People of Culbokie

Requests for family information.

November 2020

We have received the following request from Alan Macdonald:

I have been researching the family history around the Black Isle. 

My GG-Grandfather Roderick Macdonald moved the family from Lochcarron to Highfield Park I think around 1875, possibly after an inheritance by his wife. They lived in a small stone farmhouse in Mulbuie, the old school was on the edge of their land.

My G-Grandfather was one of seven children, he went to work as an apprentice gardener at Scatwell House in around 1882/3 before eventually moving south to London.

I believe that Roderick was a bailiff at Highfield. He died in 1913 from injuries sustained whilst breaking a horse. Roderick’s youngest son Duncan died aged 48 in 1935 of head injuries sustained from falling into Bishop Kinkell quarry. He had not long married Isabella Horne, aged 20.

The last person I know of to have lived in the family farmhouse was Catherine Fraser (was Macdonald), she died in 1959. There was also a Margaret Macdonald, born 1872 about whom I know nothing more…

I’m hoping there may be records or that this may jog memories, please do get in touch (via history@culbokiect.org)  if there’s anything you can share.

Best wishes.

Alan Macdonald

February 2020

We have received this request from John Rowan and if you have any help to offer then we will forward it to him.

"Recently, I discovered that the birthplace of my Great Great Great Grandfather, Roderick Mackenzie [Junior] b. Abt 1835, as being Urquhart, Ross and Cromarty.
He was the son of Roderick Mackenzie [Senior] and Margaret Urquhart, married in 1830 and had several siblings.

"In the 1841 & 51 census’ their address is simply “Urquhart, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland”.

"If it is possible, and not too much of an imposition, could you point me in the right direction, to find out more about the points below, I would be grateful:

"1) where would the family have been living?

"2) what would the conditions have been like?

"3) are they likely to be tenant crofters?

"4) Roderick [Junior] left in the 1860’s and went to the Isle of Man - was there a significant happening locally, that prompted this ?
( he married, in the Isle of Man and had one child in 1869, my Grt Grt Grandmother Catherine, who was left in Birkenhead in 1870, with the Chisholm family, while Roderick [Junior] and Anne emigrated to the USA, possibly via Canada)

"5) is there a connection between the Mackenzies and Chisholms, as I can’t find a direct relative?

"I hope you are able to assist.

"Best regards, John (Rowan)"

The story of Roderick Mackenzie [Junior] continues here. Supported by a selection of photographs mainly about his daughter, from a second marriage, Margaret who made a name for herself as a Soprano singing Scottish songs.



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