High Street Tain looking east

High Street Tain looking east

Year: 1900 | Included in Albums: Businesses / Places

Photo Description

This William Smith photo may be from the early 1900's. It shows what is now Gow Bakery and Tearoom, formerly Strachans, when the premises were divided into 3 shops - here an unnamed one, Dawson. Clothiers, and Glasgow House. See also Picture #82 Picture #109 Picture #111 Another interesting point is that the street name on the side of the building to the left says "Station Road" and not "Castle Brae" as it is today.

Cat No. 38.1
Year 1900
Albums Businesses / Places
Date added May 11th, 2004
Added by Tain & District Museum
10 Visitor Comments
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    Sheilagh Stephenson

    I visited Tain to seek out any information regarding my grandfather James Michael. He was born in Tain around 1884 and would have walked this very street. Is there anywhere I may find information about him in the historical birth records or marriage registry? I plan on starting a family tree.

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    L.Bathgate

    Try the Scotlands People web site at: www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk For a small fee you can search and download copies of birth marriage and death entries from 1855.

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    Kirstin Mackintosh

    To my knowledge the name of the street was changed from station road to castle brae to coincide with the building of "tain castle" - what is now the railway hotel, a grand house built by one of the provosts. I could be wrong of course, any other opinions would be met with great interest.

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    Margaret Urquhart, Tain & District Museum

    "Tain Castle" would have dated to long before the railway came to Tain. It may indeed have been just a grand dwelling rather than a castle in the normal sense and it may have been the residence of a provost but one connected to the Collegiate church rather than in the secular ones of later centuries.

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    Estelle Quick

    I seem to remember that the road name was changed in the 1890s (not that I was there myself of course). The photographer William Smith, whose house was next to where Brown's Gallery is now, suggested Castle Terrace or something similar as a reference to the historic location of the castle. There apparently used to be some massive stone pillars further down past the Railway Hotel, which were demolished years ago and dumped on the shore. Does anyone remember anything about this?

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    Harry O;Neill

    Anyone remember Jurd Ross the baker, wife's name was Bella (nee Macrae) children were Dodie and Munro ?

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    Malcolm Anderson

    I remember Judd and Bella Ross well . They lived in the prefabs at the top of upper King St.I was a pal of Munro 'Jurd'

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    Harry O;Neill

    Thanks Malcolm, do you have any idea where Munro is now? I think Dodie is gone as are the rest. I am a 2nd cousin now in Canada

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    Malcolm Anderson

    Hi Harry, Munro lived in Shandwick but sadly he died a few years ago. The last time I spoke to him was in 2001.

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    Harry O;Neill

    Thanks Malcolm, just saw this..Sadly all of that family gone now..Do you remember any of the Macrae's, one of them owned the flower shop in Tain, other was a piper, think his name was Ian, also relatives, thanks

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