Guide to Gairloch and Loch Maree and a Map and Illustrations By John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot.
This book is essential reading if you want to know all about life in the area, especially if you are researching your family tree as it gives a lot interesting detail about the parish your ancestors came from and may even mention them by name.
Dixon's 'Gairloch' has long been recognised as a minor classic. Written in 1886, it describes in considerable detail all aspects of the history, physical features and life in the parish of Gairloch at that time. The writer, John H. Dixon, made his home at Inveran on the shores of Loch Maree, and took a keen interest in the welfare of the inhabitants whom he represented for many years on the County Council.
The hardback book has been reprinted by the museum several times, most recently in 2004. It is sold in Gairloch Heritage Museum shop (as well as at Gairloch TIC and Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre) for £24. It can be ordered from the museum at this price plus postage and packing as detailed below.
Postage & packing is extra How to order To order send a cheque (in sterling only, made payable to Gairloch Heritage Museum) for the cost of the goods plus the postage and packing to the museum. Payment by credit or debit card is not yet possible.
Gairloch Heritage Museum • Achtercairn • Gairloch • Ross-shire • IV21 2BP • UK Curator : Janet MacLean tel : 01445 712287 (local rate 08458 648001) email : info(at)gairlochheritagemuseum(dot)org
A Guide to the Exhibits and their place in the story of Gairloch Parish
In 2008 the Museum Guidebook was completely re-written by some the volunteer staff who are here, week after week, year after year, sharing their love and knowledge of the Museum and the local area with visitors from across the world.
Not only is this richly illustrated 36 page booklet an attractive souvenir of some of the wonderful exhibits on display, but it provides background information about Gairloch parish and the life of the local people in past times to enhance your understanding of our heritage. It is a unique ‘mini-history book’ in its own right.
Eighty Years in the Highlands By Pauline Butler
From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie created and developed a garden at Inverewe which is now world famous. However, few who visit appreciate his significant roles as a ‘heritor’ in the Wester Ross community of Gairloch and Poolewe, or know of his interests in farming, natural history and the Gaelic culture.
In this study, local historian and Museum secretary, Pauline Butler, details the personal and public life of this complex man. She takes us from his childhood years in the 1840s, a time of destitution and famine, through the crofting and poor law, religious and education reforms of the later 1800s and into the widening horizons of the twentieth century. Much of the contemporary evidence used was discovered here in the Gairloch Heritage Museum archives, which also provided many of the revealing illustrations.
Eighty Years in the Highlands is a fascinating and valuable contribution to our understanding of the Highlands during the lifetime of Osgood Mackenzie.