Jubilee tree planting

Jubilee tree planting

Year: 1887 | Included in Albums: Occasions / People

Photo Description

This shows the planting of a tree in the collegiate churchyard in Tain to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The group consists of members of the town council, some of whom are wearing masonic aprons. Provost James Vass is standing to the right of the tree holding a small ceremonial spade. Although the tree itself is no longer there, a cast iron commemorative collar which fitted on the trunk is in the museum collection, and one of Dr Vass's descendants has the engraved ceremonial spade. Left to right: Mr Dan Munro (chemist), Sergt ? (caretaker of the church), Mr Gordbrand (Culnaha), Rev Fraser (Fearn), Mr Edward Matheson (Volunteer), Mr White (coal merchant), Mr John Mackenzie (town clerk), Mr Andrew Maitland (architect), Rev Colin Macnaughton (Tain), Bailie Donald Duff, Mr WJ Macdonald (sheriff clerk), Rev Hutcheson, Provost Vass, Sheriff Mackenzie, Dr Kennedy, Bailie William Ross, Mr Fraser (Mayfield), Mr Duncan Cameron (Commercial Bank).

Cat No. 5
Year 1887
Albums Occasions / People
Date added January 30th, 2004
Added by Tain & District Museum
4 Visitor Comments
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    I suspect that Bailie Donald Duff (1811-1895) may be a relative of mine - as far as I know he was the son of John Ross and Flora or Florence Ross. If its the same family, (scanty proof so far!) then that John Duff had a sister, Janet Duff (b.1773) who is my 5th Great grandmother, who would be aunt to Baillie Duff. There was also another brother, James Duff of Balindrum, 1789-1869 who played host to Rev.John McDonald when "he became the first Free Church Minister of the Parish" (of Fearn probably). Anyone else connected to this family?

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    Cdr.Alan R. Macnaughton RD **RNR

    The Rev Colin Macnaughton in the centre is my grandfather born at Southend Argyll in 1838. His wife my grandmother was Mary Robertson. My father Capt. Iain Macnaughton his three sisters Ethel, Clare, and Blanche and the youngest son Colin were all born at the old manse Tain. Four of the family are buried in the old cemetery Tain.

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    Elizabeth MacDonald-Pratt

    The gentleman on the far right, Duncan Cameron, is my Great Great Grandfather. What a thrill to actually see a picture of him.

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    alasdair cameron

    Duncan Cameron is my great grandfather! I am descended from his son Kenneth. Elizabeth I am guessing you are descended from his daughter Jane who I believe married in Thurso where Duncan was previously the Bank Agent before returning to Tain where he was born. Duncan went on to be a Director of the Glenmorangie Distillery Co, his father in law William Matheson having been the gentleman who registered the name.

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