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.
|Date added||July 14th, 2005|
|Added by||Tain & District Museum|