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My Little Town of CromartyMy Little Town of Cromarty: The History of a Northern Scottish Town Cromarty is first recorded in the thirteenth century as both a royal burgh and a small sheriffdom. The town's varied history has included periods of marked prosperity - in the early 1700s, based on a thriving trade in grain and salt fish; in the 1760s and '70s under an improving laird who, among other innovations, built Britain's largest hemp factory here; and especially from the 1790s to the 1830s, when some believed that it might replace Inverness as the principal commercial centre of the Highlands. A disastrous decline followed, however, with the failure of the town's trade as it was bypassed by the expanding network of sea, road and rail transport. Although the Cromarty Firth was an important naval base during WW1, the decline continued until the 1970s, when North Sea oil and improved communications brought a revival. This study considers Cromarty in the wider context of the northern Highlands and sheds new light on the area's social and economic history.

Scenes and Legends of the North of ScotlandScenes and Legends of the North of Scotland Hugh Miller must rate as one of the most extraordinary minds Scotland has produced. He rose, if not from absolute poverty, certainly from a modest background, to become both a specialist in the field of geology and a generalist in the wider literary world, covering, as writer and editor, subjects as diverse as poetry, folklore, science, education, religion, history and travel. In his working life he was a stonemason, banking accountant, journalist, editor, lecturer and defender of Christianity against the evolutionists. By the time of his tragic suicide in 1856, Miller's prodigious output had made him among the best known of Victorian literary figures, admired by Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. First published in 1835, and extensively enlarged and revised in his lifetime, this book was the Cromarty stonemason's first important book, and is a monument to his pioneering work as a folklorist and social historian. His gifts as a storyteller are never shown to better effect than in this book, whether recounting legends of ghosts, fairies, mermaids and witches, or telling the true tales of Ross and Cromarty's history - from the eccentric life of Sir Thomas Urquhart to the cholera epidemics of the 1830s.

Ross and Cromarty: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS/Landmark Trust) Ross and Cromarty ranges from the rich farmlands of Easter Ross and the Black Isle, to the serrated coastline of the Western Highlands. Its towns are distinguished. In addition to the ancient communities of Tain and Dingwall, there is one of the finest 18th Century coastal burghs in Scotland - Cromarty, the Victorian spa of Strathpeffer, and the British Fisheries Society village of Ullapool. The sea lochs of the west are fringed with crofting villages and lairds' houses, whereas richer farmlands to the east contain rural parish churches, ancient castles, handsome farm buildings, shooting lodges and fine bridges. They combine to form a richly varied architecture.

Ross and CromartyRoss and Cromarty: A Historical Guide (Scottish Historical Guides) The district of Ross and Cromarty stretches across northern Scotland, from the rugged Atlantic coastline to the shores of the Moray Firth. The landscape is one of great contrasts, with majestic ancient mountains to the west and pastoral countryside to the east. Ross and Cromarty was the frontier zone between the emerging kingdom of Scotland and the Viking strongholds of Orkney and Caithness. The guide explores the history of the area from the appearance of the first human inhabitants over 8000 years ago and its later position as a centre of Pictish power, through its popularity as a place of religious worship and study in medieval times, to the coming of the industrial age. A number of sites are highlighted as Essential Viewing, and there is an introduction to the literature, music and art of the district.

Lydia: Wife of Hugh Miller of Cromarty The name and writings of Hugh Miller, born in Cromarty in 1802, have always been and still are well known. Apart from an entry in the "Dictionary of National Biography" his wife, Lydia, born in Inverness in 1812, has remained undeservedly in obscurity. Now, in this book, she is at last brought on stage. Elizabeth Sutherland tells us of Lydia's upbringing and education, and the romantic story of how she fell in love with and married a "plain working man", as Hugh described himself, with little formal education and apparently few prospects. We are taken through the tragedy of the early death in Cromarty of their first-born child to their move to Edinburgh in 1840 when Hugh was appointed editor of "The Witness" newspaper. We learn how their deep love and Lydia's active help supported Hugh through the difficult years leading up to the Disruption in the Church of Scotland in 1843, in which he played such an important part, and beyond, while she became a published, though anonymous, author herself. Her life and that of her children after Hugh's suicide in 1856 is described, and we discover how, to the detriment of her own health, she devoted the first six years of her widowhood to editing and publishing posthumously her husband's writings, which otherwise might never have become available to the public. Elizabeth Sutherland's research has built a skilful picture of a remarkable woman, whose love and strength were a vital ingredient of Hugh's lasting reputation.

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