Kenneth Murray of Geanies

In the centre of town you will see a monument to Kenneth Murray a former Provost of Tain. His good deeds for the town prompted both the monument and a University Bursary. The Murray Monument, erected in 1879 to the memory of Kenneth Murray of Geanies, a provost of Tain.

Starting at the Soutars of Cromarty, it runs through the district in the direction of Tarbat Point, and is visible among the precipitous sandstone rocks which bind in the Moray Firth at Geanies. This vein is very small, in some places not more than 10 or 12 inches thick, but, nevertheless (to appropriate a remark of the late lamented Mr Kenneth Murray of Geanies), it may be regarded as “the mother of the beautiful white clover that grows so richly in Easter Ross.”

Located on the southern shores of the Dornoch Firth, Tain claims to be Scotland’s oldest royal burgh. The origin of the name ‘Tain’ is uncertain but the town’s Gaelic name ‘Baile Dhubhthaich’ indicates its links with Duthus or Duthac, an early medieval saint who was born there.

A university bursary, with a capital fund of £930, was founded in connection with it in 1879, in memory of Kenneth Murray, Esq. of Geanies. The Easter Ross Poorhouse, 7 furlongs SSW of the town, is a high-roofed building, erected in 1848, and having accommodation for 176 paupers. Tain has besides a post office, with money order, savings’ bank, and telegraph departments, branches of the Bank of Scotland, the Commercial, British Linen Co., and North of Scotland Banks, 14 insurance agencies, a gas company, 3 hotels, a mechanics’ institution, a farmers’ club, a curling club, a volunteer corps, 2 masonic lodges, a fortnightly Friday grain market, and fairs on the first Tuesday of January (Cormack’s Fair), the third Tuesday of March, the Wednesday after the second Tuesday of July, the Wednesday after the third Tuesday of August, the third Tuesday of October, and the Tuesday before Christmas. In the neighbourhood are Glenmorangie Distillery and Hilton Woollen Mills, the former 13/8 mile NW, the latter 1¼ mile SE, of the town. Tain has a most spacious links, affording great scope for recreation.

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Kenneth Murray of Geanies
High Street Tain
Ross-Shire IV19 1DY
Scotland, UK

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