Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Golspie Tenantry circa 1860

submitted by Shirley Sutherland, Golspie 

Sketch of the houses in Golspie, with the names of the occupants, September, 1860”. That is the title of a document which was discovered around 1960 in the Sutherland Estates Office at Golspie when the staff were sorting out old files. It was handed to “The Northern Times” by the factor, Mr Thomas Adam, who thought the names would be of interest to many in the village.
What is now Church Street is shown in the sketch, but if there were houses there 100 years ago the author has not given the names of the tenants in the spaces drawn and these seem to have been incorporated with those shown on Shore Street.
Many “by-names” are given (a by name was the name many families, normally Mackay, Macdonald or Sutherland, took in order to differentiate themselves from the numerous others of the same name).

The document refers to a map which appears not to have been published. We are searching for it! If anyone can help please contact me.

The east end of the map ends at the British Linen Bank House (Donald GRAY, agent) on one side of Main Street and on the other two houses (Magnus SMITH, mason and Mrs. MUNRO, schoolmistress) - these are presently occupied by Mr John MELVILLE and Mr W. MACKAY.

The population of the parish of Golspie at that time was 1615, and there were 450 people living in Fishertown - all depending on the fishing industry. There was no pier in 1860, and all of the 23 small fishing boats had to be launched and hauled on to the beach by the fisherwomen. Very often they had to go waist-deep into the sea.

Starting from the end of Shore Street and working east along Main Street, on the sea side, the names are:- 
William MACDONALD “Kennedy”; Alex GRANT, jun.; Hector MACDONALD, Adam MACDONALD, Donald SUTHERLAND, “Graisich”. Alex GRANT, sen., John SUTHERLAND, Andrew SUTHERLAND, Donald SUTHERLAND, “Davie”, John MACDONALD, “Mhor”, William MACDONALD “Mhor”, Alex SUTHERLAND, “Graisich” (all fishermen); John MACKAY (tailor).
Alex SUTHERLAND (fisher); Widow MACDONALD “Baikie” (fisher’s widow); William SUTHERLAND “More” (fisher); Widow Alex. SUTHERLAND (fisher’s widow); William MACRAE (fisher); John MACDONALD, “Adam” (fisher); George MACKAY (shoemaker); Alex. SUTHERLAND, “King” (fisher); John STAGE (tinsmith); Widow SUTHERLAND (pensioner’s widow).
Widow SUTHERLAND (fisher’s widow); Widow SUTHERLAND “Graisich” (fisher’s widow); John SUTHERLAND “Noe” (fisher); Hector SUTHERLAND (fisher); James Davy (fisher); John GRANT (fisher); Robert MACRAE (fisher); Robert MACRAE, jun. (fisher); Widow URQUHART (fisher’s widow)
Widow MACRAE (fisher’s widow); John MACKAY (ploughman); James MACDONALD “Kennedy” (fisher); James MACKAY (tailor); George MACKAY (carter); John MACDONALD (couper); R. GUILLAN (fish-curer); stable.
Andrew MACKAY; Robert SUTHERLAND (mason); William MACRAE (tailor); John GORDON (carter); Alex. ANDERSON (tailor); Alex MURRAY (carpenter); John GRANT (road contractor); Peter POLSON (merchant); I and A SUTHERLAND (merchants); John GRANT (clerk), pulled down; Alex CAMPBELL (mason); Murdoch MUNRO (shoemaker); Widow MATHESON (catechist); William SUTHERLAND (blacksmith); John MURRAY (cart-wright); storehouses.

William Begg’s garden; Wm BEGG (merchant); John ARMSTRONG (plumber); Mrs LINDSAY (ironmonger); Thomas FRASER (parish schoolmaster); Donald MACKAY (tailor); Donald GRANT (carter); John ROSS (tinsmith); James MURRAY (merchant). James MUNRO (Cartwright); David GUNN (shoemaker); Donald GUNN (shoemaker); Widow John ROSS (midwife); Mrs LOW (innkeeper and merchant); William WATSON (carpenter) Neil MACLEOD (mason); James LINDSAY (ironmonger); John MACGIBBON (gardener); John MACINTOSH (carter); Alex. MACKAY (carpenter); Widow Alex. NOBLE; Magnus SMITH (mason); Mrs MUNRO (school mistress).

Then, starting at what are now the Duchess Cottages opposite “The Northern Times” office, and working east to the British Linen Bank:
Widow GRAHAM, Margaret MURRAY, Margaret MURRAY, Widow MACLENNAN, Widow SUTHERLAND, “Davie”, Annie SUTHERLAND “King”, Widow BAILLIE; Margaret GRANT.

Then on to what is now Heavitree - James ANDERSON (carrier); William SUTHERLAND, “Noe” (mason); Donald MACDONALD (fisher); Widow PAXTON; Hector URQUHART (fisher); John MACDONALD (labourer); Widow MACLEOD; Christy MACINTOSH; Donald CAMPBELL (mason) Widow William CUTHBERT; John J. MACKENZIE (plasterer); Donald GUNN (fisher); Widow J. THOMSON (mason’s widow); Hector MACDONALD “Kennedy” (fisher); John SUTHERLAND (fisher); Thomas SUTHERLAND (fisher); Widow H. SUTHERLAND (fisher’s widow); Widow Donald SUTHERLAND.
John MUNRO (shoemaker); Alex CUTHBERT (tailor); Widow Alex. GUNN; Marion SUTHERLAND; John MOODIE; Hugh SKINNER (saddler); James TURNER (carpenter).

Alex. NICOL (carpenter); Widow CALDER (carpenter’s widow); John ROSS (shopman); Alex. GUNN (shopman); Murdoch ROSS (shopman); Margaret ROSS (housekeeper); William SUTHERLAND (labourer); James SMITH (saddler); William BEGG (merchant); Mrs ROSS (mason’s widow).
James HALL (carpenter); Robert MACDONALD (painter); Miss LAWSON'S School; James GUNN (tailor); George ALEXANDER (plasterer); James SUTHERLAND (baker); Alex MACLEOD (shoemaker); Reading Room; Widow SUTHERLAND; Mrs ROBERTSON; Margaret MURRAY (sister); William MACINTOSH (labourer); Donald CLARK (labourer); William SUTHERLAND formerly D. NEISH, pro tem (labourer) Robert MUNRO (grocer); John SUTHERLAND (slater); Miss MACLEOD.

Here in the sketch is the road to Rhives, and then follows:-
William B. JAMES (watchmaker); Miss MACGLASHAN (innkeeper); Robert MEIKLE (miller); Samuel TAGGART (carpenter); Simon FRASER (carpenter); Widow Alex. MACKAY (tailor); Alex. WATSON (shoemaker); Mrs Dougald WATSON; Robert HAMILTON (shoemaker); George OLSON (labourer); Alex MACGRIGOR (draper); one house pulled down; Mrs OLIVER; John THOMSON (labourer); Alex CAMERON (saddler); Donald MACKENZIE (weaver and church officer); Hugh GRANT (shoemaker); Widow Dav. SPANKIE (labourer’s widow); Kenneth GUNN (carpenter); Widow D. SUTHERLAND; Alex. CALDER (druggist); Mrs PENDRITH (miller’s widow); Donald GORDON (labourer); Roderick MACLEOD (labourer); Andrew GUNN (shoemaker); George WALKER (carpenter); William MACKAY (carpenter); John MUNRO (baker); Adam ANDERSON (blacksmith); then there is vacant ground; Donald GRAY (bank agent).

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