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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.

Cat No. uip41
Year 1890
Albums Clan Ross / People / Places / Schools / Sports and Recreation / Uncategorised
Date added April 19th, 2005
Added by Tain & District Museum
2 Visitor Comments
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    Helen Lloyd

    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.

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    Catherine Williams

    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.

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