Tuesday, June 16, 2015

#3 - Keith Hall, Inverurie

Sent June 25, 1909 from Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire, from L. Sim to Mrs. McCurrach (my great-great-grandmother) at 9 Roses Place, Nairn.

9 Roses Place does not exist as an actual address today, but if we look at the screen shot of Roseneath Terrace that I shared yesterday:

... the buildings on the right of the picture seem to be called "Roses Place."

You can't see it very well here, but the little sign beside the door seems to say "Roses Place."

9 Roseneath Terrace has since been torn down, but it would likely have been similar to the ones on the left in the top picture.  In contrast to the small house is the big house:

This is Keith Hall - located (strangely enough) east down Keithhall Road and over the Urie Bridge (as seen in yesterday's post) outside of Inverurie.

Interestingly, if you have a million dollars to spend, you can buy a 4-bedroom flat in Keith Hall - right now!  See this link.  It has great indoor photos of the place, too.

Text is "Dear Mrs. McCurrach I am sorry for being so long in sending you a P.C. but I hope you will like this one like to stay here very much it is a loverly place, Tigh-na-mara will be rather desolate looking just now with kind regards from L Sim."

There is a Tigh-na-mara (meaning house by the sea) located on the Isle of Skye.  From the context of her writing I assume that is where L. Sim was from.  Although there may well be other places named such, here is a website for the one on Skye - to me it seems the most likely one she is referring to.

I'm not sure if the writer of this postcard, yesterday's and tomorrow's were all travelling together and had visited Mrs. McCurrach, but it seems that might be the case, since all of the P.C.s were from the Inverurie area and sent around the same time.

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