Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage

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VENUE CHANGE Craic & Cèilidh – 19 October

We have had to change the venue – now at Pittentrail Hall. Please let others know!

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!

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Saturday 28 September

Saturday sees our (somewhat belated) Annual General Meeting.
The agenda is below as are the minutes from last year’s AGM. We won’t be printing them in order to save paper, but will project them during the meeting.

The short AGM will be followed by a slide show of “new old Rogart pictures” which have been donated or collected over the last year. There will be a raffle, light refreshments and a house cèilidh. We will be collecting membership fees and issuing membership cards.

Please come along with your voice or instrument, bring a raffle prize, and find out what has been going on since our last AGM.

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Accolade for John Macdonald

Professor Neil Simco, vice principal, research and impact, University of the Highlands and Islands, presents John Macdonald with his honorary fellowship. Picture: Duncan McLachlan, John O’Groat Journal

Saturday 14 September 2019 saw local historian and author, John Macdonald being recognised for his contributions to the community and university by being awarded an Honorary Fellowship at St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Church, Thurso .

Professor Neil Simco presented the award to John Macdonald, Little Rogart, for his work in history, music and crofting politics to support community education, academic research, public service and cultural work for over 50 years.

Avid collector

John Macdonald has also collected an archive of photographs, stories and artefacts which were used in his many public talks and guided walks.

His careers as railwayman and postman as well as his life-long residence in Rogart has given him an enviable network of informants and an intimate knowledge of place, attributes which most professional historians lack.

He was instrumental in the development of the Sutherland Accordion and Fiddle Group as well as Rogart’s heritage society.

He has encouraged many people to understand more about their local history and the archaeology of the ground beneath their feet. He also a mentor of postgraduate students, helping to show how they can apply their theoretical knowledge to “on the ground” evidence



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Diary date – 28 September

A short Annual General Meeting will be followed by a slide show.
Please bring your instruments and play along after light refreshments and a raffle.

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Double event for your diary

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Saturday 6 April – Craic & Cèilidh

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Craic & Cèilidh – Saturday 9 March @ 7pm

Talk by Ann & Terry Keatinge at Pittentrail Hall, music, raffle, tea and coffee

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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!