A WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE SEABOARD VILLAGES

SEABOARD TIMELINE

July 1742. A small ship hove to for 2 hours off Cadboll, during which 50 men appeared on her deck, she appeared in the same place 3 days later. She is certainly a privateer waiting for East Indiamen taking the north passage.

June 1797. The kelp on the shore at Balintore, which extends for 2 miles, is available to be let for a number of years, contact Mr. MacCulloch of Glastullich.

March 1818. In the village of Balintore, feus will be granted to tradesmen inclined to settle there. Mr Rose, the owner, has had a school house built which will have a qualified teacher. Mr. Rose has also entered into an agreement with a respectable company to carry out herring fishing this season.

August 1832. Outbreak of Cholera in the villages.

July 1842. Birth of John Ross, the missionary to China.

October 1842. The Linnet runs aground on Cinn a Bhairt below Cadboll House.

January 1843. The Linnet, bought and refloated by men from the villages is lost in a storm while trying to get her to Balintore Bay, 4 men from Balintore, William, John, George Morrar or MacKenzie and Finla Vass were lost, and 3 men from Hilton.

August 1843. MacLeod of Cadboll will grant no permission to shoot or course this season on his estates, poachers trespassing will be prosecuted.

October 1843. A feeble old fisherman, Alexander Morrar or MacKenzie, Balintore, left his cottage to fetch a pail of water from a nearby well. It is thought while descending the steps of the well he slipped and fell into the well, he was found face down in 2 feet of water still clutching the pail, life extinct. One of his son’s had lately perished on the ill fated Linnet. Alexander was highly respected in the village.

June 1844. Alexander Vass charged with assaulting Walter Skinner with a bottle, found not guilty as it was proved he was acting in self defence.

June 1844. John Vass, Alexander MacKenzie and Alexander Skinner, changed with assaulting Andrew Ross and his wife, to the effusion of blood, at a wedding. John Vass was found guilty and sentenced to 40 days in prison or a £8 fine, he chose the 40 days. The other 2 were found not guilty.

August 1844. David Vass, Shandwick, around 18 years of age, was thrown into the sea while shifting sail, before his crewmates could rescue him he had sunk to the bottom and was seen no more.

August 1844. The son of Hugh Vass, Shandwick, was thrown into the ‘great waters’ but with many boats on hand he was safely rescued.

April 1847. Shandwick Stone blown over in a hurricane and broken into three pieces. 

November 1848. Hilton of Cadboll woman found frozen to death, she had helped walk her husband, who was drunk, home from Tain and it is thought in a state of exhaustion on a very cold night she lay down to sleep and succumbed to the cold.

August 1849. Farmer James Anderson, Balintore, was tried for assault on fisherman David Vass, Balintore Park. It would appear that some fishermen were trespassing on Mr. Anderson’s land and after chasing them and confronting them, somehow the rake he was carrying struck Mr. Vass on the head causing serious injury, from which he has now recovered. Mr Anderson pleaded not quilty and was acquitted.

December 1853. Walter MacKenzie charged with assault and breach of the peace, breach of the peace not proven, but guilty of assault, 10 days or 30 shillings [£1.50p], fine paid.

August 1856. Lexy MacKay, Hilton, sentenced to 50 days imprisonment for theft.

May 1857. Case of Witchcraft in Hilton, fisherman Donald Ross had an attraction for a young lady which was recipricated, when his feelings towards her cooled he suddenly became ill. He decided she had put a spell on him in revenge and a way to stop that spell was to cut a cross into the girl’s forehead. He attacked the girl, throwing her to the ground he managed to cut her cheek before she fought him off and escaped. The Sherriff wondered in this day and age how people could believe a girl had the ability to cast a spell and make someone ill. Fined 20 shillings [£1] or 12 days in prison.

November 1860. Bella Mitchell, an old woman belonging to Balintore, was attacked by a ruffian near Broomtown, she was dragged off her cart and kicked violently, her pocket was torn off but only contained 8 pence, she had other money concealed on her person which was saved. Highway robbery is very rare in the district.

June 1863. The wife of Robert Ross, farm servant, Balintore, gave birth to triplets, 2 boys and a girl, 1 of the boys was still born.

June 1863. New Schoolhouse at Hilton opened by Mr. MacDonald, F.C.

February 1864. A fishing boat from Hilton of Cadboll with a crew of 3 adults and 2 boys were caught in a severe gale, this was spotted from the shore and a herring boat was sent to it’s rescue. The rescue crew were William Tarrel, Hugh Sutherland, Alex Ross, Alexander Tarrel, all Hilton and Donald MacKenzie, Daniel Skinner, Donald MacKenzie, all Balintore. Everybody safe.

May 1864. At Cadboll House, MacLeod of Cadboll, presented, from the National Lifeboat Institution, £1 to each of 12 fishermen who went to the rescue of small boat in distress in a violent storm. Each also received 6 shillings from a collection in appreciation of their deed. The 12 were Hugh Sutherland, Donald MacKenzie, Hugh Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Alexander Tarrel, Alex Ross, Hugh MacInnes, Hugh Sutherland, Alexander MacKenzie and William Tarrel all Hilton and Donald MacKenzie, Daniel Skinner and Donald MacKenzie all Balintore.

August 1864. A herring boat from Hilton of Cadboll was broken to pieces at Portliach, no lives were lost.

January 1865. There has been at great storm in Scotland, in Balintore the barometer was seen to drop as low as 28 37.

May 1866. George Ross, society teacher at Balintore dies at the age of 82, he taught in Gaelic and English.

January 1867. A vessel from Jersey on route from Malta to Leith and driven north by strong winds was wrecked at Balintore, the crew were saved by Balintore fishermen but it’s cargo of oranges were washed up on the shore and were sold for marmalade on the streets of Tain and Invergordon by fishwives.

February 1870. Murdo MacLeay, a flesher of Hilton of Cadboll, found guilty of stealing sheep from Kiltearn, sentenced to 9 months in Dingwall jail.

August 1872. The missionary John Ross and his wife Mary A. Stewart arrive at the missionary station Chefoo, Shantung Peninsula, China.

February 1873. Mary, the wife of John Ross the missionary, dies not long after giving birth.

May 1877. William MacKay [35] of Hilton fell 116 feet from the spire of the Church of Mary’s of the Assumption in Aberdeen while working as a labourer on the roof, his sister in the West End of Hilton was informed of his death.

