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TITLE
Golden Wedding Anniversary
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GLENURQUHART_HERITAGEGROUP_018
PLACENAME
Milton
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Glenurquhart Heritage Group
ASSET ID
22685
KEYWORDS
family
music
dress
bagpipes
tartan
Grant
marriage
society<br />
Golden Wedding Anniversary

In an era where life expectancy was comparatively low, a Golden Wedding Anniversary was a great event, as portrayed in this photograph. The family depicted were a part of the Grant clan. Whilst the Grants included the Earls of Seafield, the hereditary owners of Balmacaan estate, this family in the photograph are probably not closely related to this branch of the clan, but they are evidently wealthy and so might have a distant kinship.

Marriages at this time were expected to last for as long as the couple lived. With lower life expectancy in this era, for a husband and wife to live to such an age would be comparatively rare, and so this was a great event.

The boy in the foreground is wearing a forage cap and has a pair of bagpipes. This musical instrument was once an integral part of Scottish culture, despite its unconventional musical range. For many Scots it was important for its folk heritage as much as its aesthetic value.

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Golden Wedding Anniversary

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

1890s

family; music; dress; bagpipes; tartan; Grant; marriage; society<br />

Glenurquhart Heritage Group

Glenurquhart Heritage Group (photographs)

In an era where life expectancy was comparatively low, a Golden Wedding Anniversary was a great event, as portrayed in this photograph. The family depicted were a part of the Grant clan. Whilst the Grants included the Earls of Seafield, the hereditary owners of Balmacaan estate, this family in the photograph are probably not closely related to this branch of the clan, but they are evidently wealthy and so might have a distant kinship.<br /> <br /> Marriages at this time were expected to last for as long as the couple lived. With lower life expectancy in this era, for a husband and wife to live to such an age would be comparatively rare, and so this was a great event. <br /> <br /> The boy in the foreground is wearing a forage cap and has a pair of bagpipes. This musical instrument was once an integral part of Scottish culture, despite its unconventional musical range. For many Scots it was important for its folk heritage as much as its aesthetic value.