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!
Despite the global pandemic an annual meeting of the society is necessary so that we can file the relevant documents with the Scottish Charities Regulator before the end of the year. As a physical meeting is not permitted we are holding the Annual General Meeting by email.
We will circulate the documents to existing members (anyone who has been a member since September 2019) by email. If you are not a member but would like to take part in the AGM please contact us to join the society. Membership is £5 a year.
Our next event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railway’s arrival in Rogart. A must for anyone who would like to see what the station once looked like, the numerous staff that were necessary to run this busy place and its twists and turns through time.
The short talk accompanied by photographs will be followed by an informal house cèilidh.
Every year, in the autumn, Highland Archaeology hosts a festival to showcase the magnificent history of the area. Community heritage groups often arrange local walks as part of these celebrations, and Rogart’s is no exception.
This year Alex Campbell, Eiden, is giving a guided walk around Reidh Chalmai (sometimes referred to as Rhichalmy of Torboll) where the landscape is littered with interesting archaeology and fascinating history.
In 1909 archaeologist Alexander Curle described the tumuli, chambered cairn and hut circles at Reidh Chalmai at great length in his diary and sketched one of the more intact cairns at neighbouring Torboll. Maps reveal significant signs of former habitation and there is plenty of evidence to be seen today.
It should prove a fascinating morning.
Please meet at 10:30, Pittentrail Hall car park. The walk will last about 2 hours. Afterwards, tea and coffee will be available in the hall.
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.
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.
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!