September 1878. A letter writer to a newspaper signing himself  ‘a believer in witches’, Hilton, remembers ” Caule M’Bhalereek” [Caule of Hilton] and how her powers were used by the local land owners, although she is now passed on, he noted a cow in a field lately with a piece of red material tied to it’s tail and wonders who has taken over her mantle.

March 1879. In Melbourne, Australia, Catherine Ross, wife of the Rev. James Paton, late of Durban, Natal, South Africa, has died in childbirth. Catherine was the daughter of George Ross, Viey Farm, Pietermaritzburg, Natal and of Balintore, Ross-shire.

February 1880. Six fishermen from Balintore and two stone-breakers from Balmuchy charged with a serious breach of the peace in the Commercial Inn on Old-New-Year’s Day night. John Vass [Jock Mhone] found guilty, fined £1 or 14 days. John Vass was also charged  along with William MacKenzie [Banach] with assault of a stone-breakers wife trying to save her husband, Vass, another £1 or 10 days, MacKenzie, not guilty.

August 1880. John MacAngus from the Seaboard Villages took part with the 72nd [Seaforth Highlanders] in the British Army’s march, with General Roberts [later Lord Roberts] in command, from Kabul to Kandahar, 313 miles in 23 days with temperatures over 100 degrees during the day and below freezing during the night and then took part in the Battle of Kandahar to relieve the stranded British forces there. He also turned out in 1915 to salute and lowered the flag in his garden to half mast as the funeral cortege of Captain Budge of Rarachie passed his house on it’s way to Portmahomack for burial after the Captain’s death in France with the Seaforth’s.

February 1881. John Ross, the missionary to China, marries for the second time to Isabella Strapp McFadyen.

February 1884. Tain Sherriff Court heard a case from Hilton for breach of promise with seduction, a child was involved. The case was abandoned by the persurers solicitor.

April 1884. James Johnstone refused license to open a drinking premises in Balintore.

July 1884. James Johnstone, flesher, Balintore, found guilty of pasturing his horse on a public road near Balintore farm. Fine 5 shillings and costs of £1- 4 shillings and 10 pennies.

April 1885. Magistrates have refused a license to supply drink to a premises in Balintore for the 3rd time. They feel the Seaboard villages are too well supplied with drinking hostelries, this is bourne out by the amount of drunk and disorderlies seen at the Tain police courts. There are cries of distressing poverty from the villages, people on the edge of starvation, yet, the average consumpion of drink in the Parish of Fearn over the past 4 years comes to over £200 per annum.

June 1885. Three young Balintore Fishermen were cod fishing when their boat overturned in a sudden squall, John MacKenzie, William Skinner and John Urquhart were thrown into the sea. Boats were sent from the shore and Skinner and Urquhart were rescued, very exhausted, MacKenzie’s body was not recovered until 3 hours later. The accident was put down to the fishermen tying the sheet to the boat instead of holding the sheet in their hand.

June 1887. William Sutherland [Eldie] found guilty of assaulting the widow Andrewina MacKay, 10 days or 15 shillings fine, fine paid.

March 1888. Small boats from Balintore, Hilton and Shandwick, went to sea early to fish for haddock. When they returned there was a heavy surf on the beach, it was dangerous to land but one by one they came in, between the waves. One boat, the Annie MacKay of Balintore, was overtaken by a large wave and swamped to the danger of the crew’s lives, but help from the shore to bale the boat saw them safely home. The Shandwick boats also landed at Balintore, Shandwick bay being too dangerous to land. Donald MacKenzie [Young], Donald Skinner [Big] and John Skinner [Jocken], all fishermen from Balintore, went out to pilot the Shandwick boats thought the channel. One Shandwick boat, the Poacher, tried to land without help and was dashed on the rocks and severely damaged but the crew were saved by the people on the shore. One Hilton boat was thrown onto the rocks at Cadboll, crew safe, the rest made for Balintore. Two Hilton women helping in the sea were overpowered by a wave but were rescued. Donald Vass, joiner, Balintore, had his teeth knocked out by an oar while he was in the water helping. It is hoped the new harbour will end this problem.

April 1888. James Watt becomes headmaster of Hilton School.

June 1889. Andrew MacKay, fisherman, Balintore, had been in Inverness selling fish when he fell into bad company, Catherine Boyd or MacLaren and several other aliases was sentenced to 14 days jail for stealing £1 12 shillings from Andrew, they had been drinking together and when he woke early the next morning his money and the lady had gone.

July 1889. William Ross, Balintore, graduates in Botany at Aberdeen University.

March 1890. Balintore Harbour Trustees have accepted the quote of £6625 from George Pirie of Aberdeen to construct a harbour, it is due to be completed in 18 months, Mess’r D & T Stevenson, Edinburgh, are the engineers.

October 1890. William Sutherland junior, Hilton, found guilty of flattening the nose of Hugh MacDonald [Tarrel] against his face, Jessie MacKay, mother of Hugh MacDonald, giving her evidence in Gaelic, told how she put the nose back in the correct position with the help of whisky. Find £1 or 14 days jail.

March 1891. Jessie Tarrel, Lady Street, Hilton, dies at the age of 13.

February 1892. Alexander Vass, John Vass and Hugh MacKenzie, Hilton, found guilty of poaching on Geanies Estates, finded 5 shillings [25p] each and 10 shillings [50p] costs.

October 1892. Hugh MacDonald [Tarrel], fisherman, Hilton, found guilty of breach of the peace in Portmahomack, MacDonald who has had previous convictions, fined 15 shillings or 10 days jail, fine paid.

October 1892. Isabella Campbell [nee Sutherland], 8 Shore Street, Hilton, has been left with 3 young children to bring up, John, Elsie and Maggie, after her husband Kenneth was lost on the sailing ship Janet Storm  when she disappeared with all hands on route from Hartlepool to Fraserburgh.

February 1893. James Ross, Balintore, winner of the Ross-Shire Jubilee Bursary, dies at a young age.

October 1893. Andrew Ross, Balintore, the winner of the Murray Memorial Bursary, has also gained the Millan Scholarship of £25 in the United Presbyterian College Scholarship.

October 1893. Concert in Hilton School in aid of the Balintore Library and Reading Room.

January 1894. Roderick MacLean, son of Duncan MacLean, Commercial Inn, Balintore, dies at the age of 28.

April 1894. Balintore Golf Club [Fearn] has been opened on ground behind the village, the new club came about through the efforts of Captain Monro of Allan and the course was laid out by Mr. Machardy, the chief constable, Inverness. The club already has 35 members with Captain Monro of Allan as President and Mr. D. MacGregor of Fearn as Captain.

