Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage

Welcome to our newly updated and expanded website

The society was formed to record and preserve the history of the parish. The quest is on-going in that we are constantly finding fresh information and coming across new images and documents for our archive. Now that we are developing our website we are able to make so much more available, wherever you may be in the world.

If you have documents, pictures or stories that you would like to add to our archive please get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

Recent posts

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Craic & Cèilidh – Saturday 9 February, 7pm

Our next event will be held at Pittentrail Hall and should be ‘magically’ different!

There will be light refreshments and a raffle. Please bring your instrument, if you play.

Everybody welcome!

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Do you remember the Indian soldiers in the Highlands during WW2?

… or have photos you can share?

on behalf of
Saqib Razzaq
Project Manager, Colourful Heritage

Email: saqib@colourfulheritage.com
Phone: 0791 222 8721

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Rogart Heritage cèilidh goes national

On Thursday 20 December there’s a chance to see one of our famous Rhilochan cèilidhs on national TV.

The much loved programme, This Farming Life, featured our former Chair, Penny Calvert, and husband Robin on their Reidchalmai croft. Shortly after filming ended Penny and Robin semi-retired to a small 36 acre farm on Sanday, Orkney.

Ceilidh at Rhilochan School

One of the TFL episodes included snippets from a Craic & Cèilidh where you can spot several well known faces. If you want to catch up with this 2016 event then check out BBC 2 at 7.00 am on Thursday 20th December. Yes, that is 7 o’clock in the morning, not evening!

 

About

The Office Bearers for 2018-19 (elected 18 April 2018)

Chair: Charlotte Gibson, West Kinnauld Farm, Rogart. 01408 641225

Vice Chair: Rachel Allan, The Rowans, Rhiandoggie, Rogart.01408 641412‬

Secretary: Christina Perera, Ascoile, Gordonbush, Brora. 01408 621871

Treasurer: Raymond Ross, 174 Muie, Rogart. 01408 641245

 

Historian: John Macdonald, 148 Little Rogart, Rogart. 01408 641265

Co-Opted Member: Steve Taylor, Milton Bank Cottage, Rogart. 1408 641410‬‬

The Society rents the old school at Rhilochan and uses it to hold meetings and events and make it available for any local organisation should they wish to use it. Alternative premises are the Rogart Hall at Pittentrail, favoured during the winter months.

The society were gifted an area of land in the village by the late Mrs Warre of Morvich Estate. The intention was to have a building to use as a heritage centre. Admirable as the idea is, in reality the society does not feel strong enough in membership to build and maintain such a facility. The land is still available should circumstances change. It is being preserved as a low maintenance Heritage Garden.

Over the years the society has accumulated a vast store of information relating to the parish. We hope to make an inventory available on the website.

Projects on the horizon.

  • We plan to post selected extracts from the Schoolmaster’s diaries, pages on some ‘Rogart Worthies’ and more about the antiquities found in the parish.
  • We are currently preparing a book for publication on the histories of the sheep farms of Sutherland. This project has involved John Macdonald and the late Brian Gibson taking oral histories from people who worked as shepherds or whose families were involved in the sheep farms, as well as information from historical sources. Supporting material will be posted on the website.
  • We are hoping to explore the Boer War based on the letters of Walter Matheson of West Langwell.

Please let us have your feedback on what you would like to see on the website. If you would like to share your story or pictures of local interest please contact us.