James Allan.
Added by Robert D'Aoust on 08 July 2017
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Clan Ross

Dr  Elizabeth Ness Macbean RossStaff in front of Balnagown CastleHugh Ross snuff boxPlan of St Duthus Church, 1815Letter from William Forsyth to Lady PitcalnieMiss Rosa Williamson Ross, PitcalnieHarrowing?, Balnagown EstateGrain Drying, Balnagown EstateChildren's gamesSir Charles Ross at Eton