December 1894. James Ross, Balintore, comes third in the competition that opens the new golf course at Portmahomack, his prize, a dozen golf balls.

May 1895. Andrew Skinner, farm servant, Balintore, found guilty of failing to keep his 7 year old daughter Isabella at school, an attendance order was granted.

June 1895. The Rev. Mr. Bannerman, Helmsdale, in to preach at Balintore Farm steading on Sunday, the Secessionists are expected to turn up in large numbers to hear him preach.

March 1896. In the House of Commons, Mr Weir asked the Lord Advocate ‘ why the plans for Balintore harbour were changed by Stevenson’s, the Government engineers, making the harbour entrance dangerous for fishing boats’. The Lord Advocate replied that the plans had not been changed and the Government  and harbour trustees were happy with the harbour.

December 1896. The court case brought by 3 Invergordon ferrymen against James Johnstone, butcher, Balintore, on the price of delivering a whale to him, has been settled out of court.

January 1897. The schooner ‘Leon Raymundo’ Inverness, ran onto the ‘King’s Sons’ and was wrecked and all hands lost. Fishermen Nicholas Vass, Shandwick, and Andrew Vass, Balintore, recovered the body of Captain Taylor and Harry Woodford was found later on the shore, the remaining bodies have not been found.

May 1897. Alexander Skinner, Balintore, charged with breach of the peace for maliciously tearing up part of a hedge in a garden, fined 5 shillings [25p] or 3 days prison.

July 1897. William Sim Kinnear, a fencer from Fife living in Hilton, found guilty of assaulting Hilton fisherman William MacAngus [Shore Street] by seizing him by the throat, beating him with his fists and compressing his throat in the square at the west end of Shore Street, also breach of the peace and assaulting P.C. Campbell in the line of his duty. Fine £2 or 21 days, fine paid.

June 1898. The death of Hugh Ross, 2 Bank Street, Balintore, aged 58. African newspapers are asked to copy the death.

October 1898. Hugh Ross, quarrier, Balintore, charged with ” furious driving of a horse and cart ‘, pleaded guilty under extenuateing circumstances. He had bought the horse the day before and when he asked it to go it took off at a furious gallop and refused to stop and when it did stop it refused to budge again. Hugh Ross sold the horse the next day, when asked by the Sherriff if the new owner could control the horse, Hugh suggested the new owner should sell it as quickly as possible. Fined 5 shillings [25p] or 24 hours prison.

September 1898. The skipper Alexander MacKenzie,on leaving harbour, in the Balintore fishing boat Jean was thrown into the water, the boat backing suddenly, the crew threw out an oar and MacKenzie, rising for the second time, managed to grab it, he was hauled aboard, exhausted.

December 1898. Isabella MacKenzie, daughter of Murdo MacKenzie, Balintore, marries Thomas Dryden.

June 1899. At Edgbaston Church, Birmingham, Alexandrina, only daughter of the late Donald MacKenzie, Balintore, marries Robert Jukes Stirrop.

July 1899. Death of James MacDonald, one of the oldest and most respected natives of Balintore.

September 1899. Travelling man hit over the head with a poker and died in Hilton. Hilton man convicted of culpable homicide.

September 1899. Nicholas Vass pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and breach of the peace but informed the Sherriff he had come off the worse. The Sherriff said ‘ I can see by the state of your face you came off the worse, 7 days prison or 20 shillings fine’.

January 1900. Donald Skinner, Balintore, a fireman on the Highland Railway was killed instantly when, at Kinveachie, between Carrbridge and Aviemore, he was standing on the tender and was struck by an overhead bridge.

March 1900. Dina, 2nd daughter of the late Andrew Ross, Balintore, marries William Grant, son of the Rev. R. Dingwall of Aultbea, at Matelli, Chalsa, Jalpaijuri, Calcutta, India.

March 1900. Margaret Fraser or Ross, grocer, Hilton, fined £2/9shillings for illegally selling drink to William MacKenzie, dairyman, William Tarrel, fisherman, John Wilson, fisherman, all Shore Street, Hilton, and Andrew Vass, tailor, Main Street, Balintore.

March 1900. John Mathison, grocer, Hilton, found guilty of illegally selling drink to Donald MacKenzie, fisherman, Alexander MacDonald, gamekeeper, and to a boy John Campbell, all Hilton. Fine £4/10 shillings or 14 days jail.

August 1900. Alexander Tarrell, Hilton, a hired hand at the herring fishing in Lossiemouth, was returning to Hilton as a passenger on the fishing boat Brilliant when he fell overboard and drowned.

September 1900. Death of Alexander Skinner, who owned a successful draper’s and clothier’s in Kidderminster, he was born in Hilton 44 years ago. His younger brother Donald has a position of responsibility in Birmingham with London and North Western Railway.

August 1901. The body of Hugh Ross, fisherman, Hilton, who had gone missing the day before, has been found on the shore between Hilton and Balintore.

April 1902. Kate, 3rd daughter of the the late Hugh Ross, Balintore, marries Peter Rattray M.B, C.M, of Dundee at the UF Church, Duke Town, Old Calabar, West Africa.

November 1902. John MacPherson, Main Street, Balintore, lost overboard from the Aberdeen trawler Strathbogie.

November 1902. George MacKenzie, carpenter, and Donald MacKenzie, labourer, plead guilty to a breach of the peace in Bank Street, Balintore. Fined 2 shillings and sixpence or 2 days jail.

February 1903. Malcolm Fletcher, baker, Balintore , dies.

August 1903. Annual Hilton School picnic and sports attended by upwards of 230 pupils and sponsored by Mr. D. MacKay, Capetown, South Africa, but a native of Hilton, started in very wet conditions but faired up as the day went on and didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the children.

September 1903. James Morrison, a fisherman from Balintore, has been found drowned on a sandbank near Cromarty, he had been working at the harvest on the Black Isle.

February 1904. John MacPherson is awarded £150 plus expenses by an Aberdeen Sheriff  for the loss of his son, also John, in an accident on the trawler Strathbogie. The trawling company had failed to supply a strong enough fastening for the towing chain.

August 1904. The Murray Bursary of £20 per annum for 3 years has been awarded to John Smith of Hilton of Cadboll to enable him to attend university.

October 1904. William Duff, harbourmaster, was found dead in his house in the evening, he had been attending to his duties in the afternoon. He was 40 years of age and well respected.

October 1904. Donald MacKay, a native of Hilton, becomes manager of Mowbray in Cape Colony, South Africa.

July 1905. James Finlay, who owns the large barrel making premises in Balintore, dies.

