Tain Museum Image Library

Children's games
Tain Museum Image Library
Children's games

This is a lovely photo of a group of barefooted boys playing about in the garden of a large house, possibly Balnagown Castle, and being closely observed by a passing family or staff member. The picture doesn't have the photographer's name on it but it may have been taken by William Smith. As well as being Tain's photographer and stationer, he also started a Ragged Sabbath School in 1858 and was involved in running it for many years. The pupils were occasionally invited to Balnagown for tea as a treat.
Picture added on 19 April 2005
Thanks for this picture. My great grandfather was the Earl of Ross's cattleman(John Hay) around this time and had a young family. So if this is Balnagown some of the children could be great aunts or uncles.
Added by Helen Lloyd on 09 April 2011
The building does not look like Balnagown Castle. The windows are wrong, and the gardens at the front are flat, and the Italian Gardens which do fall away are much steeper and further removed from the building.
Added by Catherine Williams on 17 May 2019
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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 EstateBalnagown Staff c1900Sir Charles Ross at Eton