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NORTH HIGHLAND ARCHIVE
NHA NEWSLETTER No 15
New Archive Assistant
We are pleased to announce that Gail Inglis has just officially joined the archive staff, after working part time since last October. She introduces herself inside.
New NHA web-site - address and details on back cover
INTRODUCING GAIL. . . .
Just a short note to say hello to you all, and to say how pleased I am to be part of the Archive team. My husband, Robin, and I have lived at Skirza, Freswick for almost 18 years, and before that in Golspie, Forsinard and Perthshire. His grandmother was a Mowat from Freswick, and we live in what used to be her cousin, Maggie Mowat's shop at Skirza. We keep bees, and our honey is getting quite a reputation for being so delicious - we're one of the largest employers in Caithness with one and a half million workers (bees)!! My own main family connections are Inverness-shire and Glenshiel (Ormiston), Glasgow (Lindsay), Dumfries (Forfar), Hertfordshire (Rodwell) and London (Rogerson). You'll guess from this that I've done quite a lot of family research on my own account, but I also play handbells, sing in the Caithness Gaelic Choir, and enjoy needlecrafts.. I look forward to having contact with you and helping you, when you need it, to the best of my ability. For those of you who need research done, I'm doing most of the written enquiries now, so you may contact me by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Original material from St Fergus lodge has been received from Jessie Mackenzie of Canada via Alice Mackenzie in Scrabster. Includes membership card and certificate of Donald Bain McKenzie, with numerous books and pamphlets on the lodge and freemasonry generally.
The arrival of the microfilmed Caithness landward valuation rolls, which has been delayed once or twice, should now be imminent as the work is almost complete.
Volunteers - indexing and cataloguing
Customs and Excise records - Peter Bruce
Begun by Gail Inglis and completed by Peter Bruce, we now have a list of each vessel covered by this 20th century customs paperwork deposited recently by Iain Sutherland. Typing was completed by another volunteer, Kirstin Mackay. Each vessel is listed with a resume of the documents held on it, which can include a host of paperwork such as builders certificates, declarations of ownership and (occasionally) additional correspondence. As with all lists, we can send copies by e-mail on request.
Northern Ensign births and death
notices - Garry Robertson
Also still ongoing is sorting of original documents of the Tongue and Farr Parochial Board, the huge project undertaken by Margie Miller, and the list of obituaries in the John O’Groat Journal by Kirstin Mackay.
Scottish Day at Market Square
Now online - Wick Harbour Trust
NHA web-site. We are now finally online, at the addresswww.northhighlandarchive.org. This was very kindly set up for us by SCAN (the Scottish Archives Network, a project run in conjunction with the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh). We intend to update the site on a regular basis to give up-to-the minute information on new deposits, forthcoming exhibitions, etc. We would be grateful for feedback on this new venture.
Visitors to the Caithness Community web-site onwww.caithness.org will have seen the new features on Caithness schools. Original records also survive for many of these, and Bill Fernie will be indicating which schools have admission registers or school log books held within the North Highland Archive. And, talking about education…
North Highland Archive, Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace KW1 5AB
01955 606 432Brenda.Lees@highland.gov.uk / email@example.com.