July 1905. George Paterson, George Sutherland Paterson and John Paterson, all residing in Cromarty but tenants of the salmon fishing stations on the Tarbat peninsula, were accused of leaving the leaders out on the nets from 6pm Saturday to 6am Monday.The Patersons cited bad weather as the reason they were left, the Crown said the weather was fine. Witnesses for the Crown included  John Reid, Hector MacKenzie, Murdo MacKenzie, Alexander Reid and Alexander Skinner, all salmon fishers, Balintore. Witnesses for the defence included John Bonny, Balintore, Alexander Ross, David Mitchell, Alexander Skinner, David Morrison, David MacKay, David Tarrel, James Williamson, William Sutherland, 21 Shore St., William Sutherland, 10 Shore St, all salmon fishers, Hilton, and Alexander Skinner, shoemaker, Hilton.

October 1906. William Vass, Balintore, a cook on the trawler Glen Clova, is drowned 1 mile off Fetlar Island, Shetland.

August 1907. Christina Johnstone, Balintore, marries Charles Yeoman of Aberdeen.

August 1907. The Balintore small yacht, Curlew, went ashore at Nigg, the crew were saved and fishermen salvaged the yacht.

April1908. John MacAngus, Hilton, marries Anna Bella Rose, Alness, in Toronto, Canada. Helen and Donald MacAngus arrive from Hilton in time for the wedding.

May 1908. The Fraserburgh registered wooden steam drifter Alpha, FH421, the first steam drifter ever built 30 years ago, has been wrecked on the coast at Balintore, she was on route to to Ireland, crew safe.

May 1908. The wreck of the Alpha has been bought by J. Sutherland of Hilton for £6. The engine cost £289 and copper and various  metals £50 when she was built. The wreck must be raised and removed from Balintore harbour where it is a hazard to other boats.

October 1908. Miss M. Smith, pupil teacher, received an inscribed silver watch and gold chain from the teachers and pupils of Hilton School, Miss Smith has just entered training college.

October 1908. Balintore boats going into the Cromarty Firth to collect mussels for bait, are turned back by the Cromarty fishermen, all the mussels in the firth belong to them.

December 1908. Mr. Sutherland complained to the council that the people from Hilton were now having to walk to Balintore to pay their rates, this applied to Shandwick as well. The council pointed out it only took 15 minutes to walk from Hilton to Balintore and it was no hardship, Mr Sutherland said he would like to see a council member do the walk in 15 minutes. Council decided the rates will continue to be collected in Balintore.

December 1908. Donald Skinner, 12 Main Street, Balintore, serving with the 1st. Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in Nowshebra, India, injures his knee while playing football. A court of inquiry is held to find out how his injury came about, it was agreed from evidence that the injury came while playing football off duty. Donald had to sign a form saying he had no claim from the army for his injury. [ See December 1914].

March 1909. Andrew Skinner, Balintore, survives when the Nairn registered schooner Nairnshire, is nearly wrecked in a severe storm while trying to enter Aberdeen harbour with her main mast gone.

October 1909. The First Lord of the Admiralty having considered a complaint from the fishermen of Balintore and Hilton, has announced the Navy, from now on, will let the fishing communities know, before hand, when live gun practice will take place at night in the Moray Firth. He also stated that care was taken not to fire into the fishing grounds.

August 1910. Andrew Carnegie arrives in his yacht in Balintore harbour and strolls round Balintore and Hilton, he was very interested in the fish wives baiting the lines.

August 1910. At Mullumbimby, N.S.W. Australia, Annie McAndrew Hollingworth, 3rd daughter of late Mr. and Mrs David MacAndrew Ross, Hilton, dies at the age of 47.

August 1910. At Hilton School, Murdo MacPherson is hit on the head by a stone thrown in the playground, he dies later from his injuries. The pupils of Hilton School pay for his gravestone.

April 1911. Donald Skinner, born in Balintore in 1857, was a seaman aboard the ship, Earl of Aberdeen, moored in Newcastle.

September 1912. Alexander MacKay [Sensie], Hilton, is the only survivor fom the Ella Brewster, lost off  Fort George, the other crew members, Charles MacKay [Alexander’s brother], body not recovered, John Patience, body not recovered, John [Fillie] MacDonald [Tarrel], body found on the shore at Kintradwell, Loth, Sutherland, Hugh [Billy] Sutherland, body found on the Moray coast. All were from Hilton.

June 1914. James Ross, merchant, Balintore, has purchased the sailing schooner Lochranza Castle, his new ship arrived in Balintore harbour with a cargo of coal for him.

Lochranza Castle on the beach at Nairn.

October 1914. David Vass, Shandwick, Donald MacKenzie, Balintore, and John McAngus, Hilton, all Royal Navy, interred in the Netherlands for the duration of the war after escaping the German advances around Antwerp, 4 years in HMS Timbertown.

John McAngus, born 1891, Shore Street, Hilton.

November 1914. William Sutherland, RNR, son of William and Annie Sutherland, 21 Shore Street, Hilton, Killed in Action when his ship HMS. Monmouth was sunk by gunfire off Chile. He was 26 years of age.

December 1914. Andrew Vass, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Nicholas and Christina Vass, 1 Mid Street, Shandwick, Killed in Action in France. He was 22 years of age.

December 1914. Donald Skinner, 12 Main Street, Balintore, while serving with the Seaforth Highlanders at La Bassee in France, is shot in the head, he is carried from the battlefield paralysed in both legs and one arm, he is returned to Britain for hospital treatment. In 1916 Donald is returned home to Balintore, deemed unfit for military service or any general labour.

Donald Skinner circa 1928.

August 1915. The missionary John Ross dies in Edinburgh.

John Ross [portrait], Missionary to China.

June 1916. Murdoch McRae, owner of the Commercial Hotel dies.

Murdoch McRae, Commercial Hotel.

June 1916. James Watt, Royal Engineers, son of James and Christina Watt, Schoolhouse, Hilton, Killed In Action In France. He was 21 years of age.

July 1916. Andrew Ross, RNR, husband of  Christina Ross, 3 Park Street, Balintore, dies of sunstroke on his ship HMS. Dalhousie in Basra, Iraq. He was 43 years of age.

Andrew Ross.

August 1916. Robert Ross, Machine Gun Corp, husband of Isabella Ross, Bank Street, Balintore, Killed in Action in France.

Robert Ross

August 1916. Alister Ross, Australian forces, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McAndrew Ross, Hilton, Killed in Action in France. He was 22 years of age.

