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Death Notices, Articles Concerning Deaths and Obituaries from the Forres Gazette, 1837-1855

[Forres Gazette]Unlike today, in 1837 there was no newspaper published in Forres and the people of the town had to content themselves with newspapers from other parts of Scotland, and further afield.

Scottish newspapers that might just contain small snippets of news local to Forres were being printed in Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere. Local articles might also appear in newspapers published in Inverness and Aberdeen. Between Inverness and Aberdeen, though, the only local newspaper being published at that time seems to have been the Elgin Courant which started in 1834.

John Miller, a son of Elgin clothier and draper Lachlan Miller, left the town in 1837 when he chose to move to Forres to open there a printing establishment, and in June that year, posters were displayed announcing the publication of a new newspaper, the Forres, Elgin & Nairn Gazette, still going strong in the town today as the Forres Gazette. Starting as a monthly publication of only four pages, it was not until 1851 that it was published fortnightly and only from April 1855, weekly.

The notices cover deaths in Forres, the near neighbourhood, the rest of the county, throughout the country and even overseas. Examples can be found of notices from Australia, Canada, India and other parts of what was to become the British Empire and also from the United States and more unexpected places such as Paris, Buenos Ayres, Gambia etc.

There are announcements of the death of the illustrious, the well-known and the humble. The shortest announcement may be one from December 1838 which simply states, “Died, at Elgin, last month, James Hay, Porter.” The longest announcement and obituary is probably that for the Rev Thomas Stark whose death is announced in the issue of February 1849 and whose obituary occupies many columns of the next issue on March 1849.

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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.

Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR) Appeal

Are you interested in the story of places of worship where you live? Do you value your cultural heritage? If so, why not become a member of Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR). Members share an interest in all places and buildings that have been - or still are being - used for worship and which form part of the rich heritage of Scotland. SCHR is non-denominational, non-sectarian, and non-political.

SCHR has established a project listing all places of worship in Scotland, past and present, over 10,000 to date. The aim is to record each site in its environment, and to photograph both the exterior and interior. The information is accessible to everyone through a website ( www.scottishchurches.org.uk). So far extensive recording has been done in Fife, Angus, Aberdeenshire, and Moray, and it is now hoped to extend it to the rest of Scotland. The work has been supported by grants from various sources including Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Church of Scotland, but in the present economic climate grants are very limited.

Members receive an illustrated Newsletter, and there are opportunities to take part in events and conferences, as well as volunteering to help with recording. We also offer talks to groups of all kinds.

SCHR needs your help. Join us now and become a member. The annual subscription for individuals is £10 (for organisations, £15, and for students £5). Contact us at SCHR, Volunteer House, 69 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife, LY15 5AS, telephone 01334 844822, e-mail office@scottishchurches.org.uk.

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

[Auldearn Chruchyard] 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

71st Fraser Highland Regiment in the American War of Independence, by Ed Brumby

[71st Fraser Regiment] The 71st Fraser Regiment was raised by Major General Simon Fraser of Lovat in December 1775 to fight in The American War of Independence. The Duchess of Gordon, at Fochabers in Moray, was an active recruiter for her brother Captain Hamilton Maxwell. This was long before her famous “kiss and a shilling” for the recruits of the Gordon Highlanders. 2000 men were raised by officers from many clans and sailed along with the 42nd Regiment from Greenock in April 1776. About 500 men, together with their officers were captured off Boston and spent up to two years in captivity, some working for American families.

The war would see the 71st fighting in New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and finally being defeated at Yorktown, Virginia. The kilted warriors had to endure a variety of climates, mainly hot, and on occasion had to abandon their beloved plaid for trousers. They gained a fearsome reputation and the “skirl of the pipes” was feared by the French who assisted the Americans at Savannah.

Some men chose to settle in Nova Scotia and nearby northern areas. Some deserted, and some finally made it home to Perth. Those who had been wounded were judged by The Chelsea Board to see if they warranted assistance.

It is sad that the 71st Regiment seems to have been forgotten in the history of Scotland, indeed it is seldom mentioned. Hopefully this book will address that issue.

Published by Anchorprint and available now from Ed Brumby at £12.00, p&p extra.

Northern Scotland Journal

Northern Scotland is an established scholarly journal that has been in existence since 1972. Initially produced by the University of Aberdeen, and latterly by the UHI Centre for History and Aberdeen University, in 2010 it was relaunched as a fully peer-reviewed publication whose editorial board, contributors, reviewers and referees are drawn from a wide range of experts across the world.

While it carries material of a mainly historical nature, from the earliest times to the modern era, it is a cross-disciplinary publication, which also addresses cultural, economic, political and geographical themes relating to the Highlands and Islands and the north-east of Scotland. It contains substantial articles and book reviews, as well as interviews and reports of research projects in progress. It meets a need within and beyond the academic community in both domestic and overseas markets and complements publications such as the Scottish Historical Review, Scottish Archaeological Journal and Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

Northern Scotland is published annually under the co-editorship of Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen) and Dr David Worthington (University of the Highlands and Islands).

1911 Census for Scotland

The 1911 Census for Scotland taken on the the 2nd of April 1911, was made available for Family historians on the 5th of April 2011. One of the unique bits of information on the 1911 Census which has not been seen on previous census is the Fertility information this shows for a married couple the number of children both living and deceased from that marriage. The pages have also been digatised in colour for the first time. they have been available since the 5th of April both at the Family History centre in Edinburgh and on the Scotland's People web-site.

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.

Anglo Scots FHS Scottish Marriage index

Anglo Scots FHS has built a database based on a marriage, because recording details of the couple and their parents gives, in most cases, 4 family names, the place where the Scot was born, the place where they were married and the dates and times of the events. The database is called The Scottish Marriage Index, and can be accessed at www.mlfhs.org.uk

If you would like your family details listed (providing either the groom or bride was born in Scotland) then send the following data to office@mlfhs.org.uk

Please put Scottish Marriage Index in the Subject line; names of the couple; their dates and places of birth; the names of their parents; the date and place of marriage; your postal address and email address. No personal details are listed on the webpage. You will be allocated a number.

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