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TITLE
Dingwall
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0377
PLACENAME
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Dingwall
PERIOD
1960s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32292
KEYWORDS
postcards
peninsulas
mountains
twons
monuments
heroes
Dingwall

This postcard shows Dingwall with the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle. On the right are Mitchell Hill and the Macdonald Memorial. In the distance, to the south, are the Monadhliath Mountains.

Dingwall, the county town for Ross and Cromarty, is situated at the head of the Cromarty Firth. Macbeth is believed to have been born in the castle here in 1005. The Norse leader Thorfin established his "seat of justice" or "thing vollr" here which gave Dingwall its name. Alexander II created Dingwall a royal burgh in 1227. The Earls of Ross ruled here until the fifteenth century when the last earl was involved in a failed attempt to overthrow the throne and the title reverted to the Crown.

Dingwall declined in the seventeenth century and the castle was demolished in 1818. Fortunes improved with the building of a harbour by Thomas Telford. A canal was also built but quickly fell in to disuse. The coming of the railway in 1862 brought more prosperity. The town developed as a market town and agricultural centre with a permanent livestock mart.

The Black Isle is not an island but a peninsula between the Beauly and Cromarty Firths. Once known as Ardmeanach it may have earned the name "Black" because it is low-lying and rarely gets covered in snow. The fertile, black soil contrasts with the winter white of the surrounding hills.

Mitchell Hill is named after John Mitchell, a provost of Dingwall. On top is the impressive monument to Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, the son of a Black Isle crofter, who joined the army as a private and whose rise through the ranks was unprecedented. He served with distinction in Afghanistan, South Africa, India and Sudan and became a national hero, earning the nickname "Fighting Mac". He was knighted in 1901 but grave charges were brought against him. After reading damaging reports in the press he committed suicide in a Paris hotel in 1903.

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Dingwall

ROSS: Dingwall

1960s

postcards; peninsulas; mountains; twons; monuments; heroes

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Dingwall with the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle. On the right are Mitchell Hill and the Macdonald Memorial. In the distance, to the south, are the Monadhliath Mountains.<br /> <br /> Dingwall, the county town for Ross and Cromarty, is situated at the head of the Cromarty Firth. Macbeth is believed to have been born in the castle here in 1005. The Norse leader Thorfin established his "seat of justice" or "thing vollr" here which gave Dingwall its name. Alexander II created Dingwall a royal burgh in 1227. The Earls of Ross ruled here until the fifteenth century when the last earl was involved in a failed attempt to overthrow the throne and the title reverted to the Crown.<br /> <br /> Dingwall declined in the seventeenth century and the castle was demolished in 1818. Fortunes improved with the building of a harbour by Thomas Telford. A canal was also built but quickly fell in to disuse. The coming of the railway in 1862 brought more prosperity. The town developed as a market town and agricultural centre with a permanent livestock mart.<br /> <br /> The Black Isle is not an island but a peninsula between the Beauly and Cromarty Firths. Once known as Ardmeanach it may have earned the name "Black" because it is low-lying and rarely gets covered in snow. The fertile, black soil contrasts with the winter white of the surrounding hills.<br /> <br /> Mitchell Hill is named after John Mitchell, a provost of Dingwall. On top is the impressive monument to Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, the son of a Black Isle crofter, who joined the army as a private and whose rise through the ranks was unprecedented. He served with distinction in Afghanistan, South Africa, India and Sudan and became a national hero, earning the nickname "Fighting Mac". He was knighted in 1901 but grave charges were brought against him. After reading damaging reports in the press he committed suicide in a Paris hotel in 1903.