Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage



If you have been watching the recent documentary series that highlighted the sacrifice of the forgotten Highland Division at St Valery you will be enthralled by this exhibition.

After Dunkirk, Churchill abandoned the Highlanders to their fate

Much less known than Dunkirk – and not at all celebrated – is the fact that on 4 June, 1940, the day after the evacuation was completed, 10,000 Scots in Normandy launched an attack on the Germans. The consequences were disastrous and it’s too late to award a St. Valery medal to the survivors. But at least we can honour their memory.

Son of Rogart

Malkie Fraser was a highly regarded man from Garvault, Rogart who never spoke of his experience as a Prisoner of War in Poland. He lived through capture at St Valery, forced marches, hunger, privation and cruelty.

Morven Gabriel, his niece, has put together an exhibition of papers and pictures from Malkie’s wartime experience. Everything had been kept by her Grannie from enlistment papers to notice of his capture – months after she had been informed he’d gone missing.

Using diaries from a fellow-soldier whose experience mirrored her uncle’s, Morven has been able to piece together Malkie’s harrowing time in captivity.

If you do nothing else today, come and see the exhibition.


Everybody’s welcome – Summer Exhibition and Craic & Cèildh evening

Our Summer Exhibition makes a return after a year’s absence.

From Wednesday 1 August until Friday 3 August, between 11am and 4pm an exhibition about Malkie Fraser a WWII Prisoner of War. Includes photographs and documents from his incarceration in a camp in Poland. Rhilochan School.

Craic & Cèildh

Wednesday 1 August, starting 7:30pm, Rhilochan School.

Morven Gabriel will give a talk on her Uncle Malkie’s period in Prisoner of War Camp in Poland to accompany the Summer Exhibition. She will take us through this extraordinary story of his capture at St Valery, his forced march east to Stalag XXA, camp life and his 860 mile march to be repatriated.

This will be followed by refreshments, raffle and a cosy house cèilidh (no dancing!).

Feel free to bring contributions – raffle prizes, nibbles and of course your instruments if you play! 


Diary Date – Summer Exhibition

We are excited to announce this year’s Summer Exhibition at Rhilochan School – a pictorial exhibition of one Rogart man’s experience as a Prisoner of War in Poland.

First Night ‘Craic & Cèilidh’

Morven Gabriel will be giving a fascinating insight into her Uncle Malkie (Malcolm Fraser of Garvoult) who served with The Seaforth Highlanders during WW2.  Malkie was captured and held at Stalag XXA Prison Camp; his mother, Jessie Baillie Fraser kept all of the correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings from this period.

Morven has spent the last few months sorting, cataloguing, annotating and copying this incredible collection.

Starts: 7:30 pm, Wednesday 1 August, at Rhilochan School.

As usual the talk will be followed by tea, raffle and a house cèilidh, so please bring your instruments to contribute to the evening.


Exhibition Times

The exhibition will be open from Wednesday 1 August until Friday 3 August from 11am until 4pm.

If anyone wishes to volunteer to staff the exhibition we will be able to open for longer hours.



‘Craic & Cèilidh’ – Thursday 24 May

Join us on Thursday 24 May at 7:30 pm, in the small hall at Pittentrail, IV28 3XB. Everybody welcome!

We’re pleased that Brian Mearns will be giving a talk on the fascinating languages that evolved as a result of the Scots’ emigration to Canada.

This will be followed by tea/coffee and a raffle.

We’ll end the night with a music session – so please bring along your instrument (or voice) and join in!


ARCH newsletter

We’ve just received the latest ARCH newsletter, with lots of dates for your diary.

There is information about their new and exciting project to research Highland archaeology from earliest times to the 20th century which starts with a symposium on 2nd/3rd of June – not to be missed.

Plus information about experimental archaeology workshops, lectures, conferences, ARCH Friends outing and an ARCH celebration in June.


ARCH Newsletter 41 – April 2018

As usual, check out the ARCH website for details on other events.


Annual General Meeting 2018

This week (18 April) we held our Annual General Meeting which was well attended, including some new faces along with the staunch regular supporters.

The Committee was elected with Charlotte Gibson as Chair, Rachel Allan as Vice Chair, Raymond Ross as Treasurer and Christina Perera as Secretary. Stalwart and founding member of the Heritage Society, John Macdonald, will continue as the group’s Historian and Steve Taylor was also added to strengthen the Committee.

In the Annual Report Charlotte Gibson stated “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to bring enthusiastic and capable people onto the committee so that the Society doesn’t wither and die. If you can get actively involved, or know someone who can, please let us know. It isn’t too onerous if we can share the work.”

We have an exhibition planned for the summer which will feature the WWII experience of a Rogart man who spent time in Germany as a Prisoner of War. In the autumn there will be a talk on Sir John Macdonald; the winter talk is the rescheduled River Brora slideshow after it was cancelled due to the snow, and the next meeting will be about Sutherlanders who left for Canada and the creole language that was developed as a result. 

We will be publishing the Annual Report and Accounts on the website very soon and membership forms will be available in the Rogart shop.

We always welcome new members, so please come along to a meeting. Dates will be announced soon.

Braegrudie House by David Allen


Could you get involved?

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and willing to take a lead in Rogart Heritage Society’s meetings and events.

  • It isn’t too onerous as we only have one (very informal) formal meeting each year.
  • We also host 3 or 4 events annually which are a combination of historical talk and music night.
  • Once a year we have a summer exhibition at Rhilochan School and participate in the Archaeology for Communities Highland (ARCH) summer events.
  • We only have a very small committee of four people: the Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Our Historian also provides a wealth of information on the area.
  • We’re friendly, supportive and enjoy a good craic.


AGM – 18 April 2018

Rogart Heritage Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Starting at: 7:30 pm

Venue: Small Hall in Rogart Village Hall, Pittentrail, IV28 3XB.

Everyone who has an interest in Rogart’s Heritage is very welcome to attend.



WE’RE really sorry to have to do this at the last moment but we have had to CANCEL tonight’s event due to the bad weather.

If you have friends or neighbours who might have been coming tonight, please can you let them know.

We will rearrange the event for later in the year.



Heritage Event – Wednesday 28 February – Pittentrail Hall

We are very pleased to have Eric Patterson come and give a talk on Wednesday 28 February at 7:30pm.

River Brora – From Sea to Source

Eric has created a fascinating collection of pictures and will be our guide along the river as it travels from its mouth at Brora harbour. He will cover the meandering flood plain and up to its source on higher ground. It will be of interest to anyone who knows the river already and to those who have yet to enjoy its scenery and history.

The talk will be followed by a raffle and tea. If you would like to bring an instrument we’ll also have a tune or two.