Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage


Committee Update – 17 November 2017

Penny & Robin Calvert, Reidchalmai

Penny & Robin Calvert

Last night, after 25 years in Rogart, we said farewell to Penny and Robin who have been so much part of The Heritage. The couple were presented with small tokens of our esteem and they were wished every happiness and success in their new adventure on Sanday. They are leaving Reidchalmai and moving to Orkney in December to enjoy their retirement where they will manage a smaller property with 36 acres.

Charlotte Gibson, West Kinnauld

Charlotte Gibson

A new Chairlady was elected as a result of Penny’s resignation and the role will be in the capable hands of Charlotte Gibson​ who has served as the Society’s Secretary for 9 years in the past. Stressing that she sees this as an interim measure until the next AGM in April, Charlotte would like to encourage new and existing members to become actively involved in ensuring the future of the group. Charlotte says “We need people with energy, time and enthusiasm to promote and preserve the area’s heritage.”

John MacDonald, Little Rogart

John MacDonald

Local stalwart John MacDonald, who could not be present but sent a message of support and farewell to Penny & Robin, was elected as Vice Chair, vacating his previous position as Secretary. John is widely known as a major local historian who has documented a vast wealth of knowledge about the Parish and is the “go-to” person for family historians, academics and professional researchers. John has published numerous books based on oral histories, published and unpublished documents, which he has gathered over many years, and he has been a leading light in The Heritage since its inception.

Christina Perera, Ascoile

Christina Perera

Christina Perera (nee Sutherland), from Ascoile, has been working behind the scenes running the Society’s website and Facebook page for the last six months. She is editing John’s next book for publication and made a successful bid for a grant from SSE to fund its printing. Christina was elected Secretary in John’s place and stated “John will be a very hard act to follow and I will very much rely on his guidance and support. I am passionate about keeping the group’s unique character whilst ensuring it is equipped to meet future challenges.”

***** If you think you have something to offer to Rogart Heritage Society please get in touch. Come along and find out what we do.*****


Could you be our new Chairperson?

As Penny, our Chairlady, is leaving Rogart for a new life in the far far north we are looking for someone who is willing to take her place.

  • The post 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. You’ll need to be confident and outgoing to introduce and close these events.
  • Once a year we host an open day at Rhilochan School and participate in the Archaeology for Communities Highland (ARCH) summer events. The Chairperson is the figurehead for these occasions.
  • The Chairperson may be interviewed by the local press.
  • A small committee provides practical and moral support to the Chairperson – there is a Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Our historian also provides a wealth of information on the area.

If you are interested please come along to the meeting at Rhilochan School on Friday 17 November at 7.30 pm.


Penny & Robin and pastures new

As fans of BBC’s This Farming Life will already know two of its (human) stars, Penny and Robin Calvert are leaving their croft at Reidchalmai, Rogart and heading on a new adventure. The multi-talented couple have been stalwarts of Rogart Heritage for many years and their departure will leave a big gap.

In recent years Penny has been repeatedly voted in as our Chairlady and so we need to hold a meeting to find a new person who is willing to stand for that position. The new Chair will be ably supported by a Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair.

If you’re interested in becoming part of ‘The Heritage’ – even if you’re not sure if you are yet ready to stand for office – please come along to a short meeting on Friday 17 November at 7.30pm at Rhilochan School. The evening will then continue with traditional music from our friends across East Sutherland.

We are sure that many in the community will sorely miss Penny and Robin but we wish them the very best in the exciting new adventure ahead of them. 

Photo: Daniel Taylor


Musical Night coming soon

Friday 17 November a 7.30pm

Come and join us for an evening of music at Rhilochan School


Rhilochan Craic – 30 September 2017

Another evening of history, laughter and music at the old school, Rhilochan

After a warm welcome from the Heritage Chairlady, Penny Calvert (currently starring in BBC’s This Farming Life), Nick Lindsay started the evening giving a fascinating insight into some of the gems held in Clyne Heritage Society’s archive. In front of a blazing fire, Nick entertained with tales ranging from turnip-stealing children to a lonely death in a snowstorm at Garvary Burn. He spoke passionately of the importance of collecting oral histories as well as retaining records such as censuses, police reports and estate papers.

After refreshments and a raffle, the night continued with musicians from near and far playing some of the pieces that can be found on our website pages (click here for more). Talented local players were boosted by accomplished guests from outwith the Parish: the blended sounds of voice, accordion, piano, fiddle, banjo and guitar rang out into the night.

Thanks to everyone for making the evening such a great success.



Walk to Rhaoin – Wednesday 4th October 2017

Starts: 14:00
Ends: 17:00

Meet at the war memorial on the A839 at Pittentrail, Rogart.

Using information from estate archives we will link the ruins of the cleared settlement at Rhaoin with the people who lived there. The settlement was tack of Gordon with 9 subtenants, but cleared in 1811 for a sheep farm. People went across the hill and took their timbers. Montrose is said to have camped here prior to Carbisdale battle.

Free/donations welcome. Children welcome with an adult. Dogs welcome, if on leads. Bring a packed lunch/snack. Walk level 2.


Reminder for 30 September!!!

Rhilochan School is the venue for our next meeting on Saturday 30th September 2017, starting at 7:30pm.

Nick Lindsay will give a fascinating talk on stories, facts and figures from the Clyne Heritage Society archive. A ceilidh will follow.


News clippings early 1900s discovered by Nick Lindsay Clyne Heritage

Coming soon… 😉


Ceilidh 29 December 2016

The next ceilidh will be held on 29 December 16 at 7.30pm.