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 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
for details about the Brodie Castle book launch on May 7th contact Shona Vincent
01309 641371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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
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.
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
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