October 1916. William Vass [Goatie], Balintore, a gunner on the S.S. Cyrene sinks a German submarine, turning a blind eye to his Captain’s thoughts of surrender. He is awarded a DSM for bravery.

November 1916. Hugh MacAngus, RNR, husband of Christina MacAngus, 3 Braefoot, Hilton, Killed in Action when his ship HM. Trawler Dhoon hits a mine in the English Channel. He was 33 years of age.

November 1916. Donald Vass, sniper, Seaforth Highlanders, Bank Street, Balintore, Mentioned in Dispatches, for bravery in France.

Donald Vass.

June 1917. The water pump in Hilton has been broken again, Mr Sutherland, Hilton, in drawing attention of the damage to the  district committee, said there was a mania in the village for breaking the pump. Provost Maitland suggested the police should be involved and Mr. Bone said the Hilton should be made into a special water district.

August 1917. Sutherland Munro, 4 Shore Street, Balintore, with Canadian forces, awarded the MM for bravery while fighting in France.

Sutherland Munro

 

January 1917. Elizabeth Margaret [Bertha], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ross, Hilton, marries Donald MacLean of Beauly.

January 1917. Hugh Skinner, RNR, son of Alexander and Annie Skinner, 6 Back Street, Hilton, Killed in Action when his ship HMS. Laurentic stuck mines off the west coast off Ireland. He was 25 years of age.

February 1917. William Hugh MacAngus, RNR, son of William and Annie MacAngus, Craiglea, Hilton, Killed in Action when his ship HMS. Ghurka hits a mine off Dungeness. He was 21 years of age.

February 1917. James MacKay, RNR, son of Alexander and Annie MacKay, 2 Shore Street, Balintore, dies at the shore base HMS. Excellent. He was 21 years of age.

July 1917. John Vass, RNR, son of Alexander and Helen Vass, 8 New Street, Shandwick, Killed in Action when his ship HMS. Otway is torpedoed off Lewis. He was 24 years of age.

July 1917. Murdo McRae, Machine Corp, ex Seaforth Highlanders, Commercial hotel, Balintore, award DCM for bravery while fighting in France.

Murdo McRae

July 1917. William Ross, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Alexander and Isabella Ross, Balintore, Killed in Action in France. He was 22 years of age.

September 1917. James Johnstone, the well known farmer and butcher has passed away in Balintore at the age of 75.

September 1917. Nearly 300 pupils of Hilton School had their annual picnic and sports on Balintore green, Mr. D. MacKay, Capetown, South Africa, a native of Hilton, has for many years sent a donation of £4 to help pay for this event. Donations of money were also received from Mrs Brewster, Pitkerrie and Mrs Strachan, Balintore. Instead of sweets each pupil was given a penny before they were sent home.

October 1917. Kenneth Vass, Seaforth Highlanders, husband of Helen Vass, 3 Mid Street, Shandwick, Killed in Action in France. He was 34 years of age.

December 1917. Alexander Vass, fisherman, Balintore, is injured when his ship HMS. Acasta is in collision in the English Channel. Born on the 12th of July 1882, Alexander is 5ft. 4 and 3/4inches tall, has black hair, blue eyes, dark complexion and has a mole on the right side of his jaw.

HMS. Acasta,

February 1918. Hugh MacKay, Merchant Navy, Hilton, announcement in the London Gazette of his award of the DSM.

April 1918. Walter Balfour, RNR, Hilton, announcement in the London Gazette of his award of the DSM, for his work in mine sweeping.

August 1918. Findlay McFadyen Ross, MC, son of the missionary John Ross, Killed in Action in France.

Findlay McFadyen Ross

August 1918. Donald MacKenzie, RNR, husband of Catherine MacKenzie, 5 Hugh Street, Balintore, drowns in Barry Harbour while serving on the SS. Gorsemore. He was 41 years of age.

August 1918. Kenneth McRae DCM, MM and Bar, Commercial Hotel, Balintore, husband of Annie Ross, Shandwick, killed in Action in France while serving with Canadian forces. He was 27 years of age.

Kenneth McRae

December 1918. David Vass, RNR, son of John and Christina Vass, 12 Bank Street, Balintore, dies of influenza on the shore base HMS. Victory. He was 22 years of age.

April 1919. The Honourable Norman Cranstoun MacLeod, 3rd son of MacLeod of Cadboll, has been appointed by the King to be the Chief Justice of the Court in Bombay, India.

January 1920. John Vass, 13 Lady Street, Hilton, a fisherman to trade, enrols in the Royal Tank Corp. He was previously in the Lovat Scouts and also the Royal Naval Reserve, No.9505A. He is 20 years old.

October 1920. Alexander Vass, RNR, born 1885, is listed on Naval records as ‘accidentally killed’.

December 1920. The Royal Flying Corp changed  it’s name near the end of the First World War, on the 1st of April 1918, it became the Royal Air Force [RAF]. On the 8th of August 1918 Finlay Vass on 4 Bank Street, Balintore, joined the newly formed RAF as an Aero Rigger. Finlay was the son of Thomas and Jessie Vass, a carpenter to trade, just right for working on the mainly wooden aeroplanes. Finlay was born in 1900 was 5 ft 2 inches tall, dark hair, grey eyes and on the 20th of December 1920 he was dead, cause unknown.

February 1921. The Hilton of Cadboll stone has been removed from Invergordon Castle and given to the British Museum in London by Captain McLeod of Cadboll, the whole country is up in arms that such an important antiquary has left Scotland, it is hoped that the London Museum can be persuaded to refuse the stone and it will be put to Edinburgh instead. The famous Cadboll brooch already resides in the London museum after being given to it by Captain McLeod’s grandfather.

Hilton of Cadboll Stone at Invergordon Castle.

March 1921. The British Museum has decided, because of the disquiet in Scotland over the removal of the Hilton of Cadboll Stone to England, they will refuse Captain MacLeod of Cadboll’s offer. The stone will now be found a resting place in Scotland.

February 1922. Mr. D. Sutherland aged 75, has died as a result of motor accident. He was for many years a well known hotel keeper at Hilton of Cadboll.

August 1924. David Fraser [16], Post office, Hilton, and William MacKay [17], 12 Back Street, Hilton, were swimming for some time between Hilton and Balintore, after they came ashore William decided to go back out again but 60 yard out he was seized by cramp and disappeared. Three men, Hugh MacKay, 1 King Street, Hilton, Hugh Ross, 25 Back Street, Hilton, and William’s brother Hugh swam to the rescue. His brother twice brought the drowning boy back from the bottom and with help got him ashore. P.C. Campbell applied artifical respiration and after one hour signs of life appeared, by next day he was out of danger.

