The Grove, Tain

The Grove, Tain

Year: Unknown | Included in Albums: People / Places

Photo Description

The Grove is situated off Cunarder Lane (which links the High Street and Kirksheaf Road). This picture was taken before part of the grounds were used for the existing Post Office car park. It is currently owned by the Arthur family. Shona Arthur's father, Alex Macleod ("Dow") was a photographer and used parts of the building as a shop and a studio. He also rented out part of the building to a dentist, David Geekie whose son still lives in Tain. Past owners of The Grove were Mrs Murray Cameron (Mary), Kate Mackenzie, James Cree (Road Surveyor) and Dr. Kennedy.

Cat No. 231
Year Unknown
Albums People / Places
Date added February 7th, 2006
Added by Tain & District Museum
22 Visitor Comments
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    Jason Kennedy

    My great great grandfarther was the Dr Kennedy mentioned. I wud be grateful for any up to date pictures of the Grove.

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    Andrew Mackenzie

    My grandparents are Shona and Jim Arthur (current owners), so I'll see what I can do.

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    Louise Dickson

    I am Dr Kennedy's great grand daughter and I have photograph of a tea party in the Grove garden, taken when they lived there. I also have a painting of Mrs Kennedy sitting in the garden under a Gean tree. Is it still there? The painting is by my great aunt Janet C. Kennedy who taught Art in Tain for many years and was a well known character in the town. If the current owners would like copies I will send them to you.

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    Shona Arthur

    I think it would be lovely to get a photo of a tea party in The Grove garden AS IT ONCE WAS . I genuinely regret having to confess that during the last few years the garden has been allowed to run wild. My husband and I have never been gardeners and since he is now eighty and I am --sshh!--77, we don't even have the energy to keep the weeds down as we used to do.

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    Shona Arthur

    For Andrew, Good to see your name there! Love, Grandma For Jason, You might be a bit disappointed by up-to-date pictures of The Grove, but if you would still like one, I'll be happy to send or e-mail one to you. For Louise: see separate 'comment'

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    Estelle Quick

    Louise, I'm sure the museum would love to have a copy of the painting. Janet Kennedy was a great friend of Rosemary Mackenzie (nee Munro), who founded the museum, and her mother who was also an artist and came to Tain to teach art at the Academy. The Munros lived a couple of hundred yards along at Alderbrae.

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    Louise Dickson

    I will copy as many pictures as possible and bring them to Tain when I am coming North in September. I brought the general pictures I had of Tain to the museum some years ago but kept the family relevant pictures. Louise

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    Shona Arthur

    Not only David Geekie but his sister June (Walker) still live in Tain.

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    Rhona Munro

    Could anyone give me any details about James Cree (Road Surveyor) who lived at the Grove Tain. We know he was appointed Road Surveyor for Ross-shire in 1930.

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    Shona Arthur

    As far as I know The Grove was being run in the 1930s as a 'Board Residence' ( I am quoting from an advertisement in a tourist book of the 1930s called ' The Book of the Highlands' ), proprietor Mrs. Mackenzie. Perhaps James Cree was one of the paying guests....?

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    Margaret Urquhart,Tain & District Museum

    Another advert, dated May 1935 states "Mrs Mackenzie is no longer in The Grove which has been sold." Perhaps James Cree bought it from her?

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    Rhona Munro

    Thank you for your comments - I will try and look into it a bit more.

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    Shona Arthur

    We have a fairly comprehensive list of ' dispositions' of The Grove, including those transacted in the 1930s, but Mr. Cree's name does not appear on any of these. Shona Arthur

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    Shona Arthur

    Alas! The owners, who always expected to live out their days in the Grove, have had to move out. The deterioration due to old age, their own and that of the house, has made staying in it no longer a viable option.

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    Sasha

    My name is Sasha and I once lived in Tain down by the shore. Sometime around 1996/7 some nasty men scared me away, and I found a nice car to live under. The car owner's name was Jim a very nice gentleman who didn't mind me staying there. The name of his house was called The Grove and it was a lovely place with green grass and lots of voles for me to eat, with great big tree's for me to climb and nice and quiet, away from all the noisy traffic. A kind lady called Shona who was Jim's wife was there too and I'll always remember my happy times there before my owner found me and took me away on a long journey to live with her and my other friends on the Isle of Skye. I'll always remember the beautiful place called The Grove.

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    Donald MacDonald-Ross

    19 year old Jessie Ross in the 1891 census, from Parish of Tarbat (Arboll), was cook at The Grove for the Kennedy family. Anyone know what became of her? She was a sister of my Grandfather.

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    John Smith

    Sad to say that The Grove burnt down today. What a shame that the building became derelict and unloved, a target for vandals & squatters.

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    Shonaarthur@yahoo.co.uk

    The Grove remained fairly respectable for five years after we moved out, and we considered that a great blessing in this day and age. Jim made any small repairs that cropped up as a result perhaps of ball-throwing. However, that all changed within the last year when entry was gained by vandals. Everything that happened to it after that was really sad . It was sad not because we didn't love the dear old house enough, but because we did.

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    Maggie Mercer (editor Tain & District Picture Post)

    I appreciate how much The Grove meant to you both Shona and everyone who knows you will agree. I loved the stories you shared concerning The Grove in the TDPP which will stay with our readers - a piece of history. So unfortunate what happened and we were all saddened for you. We can't be vigilantes 24/7 on a property that isn't occupied to prevent potential culprits they will always find ways to gain access. Just sad that we had such vandals in our midst.

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    Shona Arthur

    Oh, THANK YOU for that, Maggie ! The people of Tain have been very very supportive, and that has been most helpful to Jim and myself.

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    Joanna Harvie

    Have been doing some family research and it seems my great aunt Alice McLeod who was born in Kildonan was a general domestic servant aged 19 to the Kennedy family in 1901. Does anyone have any more information.

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    John Fraser

    Kate Mackenzie was my Grandmother Chrissie's sister Katherine - affectionally know as Auntie Katie by my father John who often told tales of her during her time in Tain. Her husband was John Robertson Mackenzie, a taylor originally from Glasgow, who died, aged 44 in 1912. I have no idea if they lived in the Grove together or if she moved in after his death. I think that she may have run a B&B business there. She died in Crosshills in 1955 aged 85.

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