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Poor Register for the Parish of Elgin 1845-1891

Poor Register for the Parish of Elgin from 1845-1891 (published in 3 parts 1845-1871, 1871-1881 & 1881-1891) is a transcription of the Register for each pauper who was accepted to be given Poor Relief under The Poor Law Act of 1845 which ended the relief of the Poor by charity. They note in detail the change in circumstances of the person named and sometimes their family’s circumstances, including any increase or decrease of relief given, occasionally entry into the poorhouse and often their date of death. Over 970 individuals are listed in the Register of paupers. They give a unique glimpse of the social attitudes to the poor in Victorian Elgin, though it was not always paupers who got relief, sometimes it was those who were sick or out of work.

Monumental Inscriptions for Barevan Churchyard & Cawdor Churchyard Burial Register 1930-1970

Monumental Inscriptions from Barevan Churchyard is a transcription of the gravestones. They note in detail the complete inscription from each stone. Over 110 gravestones were recorded by members of the Moray & Nairn Family History Society between 2014 and 2015 with a plan being made of each stone’s location and an index of surnames.

The Burial Register from Cawdor Churchyard supplements the survey of the gravestones at Cawdor already undertaken and published by the Society in 2014.

Nairn Poorhouse - Records relating to Nairn Poorhouse, Nairn 1862-1914

Nairn Poorhouse was opened in 1862 as a result of the Poor Law Act of 1845, where paupers could gain accommodation when they were homeless or infirm.

The publication is a transcription of the surviving records from the parishes of Abernethy, Ardclach, Ardersier, Auldearn, Cawdor, Cromdale, Croy, Duthil, Dyke & Moy, Edinkillie and Petty Parishes who by service agreements boarded or had paupers resident in Nairn Poorhouse.

Also included is a Register of Burials at Nairn Cemetery 1864-1957, Nairn Old Churchyard and Auldearn Churchyard where the address was given as Nairn Poorhouse or its later name Balblair.

St. Ninian Press & Nairnshire Advertiser & Nairn County Press and Advertiser Deaths & Obituaries 1892-1899

The St. Ninian Press and Nairnshire Advertiser newspaper was published by John Fraser of 102 High Street, Nairn, and was issued weekly on a Saturday. First issue was on the 5th July 1892 and ceased as the St. Ninian Press on the 17th July 1897 being renamed The Nairn County Press and Advertiser from the 24th July 1897. The paper ceased trading completely at the end of July 1917.

From these early issues we have extracted the notices of death and obituaries, and sometimes there are details of a funeral, tragic accidents and other local incidents are also reported upon where a death occurred. They provide a glimpse of the Victorian attitude to death and how it was related to in this local paper.

Aliment for my Child

Our member, Ian Brodie, has written a book about Alexander, the first born but natural son of the 22nd Brodie of Brodie, who became a well-respected English clergyman, yet it was a dramatic life lived in the shadow of sordid publicity; Alexander’s innocent wife Sarah was the sister of the infamous Victorian criminal and poisoner, Dr William Palmer.

To contact author Ian Gordon Brodie phone 01926 812179 or email ian@thebrodies.co.uk; for details about the Brodie Castle book launch on May 7th contact Shona Vincent 01309 641371 or email svincent@nts.org.uk.

Scotlands People at Highland Archive Centre

Highland Archive Centre now have available the Scotlandspeople service which people usually have to go to the Scotlandspeople Centre in Edinburgh to access. The cost is the same, £15 per day, hours 10am-4.30 pm Monday to Friday. There are four pcs with Scotlandspeople, three are bookable in advance and one is a drop-in pc. Contact details to book – 01463 256400 or email inverness.registers@highland.gov.uk for details.

Poor Register for the Parish of Alves 1845-1930 and Alves War Memorial

Poor Register for the Parish of Alves 1845-1930 and Alves War Memorial, compiled by Stuart Farrell, is now available, click here for details.

Nairn Congregational Church Baptisms, Marriages & Members 1847-1891

Nairn Congregational Church Baptisms, Marriages & Members 1847-1891, compiled by Stuart Farrell, is now available, click here for details.

Monumental Inscriptions, Parish of Auldearn

Monumental Inscriptions, Parish of Auldearn, compiled by members of Moray & Nairn FHS, is now available, click here for details.

The Parishes of Nairnshire, Deaths & Places of Burial, 1855-1860, Auldearn & Nairn

Available now, is the latest publication in the series of Deaths & Places of Burial, 1855-1860 for the parishes of Auldearn & Nairn, Nairnshire.

Scottish Council on Archives Interview

The Scottish Council on Archives E-Magazine, Issue 15, features an interview with Bruce Bishop, Chairman of SAFHS and, of course, Chairman of Moray & Nairn FHS. Read the details of this very interesting interview at http://www.scoarch.org.uk/notice-board/broadsheet

Nairn Family History Fair 2010

Nairn Community Centre was the venue for the ‘Nairn Family History Fair 2010’ on Saturday, 2nd October 2010, which was hosted jointly by Scottish Genealogical Research and Moray & Nairn FHS.

Attendance at the fair exceeded 180. There were many stand-holders and talks from experienced genealogists.

A panel of experts was also on hand to answer queries.

Family history societies present included Aberdeen & NE Scotland; Highland; Moray & Nairn; Lanarkshire & West Lothian. The Scottish Association of Family History Societies also took a stand - other SAFHS members present included Guild Of One-Name Studies & Moray Burial Ground Research Group.

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In addition, there were stand-holders from Buckie Fishing Heritage; Highland Council Archives; J & B Bishop Publishing; Janet M Bishop, Genealogist; The Queens Own Highlanders Regimental Museum; Fort George David Hirst Postcards; The Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands; Cawdor Heritage Group & Moray Heritage Connections

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Special thanks go to the guest speakers at the event: Jean Shirer, Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS; Charles Burnett, Ross Herald; Bruce Durie, University of Strathclyde; and, Ken Nisbet, Scottish Genelaogical Society and Moray & Nairn FHS. All gave very interesting and informative talks on their chosen subjects. That they gave of their time and knowledge was very much appreciated.

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Thanks are also given to the staff of Nairn Community Centre for their very professional organisation and attentive help on the day.

Lost Moray & Nairn, by Bruce B Bishop

[Lost Moray & Nairn]In Lost Moray & Nairn, our Chairman, Bruce Bishop traces what has been lost from the old counties of Moray & Nairn, both architecturally and socially. Packed with illustrations of places, buildings and of aspects of life which are now vanished, and containing a history of various elements of life in the area, Bruce illustrates changes in the way of life of the people of the Burghs of Nairn, Forres and Elgin, and in the smaller towns and villages. The effect of these lost elements on the coastal towns is also discussed, with particular focus placed on the demise of the ports of Findhorn, Nairn and Garmouth, and the more recent decline in the fishing industry.

His journey through the region takes him from prehistory to the present day, and examines everything from geology, architecture, agriculture, industry, to communications. Lost Moray & Nairn is an important, illuminating and compelling account.

Published by Birlinn and available now from Yeadons of Elgin & Banchory, at £16.99.

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