October 1924. Hugh MacKay, 19, a student from 12, Back Street, Hilton, has been given a Parchment Award by the Royal Humane Society, for his saving the life of his brother William from drowning in the Moray Firth.

June 1926. Margaret Christian Balfour, Sea View Cottage, Hilton, marries David Walker, Leven.

August 1926. Thomas Ross, aged 65, of Balintore, dies. Late of the Ross-Shire Constabulary.

October 1926. John Ross, Hilton, has been awarded the MacPherson Bursary of £35 for Gaelic speaking students, he was educated at Hilton School and Tain Royal Academy.

August 1927. Balintore aquatic sports held, trophies handed out by Captain Dewar, Harperfield, Lanarkshire.

September 1927. Gordon Crawford M.A. appointed headmaster of Hilton School.

Gordon Crawford M.A., appointed headmaster of Hilton School, September 1927, he was previously headmaster at Dallas Public School.

March 1928. Thomas Vass drowns but David Skinner is saved when the Pearl flounders at the harbour entrance.

Thomas Vass

May 1928. Hugh MacKay senior, Hilton, was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for his part in the rescue of the boat, Pearl, 4 other men with him, William Ross, engineer, John Paterson, fish salesman, Andrew Sutherland, fisherman, all Hilton and David Skinner, fisherman, Balintore, were given inscribed vellum parchments for their part in the rescue in March.

Hugh MacKay

October 1928. David Skinner, born in Balintore in 1903, the ship’s painter aboard the M.V. Limerick, berthed in Fremantle, Australia, falls from a ladder into the sea while chipping paint and is drowned. Leslie Neilson, engineer, dives into the water but is unable to locate David. David’s merchant navy records state he was 5ft 8inchs tall, had blue eyes and brown hair.

M.V. Limerick.

March 1929. Ross-shire Junior Football League formed, Balintore included.

June 1929. Andrew Skinner, retired passenger guard, N.B.R., dies at Easter Cottage, Hilton.

August 1929. Isabel Vass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Vass, Balintore, married John Gould, St. Vigeans, Arbroath.

June 1930. Miss Mercedes Gleitz, the Channel swimmer, hopes to swim from Findhorn across the Moray Firth to Balintore, a distance of 12 miles in 12 hours. Miss Gleitz gives up after 2 hours, it’s too cold.

December 1930. It has been agreed to install a telephone in Hilton Police Station.

February 1931. The death of Mrs Christina Watt, teacher, wife of James Watt retired headmaster of Hilton School, Mrs Watt taught at Hilton School for over 40 years.

April 1931. Balintore woman wins breach of promise action in Tain court against Tain man, awarded £200 plus expenses.

May 1931. A house in Shandwick, belonging to a widow Mrs. Ross  and her 4 sons and also Mr. and Mrs MacAngus and their young family of 2, was destroyed by fire. By the time the fire was seen the thatch on the roof had caught and although many helpers fought the blaze the house was unsaveable. They did however manage to stop the fire moving to neighbouring properties.

February 1932. A district nurse is required for the Fearn and Tarbat Parishes, preference will be given to applicants with district nursing experience and who can drive a car. Pay, £150 per annum.

May 1932. James Watt, former headmaster of Hilton School for over 30 years, dies at the age of 69.

James Watt, Headmaster

July 1932. John MacAngus, 9 John Street, Balintore, apprentice baker, drowns in mountainous seas in Shandwick Bay, his next door neighbour Donald MacKenzie is saved by Alexander Vass, 1 Park Street, but Andrew Wood, 12 Park Street, exhausted, was unable to hold on to MacAngus and he had to be rescued by Vass by which time MacAngus had disappeared.

October 1932. Balintore beat Invergordon 4-2 to go top of the Ross-Shire league.

October 1932. Gordon Crawford spoke on the subject of ballads, and their place in literature at the Hilton WRI, Mrs Vass was 1st for toffee making, Miss MacDonald second and Miss Vass third.

November 1932. Isobel, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Paterson, Croma Villa, Hilton, marries Charles Stewart of Davro House, Kincardineshire.

April 1933. Seaside Swifts F.C. beat Tain F.C. 6-0.

June 1933. Sergeant Hugh Innes Ross, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Thomas Ross, Balintore, marries Ann Main-Ellen of Nairn in Dover.

March 1934. Seaside Swifts F.C. beat Tain F.C. 5-0 in the Pattison Cup.

June 1934. Hilton F.C. beat Balintore F.C. 4-2 in the final of the Ross Cup.

August 1935. Baby seal caught in a stake net is thriving in the pond in John Paterson’s garden, it is quite tame, coming to a call, is handled freely, climbs stairs and sits up waiting for its fish.

March 1936. Miss MacKay, Balintore, retires from teaching at Hilton School after 28 years.

April 1936. G. MacDonald, Hilton, and R. Ross, Balintore, are in the Easter Ross Select football team to play the touring Aberdeen University, the University win 4-2.

June 1936. Simon McLeod, brother of D.F. McLeod, proprietor of the Balintore hotel, was wounded in the thigh by the explosion of a cartridge which was being taken out of the breech of a sporting gun. He was removed to the Royal Northern Infirmary, Inverness.

August 1936. A grilse tagged in Trondhjem fjord on July 13th is caught in a Balintore net on the 1st of August, it had swam approximately 400 miles in 17 days.

February 1937. Hilton Players performed 3 plays at Hilton School in aid of the Easter Ross ambulance service, the local orchestra, Messrs. Vass, MacLennan, Falconer and Crawford played selections of music.

April 1937. Marriage of Catherine MacKenzie, Hilton, and William Robertson, Culgower, Loth.

Catherine MacKenzie, Hilton and William Robertson

September 1937. No blame has been attached to Donald Hugh Ross, general merchant, Hilton, on the death of Catherine Munro, house- tablemaid at Arboll House. The deceased was cycling on the wrong side of the road and when the van horn was sounded she made no attempt to go to the correct side. When Donald Hugh Ross pulled over to the wrong side so they could pass Catherine suddenly swerved across in front of him.

May 1938. Marriage of Miss Dolina MacAngus, Hilton, to William MacKenzie, Inverness.

June 1938. Two very old skeletons found while digging founds for houses in Balintore.

July 1938. Alexander Ross, 15 New Street, Shandwick, walking home in the dark after visiting friends in Balintore, fell on rocks and was rendered unconscious and drowned in the incoming tide.

