The Spirit of the Troops Is Excellent: The 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, in the Great War, 1914-1919

The declaration of war against Germany on 4 August 1914 saw the Territorials of the 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, mobilised for the first time in their history. After crossing to France in May 1915 the battalion fought with great distinction as part of the famous 51st (Highland) Division in the major battles of 1916,…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Elgin, Moray, Western Front Association, World War I

The First Nurse: Ethel Bedford Fenwick

The life of Ethel Bedford Fenwick, written by Jenny Main, is a biography of one of the Nineteenth Century’s major reformers to whom the nursing profession owes an eternal debt of gratitude. Ethel was born Ethel Gordon Manson in the Morayshire town of Elgin in 1857. Unusually for someone of that era, Ethel had an…


Genre: British history, Health, Librario, Medicine, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Barts, Elgin, International Congress of Nurses, Nursing, Reform, St Bartholomew’s, State Registered Nurses

Patrick Sellar As A Young Man (1801-1810)

The mention of the name of Patrick Sellar arouses strong emotions among Highlanders everywhere symbolising as it does a chapter in Scottish history which has been remembered for well nigh two-hundred years. In 1814 Sellar, set about removing the crofters from his land in Sutherland in order to indulge his new found passion for sheep…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Elgin, Highland Clearances, Sutherland

The Great Moray Floods of 1829

In spite of the floods caused by modern day global warming it is a fact that the greatest floods ever to have hit the North of Scotland occurred in August 1829. Heavy rains deluged the lands from Wick to the Grampian Mountains. A combination of drought, followed by freak weather conditions caused the rivers especially…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Banff, Elgin, Grampian, Inverness, Moray

World War II In Moray

Little has been written about Moray and its role in defeating the Axis powers during the Second World War. While remote from the battle scene and Hitler’s bombs, Moray nevertheless played an important role as a training ground as well as being in the front line against a possible German invasion from across the North…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence, Elgin, Hitler, Moray, Women’s Land Army, Women’s Voluntary Service, World War II, WWII