Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage

Welcome to our newly updated and expanded website

Rogart Heritage Society was formed to record and preserve the history of the parish. The quest is ongoing 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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Update on postage overseas

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We can now send Reflections of Rogart Parish During the Great War overseas to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and USA for an additional £5.50 to cover postage and packing per book.

The price of each book is £7. 

If you are interested in receiving a copy please use the contact button at the top of the website, or send us a message through Facebook.

 

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New book goes on sale

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We were just about to hold a cèilidh night to launch our latest book when lockdown shut down everything. As we’re still not able to host any sort of event we wanted to make Reflections of Rogart Parish During the Great War available now.

When we started the project back in 2018 we didn’t want to write a traditional narrative of the progress of the war or try to capture the full consequences of this epoch-ending period. Instead we wanted to show how the men, women and children of Rogart were affected and lived, or died, through the crucible of the Great War.

Our historian, John MacDonald, had collected material over the decades. He had studied the rolls of honour and asked questions of folk who had personally known those who had served. So our new book includes tributes to the men of the Rogart who fought in the war. Their family members have donated photographs and shared their ancestors’ stories.

We also draw on letters home. Written by soldiers at the Western Front they reveal the day-to-day concerns of the men. They also show how travel broadened their horizons. Astonishingly some of them managed to explore parts of France and southern England, almost as tourists.

The book also dips into contemporary Highland newspapers. The local press recorded celebrations of medal winners and the funerals of those men who were buried locally. The papers also reported on the shortage of manpower as a result of the men’s absence and the work of women and children to support their menfolk.

During the research we have also tracked down men whose names appear on the war memorial at Pittentrail but whose connection with Rogart had faded from general knowledge. We identified a number of these ‘unknown soldiers’.

The book is now for sale in the Post Office store at Pittentrail for £7.
Or we can post it out if you don’t live locally – additional cost of postage and packing in the UK is £2.40. The cost of sending outwith the UK will be publicised shortly.

If you would like to buy a copy please send us a private message using the Contact button at the top of the page and we will get back to you:

 

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VENUE CHANGE Craic & Cèilidh – 19 October

PLEASE NOTE THIS WAS IN 2019 AND NOT 2020!

Sutherland Estates used to own dozens of sporting lodges in the county and John MacKay, Tordarroch has gathered together pictures of them (new and old). Some were grand, others quite simple, the variety of architecture and location is outstanding.

Even if you have seen his slide show before it has been updated and more pictures added. A fascinating night is expected.

Musicians – please come along, we’d all love to hear you play!

About

The Office Bearers for 2019-20 (elected 28 September 2019)

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 develop pages on the Rogart diaspora – folk who have left the parish – and more about the antiquities found in the parish.
  • We are currently preparing two books for publication: one on the histories of the sheep farms of Sutherland; the other on Rogart during the First World War.
  • 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.