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Aerial view of Cromarty House
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Aerial view of Cromarty House

This is an aerial view of Comarty House with other houses appearing at the top of the picture (Clunes House is in the top-right of the picture).
Picture added on 09 August 2004 at 14:15
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Cromarty House and Gardens
What year did Cromarty house have servants?
Added by Amber on 15 March 2007
I'm sure that, at one time, Cromarty House employed servants for a number of years.
I do remember hearing that my late uncle, Davie McLeman, was 'boots' there. I am guessing that would have in the 1920s or 30s.
If you know my Uncle Dod and Aunt Jean McLeman, do ask them if they have more information.
Added by Mamtong@tonghall.com on 16 March 2007
Amber, have a wordie with Camerons grandad Alla, he did a lot of work at the big house over the years, will tell you lots of stories.
Added by Sue Florence on 16 March 2007
Was Cromarty House built on the site of Cromarty Castle which I have read about in certain books of the area.
Added by William Long on 16 March 2007
The site of Cromarty Castle was - I understand - to the rear and east of the present house. So that would be to the right and to the rear of the house in this photo.
Added by Calum Davidson on 17 March 2007
Amber my dad work at Cromarty House in 1937 and he had to keep the drive from the House to the Lodge gates clear of all leaves etc so as not to upset Lady Ross as she passed through in her carriage. He also had to run and open the gates and lift his cap as she passed. Can you imagine how difficult that must have been especially in the autumn?
Added by Anne Short (Finlayson) on 21 March 2007
From what I remember being told, but not sure the house did use servants and that is why the tunnel was built so not to be seen leaving or coming to the house. I also remember been told a lot of, if not all the stone on the outer of the house was from the castle.. and somewere to the left of the house there was the old well from the castle. It could even be the disc shape in the grass... o do have some pictures of it and will try to find them and upload... may have other pics but not as good as some that on here.
Added by Gary S on 07 April 2009
I think my uncle, the late Davie McLeman, was 'Boots' at Cromarty House. I'm guessing, because of his age, it would have been in the 1930s. 'Boots' would have been the servant responsible for cleaning and polishing shoes and leaving them outside the bedroom door. I'm sure he had other duties.
I do remember Uncle Davie was great at shoe polishing. The trick was to use a little polish and then rub till shiny.
Added by Margaret Tong on 07 April 2009
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