September 1938. Marriage of Margaret Lily MacKay, Hilton, to John Ross of Kirriemuir, the wedding was in Oathlaw, Angus. Christopher MacKay, brother of the bride, was best man.

April 1939. Ross and Cromarty County Council have put Hilton Police Station up for sale.

June 1939. After their boat capzised, Joe Cowie, a poor swimmer, was kept afloat by Alexander Vass until a boat could come from the shore, both were picked up exhausted, Alexander Vass has previously been recognised for saving life at sea.

Joe Cowie

August 1939. Margaret Wilhelmina Howland travelled from Canada with her wedding cake, the icing had been done by Mr. Stewart, Toronto, who won the gold medal for icing at the World’s Fair. Miss Howland in marrying Walter Balfour, insurance agent, Hilton, at Leven.

September 1939. John [Curly] Mackenzie, Hilton, survives the sinking of the SS Athenia in the Atlantic, the first British ship to be torpedoed on the day war was announced with Germany.

John Mackenzie [Curly].
October 1939. The Royal Oak is torpedoed and sunk in Scapa Flow , Orkney, 5 men from the Seaboard villages are Killed in Action, Donald MacAngus, Hilton, aged 19, Hugh Vass, Shandwick, aged 32, Bertie Vass, Shandwick, aged 23,  David Vass, Shandwick, aged 18, Hugh Vass, Balintore, aged 32.

4 men from the villages are rescued, Ronnie Hart, Hilton, aged 17, John Ross, Hilton, aged 19, James Ross, Balintore, aged 25, Tommy Merrick, Balintore, aged 18.

 

December 1939. William Ross, Merchant Navy, lost when the M.V. Inverlane [Glasgow] was sunk. He was 25 years of age, his brother Charles was also lost in 1942.

February 1940. Donald MacDonald, 8 Shore Street, Hilton, is one of 31 survivors when the oil tanker, Gretafield, was torpedoed off the east coast of Scotland. The burning wreck drifted for days before coming ashore in Dunbeath bay where it burned for another couple days before breaking up.

Donald MacDonald, born 10th April 1896, Hilton.

April 1940. Willie Ross, RN, Balintore, survives the sinking of HMS Bittern off Norway.

May 1940. David Skinner, RN, Balintore, survives the sinking of  HMS Afridi off Norway.

October 1940. Hugh T. MacDonald, RN, Hilton, Killed in Action, attached to HMS Osprey,  trained in submarine detection.

July 1940. Alexander MacAngus, RN, Hilton, is Killed in Action when H.M. Trawler Fleming is sunk, he was 20 years of age.

Alexander MacAngus

October 1940. The Rev. John Vass, Balintore, takes his first charge since completing his education at Aberdeen University, the presbytery of Glenlyon.

Rev. John Vass

November 1940. Jessie Ann Skinner, Merchant Navy [nurse], Balintore, Killed in Action when the M.V. Rangitane [Plymouth] sailing from New Zealand is attacked and sunk by a German surface raider, She was 49 years of age.

Jessie Ann Skinner [Toto].

December 1940. Hugh MacDonald, RN, Hilton, Killed in Action on HMS Forfar.

April 1941. David A. Ross, RN, Shandwick, Killed in Action when HMS Voltaire was sunk in the Atlantic by the German surface raider Thor.

August 1941. David Skinner, RN, Balintore, dies and is buried in Durban, South Africa. He was 24 years of age.

January 1941. Robert Ross, RN, Balintore, lost when his ship was driven ashore on the Faroe Islands in a hurricane. He was 24 years of age. His father, also Robert, was Killed in Action in WW1.

Robert Ross

January 1942. William Gow, RN, lost on HMS Culver. He was 30 years of age.

February 1942. Andrew Ross, RAF, Balintore, Missing in Action during the fall of  Singapore, later listed as Killed in Action. He was 27 years of age.

Andrew Ross

June 1942. Announced in the London Gazette, Leading Seaman Kenneth [Keka] Vass, RNR, Shandwick, Mentioned in Dispatches, award for bravery, determination and fortitude in important minesweeping operations aboard HMT Nyemtski.

June 1942. Murdo McRae, RN, Balintore, survives the sinking of HMS Wild Swan in the Bay Of Biscay.

Murdo McRae

July 1942. Pilot William Ross, RAF. Hilton, lost when his plane failed to return from patrol. He was 26 years of age.

William Ross

August 1942. John [Curly] MacKenzie, [ Mentioned in Despatches], HMS Calpe, Murdo McRae, HMLCT 164, and Phillip Ross, Beachmaster, survive the disasterous Raid on Dieppe. John MacKenzie pulled Phillip Ross out of the water with the words ” what’s a nice boy from Shandwick doing in a place like this”?

December 1942. Alexander MacKay, Merchant Navy, Balintore, lost when the M.V. Henry Stanley [Liverpool] was torpedoed. He was 30 years of age.

December 1942. Charles Ross, Merchant Navy, lost when the Montreal City [Bristol] is sunk. He was 32 years of age, his brother William was also lost in 1939.

January 1943. Donald Tarrel, Merchant Navy, lost when the SS Baron Dechmont [Ardrossan] was torpedoed. He was 50 years of age.

Donald Tarrel

April 1943. Mrs Cameron , Balintore, told, on a radio programme, how, in 1940 a German Heinkel bomber was attacking a minesweeper just off Balintore. With no men in the village, the women armed themselves with axes, fence posts and with their aprons filled with stones should the aircraft be shot down and the crew were to swim ashore. The bomber eventually flew off and Mrs Cameron said the women were really mad that they did not get a chance to see action.

May 1943. Norman MacKay, Balintore, falls from the cliffs at Nigg while collecting seagull eggs, he dies in hospital.

Norman MacKay

August 1943. David Skinner, RN, Balintore, accidentally drowned in the Gareloch while trying to rescue others. He was 30 years old.

March 1944. Roderick MacKenzie, RN, Balintore, dies while serving on HMS Victory. He was 27 years of age.

May 1944. Walter Stepto, Royal Scots, Killed in Action at Kohima, he was the grandson of the late James Watt, retired headmaster of Hilton school. He was 27 years of age.

May 1944. Tommy Vass Hughes, RN, Killed in Action on HM Motor Torpedo Boat 732. He was 25 years of age.

June 1944. William Hugh Easson, Seaforth Highlanders, Hilton, Killed in Action in France just after the D-Day landings. He was 21 years of age.

June 1944. David Erskine awarded the British Empire Medal for bravery for helping to pull a Canadian pilot out a burning plane just after the D-Day landings.

