Balnagown Arms Hotel, Ardgay.

Balnagown Arms Hotel, Ardgay.

Year: 1916 | Included in Albums: Businesses / Places

Photo Description

This is Ardgay village taken around 1916. It shows the Balnagown Arms Hotel with the old village hall and smiddy behind it. On the right of the photo are the two buildings from picture no. 454 and 457.
The hotel was originally a farm house until it was converted about 1814/15 as an increasing number of travellers would have been using the newly opened bridge at Bonar (1812).

Cat No. Ardgay3
Year 1916
Albums Businesses / Places
Date added August 7th, 2013
Added by Donald Brown
3 Visitor Comments
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    Katharine Broome

    My great great uncle, Andrew Ross, was an early tenant of the Balnagown Arms – The Inn at Ardgay. Born in 1792 in Kiltearn, he was a servant in Glasgow to one of the Taylors of Dornoch, probably Robert Sutherland Taylor, when he married Roberta Sutherland in Dornoch in 1823. Born in Inverness in 1784, she was the daughter of Andrew Sutherland, a planter in Jamaica.and was the housekeeper at Avoch House at the time of their marriage. The first small quay at Bonar built in 1830 to serve the needs of the neighbourhood, was “provided by Andrew Ross”, then tenant of the Balnagown Arms in Ardgay, also tenant of Gladfield, Lower Gladfield farm, as it was then known. The proprietor at that time was Alexander Mathieson of Ardross. Andrew Ross was granted the Tack of Gledfield on 22nd September 1834 Both Andrew & Roberta [Bertie] are mentioned in the Ardcronie Chronicles. At the time of the 1841 Census they were living at the Ardgay Inn. However, his name is on a Roll of Special Jurors for the Eastern District of Ross-shire in the General Jury Book 1845 & states “of Gledfield now at Glastullich”.He farmed Glastullich for many years. My great grandparents, John and Mary [nee Ross] Anderson followed Andrew to the area, taking the Ardross Inn at South Bonar about 1832. A later occupier of the Balnagown Arms was John Macleod.born in Helmsdale in 1849. He married a Donaldina Ross [no relation] in 1881. I’m uncertain of when they came to Ardgay where he died in 1922. They had no children and his nephew, Fergus Macleod, took over the hotel on his death. He married my aunt Mina Anderson. Donaldina Macleod and her sister, Jane Ross had bought Ardgay House in 1913. The lived there until the last of them died about 1940. After the Balnagown Arms burnt down, Mina and Fergus Macleod bought Ardgay House. Mina died there in 1963 and Fergus in 1969.

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    Donna Lynn Ross

    Is Mary Ross's brother Andrew Ross -and do you know her siblings and parents. She would be my grandfather's grandmother's mother.

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    Does anyone know when this place burnt down and when it was demolitshed?

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