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This would have been done in the year following Brian's drawing of the rose - it was my first attempt at an oil painting... Then again - I was only about 8 or 9 at the time (ahem...). It shows the front of Rosenberg, viewed from the raised lawn, with the gravel path curving round to the side (the flower bed where Brian's rose was to be found sat to the right of the house, near the entrance to the porch).
Picture added on 14 January 2010 at 08:40
Fraser: Peter and I have lived at Rosenberg since 1975 and I'm fascinated by your painting and that of the rose by your brother, Brian. Was Jay Duff running Rosenberg as a guesthouse in the 60s when you stayed here? Do you have any photos of your time here?
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 17 January 2010
I am interested to see this painting of Rosenberg as I am transposing the 1853 diary of Elizabeth Taylor of Tain. She was the elder daughter of Robert Sutherland Taylor & a great niece of Lady Munro of Poyntzfield who must have been living or staying at Rosenberg in February 1853. On Monday February 14th the Taylors sent "two beautiful hyacinths for Auntie at Rosenberg."
Added by Katharine Broome on 21 January 2010
Hey there, Katharine, the diary sounds fascinating - I know nothing about either the Taylor or Munro families. I'm interested to know how you came across the diary itself - has it been handed down within your own family? I don't even know what year Rosenberg was built - or the former UF Manse next door for that matter.
Added by Fraser MacLean on 22 January 2010
We had always thought Rosenberg was built in 1870 (by Colonel George William Holmes Ross) as his Estate Factor's house, until someone sent me details of a court case involving the theft of fruit from Rosenberg's orchard in 1866. Now Katharine speaks of sending flowers to Lady Munro at Rosenberg in 1853! I'd also be fascinated to know what Lady Munro of Poyntzfield was doing in Rosenberg?
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 23 January 2010
I love that this website unearths stories like this.
Added by Jess Alexander on 24 January 2010
Is it possible that the present house replaced - or was an adaptation of - an existing building that went by the same name? I wonder if maybe David Alston or one of the people at the Court House Museum might have access to Cromarty maps from the period? I imagine there ought to be some way of narrowing things down by comparing maps and local written records from the early and late 1800s? Whoever lived at Rosenberg around the middle of the century would have been likely to appear in one or other of the local parish and congregation lists - I know that, some time in the 1990s or early 2000s, my father, Colin MacLean, handed over one such book that had come to be in our family's possession - and it certainly listed each person's occupation. I can't now recall whether it included specific house or street addresses though - perhaps not? I don't know if Register House holds land or property records from that time.
Added by Fraser MacLean on 24 January 2010
Further research leads me to believe that Lady Munro was staying at Rosenberg in February 1853, with her daughter Mary Magdalene Poyntz Munro who had married Major Angus Mackay of the 21st Royal Fusiliers in early November or late October 1849. [Inverness Advertiser Nov. 6 1849.]
Mr & Mrs Mackay are mentioned, later in the diary, as "of Rosenberg".
Added by Katharine Broome on 27 January 2010
I'll have a look at the 1841 Census on-line and see what I can find....
Added by Fraser MacLean on 27 January 2010
I've now checked the 1841 Census (no mention of Rosenberg), the 1851 Census (occupied by the Estate Factor Innes Strachan & family & servants), the 1861 Census (occupied by a single man, David McKay MRCVS) and I already had info from 1871 onwards. SO - Rosenberg must have been built some time between 1841 and 1851, which makes it far older than we'd realised!
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 11 March 2010
Katharine - it's now seven years since your last comments about Elizabeth Taylor's diary and her mentioning relatives living in Rosenberg around 1853. Please could you let me know if you've discovered anything more? I'm determined to finish my history of Rosenberg this year (!) and want to tie up loose ends. Thanks.
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 04 January 2017
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