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The Down to the Sea Project is pleased to announce the release of the new website, www.seaboardhistory.com, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation – we hope you like it.

We have tried to be as accurate as possible with regards to names, but if anyone is named wrongly or there are any spelling or grammatical errors please let us know so that these can be amended.

Read more about the Down to the Sea Research Project here.

 

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  1. Congratulations on a wonderful website. I came across it by accident whilst searching for information on Gaelic in Easter Ross. It brought back many fond memories of summer holidays spent in Hilton in the 1960s and early 70s.

    I have family connections with the seaboard through my maternal grandmother, Sophia Skinner (Howells). She was born in Balintore in June 1897, daughter of Alexander and Annie Skinner (nee Skinner) who married in 1886 in Balintore). Alexander was from Hilton and the family moved there around 1900 living at 6 Back Street, Hilton. Alexander was in the Merchant Service and was a steward on large passenger steamers. Annie was the village “howdie” or midwife in Hilton. My grandmother moved away on her marriage in 1919 but the family home was kept on as a holiday home after her mother’s death in 1940 being eventually sold in the 1970s. I have only been back briefly three times since but remember happy days of playing in the Park, down on the Porst and among the rocks and the freedom we had as children. I also recall many of the older residents of the time.

    I have some old family photographs should you be interested.

    John Prior (Grimsby, Lincolnshire)

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