Macpherson's Central Emporium, Tain High Street

Macpherson's Central Emporium, Tain High Street

Year: 1910 | Included in Albums: None specified.

Photo Description

This Post Card picture could have been taken late 19th/early 2oth Century. The Emporium was still very much in existence in 1910 when it appeared in several adverts in the 1910 edition of the Easter Ross & District Almanack - incidentally printed by Macpherson. As can be seen it was a Stationers, Tobacconist and sold Fancy Goods (including leather goods). It was also a Toy Shop and sold musical instruments. One of the posters leaning against the building states, "Wanted - 20,000 men- harvest work in Canada", reflecting the fact that they operated as Shipping Agents. Macphersons also had a printing business. One of the adverts in the Almanack is for, "Herbert Taylor Macpherson (formerly MacPherson Bros.), St Duthus Printing works, Tower Street." Another advert is for a John Macpherson with a similar business in Invergordon, possibly the brother alluded to.

Cat No. 149
Year 1910
Albums None specified.
Date added July 25th, 2007
Added by Tain & District Museum
3 Visitor Comments
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    Estelle Quick

    Macpherson Invergordon produced numerous postcards in the early 20th century. There are several examples on the Invergordon image library as well as pictures of his shop in the High Street.

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    Niall Harkiss

    Herbert Macpherson also had a music supplies shop across the road where the Co-operative is now at 7-9 High Street selling musical instruments and sheet music. The Emporium was also still in existence at this time in 1914, advertised in Easter Ross by Alexander Polson.

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    Colin Taylor

    The address 18 High Street Tain was the business of John MacPherson and his wife Marion Elizabeth( Polly ) John died in 1928 at his home in Inchvannie Court. His son David and daughter Jeanette emigrated to New Zealand They had a son John Hunter Macpherson born 1914. I have not yet found the connection between John MacPherson and Herbert Taylor MacPherson

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