David Erskine.

September 1944. Announced in the London Gazette, Leading Seaman Kenneth [Keka] Vass, RNR, Shandwick, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for skill and devotion to duty in minesweeping operations aboard HMT Firefly.

Kenneth [Keka] Vass,
September 1944. Issac Morrison, RN, Balintore, Killed in Action on HM Trawler Bracondene. He was 38 years of age.

January 1945. Temporary Acting Leading Seaman Hugh Ross, Hilton, and Chief Stoker William MacKenzie, Balintore, have both been Mentioned in Dispatches.

April 1945. Death of Donald Ross MacKay, born at 5 Main Street, Balintore, went on to be a school headmaster in Angus and after he retired to Ellon, became the Provost of that town.

Donald Ross MacKay

May 1945. Robertson Wood drowned in a coble accident of Shandwick, he had been married for only 7 weeks.

Robertson Wood, Fyfe Cottage, Hilton.

November 1945. Nurse Ina Ross SRN., SCM. second daughter of Mr and Mrs K. Ross, Balintore, marries John Cameron RE., at Balintore church, she was attended by her sister Nurse Annie Ross.

January 1946. The Rev. David William Ross, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ross, 12 Ross Crescent, Balintore marries Rebecca Neilson Duthie of Dundee.

January 1946. Hugh MacKenzie, Royal Engineers, Balintore, accidentally killed at a railway crossing in Austria. He was 26 years of age.

March 1947. F. Browning, outside left of Seaside Rovers, is due to be demobbed and is attracting attention of senior clubs some of which have already made approaches, he played regularly for B.A.O.R. [British Army of the Rhine] against all the touring teams.

December 1947. Captain J. MacLeod, MP for Ross and Cromarty, is giving 2 hand looms for weaving to Gordon Crawford headmaster of Hilton School. He is also sending an instuctor from his factory in Inverness to teach Mr. Crawford how to use them and he in turn will teach the pupils. The plan is for weaving to become a cottage industry and woven articles can be sold to tourists.

May 1948. Ross County A F.C. beat Balintore F.C. 4-3, Balintore scorers are MacAngus 2 and Hart.

August 1948. Jane Ross, eldest daughter of the late Alexander and Mrs Ross, Hilton, marries William Brunton of Jedburgh.

May 1949. Australian sheep buyer A.J.R. Wood has bought 2 rams and 20 sheep from the flock of J.M. Rutherford, Hilton of Cadboll, the sheep will be shipped to Australia soon.

January 1950. Gregor Ross is appointed headmaster of Hilton School.

Gregor Ross, headmaster, Hilton School, 1950 to 1973.

February 1950. George Ross, son of James and Annie MacKenzie Ross, Port Street, Balintore, dies in Danville, Virginia, USA. He emigrated to the USA in 1890.

September 1952. Former Hilton School headmaster Gordon Crawford dies.

January 1952. A lorry taking workmen to the hydro-electric scheme at Lochluichart slid on ice at Kincraig near Dingwall and hit a telegraph pole, the pole broke in half and landed on the lorry. Alexander Vass aged 68, John Street, Balintore, was killed and W. MacRae was seriously hurt, Robert Skinner, Ross Crescent, Balintore and David Wood, Hilton, were allowed home after treatment, all were from the Fearn area.

September 1954. Donald McAndrew Ross, born in Hilton in 1867, dies in Lismore, NSW, Australia. His sister Annie Hollingworth had died in Australia in 1910.

Donald McAndrew Ross, circa 1928.

September 1955. Marriage of William Skinner, Balintore, and Annie Lamond Smith [Bunty] of Carnoustie.

William Skinner and Annie Lamond Smith [Bunty], 1955.
July 1963. David Sutherland Oliver, Arden, Hilton, borrowed his brother’s dinghy at 3.30am and set sail. With no sign of him the Cromarty lifeboat was called out, RNAS Lossiemouth had planes on standby, the people of the village of Hilton were searching the shoreline, a salmon coble belonging to John Paterson and manned by salmon fishers William Skinner, Donnie Hugh Sutherland and David’s brother George was also searching. 13 hours after he set out he was found wandering near Geanies summer house by hotelier Ian Black and Alex MacKay, Shore Street, Hilton. The boat was high and dry and he was none the worse for his experience.

August 1964. William Morrison, 12 New Street, Shandwick, a seaman aboard the Esso Brixham, moored at the Dingle Jetty, Liverpool, dies of a heart attack at the age of 52.

October 1969. John MacKenzie, born Hilton, celebrates his Golden Wedding with his wife Robina in Aberdeen. John went to sea at 15, served with RNR in the Dardanelles in WW1 and was on the trawler Stratherrick when she sank 90 miles off South Shields in 1939.

John MacKenzie, born Hilton, with his wife Robina, Golden Wedding, October 1969.

October 1970. Sixteen year old James Allan will go straight back into the Brora Rangers first team to play Clach on Saturday, James is just back from a two week trial with Swindon Town FC. Later in October he was to sign for Swindon and went on to make 436 appearances for them before injury cut short his career at the age of 29.

October 1973. Gregor Ross retires as headmaster of Hilton School.

October 1973. Angus J. Campbell becomes headmaster of Hilton School.

Angus J. Campbell.

July 1978. The launching of a small boat in Balintore harbour became a farce when, first a tractor belonging to Paterson and Sons became stuck in the mud, then a large excavator was called in from Highland Fabricators to pull the tractor out and it also got stuck in the mud. Then the tide came in and both machines were left overnight submerged before a Highland Fabricators crane lifted them the next day.

October 1978. Ewen McRae, Commercial Hotel, Balintore, who fought with the Seaforths in WW1 and emigrated to the USA in 1920’s dies in Chicago, where he worked in the car industry, at the age of 79.

Ewan McRae

October 1983. James Allan’s football career with Swindon comes to an end when his arm is shattered in a collison with another player.

James Allan, Swindon Town FC.

March 1984. Heather Bell [nee Vass], Hilton, murdered in Inverness.

August 2003. Dougie Hall won his first Scotland Rugby Union cap against Wales, he went on to represent Scotland 42 times. Dougie is the son of Tom and Sheila Hall and grandson of Hugh and Pauline MacKay of Hilton.

Dougie Hall

May 2004. John Ross has died in Australia at the age of 104, born in Shandwick in 1899, he served with the Seaforths in WW1 before emigrating to Australia, the saluting dias used to commemorate the annual ANZAC Day march past in Hinchinbrookshire, Queensland, is named after him.

John Ross